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PRESENTER NEEDED: African American and Russian Literature

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 3:08pm
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2014 Annual MELUS Conference/Ralph Ellison Centennial Symposium
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Call for presenters to join panel, "Black and White and Red All Over: Literary Lineages and Allegiances between African America and Russia," at the 2014 Annual M.E.L.U.S. Conference, which is being held in conjunction with the Ralph Ellison Centennial Symposium at Oklahoma City University, March 6-9.

[UPDATE] 2nd Annual UIowa Graduate Student Conference, April 5th 2014

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:44am
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University of Iowa World Languages Graduate Student Organization
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The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO) invites you to submit abstracts for academic papers, poster presentations, or creative writing pieces from all disciplines that investigate edges and the ways in which they shape, limit, and expand the world around us.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to wlgoiaconf@gmail.com by 5 p.m. Monday February 10th, 2014. We prefer abstracts and presentations in English but in some cases we will consider submissions in other languages. In your abstract, please specify if your presentation will be a poster, creative writing, or an academic paper. We welcome both individual presentations or panels proposals of 3-4 presenters.

Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon? (MLA 2015 Special Session, Vancouver, BC)

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:38am
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Ian Butcher, Duquesne University
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What constitutes the canon of academic novels? Discussion of the genre has tended to focus on a limited number of novels. On the British side, C. P. Snow's The Masters, Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim, David Lodge's campus trilogy (Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work), and A. S. Byatt's Possession dominate. For American academe, a similarly small number have dominion over the field: Mary McCarthy's The Groves of Academe, Randall Jarrell's Pictures from an Institution, Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin, Bernard Malamud's A New Life, Jane Smiley's Moo, Richard Russo's Straight Man, and Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. If these novels are taken to constitute the academic novel canon, as it were, what picture of academe emerges from them?

NeMLA 46th Annual Convention: Spring 2015, Toronto, Ontario

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:48am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS deadline April 22, 2014

In spring 2015, NeMLA will meet in Toronto, Ontario for its annual convention. In mid-March, the association will begin accepting online session proposals (panel, seminar, roundtable, creative session) in the following areas:

American
Anglophone
British
Canadian
Comparative Languages & Theory
Culture & Media Studies
French and Francophone
German
Italian
Pedagogy
Professional
Russian
Spanish/Portuguese
Rhetoric & Composition
Women's and Gender Studies
World Languages (non-European)
 
For 2015, NeMLA  particularly welcomes proposals on the following topics:

Minetta Review is accepting submissions!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 2:30am
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Minetta Review
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The Minetta Review is a literary and arts publication managed by undergraduate students at New York University. Print editions are made available free of charge to the student body and to bookshops in Greenwich Village, and select content is viewable on our WordPress. If you are a poet, proser, prose-poet, painter, sculptor, photographer, digital illustrator—otherwise an experimenter of combining word and visual art—we encourage you to submit your work to minettasubmit@gmail.com. The deadline for the Spring 2014 issue is March, 15 2014.

Check out our WordPress for previous issues and submission guidelines:
minettareview.wordpress.com/submit

March 28, 2014 - Impression and Object: a Conference on Critical Theory - Deadline Extended to February 14 2014

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:31am
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CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature
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Impression and Object
A Conference on Critical Theory

Keynote Speaker:
Joshua Landy (Stanford University)

All experiences are moral experiences, even in the realm of sense perception. - Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Please note that the deadline has been extended to February 14, 2014.

[UPDATE}

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 6:07pm
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Binghamton University (SUNY) Graduate Student Organization

Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword across the humanities; the term usually implies that scholars make use of the tools of another discipline while remaining within the boundaries of their own. The French philosopher Jacques Rancière points to the impossibility of this project, describing his work as "a-disciplinary" or "in-disciplinary." This conference seeks to reflect on the current state of work within the humanities by asking if the traditional ways of organizing disciplines are sufficient for the future of academia.

We invite talks/papers that deal with but are not limited to the following topics:

Defend and promote the arts and humanities.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 3:51pm
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The New Union
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A new project designed to defend and promote the value and all round general goodness of the arts and humanities is looking for passionate people to contribute articles.

We are looking for like-minded people to write on a variety of subjects and urge you to contact us at editors@new-union.co.uk with ideas and suggestions. We aim to start publishing content online from March 2014.

You can find out more about us at thenewunion.wordpress.com/manifesto.

Philologist - journal of language, literary and cultural studies

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 3:25pm
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University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Philology
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We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the third issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.

You can read previous issues online at http://doisrpska.nub.rs/index.php/filolog/issue/archive

Reading Matters - May 30, 2014

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:55am
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UCLA's 25th Annual Friends of English Southland Conference

Keynote Speaker: Professor Helen Deutsch

"I love to cope him in these sullen fits,
For then he's full of matter."
- Duke Senior, As You Like It

War and Life Writing

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:43am
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I-Chun Wang
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Papers are invited for publication in a special issue entitled War and Life Writing. Ed. Louise O. Vasvari and I-Chun Wang. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 17.2 (June 2015): (Purdue University Press ISSN 1481-4374). Throughout history, humans share(d) similar experiences in war: they narrate their experiences and document suffering, trauma, dislocation, memory, etc. Life writing on war is often about (im)migration, separation, and dreams of return. The guest editors of the special issue on War and Life Writing invite studies on life writing in all its forms: auto/biography, memoir, testimony, diaries, letters, works in media other than print, as well as visual representation of war from all periods of human history.

Death and the Maiden: A Special Issue of Writing from Below - 1 March 2014

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 8:27pm
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Writing from Below
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A recurring symbol and theme in Western cultural production since the fifteenth-century, imagery of death and the maiden reveals a dark bond between sexuality and death. Pictures of a decaying corpse seducing a young woman, such as Hans Baldung's Death and the Maiden, became popular during the Renaissance, and have been repeated and adapted oftentimes since, the theme taken up by modern artists such as Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, or composer Franz Schubert.

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