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Women Situated in Political Conflict: Utopia or Dystopia?; SAMLA, November 4-6, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:58pm
Kelly Batchelder/Southern Illinois University Carbondale

In a 2008 interview, a former female IRA volunteer of the Northern Irish Troubles explained, "Sometimes you wonder if your life had to be so different…you only resort to that type of method [violence] when you've nothing else, when your back's against the wall. War is not nice; war is a bad thing and nobody unless they really have to should really go there…war's hell." Violent political conflict under any circumstance is less than utopic, yet for many women it is the very catalyst that allows them to move away from traditional gender roles. What does examining women in fictional works where political conflict is the backdrop tell us about cultural notions of especially gender, but also of race, class, sexuality, and religion?

Ideas and Realities: Creative Writing in Asia Today

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:28am
Asia Pacific Writers and Translators

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference (APWT) 2016
25th – 27th November, Guangzhou, China, plus follow on events in Hong Kong and Macau.

This year, APWT's annual conference 'Ideas and Realities – Creative Writing in Asia Today' will be hosted by the Centre for Creative Writing within the School of Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou.

Specialists: Passions and Careers

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:41am
Universitas Press

CFP: Specialists: Passions and Careers (extended - collection Professional Development for Academics)

Racism and Discrimination in the Sporting World

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:38am
Universitas Press

Racism and Discrimination in the Sporting World
An interdisciplinary volume to be edited by:
Professor of French and Fulbright Scholar
Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.
Canisius College

What is it about culture and society that creates an environment in which an athlete is able to excel or fail in his/her respective sport? Which factors, such as racism, discrimination, financial advantage or hardship, propel or hinder an athlete's achievements? This volume seeks to explore how the world of sports is often a microcosm of the real world and the many ways in which it uniquely reflects cultural and societal issues. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines.

Growing Up with the Undead: Vampires in the 20th- and 21st-Century Literature, Films and Television for Young Children

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:34am
Universitas Press

Since Bram Stoker's seminal vampire novel, Dracula, published in 1897, the figure of the vampire has been a persistent presence in Western popular culture. Though largely the remit of adult audiences since the 1970s, the vampire has become increasingly present in narratives (books/films/television) for younger children. In fact, in the 21st century, one might even ven-ture to say it is a staple of the genre. During this time the meaning of the vampire itself has drastically changed from a symbol of otherness and potential danger to one that accepts dif-ference and offers agency to all young readers.

CFP: thresholds no. 1, Extraneous

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:31am
Fran McDonald, Whitney Trettien

thresholds is a new digital journal co-edited by Whitney Trettien (UNC) and Fran McDonald (U. Louisville). The journal's platform bears witness to the dynamic processes that constitute reading and writing by way of a split-screen architecture. On the left side of the screen, we publish short essays (essayer – trial, attempt, test). The right side of the screen is populated by the various text fragments, images, audio, and video clips that inspired the author and propelled the corresponding work. Unlike a footnote or endnote, these fragments are not explicitly harnessed to the essay's main body; they do not rustle the reader toward a specific interpretative conclusion.

Urban Studies Popular Culture - MPCA/ACA 2016 Conference

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 1:13am
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA

Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference

Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL - Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Deadline: April 30, 216

The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.

Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (MidMoot III): Sept 24-25, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 11:57pm
Mythgard Institute at Signum University

The Mythgard Institute at Signum University is pleased to announce the third annual Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (known affectionately as MidMoot III) on September 24-25, 2016 at the University of Maryland at College Park. Additional details about the symposium will be announced in the summer, including special guests. We are accepting proposals now for short presentations intended to foster discussion. Presentation topics are welcome in the following areas:

Intertitles - a collection of essays on the printed text in silent cinema

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 7:14pm
Gregory Robinson/Nevada State College

This is a call for short proposals (title + 50-100 words) that could be developed into longer essays for a collection on intertitles - the printed text in silent movies. Potential topics include:

Intertitles and silent cinema
Intertitles and translation
Intertitles and adaptation
Intertitles in other mediums
Reading on screen
Projected text/embedded text
Intertitle writers
Intertitle cliches
intersections of text and image

Short proposals due: July 1st, 2016
Email: Gregory Robinson ~

For more information on the project, visit:

After(-)Lives -- Deadline 30th July, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 4:45pm
ANTAE - A Postgraduate Journal on the Interspaces of English Studies

'While we talk, the sun is getting older. It will explode in 4.5 billion years.'
Jean François Lyotard, 'Can Thought Go on Without a Body?'

'living on can mean a reprieve or an afterlife, "life after life" or life after death, more life as more than life, and better; the state of suspension in which it's over - and over again'
Jacques Derrida, 'Living On: Borderlines'

'Whether my life had been before that sleep
The Heaven which I imagine, or a Hell
Like this harsh world in which I wake to weep,
I know not'
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'The Triumph of Life'

Seeking short stories by women for Anthology- DEADLINE EXTENDED

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 1:54pm
Project GirlSpire- Resources and Outreach for Liberia


We're looking for female writers to submit a story with the theme of overcoming challenges or "defeating the odds," and no more than 2,500- 5,000 words.

All stories should be Young Adult or New Adult, but can be dark and ominous, humorous, or even fantastical; you decide.

Stories should be submitted in standard manuscript format as a Microsoft word document. Send the story as an email attachment (stories sent in the body of the email will not be considered).

All stories must be unpublished. Although, this is an unpaid endeavor, this is for a great cause, and a great way to be published, and a great way to get reviews and press. Proceeds will go to Project READ's drop-in center in Liberia, Nedra House.

Call for Papers: Trespassing BODIES

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 1:14pm
Trespassing Journal

Trespassing Journal is a fully peer-reviewed biannual journal that is committed to publishing fresh and original research in the fields of artistic production (including literature, film, new media, video-art, fine arts, experimental and avant-garde art, etc.) that trespass the sacrosanct grounds of the theoretical and artistic disciplines, and also question the established boundaries between art, science, and philosophy.Trespassing Journal focuses on artistic misfits, art and politics, artistic production in exile, and contradictory realms where art and technics break away from conventions.

Travel and Tourism Area of MAP/ACA Conference, Nov. 3-5, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 11:20am
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Call for papers for the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference
Nov. 3-5, 2016 (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

The Travel and Tourism area of MAPACA seeks papers that discuss and explore any aspect of travel and/or tourism. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to, the following:
- travel and gender/race/class
- heritage tourism
- material culture and tourism

Please feel free to consider a wide range of materials, texts and experiences. Applicants may also propose 3-person panels and roundtables.

Students (both undergraduate and graduate) and independent scholars are encouraged to apply.