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Ecologies in Early Modern English Drama

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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 8:15am
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Renaissance Society of America
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Recent theoretical approaches to early modern literature ranging from ecocriticism to cognitive science have applied the term ecology to discuss the collective relations of persons, beings, and things. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which these collective experiences and portrayals manifest in dramatic works and the spaces in which they were performed, beginning with the establishment of the first commercial theatres and ending with the closure of the playhouses in 1642.

Paper abstracts (under 150 words) and truncated CVs of 300 words (maximum) are due by 4 June 2015. Please submit these materials to Mark Kaethler (mkaethle@uoguelph.ca).

A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 5:46am
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Modernist Network Cymru (MONC)

A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales
The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

The Research Institute of the Arts and Humanities,
Swansea University, Monday 7 September 2015

Keynote speaker: Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University)

The 2010s have been a busy decade for modernist scholars. In 2010, the inaugural BAMS conference considered Virginia Woolf's (in)famous assertion that 'On or about December 1910, human character changed'; in 2013, BBC Radio 3 ran a series of programmes celebrating Paris' annus mirabilis, exemplified by the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring; and in 2014 we celebrated Dylan Thomas' birth in a year-long series of events.

Comparative American Ethnic Literature session at PAMLA conference, November 6-8, 2015, Portland State University

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Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 11:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Martin Japtok/PAMLA
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Session: Comparative American Ethnic Literature,
November 6-8, 2015, Portland State University and Hilton Portland, Oregon
Open topic: Papers comparing any ethnically/"racially" defined American literature or papers on any one of those literatures are invited.
This is a standing session of the annual PAMLA conference (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association).
Submit any proposals via the Online Submission form at pamla.org
Deadline: June 10, 2015.
Chair of session: Martin Japtok
mjaptok@palomar.edu

Reading the Queer in Literature, Film, Culture and Theory [Journal Issue & Ed. Vol.]

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Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 5:31pm
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The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies [http://theapollonian.in]

The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
[http://theapollonian.in]
Vol. 2, Issue 2

Reading the Queer in Literature, Film, Culture and Theory
[Journal Issue & Ed. Vol.]

Submissions are invited for the forthcoming issue of "The Apollonian" on the representations of the 'queer' in the various genres and sub-genres of literature, art, cinema, culture, critical theory, philosophy and history. The papers are expected to be scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a fairly general readership.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Contemporary Poetics of Emergency- for "Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years Conference, April 9-10, 2016, the University at Buffalo

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Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 4:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
Melissa Parrish/Rutgers University

Seeking papers for a seminar regarding the treatment of emergency, or crisis, in contemporary poetics, for "Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years Conference, April 9-10, 2016, to mark the program's 25th anniversary (conference description below). 5-7 page papers will be circulated in advance of the conference; there will be no formal presentations during the seminars, which will consist of discussion among participants. Potential topics may include war, empire, planetary crisis, apocalypse or end-times, and the temporality of emergency. Send 250-word abstract, and CV, to melissa.parrish@rutgers.edu by August 1, 2015.

"Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years" Conference, April 9-10, 2016

[UPDATE] SAMLA 87, 13-15 Nov. 2015--Shared Politics: Political Adaptations, Appropriations, and Influences

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:03pm
full name / name of organization: 
Phillip Zapkin
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This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.

Making Connections Special Issue: 50th Anniversary of the Selma March

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 4:34pm
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Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity
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Inspired by the 50th year anniversary marking the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery, the journal Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity invites submissions for a themed special issue on Race and 'Normalcy.'

"Race and 'Normalcy,'" builds on Dr. Martin Luther King's (1965) address at the conclusion of the march, in which he states:

Travel and Tourism Area of MAP/ACA Conference, Nov. 5-7, 2015

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 3:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Call for papers for the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference

Nov. 5-7, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

The Travel and Tourism area of MAPACA seeks papers that discuss and explore any aspect of travel and/or tourism. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to, the following:

- travel and gender/race/class
- personal travel narratives
- heritage tourism
- material culture and tourism

Please feel free to consider a wide range of materials, texts and experiences. Applicants may also propose 3-person panels and roundtables.

Students (both undergraduate and graduate) and independent scholars are encouraged to apply.

Update: "The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 6:00am
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Christopher Allen Varlack
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From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

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