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Narratives of Contingency (MLA, Austin 2016)

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:54pm
Kristina Quynn/Colorado State University

Paper proposals sought for a special session to be proposed for MLA 2016 (Austin, TX) that consider the narratives and/or discourses of "contingency" in modern/contemporary literature or documents of academe relevant to contingency studies.

Topics might include readings of academic novels and stories that include adjunct, contingent, or non-tenure-track characters; the rhetorical moves and textual representations of contingent faculty in job postings, institutional or other field-specific materials; the range of approaches we might use to understand contingency relevant to race, gender, class, or other relevant critical theories; readings that explore or theorize the function of contingency in tales of academe.

CFP: MLA 2015, deadline March 15, Division of American Literature to 1800

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:33pm
Kathleen Donegan/University of California, Berkeley

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Executive Committee for Division of American Literature to 1800 invites submissions to the following calls for papers for the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, Texas.

Linguistics and Translation in Early America
Cross-cultural communication, literacies, knowledge, and indigenous adaptations. What shapes language and translation in the Americas from 1492 – 1836? CV; 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015: Sarah Rivett (srivett@princeton.edu)

Special Journal Section: The New Black and The New Negro: Generational Tensions between Blackness, Colorlessness, and Post-Black

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 12:39pm
Kinitra Brooks, guest editor / Transnational Literature

CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Feature: Volume 8, no. 1, November 2015
Guest Editor: Kinitra D. Brooks, University of Texas, San Antonio

The New Black and The New Negro: Generational Tensions between Blackness, Colorlessness, and Post-Black

A class of colored people, the 'New Negro', ... have arisen since the War, with education, refinement, and money. – Cleveland Gazette, 28 June 1895

MLA 2016 Special Session: The Counterpublics of Underground Comix

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:33am
MLA / Margaret Galvan and Leah Misemer


When underground comix emerged in America in the 1970s, they were connected with the counter culture movement and rife with anti-establishment content. These comics participated in and addressed counterpublics, which queer theorist Michael Warner defines as "formed by their conflict with the norms and contexts of their cultural environment." Yet much of the scholarship of the underground comix movement has centered on straight white men located in San Francisco (e.g. R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson).

4th Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN) 28-31 October 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles Brussels-Belgiu

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:30am
European Beat Studies Network

Call for Papers

4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN)
28-31 October 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Brussels-Belgium

Papers are invited for the 4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network. In keeping with the inclusive spirit of the EBSN, we are open to submissions of scholarly papers, panels, and roundtables, as well as artistic/creative dialogues and performances devoted to any aspect of the Beat Generation.

Comparing Literary Historiography

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:10am
MLA 2016, Special Session

Papers that theorize a construction of polylingual literary history in local, national, and global contexts are invited to imagine a manifesto for a transnational and transregional comparative literary historiography for this special session of MLA 2016 at Austin. We aim to examine literary historiography that takes into account more than one language tradition. Examples include world literary history, regional or imperial literary histories, literary histories of nations with a variety of literary languages (e.g., Belgium, Canada, India, Switzerland, the US), and histories that attempt to incorporate dialect with official versions of "a" language, or oral with written forms of literature.

LIQUID BLACKNESS - Call for Proposals

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:35pm
liquid blackness

liquid blackness is undertaking a long term research project on the legendary yet seldom seen film: Larry Clark's 1977 Passing Through. Studying the potential of the arts and politics of the jazz ensemble, we are developing an experimental project of collective research that will unfold throughout the year, and culminate in a public screening and symposium in Fall 2015.

The Transnational West (MLA 2016, January 7-10, Austin, TX)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 2:37pm
Western Literature Association

This panel seeks to go beyond the territory opened by the spaghetti-westerns to explore the ways in which the themes and tropes of the West have been appropriated (or re-appropriated)/redeployed/repurposed in texts, broadly defined, with a transnational context. Please submit a 250 word proposal to Kerry Fine by March 15th.

The Profane West (MLA 2016, January 7-10, Austin, TX)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 2:31pm
Western Literature Association

Looking beyond the common meaning of "profane" this roundtable takes for its focus the theme of The 51st Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, to be held in Big Sky, Montana. President Elect, Linda Karell, asks us to approach: "profane as that which is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, shared in secret; unofficial and unsanctioned pleasures; profane as the necessary other side to sacred, as that which helps define sacred but undoes it, too; profane as in challenging rote and accepted ways of thinking about/defining/ celebrating the West, even though those ways might once have occupied the status of subversive.

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