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Gay and Lesbian Studies in Language and Literature at SCMLA (Nashville, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2015)

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:19pm
South Central Modern Language Association

Gay and Lesbian Studies in Language and Literature
Regular Session, SCMLA (Nashville, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2015)

Submit Abstracts by: 31 March 2015

Open topic call for papers on LGBTQ literature, theory or pedagogy. Papers related to the conference theme—Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language—especially welcome, but not required.

We are particularly interested in works that challenge expectations, but will choose the best abstracts regardless.

Please submit abstracts along with contact info and academic affiliation (if applicable) to
Session Chair: Rita D. Costello at rcostello@mcneese.edu

REIMAGINING MARGINALITY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 2:58pm
Cameroon English Language and Literature Association - CELLA

The pluralistic, sophisticated and technocrazy nature of contemporary existence has blurred concepts like marginality and minority that are inherent in human existence. Because technology seems to have melted several existential boundaries, and because theories of global citizenry give the impression of free access to movement, the sense of being marginal is almost waning. However, the network of global philosophy and technological connectivity are themselves apparent mechanisms of marginalization especially in the postcolonial context. Postcolonial theorists, intellectuals and writers have taken the intellectual, political and moral authority to challenge representational claims made by dominant Western/imperial cultures.

Death, Violence and Religiously-Inflected Fiction

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 1:10pm
MLA 2016

Please consider submitting 250-word abstracts to the following panel at the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas.

We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

Long Tim, Short Text: Historical Short Fiction

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:43pm
PAMLA, Special Topics Panels for 2015 Conference in Portland, OR

This CFP is seeking proposals for an approved "Special Topics" session examining a variety of issues related to Historical Short Fiction (abstract/CFP below) for the 2015 PAMLA conference in Portland, OR (November 6-8th).

TITLE: Long Time, Short Text: Historical Short Fiction

MLA 2016 Special Session: Foucault and Queer of Color Critique (deadline 3/15/2015)

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:40pm
Modern Language Association

Foucault and Queer of Color Critique

Given Lynne Huffer and Roderick Ferguson's recent groundbreaking work in Mad for Foucault (2010), Are the Lips a Grave? (2013), Strange Affinities (2011) and The Reorder of Things (2012), this MLA panel will reexamine the often fraught relation between Foucault and Queer of Color Critique to see what novel "strange affinities" might exist between these sites of inquiry today.

Send 250-word abstract and CV to krusem@newschool.edu by 3/15/2015. The 2016 MLA will take place in Austin, Texas from January 7-9.

MLA 2016: Sounds of the South

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:02pm
Southern United States Forum

When we listen to the South, what do we hear?

Taking advantage of the MLA Convention's 2016 visit to Austin, the live music capital of the world, the Southern United States Forum (formerly the Southern Literature Discussion Group) is organizing a panel that aims to bring together sound studies and southern studies. We invite papers examining auditory depictions of the South in music, literature, film, or other media.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio to Jolene Hubbs (jhubbs@ua.edu) by March 15, 2015.

Approaches drawing from emerging fields like sound studies and those employing more traditional methods are equally welcome.

PARASITES: Cambridge French Graduate Conference, 8-9 May 2015

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 11:42am
Department of French, University of Cambridge

PARASITES: CAMBRIDGE FRENCH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2015
14-15 May 2015
Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Final deadline: 20 March 2015

_With keynote addresses from Professor Steven Connor (Cambridge) and
Professor Mairéad Hanrahan (UCL)_

The organisers of the Cambridge French Graduate Conference 2015 invite
proposals for papers on the theme of parasites.

ASLE Panel at MMLA 2015

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 11:20am
Midwest Modern Language Association

Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future" (45). While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.

[UPDATE] Reading Fantasy RMMLA, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 8-10 Oct., 2015

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 11:19am
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 31, 2015. *Conference dates corrected.*

This Special Topics session will explore English-language fantasy literature, film, and television.Topics may include, but are not limited to: Vampire literature (Twilight, The Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries,) Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Fairy Tales, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Once Upon A Time, etc. Pedagogical and interdisciplinary approaches to English-language fantasy literature are welcome.

Send 200-300 word proposals or inquiries to Mandy Taylor at mjhtaylor@gmail.com.

The Romantic Public | MLA 2016 | Special Session

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:28am
Matthew Borushko / Stonehill College

MLA 2016 (Austin, TX, 7-10 January 2016)
Special Session: The Romantic Public

Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of "the public" – past, present, and future – as imagined or provoked by Romantic literature.

Abstracts by 15 March 2015

Matthew Borushko

mborushko@stonehill.edu

MSA 17 Boston, November 19-22, 2015: Modes of Relative Certainty

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:06am
Luke Mueller / Tufts University

Modes of Relative Certainty

This panel will explore areas of "relative certainty" in modernism, where the supposed impossibility of knowing anything for certain meets the practical reality that things can be known well enough that readers and citizens can make use of them. In the wake of postmodernist criticism's essential disdain for certain knowledge and a general acceptance of modernists as ambiguous, ironic, enigmatical, interested in differance and lack, textual density and obscure allusions, we bring attention to the ways modernist texts celebrate positive knowledge--as contingent as that knowledge may be.

March 15 Deadline - EBSN Network Brussels Oct 2015

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 9:56am
European Beat Studies Network

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Call for Papers: submission deadline extended till 15 March 2015

4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN)

28-31 October 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Brussels-Belgium

CONFIRMED KEYNOTES:

Anne WALDMAN (poet and performer, author of over forty books of poetry, and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University)

&

Daniel KANE (professor at U of Sussex and author, amongst others, of All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s)

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