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PAMLA 2014: Architecture, Space, and Literature (Riverside, CA: Oct. 31 - Nov. 2) DEADLINE: Thursday Mar, 15.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:19am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)
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Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: "Heroes in Popular Culture"- MPCA Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 3-5, 2014

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 8:30pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jef Burnham, DePaul University
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Extended Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in film and television
-Heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

Reconstruction, Conservation, Restoration: Reconciling the Past through Word and Image

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 6:20pm
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University of Dundee
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'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)

21st-Century American Poetry (PAMLA, 10/31-11/2/2014)

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 5:49pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Modern Language Association, Riverside CA

We invite papers on 21st century American poets, poetics, and trends, including but not limited to poetic hybridity, unoriginality (found text, appropriation), socio-political engagement, the procedural, or neoconfessional. Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief bio by 5/9/14.

Don DeLillo (Special Issue of Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon)

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 11:31am
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Crystal Alberts/University of North Dakota
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To mark the 45th anniversary of DeLillo's debut novel and his decades of influence, Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, an open access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon, related authors and adjacent fields, will publish a special issue dedicated to Don DeLillo in 2016.

BIRTH STUDIES AREA MPCA/ACA Oct. 3-5, 2014 (deadline extended, May 15)

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 8:16am
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Todd A. Comer, Defiance College
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2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:

CFP: Disney and its Worlds Approved Session (at PAMLA Conference 10/31 - 11/2/2014): Proposals due May 15

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 5:18pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Looking for paper proposals for approved "Disney and its Worlds" session for the 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, CA (October 31 - November 2, 2014). From the Frankfurt School to contemporary cultural studies, the social ramifications of Disney movies and theme parks, and their cultural penumbra, have long provided rich terrain for critical scholarly analysis. This panel explores the discursive, literary, filmic, and historical dimensions of the Disney phenomenon in both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Papers that draw upon the rich canon of scholarship on Disney and engage with its cultural effects through critical theory, spatial or historical analysis, Feminist methodologies, or close reading strategies are particularly encouraged.

Laughter in the Digital Age -- A Special Issue of Comedy Studies

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:49pm
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Peter C. Kunze, University at Albany, SUNY
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"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University at Albany, SUNY

Websites, social media platform, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, and studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, exhibited, and distributed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:

CFP Subculture: MPCA/ACA 2014 Annual Conference - DEADLINE MAY 15

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:57pm
full name / name of organization: 
Morgan Shipley / Area Chair

Call for Proposals:

SUBCULTURE

2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association/

American Culture Association Conference

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5th, 2014

JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Subculture Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed.

American Road Literature--A Book Collection

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:42pm
full name / name of organization: 
William Allegrezza
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The American road--the works are there, stretching from Whitman through Keroauc to Gudding. I am looking for scholarly articles that examine some aspect of American road literature. The pieces could deal with novels, poetry, or theory. They could be examinations of individual pieces, explorations of road theory, or research into the gendered nature of the road. Really, anything that relates to the American road would be considered.

I have not pitched this to a press yet, but I do not expect to have that much difficulty doing that if the articles are good. That said, I would like to use a university press for this book.

MSA 16: The Other Senses of Modernism

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 2:50pm
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Yaron Aronowicz/ Princeton University
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While there has been increasing attention to the senses more generally and to the 'lower' senses of smell, taste, and touch in recent years, it is pretty clear that most scholarship on modernism that focuses on sensation is visually (and to a lesser extent aurally) oriented. Attention to the visual in modernist scholarship has allowed us to ask important questions about surface and glamour, affect and image, the urban landscape and the commodity, race and sexuality. But our largely visual version of modernism has also, perhaps, not allowed us to conceptualize and encounter the other senses of modernism.

Marginalised Mainstream 2014: Disguise conference, 28-29 November, London, UK [ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 30 May 2014]

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:28am
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Marginalised Mainstream 2014

Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)

28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld

In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.

Sidekicks and Underlings - Oct. 3-4, 2014 - Bordeaux, France

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:18am
full name / name of organization: 
CLIMAS, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, France

Sidekicks and Underlings
Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
Bordeaux - Oct. 3-4, 2014.

CLIMAS (Cultures et Littératures des Mondes Anglophones), the research group in Anglo-American Studies of Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, organizes a conference titled "Sidekicks and Underlings" to be held in Bordeaux on October 3-4, 2014.

We expect submissions from specialists of literature, arts, popular culture, history, politics in the English-speaking world.

[UPDATE] Nineteenth Century Popular Culture deadline 5/15 (Midwest PCA/ACA October 3-5 2014)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:02pm
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Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference
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Call for Papers:
NINETEENTH CENTURY POPULAR CULTURE
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: April 30, 2014
http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/

Topics may include, but are not limited to, historical and literary treatments of women's and children's periodicals or books, international affairs, nineteenth century "fads" or trends, travel/tourism, technology, science and medicine, temperance, advertising, and slavery.

CFP: Living-Room Wars: American Militarism on the Small Screen

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Stacy Takacs and Anna Froula

The television industry in the United States was born of the early military-corporate alliance that resulted in the formation of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1917. A quasi-private entity created at the behest of US Navy as a means of centralizing control over the emerging medium of radio, RCA was a major player in the development of television technologies and forms. Its broadcasting arm, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), would be run for years by "General" David Sarnoff, a wireless wiz-kid who served on General Dwight D. Eisenhower's communications staff during WWII.

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