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'Discussing Disney', 3-4 September 2014

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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:53am
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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 April 2014.

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

Journal: Southern Quarterly special issue on "Freedom Summer" (May 15, 2014)

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 5:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Brian Norman
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Southern Quarterly special issue on "Freedom Summer"

call for papers for section on "Literature of the Movement"

The Southern Quarterly is planning a special issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. We invite submissions for a section devoted to "Literature of the Movement." Questions might include, how does Freedom Summer shape the literary imagination in general or how have poets and writers represented the events of Freedom Summer in particular works? How did the events of the Freedom Summer influence civil rights-era literature and cultural production?

CFP; James Hogg and His World 2015 Conference, University of Toronto

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 3:18pm
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James Hogg Society

Call for Papers
James Hogg and His World
Victoria College, University of Toronto (April 9 – 12, 2015)

The James Hogg Society welcomes paper proposals for its upcoming conference on James Hogg and His World, to be held at Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto from April 9-12, 2015. Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be submitted to Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson at alkersr@whitman.edu and holly.nelson@twu.ca respectively by September 15th, 2014.

Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood in Literature Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Oct 22-24, 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:05am
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Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement

In 1976, Adrienne Rich broke new ground with her text Of Woman Born, in which she challenged scholars to confront their tendency to avoid discussions of motherhood, observing: "We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood." Rich's book helped to launch the academic study of mothering in literature, as evidenced by the publication of several key texts: The Lost Tradition: Mothers and Daughters in Literature (1980), Mother Puzzles: Daughters and Mothers in Contemporary American Literature (1989), Women's Fiction Between the Wars: Mothers, Daughters, and Writing (1998), This Giving Birth: Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women's Writing (2000), and Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts (2010).

Utopia and Nonviolence: 15th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society. Prague, 2–5 July 2014.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:09pm
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Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
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The special focus of the 2014 conference of The Utopian Studies Society is nonviolence and its relationship to utopianism. Our politics and culture are built around violence and war. As already Ralph W. Emerson observed, "[t]hat the project of peace should appear visionary to great numbers of sensible men; should appear laughable, even, to numbers; should appear to the grave and good-natured to be embarrassed with extreme practical difficulties, —is very natural." Moreover, nonviolent ends are often justified by violent means; we "fight" for justice and peace. Even the word "nonviolence"—like utopia—is defined by a lack; and likewise charged with idealism or wishful thinking.

India and America Panel Talk- Oct. 3 - 5

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:37pm
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Midwest Popular Culture Association
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India and America in Popular Culture

Over Christmas 2013, Dhoom 3 released in to enormous international success, both in India where it was produced and in America, where it was filmed. More and more these two countries are cementing their trade deals with sharing popular culture. Everything from Yo Yo Honey Singh's Hip Hop influenced songs to Diwali episodes of The Office to Shahrukh Khan presenting at the Golden Globes show these increasing ties. Is this a new form of colonialism or is it an equal partnership? How are the products adapted as the travel between cultures? What is lost and what is gained?

Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature: Imagination Participation and Co-Creation. 10/31/14-11/1/14

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 9:51am
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Conference on Christianity and Literature
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2014 Mideast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: "The Imagination, Participation, and Co-Creation"
Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA
October 31 – November 1, 2014

Plenary Speaker: Alison Milbank, professor of theology and religious studies at The University of Nottingham, Author of Dante and the Victorians and Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians.

David Foster Wallace Conference UPDATE Deadline Extension

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:42am
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Illinois State University, Department of English, Publications Unit
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Website: https://faculty.sharepoint.illinoisstate.edu/dfw/Pages/default.aspx

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Sunday, March 23 at noon.

The First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference Sponsored by The Publications Unit, Department of English, Illinois State University

To be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Call for Papers

CFP [Deadline Reminder] Grief. Language. Art. (Liverpool, 8-10 July 2014)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:09am
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University of Liverpool
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Keynotes:

- Dr David Bolt(Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University)

- Professor Clara Mucci (Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara)

- Dr Julie-Marie Strange (History at the University of Manchester)

More about speakers: http://melancholyandpain.liv.ac.uk/?page_id=325

Link to CFP: http://melancholyandpain.liv.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CFP-G.L.A....

DEADLINE EXTENDED Shapeshifters: Recycling and Literature (April 25-26, 2014) Yale University

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 1:33am
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Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University

SHAPESHIFTERS: Recycling and Literature
Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) and Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA)

We are looking for a few more papers to fill out some of our panels. We would be particularly interested in relevant papers dealing with poetry, film and art history.

Theories of Realism and Naturalism-Abstracts due by May 30, 2014

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:20pm
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SAMLA 86: Sustainability and the Humanities, Nov 7-9 2014
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of late 19th- and 20th-century realism and naturalism. Possible topics could include—but are not limited to—theories of realism and naturalism, transatlantic realisms/naturalisms, social vs. psychological realism, women and naturalism, literature and social ethics, and historicist interpretations of realism and naturalism. Papers might address theoretical issues or discuss specific literary works. Proposals addressing the conference theme are especially welcome. By May 30, 2014, please submit a 250-word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Myrto Drizou, Valdosta State University, at mdrizou@valdosta.edu.

Lamar Journal of the Humanities -- open topic

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 8:15pm
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Amy C. Smith/Lamar University
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The Lamar Journal of the Humanities is an interdisciplinary journal published twice yearly by the College of Arts and Sciences of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Papers of interdisciplinary or general interest in the fields of literature, history, contemporary culture, and the fine arts are appropriate for submission. Languages accepted are English, German, French, and Spanish. Detailed studies of highly specialized topics, literary explications which do not elucidate broader historical or ideological issues, and statistical essays in the social sciences are not encouraged but will be considered. Manuscripts, normally not to exceed 6000 words, should conform to The MLA Handbook or The Chicago Manual of Style.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: Rhetoric of War 12th Annual International Conference, May 23-24, 2014 (Abstracts due March 30)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 5:20pm
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Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

Rhetoric of War
12th Annual International Conference, 23-24 May 2014

The Department of English at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May. The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.

"Extra! Extra!" Film, Civics, and Supernumerary Modernism MSA Pittsburgh 2014

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 8:40am
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Katherine Fusco / Modernist Studies Association
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This CFP, for the upcoming MSA conference in Pittsburgh, invites abstracts for a panel focused on film as a civic industry that traffics in images of solidarity, civic involvement, mass citizenship, or social/economic exclusion. Work on film as "vernacular modernism" (as Miriam Hansen wrote) has envisioned cinema as both a "social horizon of experience" and an effort to articulate new modes of sensory perception—a tension produced by, but also critical of, Fordist modes of cultural and economic production.

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