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CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10). Special Session, "Race in/after Conceptual Writing"

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:23am
full name / name of organization: 
Seth Perlow
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Papers are invited for a special session on treatments (and elisions) of racial politics, aesthetics, identities, and experiences in recent conceptual writing and related experimentalisms. If conceptual writing pits itself "against expression," how might its practitioners offer possibilities for challenging and reworking conventional ways of writing racial politics or for entrenching racialized assumptions and racial privilege within the worlds of experimental poetry and poetry studies?

SCLA Panel: The Fantastic: Positions from Another World. Four Points by Sheraton, New Orleans, LA Oct. 15th-17th

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:14am
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Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts
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The Fantastic: Positions from Another World

"The fantastic is . . . a product of human imagination, perhaps even an excess of imagination. It arises when laws thought to be absolute are transcended, in the borderland between life and death, the animate and the inanimate, the self and the world . . . The fantastic is the unexpected occurrence, the startling novelty which goes contrary to all our expectations of what is possible. The ego multiplies and splits, time and space are distorted."
― Franz Rottensteiner, The Fantasy Book: An Illustrated History From Dracula To Tolkien

CFP: "Teaching Trauma" at MLA 2016: Submit by March 13, 2015

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:50am
full name / name of organization: 
Eden Wales Freedman

This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature and trauma theory to undergraduates and theorizes ways of teaching that can combat—versus exacerbate—depicted catastrophes. Submit 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV by 13 March 2015 to Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w.freedman@gmail.com).

MLA 2016, Austin | The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI, 1916-2016

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:22am
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Modern Language Association 2016 Convention
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Even after 100 years, debate continues over the meaning, consequences and legacy of the Somme Offensive of 1916.

The traditional view of it is that it was a catastrophe and a failure, but recent works by historians like Gary Sheffield and William Philpott have challenged this view and promoted alternate understandings of the campaign.

Papers should examine literary engagements with the Somme Offensive of 1916, with its legacy, or with its impact on writing about the First World War or war more generally. A 350-word abstract and a 50-word bio should be submitted by March 15, 2015; please send to Nicholas Milne-Walasek at nmiln013@uottawa.ca.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Transnationalizing the Public Sphere

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 1:12pm
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MLA 2016
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Nancy Fraser has written that, from the perspective of critical theory, "it is by no means clear what it means today to speak of 'transnational public spheres." This special session responds to the 2016 presidential theme, and asks what "the public sphere" means for an age of globalization. How does contemporary literature contribute to public sphere theories that overspill the imagined and material borders of the nation-state? What kinds of publics do these texts address and envision? And how do these texts modify the language of deliberative democracy to incorporate multi-state political bodies?

Re-Approaching the Survey Course

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:35pm
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Gwynn A. Dujardin
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Proposals invited for MLA roundtable session (Austin, TX; January 2016) on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. Papers may encompass the practical (e.g., syllabus design, teaching strategies, assignments/assessment), the institutional (i.e., ways of introducing curricular innovation), and/or the theoretical (i.e., on place of the survey course in our curricula and the discipline). 250-page abstracts and brief CV to dujardin@queensu.ca by March 15.

Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures Conference, June 5-6, 2015 at ELTE, Budapest, Hungary

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:29am
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Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures Conference
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The Narratives of Culture and Identity Research Group invites you to participate in its conference Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures on June 5-6, 2015 at ELTE, School of English and American Studies.

This English-language conference brings together MA and PhD students, scholars and researchers, all dedicated to the study of gender representation in various disciplines.
We are looking for contributions that innovatively engage with issues of gender representation and the perception of gender roles in a cross-cultural perspective. Multi- and interdisciplinary approaches that successfully combine text-based, theoretical and/or visual approaches are especially welcome.

CFP: Teaching Languages and Cultures Through Film - Nov. 6-8 2015 - Portland/Oregon

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:54am
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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Please consider and feel free to disseminate the following "Call for Papers" for the upcoming PAMLA Conference (Portland, Oregon Nov. 6-8, 2015). The deadline is May 1st. Please go to http://www.pamla.org/2015/topic-areas for instructions on how to submit your proposal online. The session is open to all Modern Languages and cultures including Arabic, Chinese and ESL.

Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:27am
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English Graduate Organization- University of North Florida
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The theme "Literature and Its Publics" invites us to consider the face of all of our objects of attention—not only literature and other kinds of texts but film, digital media, and rhetoric—and to consider our indispensable role in bringing texts and their audiences together. Papers and presentations might reflect on the current public status of literature and other kinds of texts in our society; address the nature of public reception according to period, genre, author, or otherwise; or imagine different futures.

[UPDATE] Occupations - Excursions Journal (extended deadline: 18 March 2015)

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 4:19am
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Excursions Journal

We have extended the deadline for submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Occupations' - the new deadline for submissions is 18th March 2015.

Details can be found below. This information is also available at http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/index.php/excursions/pages/view/cfp

EXCURSIONS JOURNAL 6:1
Call for Papers: 'Occupations'
Extended Deadline: 18th March 2015

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