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[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.

[Update] CFP: deadline is now 2/15 for Encountering the Unexpected

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:35am
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Syracuse University Religion Graduate Organization

The Call for Papers Deadline has been extended to: February 15, 2016 for Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia, a
Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference
March 25th and 26th, 2016

We invite all interested graduate students to submit a proposal to the Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference entitled
Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia scheduled to take place on March 25th and 26th, 2016 in the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.

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
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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
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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.

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