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Spaces of Spectatorship: Architectures of the Projected Image

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:04pm
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Swagato Chakravorty / Yale University

The dispositif of the moving and projected image, defying its ossification under the weight of seventies-era apparatus theory, has returned to prominence. Screen architectures and moving-image installations have characterized a large-scale reconfiguration and reimagination of the dispositifs of cinema in the decades leading from the late twentieth into the early twenty-first century. The architecture of the moving and projected image has been at the center of this renewed focus on the dispositif.

British Poetry of World War I, Louisville Conference

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 1:25pm
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Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900
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Roughly a hundred years since the start of World War I, I am seeking abstracts for a possible panel on British war poetry for the 2016 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 in Louisville, KY (http://www.thelousivilleconference.com). The work of British poets, both those who supported the war effort and those who opposed it, offers a varied resource for teaching and scholarship.

Southern Studies Conference 5-6 Feb. 2016

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 11:00am
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Auburn University at Montgomery
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Now in its eighth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 5-6 February 2016. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02-10-15). A Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Colloquium

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 8:02am
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University of Birmingham, UK

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

[UPDATE] Call for Submissions: Money Talks: Inequality and North American Identity (Deadline Extended - 01/11/2015)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 7:28am
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49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies

http://49thparalleljournal.org/

"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every time" – Leonardo DeCaprio as Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Evaluation Student Writing [Roundtable for 2016 NEMLA conference, March 17-20 in Hartford, CT]

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:28am
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Heather Urbanski, Fitchburg State
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Have you ever wondered, "How on Earth can I grade this poem? Can creativity even be quantified?" Or, "how should revision fit into the overall course grade?" In this roundtable, writing instructors from a variety of fields (rhetoric and composition; technical writing; creative writing; and more) will discuss their systems for assessing and evaluating student writing in the college classroom. Both conceptual and pragmatic concerns will be addressed for making the evaluation and feedback process an integral part of our writing pedagogy.

The Student as Writer: Embodiment, Mindfulness, and Disability in the Composition Classroom [NEMLA 2016, March 17-20; Hartford]

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:26am
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Heather Urbanski, Fitchburg State
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In this session, we review ways to approach the First Year Composition and other writing classrooms by focusing on the students as embodied writers, taking student-centered pedagogy to a new level. Areas of interest for papers include, but are not limited to, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and disability studies. A combination of theoretical and practical perspectives will be employed to locate the student as embodied writer within the disciplinary tradition.

Abstracts should be submitted to the NEMLA database available at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/ViewProposals

The Text as Being: Ontologies of Redemption, Repair, and Regret, ICLA Congress, 21-27 July 2016

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 6:56pm
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ICLA Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature
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For the upcoming conference of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), the Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature, invites submissions for the following panel, "The Text as Being: Ontologies of Redemption, Repair, and Regret." The conference will take place at the University of Vienna, Vienna Austria.

Mystery and Detective Fiction - PCA/ACA 2016 (Seattle, WA; March 21-25)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 6:13pm
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Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

The Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for our annual conference. We seek proposals for scholarly discussions on all aspects and periods of mystery and detective fiction, including history, criticism, theory, and current trends. We welcome a wide range of topics and approaches, but ask that proposals go beyond plot summary, extending existing scholarship in new directions. We seek proposals that have a clear and focused argument that can be developed adequately in a 15-minute presentation.

Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art / Oct 15-17, 2015 NYC

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:54pm
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Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA)

The Series
The Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA) invites artists and writers from the Afghan diaspora in North America to participate in Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art, a three-day series of literary, visual, and performance art responding to the different relationships, connections, detachments, and dispositions one can have to "the homeland" in one's creative work. The program is designed to critically engage with the question of what kinds of expectations and creative freedom does being called upon as a member of a diaspora place on artists, writers, and intellectuals.

Expanded Horizons: New Approaches to CinemaScope Aesthetics (SCMS 2016 Atlanta, Submit by 7/29)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:01pm
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Anthony Coman, University of Florida; Sam Roggen, University of Antwerp
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This panel invites papers exploring the production history, aesthetics, and legacy of CinemaScope films. The anamorphic technology, seized upon by Twentieth Century-Fox in an effort to revitalize studio finances, presented technical and formal challenges to Hollywood's established methods of filmmaking and spurred the creativity of many filmmakers. The early CinemaScope years therefore offer a prime case for studying how a phase of technological change might have influenced the work of classical studio directors.

Race and Comics: The Politics of Representation in Sequential Art | NeMLA 2016

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:57pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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47th Annual NeMLA Convention
March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2015

This panel welcomes papers that examine the treatment of race and racial relations in comic books, whether in superhero narratives, graphic memoirs, web comics, or other forms of sequential art both inside and outside the United States. How are comics used to document and represent racialized identities? How have the medium and its surrounding fan communities adapted earlier content to speak to current topics?

Update to CFP for Barzakh's Spring 2015 Issue (3/5/2015)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:42pm
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Barzakh Magazine

The editors of Barzakh Magazine are proud to present our new RAGE issue, featuring new work by Lydia Davis and other talented writers! Our writers approach the question of RAGE in its varied iterations and demonstrate that creative inquiries into the topic can be as diverse as the contentious history of the word.

We'd like to thank all UAlbany's faculty, our staff, and our contributors for helping us to put together the issue. You can find it at barzakh.net under the "Current Issue" heading!

Best,
The Editors at Barzakh Magazine

2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:48pm
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Lehigh English Department Graduate Program
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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.

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