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July 20th Going with and against the Flow: Critical Essays on Water in Contemporary Literature and Film

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Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 9:14am
Dr. Paula Farca

July 20th Going with and against the Flow: Critical Essays on Water in Contemporary Literature and Film (edited by Paula Farca)
Call for papers for an edited collection exploring water in contemporary literature and film (any genre, any country). More specifically, this edited book will look at how intersections between water-environment-energy play out in literature and film. Scholars of all disciplines are encouraged to submit.

[UPDATE] CFP: Fourth Annual FANS Conference

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:24pm
Fandom and Neomedia Studies Association

We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Fourth Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 4 and 5 June 2016. Our keynote this year will be a joint presentation by Angela Drummond-Matthews and Debbie Scally. It is also our privilege to host Dr. Ryosuke Watanabe, Executive Director of the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University, who will be presenting on the international scholarship opportunities his university offers for students as well as programs to partner with schools in Europe, Canada, and across the US. PLUS! We are working on a surprise guest group of industry professionals to add to the range and interest of our conference.

"Archives and the Management of Sex" at PAMLA Nov. 11-13

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 6:34pm
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 2016 (Pasadena, CA)

This panel will explore how institutions dedicated to the collection, preservation, and circulation of material knowledge manage sexuality. Sex materials create conflicting imperatives for librarians. As one collections curator at the New York Public Library recently told a reporter, "We needed to collect life as it was lived… It was always part of our mandate." Yet librarians at NYPL also had a mandate to protect the mass of pornographic magazines, pulp novels, and fliers they collected by carefully regulating access to them. Until recently, sex materials at NYPL labeled with three stars required supervision. That one example illustrates how sequestration generally determines who can read about sex and under what conditions.

Call for Abstracts: Theorizing Place and Space Panel at 2016 Flow Conference

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 5:03pm
David Pierson/Theorizing Place and Space in Television Panel

Established scholars and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract (150 words) addressing the following question by 20 May 2016, 5pm to be a respondent at the 2016 Flow Conference on September 15-17 at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. Here is the response link: http://www.flowjournal.org/flow-conference-2016/flow-2016-call-for-respo...

Question: Theorizing Place and Space in Television

INTERMEDIALITY IN CONTEMPORARY CENTRAL AND EAST EUROPEAN CINEMA. Workshop, 30-31 May, 2016. Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 4:01pm
Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania

This two-day workshop organized at the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania will bring together researchers in order to select and discuss papers for an edited volume centered on issues of intermediality in contemporary Central and East European Cinema (to be submitted to a publishing house later in 2016, in conclusion of a research project started in 2013).
We will exchange ideas in the form of:

'Gender and Trauma': The Eighth International Conference on Iris Murdoch [1-2 September, 2017]

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 1:23pm
Chichester University, UK

This Eighth International Conference on Iris Murdoch celebrates a new collaboration between the University of Chichester, and the Iris Murdoch Archive Project at Kingston University London. It will take place in the new venue of the beautiful university city of Chichester in Sussex, an area of England rich in literary connections, and in easy reach of major transport hubs, which we hope delegates from abroad will enjoy discovering.

Permanent Ephemera: Travel Documents and Modernist Writing (PAMLA 2016, Deadline 6/10)

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 1:11pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Seeking submissions for this panel at PAMLA's 2016 convention--November 11-13 in Pasadena, CA

The early twentieth century traveller possessed an ever-increasing accumulation of documents, manifesting from newly implemented juridical requirements and new technologies of communication and replication. This collection included tickets, itineraries, packing lists, passports and visas, letters of introduction, bank transfers, and the telegrams received or sent home.

PAMLA 2016: Young Adult Literature (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 12:27pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Young adult literature is home to a host of paradoxes. Inscribing the monstrous and yet rapturous, traumatizing and yet electrifying, self-alienated and yet self-conscious experience of adolescence, texts for and about young adults explore rich and radical liminalities. The Young Adult Literature session of PAMLA 2016 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to the vibrant field of YA literature and culture. We welcome engaging, provocative analyses of YA literature and texts (including graphic novels, comic books, video games, and/or films). Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures - PAMLA 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:56am
Megan Cannella/PAMLA

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 11 - 13, 2016
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.

CFP: Anthology—Tagore and Yeats: A Postcolonial Re-Envisioning

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:31am
Dr. Amrita Ghosh & Dr. Elizabeth Redwine, Seton Hall University

Rabindranath Tagore and William Butler Yeats met at a dinner on July 7, 1912, at William Rothenstein's Hampstead home in England. At a turning point in Yeats' writing life, meeting Tagore was revolutionary, and the ensuing collaborations were both fruitful and problematic. This literary friendship had far reaching impacts on both writers' careers with Tagore catapulting into international fame and eventually getting the Nobel Prize within a year. However, the meteoric friendship also saw a curious fall-out that raises questions about translations, approaches to nationalism, postcoloniality and representation.

Artistic Migration and Identity, Paris 1870-1940 (McGill University, April 27-29, 2017)

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:43pm
McGill University / Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM)

"Artistic Migration and Identity, Paris 1870-1940"
International interdisciplinary conference
McGill University/Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM)
Montréal (QC), Canada
April 27-29, 2017

***Deadline for the submission of proposals: August 31, 2016***

Categories, Voice, and Authenticity in Indra Sinha's Animal's People

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:02pm
Trent Sanders

Drawing upon Roland Barthe's concept of the author and the text of which he states, "We know now that a text is not a line of words releasing a single 'theological' meaning (the 'message' of the Author-God) but a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash. The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture" (Barthes 1324), I consider the ways in which Animal's People contains traces of influence from Western voices like an editor, contemporary novels written in English, and the Western rhetorical tradition. Scholars such as Rob Nixon, Brigitte Rath, Anthony Carrigan, Adele Holoch, Andrew Malhstedt make excellent contributions to Animal's People.

Ten Years Gone: Celebrating the Works of Octavia Butler-- SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2016

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:56pm
Jay Shelat / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This year marks 10 years since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. It is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Patternmaster. Butler was a pioneer in science fiction writing with her groundbreaking integration of race, sexual politics, and religion with traditional elements of the genre. This panel aims to celebrate Butler's life and works by presenting on a variety of topics, particularly the conference's theme of Utopia/Dystopia. Other possible paper topics include a pedagogical study of Butler's work, a theological approach to Butler's most celebrated works (Kindred and the Parable series), and an analysis of Butler's treatment of space and migration throughout her oeuvre.

[UPDATE] Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Representations of Veil in Literature, Film, and Fine Arts

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:13pm
Umme Al-wazedi (Augustana College) and Afrin Zeenat (University of Dhaka)

The veil's ancient and modern history and its resurgence in our time is an important subject for discussion for those of us posing new questions about women and Islam in literature, film, and fine arts. In Europe and the U.S., the veil is often presented through errors of conceptualizations. The media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with the role of the veil. Recurrently, these discussions run along essentialist and ahistorical lines associating Islam with the ideology of shame and honor. Moreover, the Muslim immigrant "problem" in Europe and the U.S. and the fear of Islam and Muslims in connection with terrorism has heightened the controversy on the issue of the veil.

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