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MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session: Rereading Commonplaces

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:27pm
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Mai-Lin Cheng/MLA
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Abstracts invited for a special session on commonplace books, to be proposed for MLA 2016 in Austin.

Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplaces as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace books and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (cheng@uoregon.edu).

"The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:21pm
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Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland Baltimore County
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From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

MLA 2016 - Forms & Feelings of Latina/o Literature

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:35pm
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Norma Elia Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Raúl Coronado, UC Berkeley

Latina/o literature has long evaded genre classification, mingling fiction, poetry, history, memoir, ethnography, and visual representation. What is captured? Soul? Spirit? Community?

300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and Raúl Coronado (raulc@berkeley.edu).

Nation, Narration, and Revolution - MSA 17 "Modernism and Revolution", Boston, Nov. 19-22, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:34pm
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Vaclav Paris / CUNY City College
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The modernist period is characterized by national upheavals, from the Mexican Revolution, to the Russian Revolutions, to the controversial peace settlements of 1919, and the crises leading up to the Second World War. Modernist artists, writers and filmakers engaged with, and responded to these upheavals, adapting their media to narrate new kinds of national belonging and new versions of the national story. Exploring the connections between nation, narration, and revolution in its broadest sense, this panel seeks to bring together a variety of examples of modernist reactions to geopolitical upheaval.

MLA 2016 - Caribbean Sexualities in Displacement

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:32pm
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Maia Gil'Adi, George Washington University; Radost Rangelova, Gettysburg College

The Aesthetics and Ethics of Displaced Caribbean Sexual Minorities. Seeking papers on space and body politics of exiles, diasporas, and/or migrations of Caribbean LBTQIA. Co-sponsored by the Latina and Latino Forum and the Puerto Rican Literature and Culture Forum of MLA.

300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Maia Gil'Adi (mgiladi@email.gwu.edu) and Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu).

MLA 2016: Latina/o Studies and the "Transnational Turn"

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:29pm
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Norma Elia Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City; John Alba Cutler, Northwestern University

Theorizing the relationships between transnational and local in Latina/o literature and culture. Institutional politics of transnational approaches to Latina/o Studies.

300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and John Alba Cutler (john-cutler@northwestern.edu).

Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:51am
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MLA 2016 (1/7/2016 - 1/10/2016) - Austin, TX

There has been a striking turn towards the dystopic in contemporary American literature, often related to racial anxieties. In Native Speaker (1995), for instance, Chang-rae Lee describes an assembly of protestors outside of a Korean-American politician's house, demanding their "future back" (Lee 332). Similarly, in Almanac of the Dead (1990), Leslie Marmon Silko introduces us to men obsessed with racial purity in light of what they view as the process of "[b]rown people [inheriting] the earth like cockroaches" (Silko 561). This panel explores how racial tensions inform literary renderings of the future.

Wunderkino 5 Moving Images of War and Peace CFP: April 20, 2015 July 23 – July 25, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:11am
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16th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, Bucksport, Maine, USA
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Wunderkino ("wonder-cinema") are moving images that ignite our curiosity and engagement and help us to rethink questions of creativity, complexity, rarity and the multiple uses and understandings of amateur and non-commercial films.

CFP - InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching (March 1, 2015)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:50am
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InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching
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Call for Papers
Volume 10: Scholarly Teaching and Learning

InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching is a scholarly publication designed to highlight the work of postsecondary faculty at colleges and universities across the United States. It is a refereed scholarly journal published annually by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Park University that features theoretical and empirically-based research articles, critical reflection pieces, case studies and classroom innovations relevant to teaching, learning and assessment.

[update deadline/corrected] Playing Offstage: Theatre As a Presence or Force in the Real World

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 6:20am
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Professor Sidney Homan, English Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
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Call for Papers (deadline, September 1, 2015)
Playing Offstage: Theatre As a Presence or a Factor in the Real World
I am issuing a call for papers for a collection to be called Playing Offstage: The Theatre As a Presence or Factor in the Real World. I have proposed an edition of some 8-10 essays (along with an introduction). This collection would complement an earlier issue of Comparative Drama I had the privilege of editing: The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years. There the issue was the real-life audience's leaving the house and, as actors, entering the illusory world onstage. Here, the theatre moves offstage and into the larger, everyday world.

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