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Comparative Literature Permanent Section

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 2:54pm
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Midwest MLA 2016
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The border is a liminal space, made ambiguous by the dualities that it encompasses: it unites and separates, opens up and closes off, includes and excludes. The border exists to define one space in opposition to another, yet often functions as a meeting-point, a place of exchange, of mixing, and of hybridity and cross-fertilization. That porousness, on a large scale, can unleash complex processes of de-territorialization and re-territorialization of perspectives, of identities, of cultures and histories.

CFP: It's HBO: Life After Legacy! Edited Collection.

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:51pm
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Victoria McCollum and Giuliana Monteverde
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It's HBO! Life After Legacy: Reading HBO's New and Original Voices (Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Power)

It's HBO! Life After Legacy (2018) will examine, not HBO's legacy shows, but its current programming, bringing together an international group of media and cultural studies scholars to offer an in-depth look at issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and power behind HBO's new and original voices.

CFP: Sexuality, sexual and reproductive health in later life - opens 15 March

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:49pm
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Reproductive Health Matters
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With a growing number of older people in the world, it is time for Reproductive Health Matters to look more closely at the sexual and reproductive health of people in this different stage of life.

This issue of the journal will shine a spotlight on people over 50, inviting research, policy analysis and examples of practical actions that address the effects of ageing on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. We also welcome contributions that highlight the often ignored health and social challenges faced by older people in meeting their sexual and reproductive health needs and rights, and best practices for overcoming these barriers.

Discourses of Belonging

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:38pm
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Special Session: MLA 2017 Convention

This panel proposes to study the shifting registers of geographic identity post-1960s. Submissions for any language dealing with post-1960s literature are welcome. Panelists may consider-

+localized metaphoricities
+affective landscapes
+policed memoryscapes
+transiting bodies
+perimeters of exile

Please send your 300-word abstract along with a short bio-note (of 50 words) by 12 March 2016 to Rupsa Banerjee (banerjeerupsa07@gmail.com).

This is a proposal for a special session at the MLA conference 2017. Selection at this stage does not ensure the acceptance of the session at the conference.

Science Vs. Spirituality in 21st Century Literature CFP

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:50am
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Science Vs. Spirituality

A monographic volume on Science Vs. Spirituality.

Papers are invited to discuss a wide range of issues concerning Science Vs. Spirituality in poetry, novels, autobiographical works, etc.

Essays should be 7,000-8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references, and should follow the MLA Style Manual (7th edition) for internal citation and Works Cited.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 March 2016
Notification of acceptance: 10 April 2016
The final date for submitting articles: 30 June 2016.

Please send your abstract to: spiritualityvsscience@gmail.com

Divining (the) Circum-Caribbean South(s) | SAMLA 88 | Nov 4-6, 2016 | Jacksonville FL

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:49am
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Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
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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).

egocentrism and anthropocentrism in language and discoruse, 30-31 March 2017

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:42am
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Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France)

This conference seeks to investigate the linguistic manifestations of egocentrism and anthropocentrism. While the existence of these two related, though distinct, phenomena is well established, the aim is to understand more specifically the extent of their influence on the structuring and interpretation of language and discourse, taking into account a wide range of languages and genres (political speech, computer-mediated communication, press articles, advertising, novels, letters, [auto]biographies, etc).

Senectus Mundi, Dream Visions, and Apocalypse - SAMLA 2016 - Nov 4-6, 2016

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:16am
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Peter Steffensen/Georgia State University
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To coincide with the conference theme of Utopia/Dystopia, this panel welcomes submissions concerning literature related to the medieval concept of the Senectus Mundi (the world grown old), dream visions, and apocalyptic imagery in general. Submissions unconcerned with these ideas will be considered, but priority will be given to submissions concerning the aforementioned concepts. Example topics include Chaucer's dream visions, Confessio Amantis, The Dream of the Rood, Piers Plowman, and Wulfstan's sermons.

By May 6 please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Peter Steffensen, Georgia State University, at psteffensen1@gsu.edu.

Midwest Modern Language Association, English After 1900 Permanent Session

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:06am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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CFP: Midwest Modern Language Association, English III: English after 1900

The Midwest Modern Language Association English III: English after 1900 session invites essays for its session at the upcoming November 10-13, 2016 conference in St. Louis, MO.

The theme for the conference is "Border States." We encourage papers that consider this topic literally or figuratively. This approach lends itself not only to location but also to movement like immigration, and, additionally, states of otherness in its interpretation. Papers may address fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama.

[Update] Young Adult Literature in the Post-Secular Age (collected essays)

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:42am
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Jacob Stratman
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To date, there is no book-length critical exploration of the field of young adult literature and religious belief, and there are just a handful of peer-reviewed articles on the subject. While there are books that apply Christian theology to particular novels (e.g. Harry Potter), and some academic journals have been open to this scholarly topic, there still remains skepticism about religion's place in the scholarship of young adult literature.

'Byron and the Romantic World' Postgraduate Conference at the Old Library, Keele Hall, Keele University. 30th September 2016

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:39am
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Keele University and Edge Hill University

One of the most celebrated and recognisable figures of
the early nineteenth century, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
stands at the centre of our current debates about
Romanticism and the Romantic world. His life and
poetry has attracted critics, scholars and biographers
interested in issues such as celebrity culture, sexual
politics, the Regency period, the Byronic hero and
Gothicism to name but a few. The amount of recent
scholarly work devoted to editing his works and
correspondence – including digitisation at the Murray
Archive – to exploring his poetic legacy and to
reconsidering his key place in a European Romantic
tradition means there has never been a more exciting

Art and Economics in American Literature MMLA "Border States" St. Louis, Missouri November 10-13, 2016

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:06am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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In recognition of this year's conference theme, "Border States," the American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that are interested in questioning, criticizing, re-arranging, or otherwise complicating the seemingly irreconcilable disciplinary borders between economics and the arts in American Literature after the Civil War. How might the "dismal science" of economics inform our understanding of American literature, and likewise, how might our understanding of American literature and the arts affect how we think about economic life, homo economicus, future or utopian economics, etc?
Possible questions for consideration include:

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