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Robin Williams: Essays on the Man and the Movies (contracted collection) abstracts 4/`17./`16

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Johnson Cheu

CFP: Robin Williams: Essays on the Man and the Movies (contracted collection) (4/17/2016)
With his untimely passing in 2014, Robin Williams left behind a huge body of film work, from comedies to dramas, to satire, to animation and voice-over work.
Scholarly essays are sought for a collection on the filmic work and artistry of Robin Williams. All films and theoretical approaches welcome.
Possible topics may include but are not limited to (Listed films are merely suggestions):
• Comedies
• Dramas
• Good Will Hunting
• Youth Culture (Jack, Jumanji, Hook, Toys, Popeye etc.)
• Medical Narratives/Disability (Patch Adams, Awakenings, House of D)

The West as Resource (MLA 2017, January 5-8, Philadelphia, PA)

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 6:34pm
Western Literature Association

Considering our present political and ecological moment, this panel seeks to explore the myriad ways the North American West is situated in terms of resources. Potential presentations might include such topics as water, people as resources, land use, contested uses, National Parks, public lands, and extractive industries.

Please submit a 250 word proposal to Kerry Fine by March 28th, kerry.fine@ttu.edu.

Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays on the Television Series 15 April / 1 June 2016

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:04pm
Scott F. Stoddart, Ph. D.

The BBC television series Downton Abbey, developed and produced by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, has become a cultural barometer with American viewers harkening back to the days when televised serial dramas ruled the airwaves. Its recent series finale was one of the most-watched in television history.

Exploring Downton Abbey is a collection of scholarly essays that interrogate this cultural phenomenon – the essays challenge readers to explore how and why this British television serial about life upstairs and downstairs in a British, turn-of-the-century manor home resonates with American audiences.

UPDATE MSA 18: Modernism's Planets (November 17-20, Pasadena, CA, USA)

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 11:12am
Cóilín Parsons, Georgetown University

Planets colliding: Spivak, Friedman, Dimock. The 'planet', as metaphor, object, method, problem, and more, has made multiple entries into the discipline of literary studies, all of which bear on the study of modernism, broadly conceived. Ecocritical, postcolonial, and comparative methods have been at the forefront of the planetary conversation, but, as the word 'planet' suggests, there is more than enough room for more planetary interventions.

Indigenous Studies - Midwest Pop/American Culture Assoc. Conference, Oct 6-9 Chicago

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:26am
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Call for Abstracts

Indigenous Studies Area - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare from Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9.
Abstract Proposal deadline: April 30, 2016

The Indigenous Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panels and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference to be held at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare (847-678-4488) from Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9.

update - 3rd Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation conference, Connecting the Dots in a Glocalized World

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:11pm
Sultan Qaboos University

Connecting the Dots in a Glocalized World 2016 will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in the four main disciplines of language, linguistics, literature and translation. As the title for the conference suggests, the aim is to focus on the relationship between global themes and local practices, highlighting the under-examined interactions that occur as globalization takes on negotiated forms in different contexts. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and methodologies, the conference will centralize both research that theorizes the links between the local and the global and research that shows, through practical evidence, how local and global interact.

2nd CFP: What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? SAMEMES 9-11 Sept 2016

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 4:48pm
Olga Timofeeva/Univeristy of Zurich

What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England?

Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies

Fifth Biennial Conference, Zurich, 9-11th September 2016

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Prof. Brian Cummings (University of York)
Prof. Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Center, New York)
Prof. Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Nicolette Zeeman (University of Cambridge)

[UPDATE]: "Black" or "All": An Atlanta University Center Interdisciplinary Discussion on the Black Lives Matter Movement

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 2:37pm
Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

The Morehouse College English Department in collaboration with the Office of the Provost invites academics of all levels to participate in its Tenth Annual Symposium. This year's symposium will focus on the Black Lives Matter Movement.

The event will take place in fall 2016, with specific dates, including the deadline for abstracts, being sent out this summer.

Call for Papers

Borders of Modernism Perugia 14-16 December 2016

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 1:29pm
CEMS Centre for European Modernism Studies (http://www.cemstudies.eu)

Originally deriving from the Old French bordure (meaning "seam" and "edge of a shield"), in its geopolitical sense the term "border" was first used in Scotland in the 1530s. The Borders was indeed the name of the district adjoining the English boundary. Accordingly, over the centuries borders have been used to signal differences, separations, distinctions, discontinuities, the beginning of the other, as well as the need for protection and preservation. One could mention cultural, linguistic, political, social, gender borders, and the list could of course be much longer.

Authors Sought for Edited Collection (under contract) on PTSD and Eastwood films

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 1:25pm
Allen Redmon and Charles Hamilton, Texas A&M University-Central Texas

With the release of American Sniper (2014), Clint Eastwood brought to the surface an interest in post-traumatic stress disorder that runs throughout his directorial career. Early feature length films like Play Misty for Me (1971) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) represent versions of post-traumatic stress before the concept was officially listed in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Firefox (1982) appears just two years after that same group entered the term into the third edition of the DSM as a response to the increased number of soldiers seeking help for psychological issues related to wartime experiences.

18th Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, 2 - 4 June 2016

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 11:51am
British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

Please share the following CfP with any graduate students who may be interested. Deadline for Paper Proposals: 23:59 GMT on Monday 21 March 2016.

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BritGrad 2016: Call for Papers

2-4 June 2016

The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies to submit paper proposals for the Eighteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.

Literature's Animals Postgraduate Conference 18th May 2016

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:26am
University of Bristol Department of English

Call for Papers
Literature's Animals Postgraduate Conference

As part of a two-week series of events on the subject of animal studies, Bristol University's Department of English is organising a postgraduate conference.

[UPDATE] Pop Culture panel at MMLA 2016 Nov 10-13

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:39pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders in all their diverse forms in popular culture. Popular culture by nature transgresses both literal and figurative borders by creating liminal spaces for new ideas and pushing the boundaries of perception. Possible topics include media and adaptation, virtual reality, immersion and interactivity, posthumanism in pop culture, border crossing in graphic narratives, and fanfiction. We welcome papers that discuss all forms of popular media including, but not limited to, film, television, popular literature, graphic novels/manga, visual art, video games, and music.

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