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I Prefer Not To: Anti-Work Politics in American Literature and Culture (MLA 2017: Philadelphia)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:06am
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Jennifer Hagen Forsberg

Revolution. Rebellion. Protest. Radicalism. Anarchism. The refusal to work in American literature and culture has been called by many names. This special session aims to examine how a refusal to work—rather than a Protestant work ethic—has been a foundational concept in the development of America.

DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:27am
full name / name of organization: 
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

August 19-21, 2016
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)

Metal in Strange Places: Aural, Emotional, Tactile, Visual

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:04am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Dayton
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October 20-22, 2016
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1520, USA

In recent years Metal Studies conferences have examined the business of metal, metal's cultural impact, metal and communal experience, and popular culture and metal, to name a few. As Metal Studies expands. more and more themes and topics need to be researched by scholars around the world.

Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Critical Essays on American Horror Story

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:02am
full name / name of organization: 
Cameron Williams and Leverett Butts / University of North Georgia

American Horror Story is an anthology horror series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The series comprises five seasons—Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel—each self-contained, featuring a different storyline, characters, setting, and time period. The series, which has garnered acclaim from critics and from its devoted audience, has been lauded for how it blends (and bends) elements of the horror genre with true events in American history, as well as for its exceptional recurring cast. AHS has also received praise—and some criticism—for how it tackles sensitive topics like sexuality and race. The series is campy, graphic, and excessive; it revels in being transgressive.

MLA Special Session Proposal: New Approaches to Existentialism and the Absurd (5–8 January 2017, Philadelphia)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:49am
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Languages Association
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This panel will explore new approaches to the study of the existentialist and absurdist movements in the 20th century.  We invite proposals for papers that rethink these movements in light of recent scholarship related to gender, race, ecology, transnationalism, and immigration. We welcome papers that rethink issues at the heart of these two movements: the category of the Other, the search for meaning in the world and its environment, freedom and oppression, the political and the private. We are also interested in how these movements have been in dialogue with each other.

New Voices in Jewish-American Literature (Proposals Due 3/18)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:26am
full name / name of organization: 
Open Library of the Humanities

The retirement of Philip Roth in 2012 signifies a definite break with the past, the silencing of one of the last living links with the Jewish generation that dominated post-war American literary culture (Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Isaac Bashevis Singer et al.). This does not, however, mean the end of Jewish-American literature. Recent years have rather shown the remarkable tenacity of Jewish-American writing: its enduring ability to grapple with contemporary society's pivotal issues along with its power to initiate new critical debates.

MOSF Journal of Science Fiction (Vol. 1, No. 2)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 6:36am
full name / name of organization: 
Monica Louzon / Museum of Science Fiction

We are soliciting manuscripts to be featured in Vol. I, No. 2 of Museum of Science Fiction's Journal of Science Fiction (MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, http://publish.lib.umd.edu/scifi/index). The inaugural issue was released on January 26, 2016, and Vol. I, No. 2 will be published by May 31, 2016. Manuscripts for Vol. I, No. 2 are due by March 25, 2016.

[UPDATE] Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment 1500-1750

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:49am
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Birmingham Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies

During the early modern period, national identity was increasingly defined by the dynamic between people and the environment they populated. While many still longed for the pastoral ideal of Britain as the 'Eden of Europe', the looming threat of pollution, natural disaster, resource depletion, and urbanisation beset the thoughts of contemporary writers, theologians, and politicians. Though it had been long held that the environment had an observable influence on the fortunes of a nation and the character of its citizens, the inhabitants of early modern Britain now became gradually conscious of their impact on the natural world.

John Clare: the One and the Many; MLA Jan 2017

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:47am
full name / name of organization: 
John Clare Society of North America

The John Clare Society of North America invites proposals for its guaranteed session/panel at the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, PA, January 5th-8th, 2017.

TOPIC: "John Clare: the One and the Many" Scholarship on any aspect of singularity, multiplicity, unity, disorder, and/or the myriad meanings, images or forms in Clare's life and work.

Abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016 to Erica McAlpine at erica.mcalpine@keble.ox.ac.uk

East Asian Human Rights Cinema: Producing Social Change in Japan and Korea (proposals due Feb. 15, 2016)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema
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Call for Papers: East Asian Human Rights Cinema: Producing Social Change in Japan and Korea

Special Issue of Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2016

Deadline for completed essays: May 15, 2016

Original essays are being sought for a special issue of Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema devoted to the subject of East Asian human rights films.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Mining the Landscape: Jane Smiley's Western Novels (WLA 9/21-24); 5/13

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Abele
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Session proposed for Western Literature Association
Big Sky, Montana Sept. 21-Sept. 24, 2016

This year's conference theme is The Profane West, including what is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, and/or secretly shared. The novels of Jane Smiley frequently explore the poisonous effects of the unexamined ideologies, negotiations, and secrets that she presents as integral to the development of the West. This session invites papers that examine the relationship of Smiley's fiction to The Profane West.

Call for Papers Portals Spring 2016—Time and Space (3/14 Deadline)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:25pm
full name / name of organization: 
Comparative Literature Student Association

Call for Papers

Portals, Spring 2016, Volume 13

From memory and imagination, to the forgotten, the future, intergalactic, the idea of the self, mirrors, orality and performance, literature bleeds into an endless number of different spaces. For the upcoming 2016 volume, Portals is seeking papers that explore dimensions of time and space in diverse literary and linguistic traditions.

The Comparative Literature Student Association invites you to submit original critical essays and short creative fiction of a comparative or critical nature. Papers that engage the theme of time and space will be featured prominently, though all will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2016

[UPDATE] Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium [Extended Deadline]

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 6:57pm
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Performance of the Real Research Theme / University of Otago

Please note the deadline for submissions has been extended by one week, until February 12th.

The University of Otago Performance of the Real Research Theme
Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium
April 14th & 15th 2016

Call for papers.

"Every day people perform dozens of rituals. These range from religious rituals to the rituals of everyday life, from the rituals of life roles to the rituals of each profession, from the rituals of politics and the judicial system to the rituals of business or home life. Even animals perform rituals" (Richard Schechner, Performance Studies: An Introduction 3rd ed. 52).

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