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World's Longest Undefended Border: Canadian Literature in the Shadow of America

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:47am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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Established in 1783 by the Treaty of Paris, the border between Canada and the United States is considered the longest international border in the world. What makes this border unique (unlike the border between the United States and Mexico) is the fact that it can be considered the "longest undefended border" due to the rather low level of security that maintains this boundary. Like this undefended border, the border between Canadian and American literature has been historically misunderstood. It is through review and use of the theory of liminality, as defined by Van Gennep in 1909 and Turner in the 1960s, that one must begin to discuss and define the geographical boundaries between Canada and American literature.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Call for Articles: New Voices in Jewish-American Literature

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:26am
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Open Library of the Humanities

The retirement of Philip Roth in 2012 signifies a definite break with the past, the silencing of one of the last living links with the Jewish generation that dominated post-war American literary culture (Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Isaac Bashevis Singer et al.). This does not, however, mean the end of Jewish-American literature. Recent years have shown the remarkable tenacity of Jewish-American writing: its enduring ability to grapple with contemporary society's pivotal issues along with its power to initiate new critical debates.

(in)Security: Production, Dissemination and Experiences

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 6:45am
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Inter-disciplinary.net

(in)Security: Production, Dissemination and Experiences
A Fears and Anxieties in the 21st Century Project: 1st Global Meeting

Call for Presentations 2016

Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

"Security is a derivative concept; it is meaningless in itself. To have any meaning, security necessarily presupposes something to be secured; as a realm of study it cannot be self-referential." (Krauss & Williams, 1997: ix)

cfp - Knowledge Infrastructures in the Humanities - MLA 2017

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 4:59am
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Daniel Powell

Knowledge Infrastructures in the Humanities - MLA 2017

What are the knowledge infrastructures, both material and social, that underlie the everyday work of knowledge creation that we undertake as scholars working in the humanities? How do they function? What are the infrastructural "things" and "relations" that influence or determine the nature or scope of our thinking and the forms of our outputs?

In their introduction to a special issue of Science & Technology Studies, Karasti et al. write that

Returning the Gaze II – Stories of Resistance

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 3:49am
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European Race & Imagery Foundation (ERIF)
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ERIF is proud to announce the Call for Contributions for its second conference Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance. Picking up from our first conference – 2014's Returning the Gaze: Blackface in Europe – our second edition will continue to present a critical view on European racialised imagery, while approaching from a broader angle the departs from only blackface related themes, namely with a focus on resistance to racism and racist imagery.

Part II will be hosted at the University of Innsbruck, Austria on the 4th and 5th November 2016 and will examine the usage of racist and racialised imagery across the following topics:

Introducing Europe: past and present resistance against racialised imagery

Philadelphia's Black Literary Intellectuals: Frances Harper, W.E.B.Dubois, Alain Locke, and Sonia Sanchez

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 3:46am
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Pearlie Peters, MLA Special Session Panel Organizer for "Philadelphia's Black Literary Intellectuals" panel which is anticipated for presentation at the 2017 Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention which will be held in Philadelphia from January 5-8
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This panel entitled "Philadelphia's Black Literary Intellectuals: Harper, DuBois, Locke and Sanchez" seeks papers for presentation at the 2017 MLA Convention which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5 to 8, 2017. Papers that explore Philadelphia's impact on the development of the artistic, philosophical, sociological or political writings of any one of the following literary intellectuals of Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly love, are welcomed: Frances Harper, W.E.B. Du Bois (most particularly his seminal The Philadelphia Negro), Alain Locke and Sonia Sanchez. Submit 250-350 words abstract to petersp@rider.edu by 15 March 2016.

[UPDATE] Call Extended Popuclar Culture & Disability

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 2:27am
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The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ)
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The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) is calling for submission of abstracts for its 7th Annual Conference, 29 June - 1 July 2016. The venue will be Sydney University Village, 90 Carillon Ave, Newtown, Sydney, Australia.

The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) is devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life; as a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies.

Cultural Studies Issues within the Second World Spaces

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:14pm
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Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017
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How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, embraced, or rejected within the spaces of the Second World?

[UPDATE] Shepherding Language: Restoring Faith in Words - May 12-14, 2016 [Abstract due 3/25/16]

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 10:12pm
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2016 Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature (at California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif.)
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Shepherding Language: Restoring Faith in Words

Call for Papers

Recent headlines abound decrying the death of academic disciplines traditionally concerned with the care and tending of language. Has a loving and lyrical approach to language become an antiquated notion? Everything from research studies on the relationship between literature and empathy to informal conversations about the power of a good story attest to language's enduring capacity to incite wonder, motivate compassion, or provoke reflection. Words, indeed, serve as the means through which restorative faith is expressed to, explored with, and embraced by the reader.

"Utopias/Dystopias of Transnational Migration"

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 4:54pm
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Laura Barberan Reinares - SAMLA Conference - Jacksonville, FL - Nov 4-6, 2016
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This panel welcomes papers analyzing postcolonial fiction addressing transnational migration for labor (legal or illegal) and trafficking. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme of Utopia/Dystopia are especially welcome. By May 31st, please submit a 500-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Laura Barberan Reinares, Bronx CC of the City University of New York at laubarberan@gmail.com.

Revisiting Harper Lee: New Essays on To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman [Abstract Due June 1st, 2016]

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 1:20pm
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Jonathan S. Cullick, Northern Kentucky University and Cheli Reutter, University of Cincinnati

Revisiting Harper Lee: New Essays on To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman

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Harper Lee's classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Academy Award winning movie starring Gregory Peck both enjoyed immediate success and are considered American treasures. Popular in its own time and enjoying a consistently healthy publication record, Mockingbird seems secure even in the new millennium.

Gender and Early Modern Drama, RMMLA, October 6-8, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 1:15pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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This session seeks papers on any aspect of gender in Early Modern English drama. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 6-8, 2016. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email addresses – to Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey (j.lodine-chaffey@wsu.edu ) by March 15, 2016. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 20, 2016.
More information is available on the conference website:

"Pushing Back: Feminist Readings as Resistance"

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:05am
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Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis
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Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2016

The upcoming issue of Parlour will concentrate on women as producers and consumers of texts with an emphasis on counter-intuitive feminist interpretations. We invite submissions that explore a wide range of approaches to the issue's theme and its attendant connotations of defiance, opposition, direct action, and rebellion.

CFP International Conference on Space and Cinema

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 10:25am
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University of Lisbon School of Arts and Humanities

The Conference will focus on Space and Cinema in order to examine the ways through which cinema deals with spatiality, in its bodily and geographical materiality, as well as in its symbolic and theoretical frameworks.

Heterotopic as it is, screen space juxtaposes several different spaces pertaining to different dimensions (Michael Chanan, The Documentary Chronotope, 2000): both mise en scène and cinematic dispositifs spatialize the gaze, the vanishing point where the filmic and the pro-filmic intersect. Space is therefore represented, conveyed and appropriated by the cinematic apparatus, calling into question the historical, political and philosophical aspects of an aesthetics of spatiality in a broad sense.

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