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Archival Publics: tracing humans/human traces

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:39pm
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Modern Language Association (2016, Austin TX)
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Following the MLA2016's focus on "Publics," we're looking for papers on the publics that use archives and the publics represented in them. This panel seeks papers exploring how human relationships—writ broadly—affect the collection, preservation, and discovery of Special collections and archival materials, in both physical and digital formats.

UPDATE: MLA 2016 CHLA-Sponsored, Guaranteed Panel: The Afterlife of Popular Children's Culture Icons. Submit by March 15, 2015

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 2:41pm
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Children's Literature Association
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Throughout the 20th century, the role of the author has played a crucial role in Western culture's understanding of children's media. Children learn from a very early age to associate well-loved fictional characters with individual author-figures, and names like Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney accordingly become inextricably linked with iconic characters like The Grinch and Mickey Mouse. What happens, however, when those characters continue to appear in new stories after their creators die? How does the absence of that signature author figure impact the audience's relationship with those characters? Papers in this panel for the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, Texas are invited to address these questions.

Call for papers for albeit issue on Youth; Deadline March 15

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 2:20pm
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albeit

Issue 2.1: Youth
albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Youth."
Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
The depiction of youth and aging in film, television, or literature
Nostalgia
The social construction of childhood
Youth and gender expression
Masculinity
Motherhood
Birth stories
College
Bildungsroman
Teenage rebellion
Creative fiction or personal essays investigating the concept of youth

Call for papers for albeit issue on War Narratives; Deadline March 15

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 2:19pm
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albeit

Issue 2.1: War
albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "War."
Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
The depiction of battle and its aftermath in film, television, or literature
The disconnect between battle and the homefront
Women in war
LGBT soldiers
Aggression
Peace
Destruction
PTSD
Veterans
Terrorism/Terror
Creative fiction or personal essays investigating the concept of war

MLA Special Session, Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature; deadline March 20, 2015

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1:06pm
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Dawn Keetley
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Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American literature: This panel explores themes of ecophobia (i.e., fear and dread of nature), extinction, ecological crisis, unsettling (un)natural anomalies, and environmental injustice. Send abstracts of 300 words and a brief biography to Dawn Keetley at dek7@lehigh.edu by March 20, 2015.

CFP: American Literature and the Transnational Marketplace / Deadline: August 1st 2015 / OLH

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:56am
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Open Library of the Humanities
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The last fifteen years have seen substantial changes in the way scholars have engaged with US literature and culture. In particular, the rise of two methodological paradigms, TRANSNATIONALISM and PRINT CULTURE STUDIES, have paved the way for exciting new approaches to key questions that have always been at the heart of the discipline: the relationship between literature and nationhood, the role of writing in international circuits of knowledge and commodity exchange, and the artistic labour of the author.

RMMLA 2015 Santa Fe. Victorian Travelers: Women Writing Boundaries, October 8-10 (deadline: April 1st)

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1:44am
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Invites papers that consider the boundaries – physical, imposed, and imaginary – that Victorian women travelers crossed. Please send a 250-300 word abstract to Kendall McClellan at kendall.mcclellan@csuci.edu. Deadline to submit is April 1st. Conference is October 8-10, 2015 in Santa Fe, NM.

MLA Convention 2016 (due: 3/15) -- Counternarratives, History, Contemporary U.S. Ethnic fiction

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1:25am
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S. Moon Cassinelli
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This panel seeks papers to discuss counternarratives, their limits and possibilities, and their relationship to histories of national belonging in contemporary U.S. ethnic fiction. Papers can also consider the extent to which U.S. ethnic fiction has played a role in producing counternarratives to "offical" histories.

Please send 250-word abstract and 1-page c.v. by 15 March 2015 to cassine1@illinois.edu; S. Moon Cassinelli

Call for original fiction

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:28am
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The Ottawa Object
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ThrewLine Books has launched a new print journal called The Ottawa Object that will publish high-quality and intriguing short fiction. It will specialize in strongly focused speculative fiction and compelling, eccentric literary fiction. If your name is George Saunders, you may want to submit something. If you're a replicant who writes about his birth from the neurons of a pale and driven scientist, you may want to submit something. If you exist only in the imagination of a boy laying in the grass and looking at the stars, you may want to submit something. Heck, even if you're just a really gifted writer, you may want to submit something.

Children's and Youth Culture on the Screen – SAMLA (Durham, NC, 11/13-11/15)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:50pm
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Pete Kunze | University of Texas at Austin
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Nine of the ten highest-grossing Hollywood movies of 2014 were based on creative properties from children's and youth culture, including comic books, novels, and toys. In line with this year's theme of In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, I welcome papers that examine adaptation, compare media (broadly defined), and/or explore transmedia storytelling. While papers on recent adaptations are particularly encouraged, this panel seeks a variety of new, productive perspectives on adapting children's and youth culture for various media, including film, television, and online media.

[UPDATE: EXTENSION & KEYNOTE] "Interconnections: Patterns, Pathways & PossibilitieThe 9th Annual URI Graduate Student Conference

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:54pm
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University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference

The 9th Annual University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference
Kingston, RI Campus

Event Date: Saturday April 18, 2015

Announcing Extended Abstract Deadline:
Friday, March 6th

The URI Graduate Conference gives graduate students the opportunity to present their research or clinical work while receiving interdisciplinary feedback from, and networking with, peers and faculty. We invite proposals for paper and poster presentations, strongly encouraging submissions from across all disciplines. We also consider proposals that extend beyond this year's theme:

"Interconnections: Patterns, Pathways & Possibilities"

Injury & Response: Literary Rivalry in the 18th Century [MLA 2016 Special Session]

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:52pm
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David Diamond / University of Chicago
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We invite papers for an MLA 2016 special session exploring the influence of literary rivalries on genre, print culture, and criticism during the long eighteenth century. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015 to David Diamond (dmd@uchicago.edu) and Tristan Schweiger (tschweiger@uchicago.edu).

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