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NeMLA April 30 - May 3, 2015, Toronto, ON Canada

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:13pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association - Women's and Gender Studies Caucus
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The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus (WGSC) of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) welcomes session proposals (panel, roundtable, seminar) for the 2015 Convention in Toronto ON Canada, April 30 – May 3. The deadline for submission is April 22, 2014, and the online proposal form will be available mid-March. Please see www.nemla.org.

Please note that these are for session topics only. NeMLA does not accept pre-formed sessions. The full Call for Papers for approved sessions will be available online in June. The abstract submission deadline of individual papers for approved sessions will be September 30, 2014.

Special Topics Journal Issue - Adaptation Across the Humanities (Deadline: May 1, 2014)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:59pm
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Robert Neblett / Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)
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Call for Papers!

INTERDISCIPLINARY HUMANITIES

Special Issue: Fall 2014

Re-Imagining, Re-Remembering and Cultural Recycling:
Adaptation Across the Humanities
Guest Editor: Robert L. Neblett

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014

Inaugural issue of the James Baldwin Review

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:15am
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James Baldwin Review

The James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. An Open Access online publication, The James Baldwin Review will bring together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin' writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
Deadline for submissions: Sept 30th, 2014. Submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract. Detailed submission instructions can be found on our website:

Diasporic Others: Italian Canadian Literature in Context

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:53am
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MLA Italian American Discussion Group--Jim Cocola
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For Italian American Discussion Group panel at MLA conference in Vancouver, January 8-11, 2015, seeking considerations of literary works by Italian Canadians, other ethnic Canadians, others from the Italian diaspora in the U.S., the Americas, the world. Send 300 word abstracts by 18 March 2014 to Jim Cocola (jcocola@wpi.edu)

Texts and Contexts Critical Companion to World Literatures in English

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 3:28am
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Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.

The Risks of Metatextuality: On the Forms and Processes of Authorial Commentary

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 2:49am
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Interférences littéraires / Literaire interferenties: A Multilingual e-Journal of Literary Studies

This issue of Interférences littéraires / Literaire interferenties aims to explore the risks and problems involved in authorial commentary, whether in the form of prefaces, interviews, essays or letters: What risks are involved for authors who produce or leave traces of their reflections on their oeuvre and lives? What sorts of critique may they evoke? What are the risks of specific paratextual genres, and how do authors acknowledge, anticipate and confront these particular risks? More broadly, how do these authors – as well as their editors, readers, and critics – conceive of or confront these risks?

[UPDATE] MLA 2015: Narrating Disaster in an Era of Global Climate Change (8-11 January; Vancouver, Canada)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 1:22am
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Christopher Walker
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This proposed special session will examine the events, geographies, temporalities, and genres of Global Climate Change. In the wake of 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this session will ask how the technical language of risk assessment—"exceptionally unlikely" to "virtually certain"—is narrated in different media to capture the unfolding and impending harm to humans and non-humans?; how can the imperatives of global social justice be addressed alongside pressing environmental crises?; what frameworks might address the uneven geographic distribution of harms and articulate the incremental yet inevitable pace of sea-level rise, desertification, and biodiversity loss?

Sustainable Work, Invisible Class, Unpaid Labor, and Forgotten Culture in American Literature

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:32am
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Owen Cantrell
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In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel will investigate the difficulties with sustainable representations of work, class, and labor in American literature. As the predominant American myth of success states that class is but a transitory state, making work, labor, and social class an important part of the literary and academic conversation remains a struggle for scholars interested in these issues. The questions we are interested in posing in this session are: How can scholars emphasize a focus on issues of class, work, and labor in American literature? How can this emphasis be sustained as part of a larger conversation with American literary scholarship?

CFP: Wealth and the Commons

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:28pm
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United States Association of Commonwealth Lit and Lang Studies
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"Wealth and the Commons"

A conference organized by the United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS)

October 12-13, 2014
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square
near Houston, Texas

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