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NANCY DREW AND HER SISTERS: GIRL DETECTIVES IN THE 20TH CENTURY, SAMLA 2014, Nov. 7-9

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 9:21am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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This panel considers depictions of young women in mystery fiction written for the teen audience in the 20th Century. Characters such as Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden, and countless others provided role models for young readers, and this panel considers these figures in terms of the intersections between scholarship and fandom.

Transitions and Transgressions: A PG and ECR Conference - 11th Sept 2014 [CFP deadline: 2nd June]

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:41am
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Modern and Contemporary Research Group - Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University

Transitions and Transgressions

A one-day postgraduate and early-career researcher conference

Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University
Thursday 11th September 2014

Keynote speaker: Dr Pam Thurschwell, University of Sussex

URGENT MSA 2014: Marginal Masculinities: Queer, Black, Wayward

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:38am
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Modernist Studies Association
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Conference: MSA 16, November 6-9, 2014. Pittsburgh, PA. Omni Hotel

Panel:"Marginal Masculinities: Queer, Black, Wayward."
Organizers: Greg Forter, Peter Nagy

We are open to a broad array of approaches to the topic of modernist masculinities. But, in particular, the panel seeks to focus on figures and texts that undermine the conceptions of male identity and desire that critics often claim modernism was committed to shoring up.

The deadline for panel proposal is May 9th. If you are interested, please send a brief paper description and CV to Peter Nagy, pen208@lehigh.edu, as soon as possible.

[Update- Deadline Extension] M/MLA 2014 (Detroit Nov. 13-16)- Hospitality and the City

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 9:09pm
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The Midwest Modern Language Association
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The American Literature II panel (permanent section of the annual M/MLA convention) seeks papers on American fiction/film/drama/poetry 1870-present addressing the theme of the city as host, or, forms of hospitality in the city, individual or collective.
My starting point is Jacques Derrida's argument that within the notion of hospitality there is a fundamental and irrevocable tension between the act of being hospitable (an action which serves to maintain host/hosted hierarchies) and what he calls "impossible hospitality," a welcoming of any and all that implicitly demands a kind of non-mastery, even a potential relinquishing of ownership and property.

Call for Papers: Special issue on the Graphic Novel, deadline of Oct. 1, 2014

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 4:41pm
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Studies in the Novel

Studies in the Novel is inviting papers for possible inclusion in a special issue on the graphic novel to be guest edited by Stephen E. Tabachnick, Professor of English at the University of Memphis, author of The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novel (2014), and editor of Teaching the Graphic Novel (2009). Essays on any aspect of the graphic novel are welcome, ranging from close readings of individual works or the analysis of the oeuvre of a given writer/artist, to broader topics, such as consideration of the influence of a national tradition, a study of formal elements in several works, graphic novel adaptations, new methods of graphic novel analysis, or the teaching of graphic novels.

[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE: May 15th Urban Studies and Pop Culture

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 3:42pm
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Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)
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Call for Papers:
URBAN STUDIES
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
EXTENDED DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2014
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Urban Studies to the Urban Studies area,

[UPDATE] Explore the Significance/Identity of Place: Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 3:38pm
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Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)
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Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

[UPDATE] Global Diasporas for 2014 PAMLA - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 3:02pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association
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"Global Diasporas." A Special Session for PAMLA Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014

This special session has been approved for the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) Conference in Riverside, California from October 31 to November 2, 2014.

We are interested in papers looking at literary texts and cultural productions that examine the relations between diasporas and their homelands and hostlands. Although the theme of the conference is "Familiar Spirits," we welcome papers on literary and cultural representations of diaspora, migration, and globalization that are not linked to this particular theme.

PAMLA 2014 Children's Literature (Oct 31-Nov 2, Riverside, CA)

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 7:08am
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 112th Annual Conference (Oct 31-Nov 2, Riverside, CA)
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Submission Deadline: May 15

This panel invites proposals on any topic of study involving children's literature. Any theory or critical approaches to children's literature are welcome. Proposals attending to the conference theme about the familiar are additionally welcome.

Proposals should be 250 words and an additional 50 word abstract. All proposals need to be submitted through the PAMLA organization's submission system at http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals

[UPDATE] Security and Hospitality: New Literary Perspectives

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 3:09am
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Call for Contributions to an Edited Volume of Essays
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In exile in the early 1940s, Stefan Zweig looked back on his youth in pre-war Vienna as the 'golden age of security'. In Zweig's narrative, a shared sense of private and public stability was soon shattered by the onslaughts of two world wars, giving rise to a generation perceived to have 'long since struck the word "security" from [its] vocabulary as a myth'. Yet immediately following the war, the very word 'security' began to acquire a new currency and resonance which intensified through the paranoid military and diplomatic manoeuvrings of the Cold War and has increasingly come to define our own digital age.

[UPDATE: Deadline Reminder] The Undead as Sustainable (Academic) Resource at SAMLA 11/7-9 [Abstracts due 6/1]

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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:40pm
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Lynne M. Simpson, College English Association
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The Undead as Sustainable (Academic) Resource

"ZOMBIES are a value stock. They are wordless and oozing and brain dead, but they're an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling," writes Chuck Closterman for The New York Times. Thanks in part to the commodification of the zombie, the undead prove rich fodder for the academic as well. Papers that explore the zombie as cultural, ecological, political, or, of course, commoditized figure are welcome. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at lsimpson@presby.edu by June 1, 2014.

SAMLA 86th Annual Conference: Sustainability and the Humanities
November 7-9, 2014
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

Teaching with the Internet and Technology (Southern California, 10/31/14 - 11/2/14)

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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:28pm
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Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

This is an approved standing session for the 2014 annual conference of the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) in the sunny locale of Riverside in Southern California on 10/31/14 through 11/2/14.

Teaching with the Internet and Technology is a well-attended, standing session seeks to foster a discussion amongst academics about the real-world practices and implications of utilizing technology to teach. The panel will examine and explore the multifaceted way in which the tech world is changing teaching both inside and outside of the classroom.

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