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Orphan Identities

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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 4:41am
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University of Portsmouth

Orphan Identities Symposium: Call for Papers

Keynote Speakers: Laura Peters and David Floyd

In 1975, Nina Auerbach commented: "Although we are now 'all orphans,' alone and free and dispossessed of our past, we yearn for origins, for cultural continuity. In our continual achievement of paradox, we have made of the orphan himself our archetypal and perhaps only ancestor" (416).

Teaching Central/Eastern Europe And Its Communist Past

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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 12:30am
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Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017
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Central/Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and then in 2009 when Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller received the Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the ways these countries have contributed to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? What should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?

Climate Change: Views from the Humanities (a virtual conference: May 3-24)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:05pm
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UC Santa Barbara Environmental Humanities Initiative
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Climate Change: Views from the Humanities
Sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UC Santa Barbara
A virtual conference held online from May 3-24, 2016
Abstracts due March 1, 2016

We welcome papers dealing with climate change from all fields of the humanities, as well as the social sciences. As our goal is to encourage the cross pollination of ideas across a broad range of disciplines on what may well be the most important issue of this century, we are looking for any paper that innovatively deals with climate change.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Nonhumans in Twentieth-Century British Children's Fiction

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 6:03pm
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Shun Yin Kiang/Bunker Hill Community College
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Animals, fairies, and toys, and their relation to concepts of childhood or the child, fill the pages of British children's fiction in the twentieth-century. While childhood as often portrayed in the Victorian period was that of "vulnerability and victimization . . . a comparatively brief, difficult step on the path to adulthood" (Gavin and Humphries), literary representations of childhood from the Edwardian period onward focus less on the child's proper relation to the adult world, and more on cultivating affective ties with a host of nonhuman others. E. Nesbit's "Five Children and It," J. M.

[UPDATE] Inaugural Communication & Media Studies Conference

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:27pm
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Common Ground Publishing

CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Inaugural Communication & Media Studies Conference held at the University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA, 15-16 September 2016. Proposals are invited that address communication and media studies through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Media Theory
Theme 2: Media Technologies and Processes
Theme 3: Media Business
Theme 4: Media Literacies
Theme 5: Media Cultures

2016 SPECIAL FOCUS: 'Communication and Media Studies: After the Internet?'

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

Trans(form): New Insights and New Directions: April 9, 2016

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:29pm
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10th Annual University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference

The prefix trans- implies movement and change: between states, among groups and disciplines, across divides, from one way of being or knowing to another. This conference invites graduate students to present research that approaches the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. In the conference sessions, participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas across disciplines in a transdisciplinary setting. Transdisciplinarity allows us to encounter new perspectives – new ways of thinking – that can transform our research by introducing new insights and new directions.

We encourage submissions from all disciplines and universities, including but not limited to:

Comparative Medievalisms

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:07pm
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Comparative Medieval Forum of the MLA (Philadelphia, January 2017)
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What cultural work does the medieval past perform in global media and cultural productions—textual, visual, musical, performative, cinematic? Literary scholars and theorists have increasingly explored the varied forms that "medievalism" takes in contexts around the globe.

Journal of Creative Writing Studies -- Now Open for Submissions

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:04pm
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Journal of Creative Writing Studies

Journal of Creative Writing Studies is a peer reviewed, open access journal. We publish research that examines the teaching, practice, theory, and history of creative writing. This scholarship makes use of theories and methodologies from a variety of disciplines. We believe knowledge is best constructed in an open conversation among diverse voices and multiple perspectives. Therefore, our editors actively seek to include work from marginalized and underrepresented scholars. Journal of Creative Writing Studies is dedicated to the idea that humanities research ought to be accessible and available to all.

MLA Special Session Proposal: Episteme of Inequality: Studying Postcolonial Wealth Formation

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 3:37pm
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MLA 2017 (in Philadelphia)
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MLA Special Session:

Papers trace economic wealth, poverty, and reparation across particular colonial histories through literary texts, historical documentation, and other forms of cultural production. These are ethical readings touching the violence of capital across the _longue durée_ of modernity. Geographies under consideration include any part of the world impacted by European imperialism during the modern era. Organized by Aparajita De of UDC and Maureen Fadem of CUNY.

200-word abstract + Bio by 03/15/16 to: Aparajita De (de.aparajita@gmail.com) and Maureen Fadem (meruprecht@yahoo.com)

Twentieth-Century Women Writers and the Formalist Turn (MLA 2017); 3/14

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 2:41pm
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Doris Lessing Society

Special session for the 2017 MLA Convention. This panel proposes to ask, how will the "formalist turn" in literary studies affect or shape the interpretation of, and new scholarly work on, twentieth-century women writers? Has it already? 300-word abstract, brief bio to Cornelius Collins by March 14.

Teaching Doris Lessing in the Twenty-First Century (MLA 2017); 3/14

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 2:37pm
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Doris Lessing Society

Guaranteed session for the 2017 MLA Convention. Given the changes in post-secondary education since Lessing's canonization in the US academy with novels like The Golden Notebook, what do we teach when we teach Doris Lessing now, and how (and to whom) do we teach? Potential for roundtable format. 250-word abstract, brief bio to Cornelius Collins (corneliuscollins@rocketmail.com) by 14 March. Inquiries welcome.

Cripping Keywords [abstracts due March 15]

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:46pm
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TC Forum on Disability Studies for the MLA
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Influenced by factors as varied as Raymond Williams' vocabulary of culture in Keywords (1976) and contemporary Ignite talks, keywords-based collaborations have proliferated in recent MLA Conventions. Keyword sessions on Digital Pedagogy (2016), Disability Studies (2015), Queer Studies (2015), Medical Humanities (2016), Middle English (2014), and Prismatic Ecology (2014), among others, have addressed the state of their respective fields by using keywords as their structuring devices.

Speculative Fiction--SAMLA--November 4-6, 2016

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:01pm
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Mary Ann Gareis Speculative Fiction Association
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Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together under this category is that there is some "unrealistic" element. Whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic technological development, works that fall in this category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to H. P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, culture, economics, and more.

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