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UPDATE: Utopia & the End of the City 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle UK

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:51am
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Utopian Studies Society (Europe)

Call for proposals: Utopia and the end of the city
FINAL DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 15 March 2015

16th Annual International Conference of the European Utopian Studies Society, 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle University, UK.

http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/utopianstudies/

Confirmed plenary speakers include Annette Giesecke (Delaware), Ruth Levitas (Bristol) and Mark Shucksmith (Newcastle).
"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).

Due to the high volume of interest we are extending the proposal deadline to 15 March.

Call for book chapters: Anti-Portraits: beyond likeness and identity

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:21am
full name / name of organization: 
Fiona Johnstone & Kirstie Imber, Birkbeck, University of London

Chapter proposals are invited for a new volume on Anti-Portraits: portraiture beyond likeness and identity (I.B. Tauris).

Interested authors should send a 200-300 word abstract and brief biography to the editors (theantiportrait@gmail.com) by 27th March 2015. If we accept your abstract, you will then be invited to submit a draft of your proposed chapter, which will be sent out for peer review. First drafts of chapters will be due by 1st July 2015, and final drafts by 1st October.

Stand Your Ground: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions - CFP for Edited Collection

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 2:38am
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Vanderwees and Percy Walton

With 5% of the world's population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world's prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the "Stand Your Ground" laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these "self-defence rulings" tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Beyond Fin-de-Siècle Europe: New Geographies of Decadence

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 6:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2016
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While the literature of decadence often emphasizes the imaginative transgression of borders of all kinds, studies of literary decadence often remain strictly bound by the borders of Europe. Moreover, publishing programs dedicated to anthologizing decadent literature routinely reinforce national paradigms, marketing themselves as collections of the decadent literature of France, England, or Germany, for example. While various studies examine decadent literature's complex temporalities, these studies also focus largely on the usual fin-de-siècle suspects and their immediate predecessors or modernist successors.

Representations of Cruel Children in Popular Texts

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 5:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Monica Flegel and Chris Parkes

The Representation of Cruel Children in Popular Texts
Ed. Monica Flegel and Christopher Parkes

Much has been written about the subject of cruelty against children, but this volume of collected essays seeks to focus critical attention instead on the representation of the cruel child. As a cultural sign, the cruel child lies at the nexus of many different and competing discourses that construct the child and childhood. By examining the cruel child in many kinds of popular texts we can sharpen our understanding of the changing nature of the representation of the child.

CFP: Friendship in the Writing of Early Modern Women - SSEMW panel at the SCSC (Vancouver, BC, October 22-25, 2015)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 4:31pm
full name / name of organization: 
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women / Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
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This panel seeks papers relating to the construction of friendship in early modern women's writing for a session at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (Vancouver, BC, October 22-25, 2015) to be sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Paper topics might include (though are certainly not limited to) literary representations of friendship; women's epistolary rhetoric; gift exchange between friends; patronage and friendship; networks or communities of female friendship; literary coteries; expectations surrounding women's and men's friendships in the period; notions of privacy and/or publicity in the expression of friendship.

3rd EMF, Eurasian Multidisciplinary FORUM, 19-21 October, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
The European Scientific Institute (ESI)
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All accepted papers will be published after the conference as a conference proceedings with an ISBN number. The author will be sent a printed copy of the publication and a printed certificate after the conference finishes. The papers will be also published in a special edition in of one of the largest interdisciplinary journals in Europe, the European Scientific Journal (ESJ).

4th Global Academic Meeting, GAM 2015, 10-11 October 2015, Dubai, UAE

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
The European Scientific Institute (ESI)
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Supporting the concept of mulitdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdiciplinarity the meeting welcomes papers in different academic disciplines. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the newest developments of global societal challenges. GAM 2015 will gather researchers, policy makers and company employees from all around the globe, who will have opportunity to express their attitudes towards current challenges that society is facing with and suggest further steps for societal development.

[UPDATE] EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CROSSOVERS: GENDER, GENRE, GEOGRAPHY (Edited Collection)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:07pm
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Sonia Sahoo and Ramit Samaddar Centre for Advanced Study in English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Our proposed collection aims to explore the meanings of crossover in the eighteenth century. The concept of crossover grew out of the uneasy reconcilement between the era's belief in the absoluteness of taxonomical categories and its paradoxical insistence on the potential malleability and manipulability of the same. Sweeping changes in the cultural scene challenged the seeming discreteness between conceptual kinds, and unleashed the possibility of transcending boundaries of all sorts.

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).

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