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The 1st Annual Pulp Studies Symposium: Sensational Scholarship

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:09am
James Madison University

James Madison University is hosting The 1st Annual Pulp Studies Symposium: Sensational Scholarship. The symposium will be held October 7th and 8th, 2016. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University's Special Collections hosts one of the finest publicly accessible collections of pulp magazines in the United States, including a recent acquisition of over eighty issues of Street and Smith's romance pulp Love Story. There has been a recent explosion of scholarly interest in pulp magazines and popular print culture. This conference builds upon emerging scholarship in this exciting and expanding field. We are currently looking for presentation proposals related to methodologies of pulp scholarship, focusing on pulps from 1895 to 1955.

Marxist Literary Group Affiliated Session - SAMLA88

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 8:52am
Marxist Literary Group Affiliated Session at SAMLA88

The Marxist Literary Group welcomes a wide range of paper proposals concerning Marxism, but papers addressing the SAMLA 88 theme (Utopia/Dystopia) are especially welcome. Interested panelists should submit a 250 word abstract and any A/V requirements to Emma C. Baughman, University of Rhode Island, at emmacbaughman@gmail.com by May 15, 2016.

[SAMLA88 will take place November 4-6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL]

CEDAW and the legality of religious instituions.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 3:46am
Tapati Bharadwaj/ Lies and Big Feet.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, and can be seen as an international bill of rights for women. All countries that have accepted the Convention are compelled to follow up with a series of measures that would end all forms of discrimination against women. If the purpose of CEDAW is to end all acts of discrimination against women by organizations, then we would be compelled to include organizations that propagate religion in the public domain as mostly and often, these religious bodies propound theology that is comfortably couched in misogyny, thereby validating a heightened sense of machismo as being endemic to human behaviour.

Music and Semiotics: Special Issue of The American Journal of Semiotics (deadline: August 31, 2016)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 1:02am
Gilad Elbom

The American Journal of Semiotics, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is seeking contributors to a special issue on Music and Semiotics. We are particularly interested in semiotic approaches to popular music. Among the submissions currently under review are essays on heavy metal, grunge, Laibach, Hüsker Dü, Schubert, psychedelic rock, and the Singing Revolution in Lithuania. Submissions should be sent by August 31, 2016, to Gilad Elbom, guest editor, at gilad.elbom@gmail.com.

IAVC "The Social" 2016

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 9:06pm
International Association of Visual Culture

THE SOCIAL is the title of the 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference (IAVC2016@Boston). The conference IAVC2016@Boston invites international collaborations, papers and events on post-democracy, post-society, anger, violence, future visions, crisis, zombie democracies, social media, neo-slavery, post-capitalism, post-data, social evolution, revolution, actionism, post-state, interventionism, cannibalizing corporativism, post-colonialism, economic vampirism, neo-serfs, globalized thievery, art activism, red art, insurrectional art and social exploitation.

UPDATE: The Journal of South Texas English Studies Spring 2016-Rebirth Issue

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 8:45pm
Journal of South Texas English Studies

EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 8, 2016

The Journal of South Texas English Studies is now welcoming submissions for its Spring 2016 issue, themed "Rebirth." Extended Submission deadline: April 8, 2016.

With this issue, we celebrate our first issue off from hiatus, and we thought it would be relevant to mark this relaunch with a look into the broad theme of renaissance and renewal as it relates to English studies.

[UPDATE - DATE CHANGE] Call for Submissions -- Oz Club National Convention

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 5:30pm
International Wizard of Oz Club

The International Wizard of Oz Club welcomes submissions for its National Convention, which will take place in Philadelphia on August 5-7, 2016. Philadelphia was home to Oz authors and illustrators, including John R. Neill, W.W. Denslow, and Ruth Plumly Thompson, as well as favorite characters such as Button-Bright and Peter Brown.

