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Re-Queering the Nation: America's Queer Crisis - Special Issue - European Journal of American Studies - Vol. 11, No. 3, 2016

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:19pm
Francisco Costa, University of East Anglia/European Association for American Studies

LGBTQ social, cultural, and political issues have become a defining feature of twenty-first century American life, transforming on a national, international and transnational scale a number of institutions. With this special issue of the European Journal of American Studies we will stage a timely and much-needed conversation between American Studies and Queer Studies, in order to address America's rapidly changing position in relation to LGBTQ issues.

Call for collection of essays on Narrratives and violence in the Americas/ Violencia y narrativa en las Américas

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 5:23pm
Thinking the Americas:narrratives and violence / Violencia y narrativa en las Américas - Universidade Regional Integrada, Frederico Westphalen, Brazil

Thinking the Americas: narratives and violence/ Pensar las Americas: narrativas y violência is a bilingual volume, organized by the Master Program in Literature at URI, RS, Brazil. Texts will be published in Spanish and Portugueses; submissions in English will be translated, and the translated version will be submitted to the author before publication. The volume aims to collect essays that reflect on how literary prose produced in the twentieth and twenty-first in the Americas addresses violence.

Call for papers: a special issue on Literature, Reading and reader formation - Lingua & Literatura v. 17, n. 20, Dec 2015

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 4:23pm
– Lingua &Literatura v. 17 n. 20 (Dec 2015) - Universidade Regional Integrada (URI), Brazil

Lingua&Literatura is the journal for language and literary studies at at the Universidade Regional Integrada, RS, Brazil. It publishes contributions in three languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English). Lingua & Literatura seeks contributions for a special issue on Literature, reading and reader formation. We invite 10-15 page essays, as well as book reviews of books published in 2014 or 2015 (3-4 pages) and interviews (5-10 pages) on the following topics related to the central theme, but other related notions are likewise encouraged:
- The right to reading and literature
- Reading and the reader
- Formation of readers and of teachers-readers
- Reader formation in Basic and Higher Education

UPDATE - "Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American Culture" - Submission deadline Nov. 15, 2015

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 2:44pm
Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)

The deadline is fast approaching for the upcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that focuses on noir visions in American culture (www.h-e-r-a.org).

When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French couldn't help but notice their dark and emotionally bankrupt quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain feature moody, morally bankrupt characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.

[UPDATE] Turning The Page: Digitalization, movie magazines and historical audience studies

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 1:01pm
Network of Researchers: Movies, Magazines, Audiences (NoRMMA)

Dear colleagues

NoRMMA, the University of Kent's Network of Research: Movies, Magazines and Audiences, and CIMS, the Ghent University's Centre for Cinema and Media Studies, are very happy to share the details with you of our forthcoming conference, which will be held in Ghent from 12-14 November 2015 at the historic KASKcinema complex.

Turning The Page: Digitalization, movie magazines and historical audience studies will bring together researchers whose work examines movie magazines and trade journals intended for many different audiences, periods and locales. Our participants pose questions about how to read these artefacts, how to interpret them, and how to assess the impact of digitalization on periodical research.

Grant: Romance Novels, Writers and Readers, all fields; Due Dec. 1, 2015

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 10:41am
Romance Writers of America

Romance Writers of America announces the eleventh annual Research Grant competition. The grant program seeks to develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers. Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to anthropology, communications, cultural studies, education, English language and literature, gender studies, linguistics, literacy studies, psychology, rhetoric, and sociology. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome. The ultimate goal of proposals should be significant publication in major journals or as a monograph from an academic press. RWA does not fund creative work (such as novels or films).
Grant amount: $5,000

[UPDATE] "«Le carte» ... «Quali carte»". La Lett. Ita. Cont. tra Filologia e Critica. Hartford, Connecticut. March 17-20, 2016.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 5:16am
NeMLA 47th Annual Convention

La tavola rotonda si propone di discutere il processo che dalla Filologia può portare alla Critica letteraria, con particolare attenzione alla metodologia e ai "nuovi" strumenti di lavoro (internet, archivi digitali, ecc.). Ci si interrogherà sulla relazione tra questi due campi di studio: il filologo può o deve essere anche un critico e viceversa? Si sollecitano contributi su studi e lavori conclusi o in corso di svolgimento concernenti il diciannovesimo, ventesimo e ventunesimo secolo.

Time and Timelessness: Conceptions of the Past, Present, and Future in Cultural Studies

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 9:29pm
The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies

Time and Timelessness:
Conceptions of the Past, Present, and Future in Cultural Studies

The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
April 1-3, 2016
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

"Memory is a stopgap for humans, for whom time flies and what is passed is passed."
Umberto Eco
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

PerFORMance: Reinventing and Revising Literary Form in Multi-Ethnic Literature (MELUS, March 3-6, 2016)

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:39am
Erin Wedehase (Wake Technical Community College) and Leah Milne (University of Indianapolis)

This panel invites papers that explore how multi-ethnic authors perform unconventional identities by manipulating readers' expectations of formal conventions of literature. As Trinh Minh-ha says, "Clarity is a means of subjection, a quality both of official, taught language and of correct writing, two old mates of power." By revising form and genre to avoid outright clarity, do authors revise society's expectations for their characters and for themselves as artists?

ALA May 2016 Texts, Contexts, and Subtexts: Charlotte Perkins Gilman in Her Time

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:22am
American Literature Association / Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's articles, letters, papers, and library underscore a central quality of her diverse and prolific career: her works were deeply engaged with the social and scientific milieus of her time. An avid reader, enthusiastic learner, and active member within her own intellectual communities, Gilman often reached out to those whose work she admired – as well as to those whose work she found lacking. Through her lectures, publications, and correspondence, Gilman impacted a broad cross-section of scholarly and literary discourses.

CFP for Book Collection: Gender and the Superhero Narrative (Abstracts due 12/30/15)

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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 8:02pm
Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, Philip Smith

Seeking abstracts for an upcoming essay collection on comics, gender, and superhero narratives. We seek essays on the creators, characters, readers, and fan communities who engage with questions of gender and the superhero. We are interested not only in the present controversies and debates on gender and the superhero genre, but also in the question of how we got here. Possible topics might include:

Twenty-First Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture **NEW LOCATION**

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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:02pm
Ottawa University

Twenty-First Conference On Baseball in Literature and Culture

April 1, 2016

On the campus of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas

Keynote Address: TBA

Luncheon Speaker: Former Kansas City Royal Frank White

The twenty-first annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture is soliciting 1-2 page proposals for presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, April 1, 2016. Presenters will have 15 minutes. Proposals should summarize the talk as clearly as possible. The conference theme defines "culture" loosely: in addition to baseball literature, topics could include the following:

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