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Sacred Troubling Topics in the Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 6:47pm
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American Comparative Literature Association
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ORGANIZATION: American Comparative Literature Association

CONTACT: Roberta Sabbath at Sabbath@unlv.nevada.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS OPEN/CLOSE DATE ON ACLA WEBSITE--ACLA.ORG: September 1-23, 2015

ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOCATION, DATE: Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016

PAPER SELECTION FOR SEMINAR PROPOSAL: End of September

SEMINAR ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: October 2015

De Candy Candy a Ergo Proxy y más allá: El anime en Latinoamérica (Panel)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 4:20pm
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Aidali Aponte-Aviles

NEMLA
47th Annual Conference
March 17 - 20, 2016
Hartford, Connecticut

Japanese animation has had an important place in Latin American TV for decades. This panel will explore the reception of anime and its impact on Latin American anime fan communities. These groups have created networks of science-fiction fans that actively participate in the construction of a transnational cultural identity. Latin American anime fans create literature and art that illustrate how they envision their national, and transnational communities expanding the canon to include the Latin American context through fan fiction and original work.

The deadline for abstracts for most sessions will be Sept. 30, 2015.

Legacies and Lifespans: Contemporary Women's Writing in the 21st Century

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:38pm
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Contemporary Women's Writing Association
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The 10th Anniversary Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association in association with C21 the centre for contemporary writing at the University of Brighton.
University of Brighton Grand Parade site
Saturday 9-5, 17 October 2015

Keynote Speakers
Professor Lucie Armitt (University of Lincoln)
Professor Patricia Duncker (University of Manchester)

Queer Intimacies, Queer Spaces, & Scales of Desire

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:08pm
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NEMLA 2016

Queer Intimacies, Queer Spaces, & Scales of Desire

This panel is searching for papers that address how LGBTQ* texts of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries construct varieties of queer intimacy and attempt to anatomize the epistemological, formal, and affective structures that make such intimacies possible—whether in public or private. We are looking for papers that discuss the ways queerness operates in a variety of spaces: city streets, forest clearings, parks, gardens, restrooms, bedrooms, manor homes, and apartment buildings.

Publicly Private: Cities, Literature, and the Social Contract

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:04pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel is part of the NeMLA 2016 Annual Convention, to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, from March 17 to March 20, 2016. The focus is the ways eighteenth- and nineteenth-century urban development altered previous modes of socialization and led to a pervasive undercurrent of urban-based anxieties within literature of the period. Panelists will examine literature that engages with the ways cities and life in cities reduce private space and force people together into public spaces, requiring some level of engagement with the social contract as they interact with their fellow urbanites. Such interactions involve questions of identity and dis/honesty, and a character's ability to read his/her fellow citizens successfully.

Showrunners in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies for Composition & Literature Courses

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:49pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Showrunners in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies for Composition & Literature Courses

In the last two decades, there has been a steady rise in our pop culture's awareness of the role writers, producers, and directors play in developing television series both from a commercial and critical context. With the advent of social media, fans are able to hear directly from the source on the fandoms that they hold so dear. This panel looks to investigate lesson plans and courses that are based on using the work of television auteurs in composition and literature classrooms. How are instructors using television episodes to construct critical thinking and writing skills?

The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:48pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature

Young Adult (YA) Literature has always featured a variety of sub-genres working in conjunction with familiar tropes (beauty, sexuality, identity, etc.). In the last decade, there has been a steady rise in popularity of the dystopia sub-genre (e.g., Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Selection, Uglies), particularly in the emergence of strong female heroines. While each series has its own distinctive features and developments, a question remains when we look closely at the genre: is there any originality left when we know the pattern of events and characters? This roundtable looks to examine the rise and development of the dystopia sub-genre from its origins to the current climate.