Anything related to Oz is fair game, and we welcome ideas about non-traditional or creative formats as well. We especially welcome proposals related to the following themes of the conference and interests of our members:

MLA 2017 CFP: "Pound, H.D., and Bryher" (deadline 3/28/16)

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 5:07pm
The Ezra Pound Society

The Ezra Pound Society invites submissions for a guaranteed session, "Pound, H.D. and Bryher," at the Modern Language Assn. Convention, January 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Examinations of H.D.'s and Bryher's engagement/disengagement with Pound's aesthetics, literary works, and political activities throughout their careers. 250-word abstract and a brief bio. by 28 March 2016 to Demetres Tryphonopoulos (tryphonopoulosd@BrandonU.ca) and Sara Dunton (sara.dunton@unb.ca).

Please direct any preliminary questions to Sara Dunton. For more information about MLA 2017, here is the conference website:

[UPDATE]: Midwest Modern Language Association, Religion and Literature permanent section, November 10-13, 2016

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 5:06pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In keeping with the conference theme "Border States," the Religion and Literature permanent section invites papers on writers and texts which challenge, question, or reimagine the borderlands between religion/spirituality and secular life. Papers might consider questions such as: How do race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality shape the religious imagination (or vice versa)? How do writers belonging to religious minorities address cultural hegemony? How do these writers counter the perceived threats they pose to the dominant social/political culture? How does a writer/character negotiate the relationship between aspects of her spiritual and secular lives? How do religious and spiritual concerns shape the formal choices that writers make?

SCMLA 2016: Southern Literature (abstracts due March 31)

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 5:04pm
South Central Modern Language Association

Submissions are welcomed for this regular session of the SCMLA annual conference to be held in Dallas, TX, November 3-5, 2016. The topic for the Southern Literature panel is open, however abstracts that relate directly to the conference theme "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture" are particularly welcome.

Abstracts of 300 to 500 words should be sent to mdsursav@central.uh.edu by March 31st.

Presenters are required to be members of SCMLA but can join the organization after abstracts are accepted.

Heritage in Transition: Scenes of Urban Innovation

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 3:35pm
The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC)/Culture of Cities Centre

CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Annual Conference of The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC)

Ermoupolis, Syros Greece July 27-29th, 2016

This conference is hosted by The Culture of Cities Centre and will convene on July 27-29th, 2016 at The Cultural Center in Hermoupolis, on the island of Syros in Greece. It is held in collaboration with York University, St. Jerome's University and the University of Waterloo. 

Rivers of Reflection: Know Your Focus In a Changing Current--October 5-7, 2016

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 2:05pm
Midwest Regional Association for Developmental Education

Across the nation, institutions of higher learning are facing radical changes from many angles, whether they be budgetary, curricular, structural, or otherwise. As educational professionals, it is our task to manage this whirlwind of redirection with aplomb and finesse while maintaining a high level of success in our primary areas of concern: our students. How do we remain innovative and focused during these times of upheaval? How do we identify and strengthen our identities as professionals? Additionally, how to we assist our students in doing the same as they shape their personal and professional identities, particularly in developmental classrooms?

Call for Papers--Vignettes: Episodic Tales of in the Lives of Strangers

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 11:57am
Farris Lee Francis and Maj. Sylvia C. McPherson Ed.M (Ret)

Vignettes: Episodic Tales of in the Lives of Strangers

Farris Lee Francis and Sylvia C. McPherson seek contributors for their first collection of essays centred on the struggles, pain, love, despair, and destruction which creates the human experience. The editors have extensive background in social science, women and gender studies, and African American studies.

The Postcolonial Turn: Critical Essays on the postcolonial intervention in Literary Genres, approaches and criticism

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 11:31am
Prof. Edward O. Ako, Prof. Blossom N. Fondo

Postcolonial theory has been engaged in uncovering and castigating the legacies of the colonial contact on the colonized. This has seen a lot of discussions on postcolonial theory which focus on the material effects of colonialism such as the identity crisis occasioned by the loss of culture, the new boundaries created by colonialism and which continue to have far-reaching effects decades after the formal demise of colonialism, and the gross exploitation and humiliation of the colonized which has resulted in the inferiority complex and a loss of self- esteem. Postcolonial theory in a general sense therefore often involves the response of the colonized to the cultural and human consequences of colonial control.

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