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Jackpot: Gambling throughout American History

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 3:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dave Schwartz and Jonathan D. Cohen
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 15, 2016

            We invite proposals for a collection of essays that will bring together different perspectives on the history gambling in the United States. Gambling represents a major economic and cultural phenomenon in modern America. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 70% of Americans engage in some form of wagering, amounting to a handle of over $130 billion per year. Gambling remains a hotly discussed topic as well, as exemplified in debates over the legality of daily fantasy sports, the continued expansion of casinos across the nation, and the frenzy over the record Powerball jackpot in January 2016.

[UPDATE] Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 3:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Megan Cannella/PAMLA
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

November 11 - 13, 2016
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.

Appalachian Nature Writing and Ecocriticism Anthology

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 3:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Cory
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 1, 2016

Appalachia, with its wealth of biodiversity, has yet to be properly recognized in an anthology that focuses on nature writing and Ecocriticism. This first-ever collection of Appalachian nature writing and schloarly criticism focusing on the Appalchian region and its literature will look at both the natural and post-natural world and the role the Appalachian region plays in such. 

Poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, one-act plays, and ecocritical essays are welcomed. 

Submission Guidelines

PAMLA 2016: "Queering Terror" (Abstract Due 6/10/16; Conference 11/11/16-11/13/16)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 1:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 2016
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

PAMLA 2016, Special Session

Institutional sponsor: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Session Chair: Stephanie Gibbons, Independent Scholar; Aaron DeRosa, Assistant Professor of 20th/21st C. American Literature, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Session Title: Queering Terror

Abstract (50 words): If the post-9/11 moment associated terror with region and religion, how have events—Katrina and Ferguson, the Great Recession and Greek austerity, climate change and uprisings—mutated our understanding of the term? Can terror be a useful model for thinking through racialized and gendered violence, normalized extremism, and neoliberal policies?

PAMLA 2016: African American Literature (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:45am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Looking for paper proposals on any topic relating to African American Literature. Papers relating in particular to the conference theme of “Archives, Libraries, Properties” are especially welcome. 

To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Proposals are due by Friday, June 10, 2016. 

The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA.

PAMLA 2016: American Literature after 1865 (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:45am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Please send abstracts on any aspect of American Literature 1865-present. Of particular interest are papers engaging literary friendships, authors in the public sphere, or authors and celebrity. Also of interest are papers addressing American authors in translation and/or issues of global reception/influence.

To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Proposals are due by Friday, June 10.

The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA.

PAMLA 2016: The Memory Factory: Hollywood's Influence on Historical Memory: (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:43am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Hollywood films frequently mine the historical archive for stories to enthrall their audiences. This panel interrogates what effect the material conditions of Hollywood filmmaking, such as funding concerns, film length, dramatic or narrative conventions, and celebrity, have on the populace’s conception of historical memory.

To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Proposals are due by Friday, June 10.

The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA

PAMLA 2016 Pasadena, CA (Abstracts due 6/10/16; Conference dates: 11-13 November 2016)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:43am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

The theme for PAMLA 2016, the 114th Annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, to be held on November 11-13, 2016 at the Westin Pasadena, in Pasadena, California, will be “Archives, Libraries, Properties.” You may submit a paper dealing with this theme, or dealing with a variety of other topics, to one of the more than 130 approved sessions at: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas

Paper proposals are due by June 10, and must include an approximately 500 word proposal, a 50 word abtract, a paper title, and your contact information.

CFP Reminder: Divining (the) Circum-Caribbean South(s) | Sponsored Panel at SAMLA 88 Conference | Jacksonville, FL | Nov 4-6, 2016

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:42am
full name / name of organization: 
The Society for the study of Southern Literature
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CFP: Divining (the) Circum-Caribbean South(s)
Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature
SAMLA 88 | November 4-6, 2016 | Jacksonville, FL

As SAMLA heads to Jacksonville, Florida, for its 2016 conference, one recalls Keith Cartwright’s characterization of the state as a “longtime frontier[] of creolizing contact” (8): “Whether in Old South Jacksonville or St. Augustine, or south of that South in Miami’s creolizing space, Florida repeats itself as an ‘un-American’ frontier of the nation, a multi-ethnic borderland, a point of contested migration and immigration, a location of repeating racialized violence, and a divinatory contact space” (188).

Literature: Empowerment through Empathy

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Indiana College English Association
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Indiana College English Association 2016 ConferenceLiterature: Empowerment through EmpathyFriday, October 28, 2016Indiana Wesleyan UniversityMarion, Indiana

 

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.  --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird  

CFP Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita (Survey & Collection in Development)

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Ruth Hsu & Pamela Thoma, co-editors/MLA
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The deadline for contributing to an MLA volume on Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita is fast approaching! Please complete the survey and propose an essay (submit an abstract) by 1 June 2016 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mlasurvey_yamashita. While the co-editors are excited to add another title devoted to Asian American literature to the MLA Teaching World Literatures series, we enthusiastically welcome all input: from those who have taught a single work by Yamashita only once to those who have regularly taught her works over several years. We want to hear from scholars both in the Americas and beyond.

Carson McCullers panel at SAMLA 2016

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Carson McCullers Society and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
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deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

In light of the conference theme of utopia/dystopia, the Carson McCullers Society and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians invite papers that explore the ways in which McCullers’ work presents settings and characters situated and interacting within ideal or imperfect structures and relationships. Further, 2017 will mark McCullers’ 100th birthday, and we might consider how her life and work resonates as we look to this centennial and what it offers to contemporary understandings of utopia/dystopia. Presentations about McCullers and her work that are not directly related to the conference theme are also welcome.

Deadline Extended: 25th Annual English Language and Literatures Conference, Nov. 12th, 2016 (Abstracts due May 31st)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 12:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English and Foreign Languages, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS
for the 25th Annual English Language and Literatures Conference
to be held at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL on Saturday, November 12, 2016
Featuring poet Roger Reeves as keynote speaker

WALKER PERCY'S UTOPIAS AND DYSTOPIAS

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 3:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
contact email: 
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Much of Walker Percy’s fiction and non-fiction writing is social commentary. At least two novels - Love in the Ruins and The Thanatos Syndrome - may be called dystopian or post-apocalyptic.  His numerous essays on race relations, on secular materialism, on misguided “self-help” books in a postmodern world seem to indicate that he suspected 20th century America was a dystopia itself.  Additionally, Walker Percy’s personal life included social action in his local community and through the Catholic Church.  Proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?" in Walker Percy’s fiction, non-fiction, or life are welcome.  Send 300-word abstracts, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dr.

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