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International James Baldwin Conference 26-28 May 2016

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 5:06am
The American University of Paris

International Conference: "A Language to Dwell In": James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions
At The American University of Paris
26-28 May 2016

Call for Papers

Language Change, Shifting Borders, and Identity Construction (MLA, Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:10pm
MLA Forum on Language Change

The Executive Committee on Language Change at the Modern Language Association (MLA) is accepting papers for a session to be held at the annual conference in January 2016 in Austin. We seek papers that examine how language change relates to linguistic identity construction and crossing borderlands (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious). Papers that address the theoretical and empirical relevance of the concept of border to research in language variation and change from interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15 to Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu).

Rethinking the 'L' in MLA (Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:08pm
MLA Forum on Language Change

The MLA Forum on Language Change invites proposals for a panel on "Rethinking the 'L' in MLA." Papers might address questions like: What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught languages have in the MLA? How can they inform literary studies?

The Modern Language Association convention will be held in Austin, TX on January 7-10, 2016. Please send 300-word abstracts to Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu) by 15 March 2015.

Proposed Edited Collection: Theorizing Ethnicity in the Chick Lit Genre

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 4:47pm
Erin Hurt

Though the chick lit genre is most often cited as a location for the study of contemporary white women's experiences or perhaps to debate the genre's feminist credentials, it has in the last fifteen years emerged as a site where protagonists of many ethnicities negotiate their cultural identities and notions of national belonging. In novels such as Alisa Valdes Rodriguez's The Dirty Girls Social Club (2003) or Tara FT Sering's Amazing Grace (2008), Latina, African-American, South Asian-American, and Chinese-American protagonists redefine their relationship to the United States, their families, and their heritage while at the same time they attempt to achieve, in typical chick lit fashion, some measure of success.

Speculative Fiction – SAMLA – November 13-15, 2015

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:19pm
Lisa Wenger Bro / Middle Georgia State College

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.

Personas in Production

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 2:51pm
School of The Arts, The University of Northampton

8 April 2015, School of the Arts, The University of Northampton
(Hosted by The Postcolonial Visual Culture, Performance and Narrative Research Group within The Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory )

The Partition of India – Beyond Improbable Lines

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:06pm
Elisabetta Marino, Daniela Rogobete

The impressive amount of historical, fictional and analytical texts inspired by the Indian Partition makes it rather difficult for anybody to find a new angle of research that might reveal other unexpected nuances hidden under the layers of textuality the event has already gathered. The plethora of scholarly studies and anthologies focused on the Partition have tried to analyze the innumerable aspects of this historic moment from a variety of perspectives in the attempt to either recreate the event, rememorize and better understand it or to assess its socio, political, historical, national and emotional implications.

The Partition of India – Beyond Improbable Lines

updated: 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:02pm
Elisabetta Marino, Daniela Rogobete

The impressive amount of historical, fictional and analytical texts inspired by the Indian Partition makes it rather difficult for anybody to find a new angle of research that might reveal other unexpected nuances hidden under the layers of textuality the event has already gathered. The plethora of scholarly studies and anthologies focused on the Partition have tried to analyze the innumerable aspects of this historic moment from a variety of perspectives in the attempt to either recreate the event, rememorize and better understand it or to assess its socio, political, historical, national and emotional implications.

[UPDATE] Hostile Intelligences and The General Antagonism CALL FOR PAPERS

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:30am
Sara Collins/Pratt Institute

Hostile Intelligences and The General Antagonism: CALL FOR PAPERS

"Collective intelligence has to organise itself into a hostile intelligence — also in the sense of inoculating the host as a malignant parasite. An alien intelligence is not concerned with any orthodoxy, it proliferates and organises its own heresies".
–Matteo Pasquinelli

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