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CCHA: Southern Sensations and Sensibilities Oct. 30 - Nov.1 Tampa FL

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:50pm
The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division

The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division, invites proposals from faculty, graduate students and administrators on "Southern Sensations and Sensibilities." The theme highlights the combinations and contradictions that create Southern life, past, present, and future, from "melancholy little dramas" to panoramic visions.
Possible topics for the theme include, but aren't limited to
• Characters, crime, and craziness in the South that shape literature, art, film, and performance
• Southern political, social, and historical trends and crossroads
• Cultural construction through Southern humor and humorists
• Civic engagement and service learning in the South

UPDATE: Urban Studies CFP

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:07pm
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

Call for Papers:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.

UPDATE: Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:52pm
Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:25pm
Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University

Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its second bi-annual Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 10 & 11, 2014. The theme of this year's meeting, "Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture," highlights the interconnections between the experiences of Blacks living in Africa and the Black Diaspora and the significance of these experiences in the formation of past and current identities in a global world.

7th International Conference on American Studies October 10-11, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:46am
Irakli Tskhvediani/Akaki Tsereteli State University

Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia will host a two-day international multidisciplinary conference in American studies. The conference is organized by Prof. Vakhtang Amaglobeli Center for American Studies at Akaki Tsereteli State University and John Dos Passos Association of Georgia. The event is supported by the US Embassy in Georgia.

We invite a variety of contributions that address any of the following topics:
•U.S. Literature
•U.S. History
•U.S. Culture and Arts
•U.S. Politics and Economics
•U.S. Education System
•Georgian-American Relations

[Update] Modernist Studies Association Conference, 6-9 November 2014; "Modernity, Contingency, Community" panel

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:07am
Steph Brown/University of Arizona; Thomas Claviez/University of Bern

The Confluence and Division website poses the question "How can modernist practices, aesthetics, and formations be situated within or in relation to modernity's energies, imagined as layers, structures, and figures of confluence and division?" We suggest that modernist representations of contingency afford unique ways of situating these energies in a variety of aesthetic, political, and philosophical contexts. Our panel proposes to examine texts, artifacts, and modernist contexts in which communities are constructed in relation to, and make productive use of, a phenomenon that has been identified as one of the key characteristics of modernity: that of contingency.

M/MLA 2014 (Detroit Nov. 13-16)- Hospitality and the City

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 2:57pm
The Midwest Modern Language Association

The American Literature II panel (permanent section of the annual M/MLA convention) seeks papers on American fiction/film/drama/poetry 1870-present addressing the theme of the city as host, or, forms of hospitality in the city, individual or collective.
My starting point is Jacques Derrida's argument that within the notion of hospitality there is a fundamental and irrevocable tension between the act of being hospitable (an action which serves to maintain host/hosted hierarchies) and what he calls "impossible hospitality," a welcoming of any and all that implicitly demands a kind of non-mastery, even a potential relinquishing of ownership and property.

MMLA 2014: The (Digital) Lives of Cities (Nov. 13-16) DUE MAY 31

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:12am
MMLA Digital Humanities Permanent Section

Midwest Modern Language Association 2014: The Lives of Cities
November 13-16, 2014 | Detroit, MI

In Programmed Visions, Wendy Chun suggests that "the call to map may be the most obscuring of all: by constantly drawing connections between data points, we sometimes forget that the map should be the beginning, rather than the end, of the analysis" (177). With this year's MMLA conference theme of "The Lives of Cities," the second annual permanent section of digital humanities will explore criticisms of, experiments with, and provocations on mapping, geographic visualization, or other conceptions of urban space that work with or against the digital. Possible topics/projects include:

CFP: The Child Image

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 5:41am
Red Feather Journal

Red Feather Journal (, an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal of the child image, seeks submissions for the Spring 2014 issue (deadline April 20th, 2014).

The aesthetics and politics of contemporary women's life-writing in Canada and the US: multicultural perspectives; 07 March 2015

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 5:14am
Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

The proliferation and popularity of life-writing in the last three decades has resulted in intense critical inquiry focusing on issues ranging from neurobiological sources of narrative identity to writing style and form, from ethical and legal concerns to narrative self-fashioning of the gendered and/or ethnic and racial self in life writing. While throughout the 1970s and 1980s gender provided an important lens through which to view life-writing, the early findings of the essential differences between texts written by women and men were soon invalidated.