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CFP: American Folklore Society/ISFNR Joint Conference October 2016

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 6:34pm
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Kerry Kaleba

I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the joing meeting of the American Folklore Society and ISFNR, to be held in Miami October 19-22, 2016. We are organizing two panels at this year's meeting:

"Into the Vale of Years": Musings on "the Incomplete" on the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Passing

We invite papers on the theme of the idea of incomplete/revised texts, the idea of the incomplete, etc. in the works of Shakespeare in this 400th anniversary of the poet's passing.

"Tell My Story": Musings on Narrative on the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Passing

Literature, Landscape and the Environment: Special Issue

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 5:35pm
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English: The Journal of the English Association

English: The Journal of the English Association invites contributions to a special issue on literature, landscape and the environment.

In the years since the publication of seminal texts such as Carson's Silent Spring, and with environmental concerns never more pressing, ecocriticism has become firmly established in literary studies as a way to think about the challenges facing writers and their readers. Moreover, literary critical engagement with the environment has been enriched in recent years through intersectional work with fields as diverse as disability studies, spatial studies, gender theory, and post-humanism.

Early Modern Trauma

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 3:12pm
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Dr Erin Peters, University of Gloucestershire
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The present-day term 'trauma' refers to a wound or a paradigmatic disruption that disorients an individual or a community with overwhelming fear and suffering. The term "trauma" certainly has modern-day connotations, most commonly associated with WW1 and Freud, and trauma theory has been heavily shaped by responses to modern catastrophes. Indeed, trauma is often seen as inherently linked to modernity. However, psychological trauma as a result of distressing or disturbing experiences is a human phenomenon that has been recorded across time and cultures as far back as records of warfare and disaster exist.

Royal Spanish Academy: CILE Conference (Puerto Rico March 15-18, 2016)

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:54pm
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Real Academia Española & Instituto Cervantes
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JEAN-MARIE LE CLÉZIO, GIANNINA BRASCHI, LUIS RAFAEL SANCHEZ, and EDMUNDO PAZ SOLDAN are among the featured speakers of the 7th International Conference on Spanish Language to be held March 15-March 18th, 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The central theme of the conference will be "Spanish Language and Creativity." The event will be dedicated to the poets Luis Palés Matos, Pedro Salinas, and Rubén Darío, and it will also be used as an opportunity to pay tribute to the Cervantes Institute on the 25th anniversary of its creation.

Wayne State University Visual Culture Graduate Symposium, "Visual Culture in Context(s)"

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:18pm
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Wayne State University Visual Culture Student Group
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Wayne State University is hosting its fifth annual Visual Culture Graduate Symposium. This year's theme is "Visual Culture in Context(s)." The symposium will take place Thursday, April 7th, 2016 on the Wayne State campus. CFP and keynote details can be found at the symposium website: https://wsucontext.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, February 26th, 2016. Please direct submissions and questions to wsucontext@gmail.com.

[UPDATE} Speculative Fiction--SAMLA--November 4-6, 2016

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 12:40pm
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Mary Ann Gareis Speculative Fiction Association
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Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together under this category is that there is some "unrealistic" element. Whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic technological development, works that fall in this 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 Garcia Marquez to H. P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, culture, economics, and more.

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

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:26am
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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.

MLA 2017 Special Session: The Historical Novel as a Generic Hybrid (Deadline 3/15/2016)

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:35pm
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Ben O'Dell/ University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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This panel welcomes reassessment of the historical novel from literary scholars working on a wide range of historical periods and geographic regions. While the classic historical novel is often thought of as a literary genre in its own right, many historical narratives are actually generic hybrids comprised of other genres. What is the significance of these generic elements? Does the historical novel contain certain essential features or is the term merely a placeholder for fictions about the past? How has its definition changed over time, and how might we wish to alter it today?

Artworks 2015 : Poems, Artworks (Photos, Paintings and Drawings) Invited for Harvests of New Millennium, 2016 Issue

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:25pm
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Cyberwit.net
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The mission of Cyberwit is to encourage and promote the visual arts and poetry. Cyberwit's Harvests of New Millennium will be divided into three sections: (1) Photos, Paintings and Drawings, (2) Poetry and (3) Biography of Contributing Artists. The Journal will feature poems and artworks by the artists from all over the world. The poems and artwork selected for Harvests of New Millennium will surely compel our admiration.

Guidelines For Contributors:

Harvests of New Millennium is published in January annually.

Poems may be submitted by all poets, whether first-time or published poets. The poems (maximum 35 lines), must be in English. Poems with a special layout should be sent by email as an attachment using Microsoft Word.

CFP: Transcending Realism in Early Modern Utopias: Reading Worlds Through the Lens of Theory and Practice

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 3:49pm
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Southeast Renaissance Conference, SAMLA Affiliate
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CFP: Transcending Realism in Early Modern Utopias: Reading Worlds Through the Lens of Theory and Practice
Southeast Renaissance Conference, SAMLA Affiliate
SAMLA 2016 - Jacksonville, Florida, November 4-6, 2016
Dr. Ruth McIntyre, Kennesaw State University

MLA 2017: Narratives of Contingency

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 12:15pm
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Kristina Quynn/Colorado State University
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Paper proposals sought for a special session proposal for MLA 2017 (Philadelphia, PA) that considers narratives of "contingency" in academic fiction.

Topics might include representations of adjunct, contingent, or non-tenure-track characters; the rhetorical moves and textual representations of contingent faculty in job postings; the range of approaches we might use to understand contingency relevant to race, gender, class, or other relevant critical theories; readings that explore or theorize the function of contingency in tales of academe.

ASAP conference 8: Alternatives to the Present , (University of Tartu, Estonia, September 3-5 2016)


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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:27am
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Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
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CFP: Alternatives to the Present

Call for papers for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (Deadline: March 26, 2016)

How and to what ends do the contemporary arts conceptualize, represent, and model new spaces and temporalities?


Twenty-First Century Perspectives on US Ethnic Literatures

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:24am
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Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
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MELUS Call for Papers

Special Issue: Twenty-First Century Perspectives on US Ethnic Literatures
(A commemorative special issue in honor of MELUS Emeritus Editor Joseph T. Skerrett, Jr.)

Guest Editors: A Yęmisi Jimoh and Angelo Robinson
Deadline for submission: 31 August 2016
Anticipated publication: 2018

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