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GLBTQ Studies at MAPACA (Baltimore, Nov 6th through the 8th)

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 11:20am
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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association

The GLBTQ Studies Area of MAPACA welcomes proposals of relevance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities for its 25th annual conference to be held this November in Baltimore.

Proposals are encouraged on any medium and from any critical, contemporary, historic, or disciplinary perspective. While proposals on any topic are accepted, proposals for the Baltimore conference might also include:

Language and Ethics of Care in Contemporary Literature - University of Montreal - Friday, Oct. 31st 2014

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:44am
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Department of Comparative Literature at University of Montreal and University of Alberta (Campus Saint-Jean)

Since Foucault's Le souci de soi, Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice and Nel Noddings' Caring, the notion of care has built bridges between philosophy, psychology, ecology, sociology, anthropology and feminism. However, significantly less work has been published in the field of literature and fewer theorists address issues related to care in their analyses of fiction. Therefore, the first goal of this one-day conference is to create linkage and knots of tension between care ethics, care theory, care practices and literature. It has been argued that institutional and social language draws mostly on the judicial, on "the language of rights" (Fukuyama), but what is implied or expected when we shift to a language of care?

Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art - papers due June 1, 2014

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:24am
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Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art

If at first you don't succeed ... shouldn't we ask why not? albeit, an innovative new online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Failure."

Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:

"Bad" texts, or films, novels, plays, television shows, etc., that were considered failures in their time

Characters or ideas within texts that fail to succeed

Guilty pleasures

Creative fiction or nonfiction pieces investigating the concept of failure

CFP - Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:28am
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Aarhus University - Cultural Transformations Research Group
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Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures
Hosted by the Cultural Transformations Research Group, Aarhus University.
November 21-22, 2014

LOCATION: AARHUS UNIVERSITY, DENMARK.
CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE: AUGUST 22, 2014

Keynote speaker:
Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University –
"Fans as Celebrities, Celebrities as Fans: The Rise of an Affective Economy?"

[UPDATE] Discussing Disney - CFP extended!

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:30am
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University of Hull
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Film Studies at the University of Hull is proud to announce that it is hosting a conference exploring the world of Disney studies. Papers on any areas of Disney are welcome for consideration, to include (but not limited to) discussions of Disney studio history, animation, live-action films, television, theme parks, merchandizing, and/or popular cultural representations of all things Disney.

Abstracts of 300 words, along with personal details, should be sent to Amy M. Davis (a.davis@hull.ac.uk) by 30 May 2014.

Keynote speakers include Dr Chris Pallant, author of Demystifying Disney (2011).

CFP: Space Oddities conference in Graz, Austria in November 2014

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:17am
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Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS)

41st AAAS Conference in Graz / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

SPACE ODDITIES:
Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange

When we think of American cities, we have a complex (and often contradictory) set of images in mind, possibly encompassing glimpses of the Boston Marathon bombings, postcard motifs of the One World Trade Center, and palm trees on Sunset Boulevard, L.A. In its various shapes and discourses, the American city functions as both a parameter and an expression of the complexities of U.S. social practice. At the same time, it also serves as a prism of overarching social and cultural transformation.

Boston University's American and New England Studies Program Graduate Conference 2014: New England and the World (Oct 24-25)

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:45pm
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Boston University American and New England Studies Program Graduate Student Association
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Call for Papers

The American and New England Studies Program at Boston University is pleased to announce its 2014 graduate student conference: "New England and the World." We invite submissions that consider New England's place in national and international contexts. Proposals should reflect New England's role as 'the Hub' and the ways that the region has been and remains a vital center for activity. We seek papers that follow an interdisciplinary framework through literature, film, architecture, history, visual culture, archeology, ethnic studies, and other disciplines.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Rural Survival Skills in an Urban Setting - MMLA 2014, November 13 - 16, Detroit

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:19pm
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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?

SOUTHERN STUDIES CONFERENCE 6-7 February 2015

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 1:58pm
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Auburn University at Montgomery
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Now in its seventh year, the AUM Liberal Arts Conference in Southern Studies invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. Topics may include but are not limited to:

SOUTHERN CRIMES, CAPERS, & CORRUPTIONS

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:28am
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NOLA DIASPORA journal
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NOLA Diaspora wants scholarly articles on New Orleans and Southern sin and/or decadence: crime and true crime, detective fiction, Mardi Gras and masking, Marie Laveau, and related topics.
Possible authors: Nevada Barr, James Lee Burke, Robert Olen Butler, Mary Jane Clark, Kate Chopin, Nicole Cooley, Moira Crone, Randy Fertel, Tim Gautreaux, Zachary Lazar, Laura Lippman, Bill Loehfelm, Walker Percy, Tom Piazzo, Anne Rice, Tennessee Williams, and Christine Wiltz
Possible topics: NOPD, Louisiana politics and politicians, Katrina survival stories, New Orleans Noir, post-Katrina life and rebuilding, Southern Gothic, Voodoo, Vampires, and Loup Garou and other mythical swamp beasts

The HUMAN journal is now open for submissions

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:51am
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The Human: Journal of Literature and Culture
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The Human (issn: 2147-9739) is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, Irish, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, drama & theatre studies, and comparative literature (where the pieces bridge literature of a country with Turkish literature). To learn more about The Human and its principles, please visit this page:
http://www.humanjournal.org

[UPDATE] Call for Papers for NeoAmericanist Issue 7.2

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:11am
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NeoAmericanist

NeoAmericanist, an online multi-disciplinary journal for the study of America, is issuing an extension on its CALL FOR PAPERS to interested Undergraduate and Graduate students. We are accepting any academic PAPERS as well as REVIEWS of books from Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level students on the topic of the United States of America.

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