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The Suburban Sublime - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:53am
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Postwar Area Studies Group, American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2016, San Francisco
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How did important texts from the postwar period frame the suburbs as a locus of refuge, anger, hysteria, or (even) self-realization at a moment when American cities themselves experienced a shifting and growing economy, African American rights protests, atomic fears, etc.? How did the suburban aesthetic, the collision of romantic and realist, and spatial concepts including place, space, geography, zones, neighborhoods, distance, and scale feature in suburban narrative? We welcome all papers treating the suburban experience, as this approached or averted the apocalyptic, in American texts, 1945-1975.
By Jan, 30, 2016 / Jacqueline Foertsch, Postwar Area Studies Chair / foertsch@unt.edu

Fighting Words (Cold War, Korea, Vietnam) - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:52am
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Postwar Area Studies Group, American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2016, San Francisco
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How did war terminologies and war mentalities manifest themselves in important texts from the postwar period? Did war narrative change significantly after WWII, in the period 1945 to 1975? Did it go underground, such that we could no longer tell stories about battles, foxholes, and beloved leaders in the way we did in the mid-century? Did Heller's Catch-22 and Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five rewrite the rules in significant ways? We welcome all papers treating representations of war in influential American texts, 1945-1975.
By Jan, 30, 2016 / Jacqueline Foertsch, Postwar Area Studies Chair / foertsch@unt.edu

NEH Summer Institute on Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 9:30am
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Cheylon Woods/ University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Dates: May 30-June 24, 2016 (4 weeks)
Location: Lafayette, LA
For more information: Contact Cheylon Woods at gainescenter@louisiana.edu (337) 482-1848
Website: https://ernestgaines.ucs.louisiana.edu/summerscholar/
http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs

Interdisciplinarity. Who? What? How? Why? An Inclusive Interdisciplinary One Day Workshop

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 6:20am
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Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Interdisciplinarity. Who? What? How? Why?
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary One Day Workshop

Monday 14th March and Thursday 17th March 2016
Budapest, Hungary

9.30
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Goals and Objectives, Introductions
Dr Nancy Billias (includes 1-minute introductions by each participant)

10.00
Session 1: Definitions: What is Inter-Disciplinarity?

What does inter-disciplinarity mean? (In and out of the academy, to us)
How is it to be understood as distinct from transdisciplinarity, multi-disciplinarity, cross-disciplinarity?

11.00
Coffee

11.15
Why Work Inter-Disciplinarily?

'Romanticism on Edge / Edgy Romanticism' - a one day symposium on 9th April 2016

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 2:22am
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Dr Andrew McInnes, Edge Hill University

The traditional boundaries of Romanticism - six male poets; the definite articles of Romantic image, imagination and ideology; an implicit focus on Englishness - have been comprehensively contested to transform the discipline into the study of Romanticisms, including novels, plays, polemic, periodicals and print culture alongside a widening canon of poetry; questioning the ideology of the Romantic Ideology; and expanding borders spatially, to include Four Nations, archipelagic, Europe-wide, transatlantic and postcolonial approaches, and temporally, beyond the 1790s and early nineteenth century to imagine a Romantic century running from ca. 1750-1850.

CFP "Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community in American Literature," Santa Barbara, CA, April 23rd 2016

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 8:16pm
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American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, UCSB English Department
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UCSB's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center Presents:
"Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community"
Conference Date: April 23rd, 2016 at UC Santa Barbara
Proposal Due Date: January 24th, 2016

The 2016 American Cultures and Global Contexts center presents the topic of the sovereign body in United States literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. We invite proposals for papers, panels, and art pieces for our annual conference, titled "Contact: The Sovereign Body and Realized Zones of Community," to be held on April 23rd, 2016.

Movements & Migrancies (April 27-28, 2016)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 7:15pm
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University of Toronto, Department of English, Graduate English Association

[There] are lines of articulation or segmentarity, strata and territories; but also lines of flight, movements of deterritorialization and destratification.
—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

standing on the map of my political desires
I toast to a borderless future

—Guillermo Gómez-Peña, "Freefalling Toward a Borderless Future"

[Reminder] Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline (MadLit) – Proposals by 12/18/15; Conference 2/25/16-2/27/16

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 5:05pm
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UW-Madison MadLit Graduate Student Conference
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Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.

Rebecca Harding Davis at ALA 2016

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 3:13pm
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Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World
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The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association's Annual Conference. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis's work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.

Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

Call for Submissions (ongoing): The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 12:35pm
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Janine Utell, Editor / The Space Between
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The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 is a peer-reviewed digital journal devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship on the period bracketed by the two World Wars. We are interested in approaches to texts of all kinds, emphasizing research on lesser-known writers and artists and understudied topics of the period, including literary and cultural responses to the First and Second World Wars.

In 2015 The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 transitioned to a digital open-access publication. In addition to publishing annual issues of the peer-reviewed journal on general and special topics, the journal's platform aims to serve as a digital scholarly community for those interested in research on the field of intermodernism.

Indigenous Cultural Practices in the Age of Globalization: The 2016 NTU International Theatre Conference

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 9:56am
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Department of Drama and Theater, National Taiwan University

In the 1980s, Anderson proposed the concept of "imagined community" to explain the emergence of nation-state. Appadurai in the 90s further extended its notion of collective imagination to discuss global culture in the postelectronic world. Through collective reading, criticism and pleasure, a "community of sentiment" is made possible. With the help of mass media and migration, individuals and groups have responded to modernity in their own terms and deployed their imaginations differently in the practice of their everyday lives. The experiments with modernity vary and have gone beyond the regulations of the state.

2016 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL), April 15 & 16, 2016

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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 8:41pm
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English Department, South Dakota State University
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Call for Papers
2016 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL)
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD
April 15 & 16, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL) will be held at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, on April 15 and 16, 2016. We are seeking proposals for individual papers and complete panels on topics related to British literature from its beginnings through the eighteenth century (please consult submission guidelines below).

"Visions: Temporality, Spectacle, and Space": New Directions Graduate Conference, UofArizona, April 22-23, 2016

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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 8:39pm
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2016 New Directions Graduate Conference

"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible." -Jonathan Swift

The graduate students and English Department of the University of Arizona invite proposals for the annual New Directions Graduate Conference. Held every spring, New Directions is an interdisciplinary conference organized for and by graduate students as a way of drawing together student scholars across wide-ranging and diverse fields. This year's conference, titled "Visions: Temporality, Spectacle, and Space," will concern itself with varied modes and modalities of future progress and degradation, concerns about visual cultures and the construction of knowledge, and the possibilities inherent in spaces, places, and the demarcations that define them.

Freaked and Othered Bodies

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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 6:54pm
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Aidan Diamond and Lauranne Poharec / Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics Special Issue
Freaked and Othered Bodies in Comics

How do we define 'normal'? Quite literally it comes from the Latin norma meaning 'carpenter's square'. Straight. And 'abnormal'? That's from the Greek, anomalos, and the Latin abnormis, meaning 'monstrosity'. We leap cognitively, thanks to those boy-fucking, poison-guzzling, sheet-wearing Olympians right to 'monster.' Normal? Square. Abnormal? Monstrous."

— from the Eisner-award-winning and Harvey-award-rejecting comic, Sex Criminals (#12, Sept. 2015), by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky.

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