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Rethinking the 'L' in MLA (Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:08pm
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MLA Forum on Language Change

The MLA Forum on Language Change invites proposals for a panel on "Rethinking the 'L' in MLA." Papers might address questions like: What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught languages have in the MLA? How can they inform literary studies?

The Modern Language Association convention will be held in Austin, TX on January 7-10, 2016. Please send 300-word abstracts to Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu) by 15 March 2015.

The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders and Subjectivity in African Diaspora Literature ( May 18,2015)

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 5:52pm
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Delphine Fongang
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The research focus in this edited book collection is to examine the transitional subjectivities of postcolonial African diaspora subjects evident in emergent African diaspora literatures constructed in various metropolises of the West. The diaspora becomes the material condition that produces particular literary creations as writers across different cultural locations address the concept of "belonging or not belonging" in metropolitan spaces. African diasporic subjects never fully belong anywhere as they constantly struggle to assert their subjectivities in spaces that marginalize them. Writers capture the complex ways in which subjects rooted from their homelands must search for place and space in disputed borders and locations in the metropolis.

Proposed Edited Collection: Theorizing Ethnicity in the Chick Lit Genre

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 4:47pm
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Erin Hurt
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Though the chick lit genre is most often cited as a location for the study of contemporary white women's experiences or perhaps to debate the genre's feminist credentials, it has in the last fifteen years emerged as a site where protagonists of many ethnicities negotiate their cultural identities and notions of national belonging. In novels such as Alisa Valdes Rodriguez's The Dirty Girls Social Club (2003) or Tara FT Sering's Amazing Grace (2008), Latina, African-American, South Asian-American, and Chinese-American protagonists redefine their relationship to the United States, their families, and their heritage while at the same time they attempt to achieve, in typical chick lit fashion, some measure of success.

Transatlantic Religion and Madness: Intellectual Disability and Anglo-American Faith Narratives

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 12:46pm
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MLA Special Session (proposed)

We welcome abstracts that explore representations of religious identities and/or intellectual disabilities in transatlantic British and American writing. Please send 250-word abstracts to George Gordon-Smith (george.gordon-smith@emory.edu) and Brian Wall (b.r.wall@sms.ed.ac.uk) by March 6, 2015.

Speculative Fiction – SAMLA – November 13-15, 2015

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:19pm
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Lisa Wenger Bro / Middle Georgia State College
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Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.

Personas in Production

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 2:51pm
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School of The Arts, The University of Northampton

8 April 2015, School of the Arts, The University of Northampton
(Hosted by The Postcolonial Visual Culture, Performance and Narrative Research Group within The Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory )

MSA 17

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:54pm
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Modernist Studies Association
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Seminar Proposals: February 27, 2015
Pre-conference Workshop (Thursday) and Post-conference Workshops (Sunday) Proposals:
February 27, 2015
Panel, Roundtable, and Poster/Digital Exhibit Proposals: April 17, 2015

The Partition of India – Beyond Improbable Lines

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:06pm
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Elisabetta Marino, Daniela Rogobete

The impressive amount of historical, fictional and analytical texts inspired by the Indian Partition makes it rather difficult for anybody to find a new angle of research that might reveal other unexpected nuances hidden under the layers of textuality the event has already gathered. The plethora of scholarly studies and anthologies focused on the Partition have tried to analyze the innumerable aspects of this historic moment from a variety of perspectives in the attempt to either recreate the event, rememorize and better understand it or to assess its socio, political, historical, national and emotional implications.

The Partition of India – Beyond Improbable Lines

updated: 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elisabetta Marino, Daniela Rogobete

The impressive amount of historical, fictional and analytical texts inspired by the Indian Partition makes it rather difficult for anybody to find a new angle of research that might reveal other unexpected nuances hidden under the layers of textuality the event has already gathered. The plethora of scholarly studies and anthologies focused on the Partition have tried to analyze the innumerable aspects of this historic moment from a variety of perspectives in the attempt to either recreate the event, rememorize and better understand it or to assess its socio, political, historical, national and emotional implications.

English Creative Writing: Theory and Practice for Non-Native English Speakers

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:01pm
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Asst. Prof. Salinee Antarasena

In Asian Countries, English is seen very much as the language of business, not as the language of expressing their ideas in creative writing piece. Therefore, creative writing skill is a challenge for most non-native speakers of English to master as it not only becomes an arduous task when they need to begin their creative writing piece but the writing process is also more complicated, involving a series of forward and backward movements between the writer's ideas and the manner of expressing thoughts; both require a high level of their language control as well as creativity.

[UPDATE] Hostile Intelligences and The General Antagonism CALL FOR PAPERS

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:30am
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Sara Collins/Pratt Institute
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Hostile Intelligences and The General Antagonism: CALL FOR PAPERS

"Collective intelligence has to organise itself into a hostile intelligence — also in the sense of inoculating the host as a malignant parasite. An alien intelligence is not concerned with any orthodoxy, it proliferates and organises its own heresies".
–Matteo Pasquinelli

[UPDATE} Final Reminder: 2015 First Book Institute Applications Due by 2/16

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:37am
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Center for American Literary Studies
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Announcing

The 2015 First Book Institute

June 7-13, 2015

Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at PennsylvaniaStateUniversity

Co-Directors

Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book

Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies, DukeUniversity and Editor of American Literature

UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Transnational Comics: Crossing Gutters, Transcending Boundaries", April 8-10 2016

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:07pm
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Graduate Comics Organization, University of Florida
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The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites proposals for the 13th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Transnational Comics: Crossing Gutters, Transcending Boundaries." The conference will be held in Gainesville, Florida from April 8th to10th, 2016. Confirmed keynote speakers are comics scholars John Lent (Professor Emeritus, Temple University, Editor of International Journal of Comic Art), Derek Parker Royal (Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas, Dallas) and international comics translator Edward Gauvin.

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