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Essay Collection Studying the Film "Mean Girls"

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:04pm
Rice University, English Department

Get in loser, we're calling for papers.

Mean Girls was released in 2004, and it launched its stars' careers and entertained people from every generation. Ever since, girls are all the rage in movies and television shows. From Mean Girls and Bridesmaids, to "New Girl," "Girls,"Two Broke Girls" and countless other films and shows about girls, one thing about girls is clear: they're fetch, they're grool, and they're in.

[UPDATE] SAMLA 2014--From Corn-Pone to Delmonico's: Feasting with Twain--deadline extended to 6/14/14

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 3:46pm
Kathryn Dolan, The Mark Twain Circle of America

Mark Twain is as popular a figure as ever. In "Corn-Pone Opinions" Twain writes, "The black philosopher's idea was, that a man is not independent, and cannot afford views which might interfere with his bread and butter... He must restrict himself to corn-pone opinions—at least on the surface." Twain satirizes the age's customs and politics, using food-based metaphors to do so. During his life, Twain went from corn-pone to Delmonico's. His dinner parties at Nook Farm were magnificent. However, he was also a powerful critic of the excesses and hypocrisies of society. How can we use Twain's writings to re-examine issues of consumption and overconsumption in U.S. society during the second half of the nineteenth century?

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline! Illustrated Texts--MMLA Permanent Section (Nov 13-16, 2014, Detroit)

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 1:35pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

The Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. In fitting with the location, this year's theme is "The Lives of Cities," which is meant to gesture broadly towards the experiences of urban inhabitants in all aspects and phases of urban development—from the very beginnings of urbanization throughout the globe to the resuscitation of contemporary urban landscapes decimated by industrial flight.

James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues": Suffering and Sustainability (SAMLA 11/7-9 2014, Atlanta GA)

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 1:31pm
Geri Harmon/SAMLA

James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues": Suffering and Sustainability
SAMLA, November 7-9, 2014, Atlanta, GA

"For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard." --James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues"

To support and amplify this year's conference theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel seeks discussion-friendly presentations on topics about any critique of James Baldwin's novella "Sonny's Blues," including, but not limited to, addiction studies; jazz/blues, America's classical music; religious views on suffering, especially the Hindu connection; and African-American studies.

[LAST CALL] CFP: Edited Collection on Bruce Springsteen for Routledge Studies in Popular Music Series

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:28pm
Bill Wolff / Rowan University

I am soliciting abstracts by scholars from all disciplines, including scholar-fans and fan-scholars, to be considered for inclusion in an edited collection on Bruce Springsteen, which will eventually be submitted to Routledge's Studies in Popular Music series. The editor of this series has expressed an interest in seeing a Springsteen collection proposal.

In the middle of Bruce Springsteen's 2012 Wrecking Ball tour promotional interview with the Paris media, one reporter observed, "so many people these past couple years look to you for your interpretation of events… . Look at us: when we were waiting for you earlier, so many people care about what you think, and what you feel about what is happening in the world."

Great Migrations and Global Discourses: An Examination of the Harlem Renaissance at Home and Abroad, November 5 – 7, 2014

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:19pm
Catherine L. Adams / Paine College

The Department of Humanities at Paine College is requesting proposals for the 18th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College. The theme for 2014: Great Migrations and Global Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Harlem Renaissance Era at Home and Abroad.

The focus for presentations will center on the literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches from the social and political sciences, economics, and STEM.

[Update] Sherlock Collection of Essays

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:53am
Nadine Farghaly

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are one of the best known couples in Literature. Since Arthur Canon Doyle first published his famous detective stories in 1887, with his work covering the years 1880 until 1914 when Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson finally retired to the countryside, these stories have not lost any of their charm. Frequent adaptations in both the book world and the movie world have demonstrated that the famous detective has neither lost his charm nor his appeal. Different adaptations have added different layers to the Sherlock Holmes universe. While Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock brought a sexy playfulness to the screen, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock made his social ineptness as well as his disabilities more prominent.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Essays on Rock and Religion

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 3:56pm
Robert P. McParland, PhD., Alex DiBlasi, M.A.

Call for Proposals: Saints, Sinners, and Seekers: A Collection of Essays on Rock and Religion

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

Intersections of Sustainability and Human Rights

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 3:50pm
South Atlantic Modern Languages Association (SAMLA) 2014

Drawing from Raymond Williams's assertion that "the idea of nature contains, though often unnoticed, an extraordinary amount of human history," we seek to explore how problems of human rights are manifest within environmental problems and proposed solutions. What do problems that arise at the intersection of sustainability and human rights elucidate about the inclusionary politics (including, but not limited to race, class, and gender) of these respective social movements? We welcome papers that consider the overlaps between these two movements and the politics involved in each. Possible topics of investigation include vulnerability studies, fair trade and labor movements, and resource wars.

International Conference: Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 2:33pm
Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University

Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 29–31, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.

Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 1:55pm
Peter Goggin & Maureen Daly Goggin, Arizona State University

Call for Chapter Proposals
for
Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research
Maureen Daly Goggin and Peter N. Goggin, editors
Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.1
--Louis Pasteur (1854)

[UPDATE] Marginalised Mainstream 2014: Disguise [EXTENDED DEADLINE: 20 June 2014; 28-29 November 2014, London, UK]

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 9:49am
Marginalised Mainstream 2014

Please note: The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 20 JUNE 2014.

Submissions as a Word or PDF document should include a

* 350-word abstract and title
* and a cover sheet including: your name, university, contact information, plus a brief biographical paragraph about your academic interests,

and be emailed to conference organisers Emma Grundy Haigh, Sam Goodman and Brittain Bright at:

hello@marginalisedmainstream.com
marginalisedmainstream@gmail.com

[UPDATE] Comics and Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 9:05am
Comics and Medicine international organizing group

Comics and Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health
Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, June 26-28, 2014. Keynote speakers: Ellen Forney,Arthur Frank, Carol Tilley, James Sturm. http://www.graphicmedicine.org/comics-and-medicine-conferences/2014-balt...
Cartoonists, comics scholars, health care workers,patients. Scholarly sessions, lightning presentations, artists' tables.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Rural Survival Skills in an Urban Setting - MMLA 2014, November 13 - 16, Detroit

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 5:44pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In Tillie Olsen's working class novel Yonnondio, the character Anna takes her children out, "looking for empty lots where dandelions grew," so they may harvest dandelion greens. It is here—foraging for food in Omaha, Nebraska—that we see a glimpse into Anna's rural past. The knowledge she has gained from her rural life allows her to supplement her family's needs when they could not afford to buy fresh food in an urban environment. Yonnondio is not unique in chronicling migration to the city for work; there are other novels about poor people with a rural knowledge base living in an intolerable urban culture. In these stories, what is lost or gained when one migrates or immigrates from the agrarian lifestyle to the urban?

Sustainable Work, Invisible Class, Unpaid Labor, and Forgotten Culture in American Literature [UPDATE] DUE JUNE 15TH

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 2:08pm
Owen Cantrell/ South Atlantic Modern Language Association

In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel will investigate the difficulties with sustainable representations of work, class, and labor in American literature. As the predominant American myth of success states that class is but a transitory state, making work, labor, and social class an important part of the literary and academic conversation remains a struggle for scholars interested in these issues. The questions we are interested in posing in this session are: How can scholars emphasize a focus on issues of class, work, and labor in American literature? How can this emphasis be sustained as part of a larger conversation with American literary scholarship?

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