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

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:17am
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
Boston University American and New England Studies Program Graduate Student Association

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
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
Auburn University at Montgomery

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
NOLA DIASPORA journal

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
The Human: Journal of Literature and Culture

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
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.

[Deadline extended to 31/05/2014] In principio fuit interpres: Translation as the Genesis and Palingenesis of Literature

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 5:29am
Paola Cattani, Matteo Fadini, Federico Saviotti

Please note that «Ticontre» Journal deadline for the Call for contributions for the monographic section "In principio fuit interpres: Translation as the Genesis and Palingenesis of Literature" has been extended to May, 31st, 2014.

«È noto che all'inizio di nuove tradizioni di lingua scritta e letteraria, fin dove possiamo spingere lo sguardo, sta molto spesso la traduzione: sicché al vulgato superbo motto idealistico in principio fuit poëta vien fatto di contrapporre oggi l'umile realtà che in principio fuit interpres, il che significa negare nella storia l'assolutezza o autoctonia di ogni cominciamento.» (Gianfranco Folena, Volgarizzare e tradurre, Torino, Einaudi, 1994)

Republics of Letters - A Journal of Literature, Arts, Politics, and the Arts - Call for submissions

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:50pm
Arcade, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Stanford University

Republics of Letters is a peer-reviewed, digital journal dedicated to the study of knowledge, politics, and the arts, from Antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the early modern period. Articles are organized by forum, each of which, unlike special issues in print journals, will continue to accept new material over time. All articles are freely accessible. The journal is sponsored by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) of Stanford University.

The Renaissance Formerly Known as Harlem: Race and Diaspora in the Global City

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 6:58pm
MMLA/Midwest Modern Language Association

This special session for MMLA 2014 (Detroit, Nov 13-16) seeks papers on the Renaissance formerly known as Harlem. Recent scholarly debates—including the recent special issue of Modernism/modernity on "The Harlem Renaissance and the New Modernist Studies" (20.3)—have suggested new terminology to define the New Negro movement in the United States during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. From "New Negro" to "Black" Renaissance, these terms highlight alternative spheres of black cultural production. While it is necessary to move beyond the narrow geographic parameters of the "Harlem" Renaissance, it is also important to break open Harlem itself and to understand it as a globally inflected cityscape.

Pastoral Cities, MMLA (Nov. 13-16, 2014, Detroit)

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:25pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In his study Pastoral Cities (1987), James L. Machor gives the name "urban-pastoral" to a cultural myth of rural-urban synthesis, which he deems foundational to the moral geography of American life, from the Puritans' "City on a Hill" to Frederick Law Olmsted's "City Beautiful". To recognize and complicate this rural-urban dream, Machor argues, was one of the achievements of American writers through the nineteenth century. And yet, despite the recent pastoral turn in literary scholarship, few critics have analyzed urban-pastoralism in later or less canonical works.

[Update] Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture, 112th PAMLA Annual Conference, Riverside CA, 10/31-11/2/2014

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 1:13pm
Roland Finger, Cuesta College

CFP for Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture

Please submit proposals on the undead and culture for the Beyond Life panel at the 2014 PAMLA Conference, held at the Riverside Convention Center, California, Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014.

The undead have forcefully risen in popular literature and media and targeted the pillars of society—identity, family, religion, and government. Normal life simultaneously loses and acquires value vis-à-vis threats from the undead. This session investigates the significance of the undead within culture, literature, and philosophy.

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2014

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
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

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.

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