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Seriously Funny: The Role of Satire and the Satirist in the 21st Century -- NeMLA 2016 (March 17-20, 2016)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 9:33am
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Danielle Fuentes Morgan/ NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
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Dave Chappelle walked away from a $50 million contract with Comedy Central, later explaining, "I want to make sure that I am dancing and not shuffling." Likewise, Stephen Colbert refused to allow his young children to watch his Colbert Report, in an effort to prevent their confusing his persona with their dad. This panel seeks proposals examining the role and responsibility of the satirist in the 21st century. How do satirists distinguish themselves (or not) from their satire and how does this impact audience understanding?

[UPDATE] CFP: Graduate Conference: Global Identities in a Digital Age (Toronto, Nov 13, 2015; EXTENDED DEADLINE: Aug 10, 2015)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 8:28am
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University of Toronto and University of Waterloo

CFP: Global Identities in a Digital Age: German-language Culture in
the 21st Century

A joint graduate conference by the University of Toronto and the
University of Waterloo

Date: November 13th, 2015
Location: Hart House, University of Toronto
Deadline for abstracts: August 10th, 2015
Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Youngman, Head of the Department of German and Russian, and Chair of the Digital Humanities Working Group at Washington and Lee University

Historical Fiction about Asia (Edited collection)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:59am
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This volume will explore papers that are concerned with representations of Asia's past. We are interested in examining how frameworks from different disciplines can be used to assess the idea of an "imagined" Asia, and how we can explicate the intersections of history and fiction alongside the social, economic, cultural, and political exigencies of the region; for instance, how can we read Paul Theroux's Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong (1997) against the backdrop of the recent protests in Hong Kong? How do we interpret Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue (2004) alongside Singapore's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2015?

CFP: Affective Perspectives from East Asia Special Issue of Wenshan Review: Literature and Cultur Submission Deadline15 Oct 2015

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:18am
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Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
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Since the turn of the new millennium, affect studies has emerged as one of the most burgeoning fields within literary and cultural studies, a theoretical trend in the West which we now designate as "the affective turn."Over the years a myriad approaches to affect have appeared one after another, which helped contribute to a discursive heteroglossia in which its scope of influence and visibility proves increasingly vast. Some critics followed in the footsteps of queer theorist Eve Sedgwick's psychological model, a school which had played a key role in the institution of affect studies per se, whereas some insisted upon an intervention into affect's socio-political implications from the perspectives of cultural criticism or classical psychoanalysis.

[UPDATE] Expanding the Field: Rethinking Projective Verse and Mid-Century American Poetry

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 11:50pm
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The Charles Olson Society
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The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February 18-20, 2016. We are interested in abstracts pertaining to any aspect of mid-Century American poetics, but in particular those that build on and problematize the mechanics of projective verse. While "Projective Verse" has received ample treatment in studies concerning major poets like Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, other poets built on projective verse in their own ways, fashioning distinctive styles that, while tangentially related to projective verse, also created new poetic forms.

Hartford CT 3/17-3/20/2016 NeMLA Lacan and Literature Panel, abstracts by 9/302015

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 10:38pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Jacques Lacan refined and elaborated on the ideas of Freud. Freud liked to say he discovered the unconscious; Lacan liked to say that he discovered that the unconscious is structured like a language. Like Freud, Lacan found his own psychoanalytic thinking stimulated by reading literature. His seminar on "The Purloined Letter" by Poe is one lecture that comes to mind, but Lacan's later years were consumed by his exploration into the works of James Joyce. Papers are invited on any aspect of Lacan and Literature. Papers may be on specific literary figures like Poe and Joyce whose works Lacan explored, or consist of an in-depth analysis of Lacan's own writings and style.

REMINDER: edited volume: Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 9:47pm
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Adele Parker and Stephenie Young

Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational

If one measure of the term catastrophe lies in its power to subvert existing systems, we ask how this concept impacts certain memory-narratives produced by contemporary women writers and artists in the wake of human-made catastrophes in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Children and young people's rights in the digital age - Special issue of New Media and Society

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 9:42pm
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Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics) and Amanda Third (University of Western Sydney)

Children and young people's rights in the digital age
Call for papers, for a special issue of NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY
Editors: Sonia Livingstone and Amanda Third
Abstracts (400-500 words): Deadline 15th September 2015

Middle East Studies Caucus CFP: SCMS 2016 Conference Panel

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 8:52pm
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Society for Cinema and Media Studies
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Middle East Studies Caucus CFP: SCMS 2016 Conference Panel

Conference Venue & Dates: Atlanta, GA; March 30 - April 3

"Joint Ventures: Middle Eastern Cine-Media in Co-Production, Past and Present"

Identity Politics, Postcolonial Theory, Intersectionality Writing WANTED

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 8:08pm
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Lehigh Valley Vanguard

www.lehighvalleyvanguard.org

Submissions in PROSE

Generally, we're looking for people who want to critically examine our society through their writing. This can be done in a variety of ways.

We accept editorial prose, traditional academic papers, book reviews, film reviews, television reviews, memoir narratives, flash fiction, art reviews, and open letters.

Recovering Staging Practices in Medieval Drama - abstract due 8/31/15; conference 10–13 March 2016 Sarasota, FL

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 5:36pm
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New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 31 AUGUST 2015

As more medieval plays and mystery cycles receive modern stagings, what are we learning about medieval staging practices? What challenges have appeared, and what solutions have been found? What questions remain to be answered? How might modern theatrical practices illuminate medieval plays (or vice versa)? This proposed panel seeks papers on any aspect of staging and performing medieval drama, including language, theological and cultural issues, and making the plays engaging and relevant for a modern audience.

Abu Ghraib and After; ACLA (March 17-20, 2016)

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 3:28pm
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Megha Anwer / Purdue University
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Last year (2014) marked the tenth anniversary of the leaked photographs from Abu Ghraib. Over this period these images of torture have been studied to serve as inputs for various discursive claims: the efficacy or the immorality of torture; and, when set alongside other well-known images of war-violence and lynching, they have been diagnosed as symptoms of a long history of American racism and neo-imperial agendas. The photographs, in short, have most commonly been read as valuable and interesting primarily for their evidentiary value, for answers they might offer to some preexisting question.

Feminist Pedagogy: Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 3:19pm
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Kathleen Alves/NeMLA/CUNY
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Feminist Pedagogy in the Two-Year College

How do two-year college instructors put feminist theory into pedagogical practice? This roundtable discusses forms of feminist pedagogy in the community college classroom. Participants are invited to share methods and ideas of pedagogy for teaching in women and gender studies and/or feminist approaches to learning and classroom strategies across the disciplines. Papers should aim to address gender and sexuality issues, along with race and class, within and outside the rapidly transforming academic space of the two-year college.

Jazz Literature from the 1950s: Papers in Honor of Ann and Samuel Charters (Panel)

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 2:36pm
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James J. Donahue / SUNY Potsdam
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60 years ago, the literary and musical landscapes were forever altered by several landmark works in music and literature. With "Pithecanthropus Erectus," Charles Mingus eschewed written arrangements in lieu of having his band mates learn the compositions by ear; on "Brilliant Corners," Thelonius Monk gave the world his arguably most complex composition; and "Saxophone Colossus" is widely regarded as Sonny Rollins's masterpiece. Similarly, 1956 witnessed the publication of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl and Other Poems," a landmark work with far-reaching aesthetic, political, and social implications; in a related vein, Jack Kerouac composed "Visions of Gerard," arguably his most personal and linguistically-complicated novel.

The Contemporary Novel at Work (NeMLA Session)

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 1:33pm
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NeMLA Panel
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Since the 1970's, the world has increasingly seen the proletarianization of creative work: crafts that were once considered holistic and inalienable are increasingly being performed in circumstances that render them piecemeal and remote from their producers. The novel, itself a mode of creative work, has begun to respond to this shift in different ways throughout the world. In this panel we intend to examine portrayals of modes of intellectual labor – artistic labor, office work, academic endeavors – and consider how the representations of these modes depict the shifts surrounding creative work, and the possibilities that they offer for reconsidering the impact of that shift. How does the end result of creative labor change in these novels?

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