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Call for contributors: The Big Book of Microgenres (6/1/16)

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 5:46pm
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Anne H. Stevens / University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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The Big Book of Microgenres, edited by Molly C. O'Donnell and Anne H. Stevens

The term "microgenre" has come into use in the last decade or so to classify increasingly niche-marketed worlds in popular music, fiction, television, and the Internet. On Amazon you can find categories as microscopic as "Amish quilting mysteries," while the worlds of electronica and metal can be parsed into dozens of sub-sub-subgenres. Netflix's algorithms have identified 76,897 different microgenres, and the video service has used them to develop new series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

Mediating the Real Conference 31 August - 2 September 2016

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 4:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rosemary Overell

Mediating the Real
An international conference hosted by the 'Performance of the Real Research Theme' at the University of Otago
August 31st – September 2nd 2016

Keynote speakers: Misha Kavka (The University of Auckland); Allen Meek (Massey University) & Agon Hamza (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

[UPDATE] Old and New Humanism(s) Deadline extended Feb 15

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 3:52pm
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Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Old and New Humanism(s): Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Humanism—the renowned contribution of the Renaissance to academic inquiry and creative endeavors—began as a movement to recover the classical past and to explore what it means to be human. However, as a way of living, humanism did not always align with contemporary views on politics, education, religion, and culture. Thus, humanism has been a subject of debate since its origins. These conflicts still reverberate in our own discussions with regard to the pertinence and role of the humanities today.

Philologist - journal of language, literature and cultural studies

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 3:07pm
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University of Banja Luka
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Filolog (Philologist) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal with an international Editorial Board.

We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the June issue of Philologist. 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.

Papers should be a maximum of 7.000 words, and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).

Call for submissions: SHAKESPEARE AND CERVANTES: 1616‒2016 - Special issue of "Meridian critic" - Deadline: 1 June 2016

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 1:51pm
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Cornelia Macsiniuc, Luminita Turcu / University of Suceava, Romania

The academic journal "Meridian critic" invites contributions which celebrate the global cultural legacy of Shakespeare and Cervantes, in a year which marks the fourth centennial of their death. Submissions might address any related issues including, but certainly not limited to, the following:
• The myth of authorship: Cervantes's fictitious authorship (Mata, 2008) and the Shakespeare authorship question (Bradbeer and Casson, 2015)
• Shakespeare's and Cervantes's role in the genealogy of modern ideas regarding love and friendship (Donskis, 2008) as well as in the humanist educational revolution;
• The two writers' concerns overlapping with our understanding of Green politics (Egan, 2006);

Rhetoric and Literacy on the Border 2016

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 1:37pm
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Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference
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Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference
Call for Proposals 2016
Rhetoric and Literacy on the Border

October 21-22, 2016
University of California, San Diego

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Losh
Associate Professor English and American Studies, The College of William and Mary
Author of The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University
and Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing

(DEADLINE EXTENDED) CFP: The Matter of Resistance Conference April 29, 2016 (U of Warwick, Deadline, February 20, 2016)

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 1:37pm
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University of Warwick

"The Matter of Resistance" conference seeks to provide an introduction to the appearances of "resistance" and "resistance studies" for a wide and diverse population, to question and develop basic understandings of resistant appearances specifically, and to present examples of such.

Confirmed Speakers:
Prof. Howard Caygill (Philosophy, Kingston)
Dr. Priyamvada Gopal (English, Cambridge)
Prof. Thomas Docherty (English, Warwick)

Organizers:
Joseph Shafer (English and Comparative Literary Studies, Warwick)
Sourit Bhattacharya (English and Comparative Literary Studies, Warwick)
email: mattersofresistance@gmail.com

Call for Papers

Undead Anxieties: The Walking Dead and American Popular Culture

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:57am
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Panel for the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts Annual Meeting

Panel for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts - Contagions
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
October 13th-15th, 2016

Undead Anxieties: The Walking Dead and American Popular Culture

"The only thing that keeps you from being a monster is killing" – Carol, The Walking Dead

[UPDATE] Translation/Transnation: Languages, Geographies, Genders (Deadline Extended)

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:34am
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Texas Tech University Comparative Literature Program
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Central to the Latin word translatio is the notion of 'carrying across' or crossing boundaries. Translation is fundamental to effective human communication, but translation requires more than just moving between two languages. When we translate, we cross many kinds of boundaries – political, linguistic, geographic, and gendered. Thus, whether literary, linguistic, media-based, or artistic, communicative acts require reliable interpreters in order to "carry across" their intended meanings. Yet, this "carrying across" can result in unintended loss and gain, even with the most skillful of interpreters. When a literary work, a piece of art, an idea, or a system moves across boundaries, what is left behind? What resists translation? What is added?

SAMLA 2016: Perfect/Imperfect Worlds in Print Culture and Book History (abstracts: 1 June 2016)

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:08am
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Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
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Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2016 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, ephemera, illustration, publishers' archives, production, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year's convention theme, "Utopia/Dystopia" are especially welcome. What connections can be made between print culture/book history and the idea of perfect/imperfect worlds? How has the conception of these worlds evolved from the manuscript age to the digital world of the 21st century?

Other possible topics include:

William Gilmore Simms Society Conference September 2016

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:02am
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William Gilmore Simms Society
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The William Gilmore Simms Society invites all interested scholars to a conference exploring the future of Simms studies and the literature and intellectual history of the Old South. William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was the antebellum South's most prolific writer and one of its best-known public intellectuals as a novelist, poet, critic, and historian. The Simms Society welcomes academics, graduate students, and undergraduates from all disciplines—especially history, literature, philosophy, and political science—to contribute papers on Simms's life and work for this major national conference.

[UPDATE] Backward Glances: History, Time, Memory, Oct. 29, 2016

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 9:22am
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English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (EALA, Taiwan) and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
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24th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association in Taiwan

Theme: Backward Glances: History, Time, Memory

Conference Organizers: English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (EALA, Taiwan) and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Date: October 29, 2016
Venue: National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Call for Papers (New Deadline: February 15, 2016)

[UPDATE] Theories that Shape Worlds: Teaching Literary and Cultural Theory through Science Fiction

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 9:20am
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RMMLA (Salt Lake City, UT October 6-8, 2016)
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With Ursula K. Le Guin's departure from "hard science fiction" in the 1960s, worlds began to be created that examined the social, cultural, and philosophical foundations of our own societies. These foundations, which are so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that they often defy nuanced examination, were un-Earthed so that their implications and pervasiveness could be clearly displayed. This session seeks to identify methods for how science fiction can be utilized to teach undergraduate students complex literary and cultural theories and will seek to answer questions such as the following: What works can be used to exemplify Marxism, feminism, affect theory, and others?

[UPDATE] Postcolonial Shakespeares - CFP for Postcolonial Interventions Vol I, Issue 2

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 9:16am
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Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies

2016 marks the quartercentenary of Shakespeare's death and the upcoming issue of Postcolonial Interventions would focus on the continued relevance of multiple Shakespeares in the culture-scape of the postcolonial world. It is true that not only were Shakespearean plays shaped in many ways by colonial discourses, especially discourses of racial difference, but Shakespearean plays also initially functioned as those "signs taken for wonders" through which the colonial administrators sought to consolidate imperial hegemony, as evident from such critical works as Post-Colonial Shakespeares (1999).

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