Neo-Victorian? Pop Culture, Lowbrow, and Genre Victoriana | NeMLA 2015 | Submit by 9-30-15

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:38pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association

In the rapidly expanding field of neo-Victorian studies, the million-dollar question remains: what qualifies as neo-Victorian? For guidance, many scholars have relied on Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn's definition, which specifies that to be called neo-Victorian, a text "must in some respect be self-consciously engaged with the act of (re)interpretation, (re)discovery and revision concerning Victorians." The implication is that this is a subgenre for respectable texts, of clear intellectual pedigree.

On Manoel de Oliveira (Panel)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:08pm
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NeMLA 2016
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This panel seeks to explore the impact in global art cinema of the work of the Portuguese film director, Manoel de Oliveira (1908-2015).
Manoel de Oliveira, one of most important directors in the history of film, died in April of 2015 at the age of 106. He directed more than 60 films and garnered international accolades, yet his work is seldom appreciated outside art cinema circuits. This panel addresses issues of Oliveira's work in comparative, multidisciplinary contexts.

Medieval Graduate Student Symposium: At The University of North Texas March 3-4, 2016

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:43pm
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University of North Texas
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Sponsored by AVISTA

*******NEW******
AVISTA Prize $200.
For Best original, well-researched and rigorous and best represents aspects of AVISTA's scholarly mission. All abstracts selected for the symposium will be eligible.

Medieval Graduate Student Symposium
At
The University of North Texas
March 3-4, 2016

Conference Theme:
"The Technical Details of Everyday Life"
Keynote Address:
Nicola Coldstream
"Behind the Scenes at a Medieval Entertainment"

Call for Papers
Topics from Any Discipline, Any Time-- Late Antique to Early Renaissance
Preference given to those that address the conference theme

Empathy in Crisis: Considering 20th- and 21st-century Literature | NeMLA 2016 | Hartford, CT

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:34pm
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NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
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This panel seeks papers that confront the multifarious nature of empathy, as both connection and appropriation, in literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Is there room for competing narratives of empathy? Considering literature of various genres and cultural contexts, this panel asks to what extent empathy itself is in a position of crisis.

Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015 to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15656

Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:34pm
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Birkbeck, University of London
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Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture
30th October 2015
Birkbeck, University of London

"Though it is in the first place a faculty of individual minds, it is clear that attention has also become an acute collective problem of modern life—a cultural problem." -- Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015)

Panel: Women Authors from the Great War

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:54am
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NeMLA

Scholarship on women's writing on the First World War has helped recover important texts that give us insight on the important roles women played as nurses and ambulance drivers. This panel seeks papers that examine the ways in which women depicted their new jobs. How did these new jobs affect their views on their gender? What about their responsibilities as citizens? And, how do these texts help change our views on the First World War?

Please submit an abstract via the NeMLA site:
http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15804

(Edited Collection) Domestic Entanglements in the Works of Joss Whedon (Deadline: 1 Nov 2015)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:33am
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Juliette Kitchens/Nova Southeastern University
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Domestic representations feature prominently throughout the Whedonverse, frequently complicating not only narratological and rhetorical structures, but also contemporary ideological and sociopolitical assumptions. For example, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel blur the distinctions between public and private domains by creating home-spaces from public, often commercial, domains. Firefly positions characters to live and work in spaces that challenge dichotomized readings of domesticity while echoing Homi Bhabha's concept of the "unhomely," and Dollhouse advances notions of hybridity's object-entanglements in the posthuman home.

The Medieval "Freak Show": Putting the Monstrous on Display in the Middle Ages (SEMA 2015 - Oct. 22-24, Little Rock)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:03am
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mearcstapa - mearcstapa.org

Session sponsored by mearcstapa
SEMA (Southeast Medieval Association) Conference Oct. 22-24 in Little Rock, Arkansas

The Medieval "Freak Show": Putting the Monstrous on Display in the Middle Ages

People and creatures perceived as monstrous or wondrous are often put on display for profit or exploitation. At times, this exhibitionism presents itself as "education." What has popularly been called the "freak show" achieved its height via the emergence of working class entertainments that transformed visual cultures in the nineteenth century, as exemplified in P.T. Barnum's circus and its sideshows, but also including innovations such as the stereoscope and the panorama, which prepared the rise of cinema and, later, television.

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