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Comparative Media: PAMLA 2014, Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2)

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:03pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

If, as Marshall McLuhan famously asserts, media act as prosthesis, then our increasingly haptic relationship to digital technologies (think the nearly ubiquitous touchscreen interface of tablets and smart phones, as well as the rise of immersive VR as evidenced by Facebook's recently announced acquisition of Oculus) seems only natural. What, then, might constitute a denaturalized mediated environment? In addition to general comparative media topics, this standing session invites proposals that engage with PAMLA 2014's special conference theme, "Familiar Spirits."

Possible topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

21st-Century Moore - Conference on the Work of Marianne Moore, March 19-22, 2015

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:42am
University of Houston

In March 2015 the University of Houston will host the first meeting in a decade to focus on the writings of the major Modernist poet Marianne Moore. Scholars, poets, and artists will convene to discuss, debate, and celebrate Moore's work, laying the groundwork for the future of Moore studies.

In light of the past decade's work on Moore, including variorum and facsimile editions of her early and middle-period work and a ground-breaking new biography by Linda Leavell, the conference will examine Moore's place in the twenty-first century's understanding of Modernism.

9th Global Conference: The Erotic (November, 2014: Prague, Czech Republic)

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:21am
Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

9th Global Conference: The Erotic

Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations

Mapping the field of the erotic is a complex and frustrating endeavour; as something which permeates lived experience, interpersonal relationships, intellectual reflection, aesthetic tastes and sensibilities, the erotic is clearly multi-layered and requires a plethora of approaches, insights and perspectives if we are to better to understand, appreciate and define it.

Myth-Making Across Boundaries (22-24 October 2014: Literature and Cultural Studies Conference, Ege University, Izmir/Turkey)

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:04am
European Languages and Cultures Research and Application Centre

Every culture has its conception, interpretation, dissemination and reformulation of myths on a grand spectrum from oral and written narratives to aural and visual arts. Furthermore, myths from different cultures have similar formation mechanisms no matter how diverse social processes cultures might have undergone. The underlying motivation behind the similarity of myths, even myth-making processes, might be considered as deriving from various aspects and layers of cultural memory. Myths as one of the basic building blocks of culture are continuously rewoven into the fabric of memory.
Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• Comparative creation myths
• Ancient myths and/vs. modern myths

5th Global Conference: Making Sense of: Suffering (November, 2014:Prague, Czech Republic)

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:35am
Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

5th Global Conference: Making Sense of: Suffering

Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore if, or to what extent, meaning can be found in suffering. During the course of living our lives, we are invariably forced to stop and question why we suffer – be it through illness, pain, loss, grief or the multitude of distressing circumstances which we encounter. Problems arise in a variety of contexts and due to a bewildering variety of conditions. And because our lives are constant streams of experience, the nature of suffering and consequently the "meaning" of such suffering continually varies and changes.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:24pm
Cabrini College - Dr. Michelle Filling-Brown

The Cabrini College Department of English and Women's Studies Program invites undergraduate students and faculty to consider questions about what and who defines body image, as well as the significance of body image theoretically and historically understood.

The human body is both a site of resistance and conformity for constructed societal standards of beauty. Some believe beauty is stable and can be physically measured, while others consider beauty to be fluctuating manifestation of a cultural ideal.

Possible topics could address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

2014 PAMLA Conference (10/31/14-11/2/14, Riverside, CA): CFP May 15 Deadline

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 1:28pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The 2014 PAMLA Conference in sunny Riverside, California will be held from Friday, October 31, 2014 through Sunday, November 2, 2014. There are more than one hundred approved sessions to which you may propose a paper. For more information about the conference or to propose a paper (deadline May 15 at midnight), go to:

Call for Reviews

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 1:16pm
Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture

Shift welcomes exhibition and book reviews, as well as discussions concerning other art-related events from current graduate students. Please see Submission and Style Guidelines below.

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:03pm
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."

Mid-Atlantic Popular/= & American Culture Association Conference - November6-8, 2014, Baltimore MD - 25th Annual Conference

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:22am
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
25th Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2014
Baltimore, MD - Lord Baltimore Hotel

Call for papers:
Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Baltimore, MD. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Saturday, June 14, 2014.

[UPDATE] NeMLA Convention 2015 Call for Session Proposals *One Week Reminder*

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 8:19am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention

Hosted by Ryerson University

In April 2015, NeMLA will meet in Toronto, Ontario for its annual convention. Every year, this event affords NeMLA's principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of research dissemination and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. The convention will include roundtable and caucus meetings, workshops, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.

The deadline for session proposals is April 22, 2014.
The abstract deadline for approved sessions will be September 30, 2014.

NeMLA is a member-driven convention, accepting session proposals (panel, roundtable, creative session, seminar) in the following areas: