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POLITICS AND POETICS, 3rd symposium, Leverhulme Research Network 'Imaginaries of the Future', Belfast, 19-21 Jan. 2016

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:20am
Queens University Belfast; Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies Limerick; Newcastle University, UK

What does it mean to think of politics as a poetics, and to do so through the prism of the expectant, the anticipatory, the Not-Yet, and the futural? The third symposium of the 'Imaginaries of the Future' International Research Network seeks to investigate the ways in which futures are both imagined and governed, projected, deferred and deterred, through different disciplinary formations, and to explore the effects of competing ways of conceiving futurity.

[UPDATE] 2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:52am
Lehigh English Department Graduate Program

The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.

SPECTRA Journal submissions open for Issue 5.1

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 8:38am
SPECTRA (the Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives) Journal

Initial abstracts due: October 15, 2015
Contributors informed of decision no later than: October 22, 2015
Full submissions due: December 1, 2015
All abstracts should be submitted online at

The editors of SPECTRA: the ASPECT Journal invite scholarly work in all areas of social, political, ethical and cultural thought for the Fall 2015 issue. We are interested in work that is thoroughly transdisciplinary, valuing multiple systems of knowledges and engaging in discussions that interpolate critical thought and concrete action.

Trajectories of inquiry may include theoretical, critical, empirical, and performative explorations of issues that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

ACLA Panel, 17-20 March 2016: Toward the Empirical Study of Poetic Form

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:15am
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Poetic form is marked by regularities, such as metre, rhyme, verse length, the structure and interdependence of stanzas, and myriad other features. Even where poetry discards or deflects such regularities, for instance by changes of metre, free rhythms, non-rhyming verses or unconventional schemata, they are still echoed within the form: we usually define unconventional and irregular poetic forms by their absence of regularities, thereby implicitly highlighting the resulting gap even where it becomes poetically productive.

(REMINDER) ICFA 37: "Wonder Tales" Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art Division

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 8:13pm
The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Wonder Tales
March 16-20, 2016
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Deadline: October 31

The Children's and Young Adult Division (CYA) of ICFA welcomes papers for the 37th annual conference, when our theme will be "Wonder Tales." Folklorists often use this term to refer to the stories commonly known as "fairy tales" due to the genre's emphasis on the marvelous and its invocation of wonder, but what is wonder and where can it be found? Many events, characters, or objects generate a response of wonder—transformations and resurrections— but wonder also may be generated in technological advances and from the "sense of wonder" in science fiction.

[UPDATE] Speaking is Being: Modern Transnational and Transcultural Francophonie (NeMLA March 17-20, 2016; Abstracts due 9-30-15)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:40pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

How and where do Francophone voices speak? Where are they silent? How do linguistic and cultural expressions define what is French and what is Francophone? Are these two terms simultaneously inclusive and exclusive of one another and of other selves, places and languages that they encounter? This NeMLA panel hopes to explore the relationship between identity and voice in digital media (web, social platforms, e-books, audio, video, etc.) in French-speaking spaces that cross national, linguistic and/or cultural borders either intentionally or implicitly. Does digital media offer ways to investigate Francophone identities not available in other forms?

ACLA Seminar: Proustian Awareness (Harvard, March 2016)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:27pm
Adeline Soldin, Dickinson College

Call for Papers : American Comparative Literature Association, 2016
Seminar: Proustian Awareness: Seeing, Reading, Listening, with the author of la recherche
Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Dates: 17-20 March, 2016
Abstract submission deadline: 23 September, 2015

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment [annual]

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 5:36pm

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (RAE). now in its fifth volume, is a scholarly annual published by AMS Press. RAE publishes scholarly examinations of (1) religion and religious attitudes and practices during the age of Enlightenment; (2) the impact of the Enlightenment on religion, religious thought, and religious experience; and (3) the ways religion informed Enlightenment ideas and values, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to, history, theology, literature, philosophy, the social and physical sciences, economics, and the law.

[Extended Deadline]- Two Panel Call For Papers - Border Crossings and Revolutions

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 5:35pm
2016 Irish Association for American Studies/British Association of American Studies Conference

Two Panel Call For Papers at the 2016 Irish Association for American Studies/British Association of American Studies Conference at Queen's University, Belfast (7-9 April 2016)

Border Crossings and Revolutions

The Womanist Mystique: A Symposium on Scholarship and Activism

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:35pm
Destiny Crockett/ Undergraduate at Princeton University

"The Womanist Mystique: A Symposium on Scholarship and Activism" will be a one day long event held on Princeton University's campus on February 6th. We are accepting papers now, and will stop accepting papers on December 1st. The brainchild of an undergraduate student, this event welcomes all scholars, but particulalry undergraduate researchers to submit their papers for presentation.

CFP: Special Guest-Edited Issue of [in]Transition on Latin American cinema and film cultures

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:05pm

Guest Editors: Nicolas Poppe, Middlebury College
Michael Talbott, Castleton University

Videographic criticism has recently emerged as an exciting new mode of film scholarship, allowing one to write not simply on films, but with them. Through experimentation with a wide-range of styles and affects, many of which lie outside what is able to be expressed by the written word, those practicing videographic criticism have just begun to explore its possibilities. In this special issue of [in]Transition, we aim to provide a space for the application of this emerging and generative mode of scholarly expression to Latin American cinema and film cultures.