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50th Comparative Literature Conference: Tradition and Inovation: Comparative Literature in the 21st Century 4/15-17 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:47pm
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Department of Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach
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Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.

SCMLA Comparative Literature Session 10/31-11/03

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:30pm
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Amy Smith, Lamar University
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Abstracts are being accepted for the regular Comparative Literature session at the South Central MLA meeting in Nashville, TN, October 31-November 3, 2015. The conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language" but papers on any topic are encouraged. Successful papers may be considered for publication in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Please submit abstracts to the session chair, Amy Smith, at amy.smith@lamar.edu by March 25, 2015.

CFP: American Folklore Society Medieval and Early Modern Section 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:53pm
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American Folklore Society: Medieval and Early Modern Section
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Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)

Long Beach, California. October 14-17

Abstracts due Mar. 25, 2015

I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California (Oct. 14-17, 2015). We are organizing two panels at this year's meeting:

Phantom Grief, Prosthetic Mourning: Amputation and the Semiotics of "Loss" (Collection)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:08pm
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Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Contributions are sought for PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS," a collection of essays edited by Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität).

Essays appearing in PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS" will engage with the theme of amputation in literature from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Open to discussions of texts from any era, language tradition, or geographical region, the collection seeks to be a repository of new, original scholarship that explores the many roles the figure of the amputee plays in literature.

MLA 2016: Contemporary Postcolonial Poets and Publics

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:56pm
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Modern Language Association Special Session

How do contemporary poets envision their role in the public life of a postcolony? This is not a question of social value but of social relations. In what ways does poetry mediate the discourses which, in part, inform the coherency of any public?

Asian Americans Writing the South

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:52pm
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MLA Asian American Literature Division
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Asian Americans Writing the South: This panel considers Asian American writers (Monique Truong, Lan Cao and others) as they write the history, geography, and politics of the US South. 250 word abstracts by March 15 to Crystal Parikh (crystal.parikh@nyu.edu). Sponsored by the Asian American Literature Division of the MLA.

40 Years of The Woman Warrior

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:50pm
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MLA Asian American Literature Division
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40 Years of The Woman Warrior: On the 40th anniversary of its publication, the continuing influence of The Woman Warrior on 21st
century Asian American literature and culture. 250 word abstracts by March 15 to Julia Lee (juliahl1@uci.edu). Sponsored by the Asian American Literature Division of the MLA.

Television studies - Oct. 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 4:47pm
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Northeast Popular/American Culture Association
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The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on the subject of television for its annual fall conference to be held on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015 on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.

Flannery O'Connor Society, Open Topic, SCMLA Nashville, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:33pm
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Julianna Leachman, University of Texas at Austin

The Flannery O'Connor Society seeks paper submissions for the 2015 meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association in Nashville, Tennessee, October 31-November 3, 2015.

This year's conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language." Papers that explore this theme as it relates to O'Connor studies are welcome, as are any papers related more broadly to O'Connor studies.

Please submit an abstract of 500 words or fewer by March 31, 2015 to Julianna Leachman at juliannaleachman@gmail.com. Please include your name and academic affiliation.

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).

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