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Proposed panel for CEA, March 31-April 2, 2016; panel deadline Oct. 25, 2015

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:13pm
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Questioning the Calls for Creativity in the Classroom

The CEA 2016 Call for Papers for its annual conference (March 31-April 2, 2016) invites submissions on the broad topic of creation (http://cea-web.org/) . That cfp includes a discussion of creation as an act which can "stimulate creativity or creation in others." As educators of literature or composition, what kinds of messages are we sent about incorporating "creativity" in our classrooms, and what kinds of concerns or frustrations does such championing of creativity in our pedagogy raise?

UPDATE: Longfellow, Writer of Books: New Deadline, 10/5/15; 3/17-3/20/16

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:31am
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NeMLA, Northeat Modern Language Association
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Longfellow, Writer of Books: Interpretations of the Single Volume or Collection

This panel for the NeMLA 2016 Annual Convention, to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, from March 17 to March 20, 2016, seeks papers that continue the renaissance in the study of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). The submission deadline has been extended to October 5, 2015.

[UPDATE--New Deadline: Oct. 5] Somewhere Else: Teaching Literatures of Refugee Experience (NeMLA, April 30-May 3, 2015)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:27am
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Justine Dymond, Springfield College

Submission Deadline Extended to October 5, 2015.

In "Refugee Memories and Asian American Critique," Viet Thanh Nguyen suggests that a category of refugee literatures outside of disciplinary borders of national literatures "allow[s] a different set of connections across time and space that point somewhere else besides assimilation into the nation and to affiliations with other people besides US citizens" (934). What connections are necessary to make, and what kinds of borders do we have to cross, in the teaching of refugee literatures? With Nguyen's words in mind, this roundtable session aims to explore our encounters with literatures of refugee experience in the classroom.

[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016 | Submission Deadline Oct. 5

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:10am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

Writing, Religion, and Enlightenment panel at BSECS 2016 (St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK 6th-8th January 2016)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:00am
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Laura Davies, University of Southampton
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The focus of this panel is the relationship between writing and religion in the period of the Enlightenment (broadly interpreted). We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on this theme in relation to texts, from the canonical to the unpublished, connected with or produced by different religious denominations and communities (Anglican, Dissenting, Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Quaker and others).

Accessibility in the Middle Ages

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 8:31am
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Cornell Medieval Studies Student Colloquium
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The graduate students of Cornell's Medieval Studies Program are pleased to announce their twenty-sixth annual Student Colloquium, which will take place on Saturday, February 20th at the A.D. White House. This year's colloquium will be focused around the concept of 'accessibility,' its connotations, and consequences in the medieval world. The Middle Ages are conventionally seen as static and hierarchical, marked by impermeability of social, geographic, and cultural boundaries. This conference seeks to foreground the dynamism and fluidity of the Middle Ages by focusing upon the points of access by which these borders were negotiated and blurred.

[UPDATE] Philip K. Dick's Short Fiction (Panel) - Hartford, Connecticut, March 17-20, 2016 (New Deadline)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:45am
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Brad Congdon / NeMLA 2016
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In an unpublished foreword to The Preserving Machine, Philip K. Dick lamented that "As a writer builds up a novel-length piece it slowly begins to imprison him, to take away his freedom." Dick, who has published five volumes of short fiction, argued that short-story writing allows for freedom, crisis, and action, in contrast to the stultifying process of novel writing. "It is in SF stories," he claimed, "that SF action occurs."

33rd PSYART International Conference on Psychology and the Arts – Reims, France (June 29/July 4 2016)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:36am
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PsyArt Foundation / CIRLEP - University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

We are pleased to announce that the 33rd PSYART International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France, June 29-July 4, 2016. The conference is sponsored by the PsyArt Foundation and the Université de Reims. Our host is the CIRLEP research department (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur les Langues Et la Pensée).

Edited Collection: Masculinity and British Period Drama TV 10/30/15

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:04am
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Male Troubles: British period drama TV and competing narratives of masculinity

The portrayal and interrogation of masculinity has formed an important part of period drama on the small screen since the 1960s. Given that the audience for costume drama has been traditionally largely female, however, this has tended to be overlooked in favour of a focus on the central female characters that were so key to televisual history in the decades that followed. As a result, even the male lead, by the 1990s, was important largely as a focus of the female (or homoerotic) gaze (for example, Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy). In recent years, however, new forms of historical fictions on television have begun to foreground and examine "maleness" in exciting new ways.

CFP: Sinister Wisdom: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival - Deadline 1/13/16

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 11:04pm
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Amy Washburn/ Sinister Wisdom
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Sinister Wisdom: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival

Dear Subscribers:

I am one of the guest editors for a special edition of the lesbian arts and literary journal Sinister Wisdom, and I am hoping you will be interested in sharing this call for submissions and contributing to this important Sinister Wisdom issue that honors the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Please let me know if you need further information or have any questions.

My best regards,
Amy Washburn

For Immediate Release
September 2015

Call for Submissions: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
Deadline: January 31st, 2016

Teaching 18th-C Lit: Interdisciplinary Approaches [10/5/15; 3/17-20/16]

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 10:00pm
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NEMLA / Tonya Moutray, Russell Sage College
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This roundtable gives instructors an opportunity to share innovative and interdisciplinary strategies used in teaching British and Anglophone literature and culture from the long eighteenth century. Teaching literature from the eighteenth century can be truly challenging, steeped as it is in culturally specific references, place names, and intertextual allusions to other writers, ancient mythology and the Bible. Syntax and vocabulary also pose barriers to new readers. The political, imperial, and colonial histories of the long eighteenth century are equally complex.

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