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SCSC 2016: Bruges (18-20 August)

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:50pm
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Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation proposals and complete panels for its 2016 annual conference, to be held 18-20 August 2016 at Martins Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and the Provinciaal Hof in Bruges, Belgium. The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2016. Within four weeks after the deadline, the Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals.

CFP: Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture [UPDATE]

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:42pm
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University of Michigan Early Modern Colloquium
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The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference, "Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 11-12, 2016. UPDATE: the conference features keynotes by Jill Stevenson (Marymount Manhattan College) and Andrew Sofer (Boston College).

"Narrative, Description, and Spatiality"-Call for Panelists-Narrative 2016 conference

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:01pm
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David Rodriguez-Stony Brook University / Marlene Marcussen-University of Southern Denmark

We seek to organize a panel at the Narrative 2016 conference in Amsterdam 16-18 June around innovative papers that engage with the different ways space, environment, and nature are both represented and perceived in literature through the experience of reading.Focus on description has recently received a wide range of methodological approaches by narratologists. For example, Monika Fludernik is developing an interesting disentanglement of the "description / narration" binary through an updated linguistic model, and Melba Cuddy-Keane integrates second-generation cognitive science to put dynamic, navigational action into the way we think about mental images in description.

Call for Submissions: "Women's Voices in the Short Story"

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:33am
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Short Story Journal

Short Story Journal is seeking short stories and critical articles on the theme of women's voices in short fiction for its spring 2016 issue.

- Submissions should not exceed 4000 words (if possible, please use MLA format).

- Email submissions as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments, and include your full name, contact information, and a brief bio on the first page.

- Email short stories to April L. Ford: april.ford@oneonta.edu.

- Email critical articles to Dr. Suzanne Black: suzanne.black@oneonta.edu.

- The editors are accepting submissions until February 1, 2016.

Contemporary Women's Writing Essay Prize, 25 January 2016

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:20am
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Contemporary Women's Writing, Oxford University Press
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Contemporary Women's Writing (Oxford University Press) is pleased to announce the launch of a new annual Essay Prize. This prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers, and support the professional development of next generation scholars.

Entries are now open for the first prize. The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2016.

The winner will receive:
Publication in Contemporary Women's Writing
One year's free membership of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association (including one year's free subscription to the journal)
£100 worth of Oxford University Press books

Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

'With their skins on them, and ... their souls in them': Towards a Vegan Theory. 31st May 2016

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:29am
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The University of Oxford

Building on the increasing prominence of the 'animal turn' in the humanities in the last decade, and the recent publication of Laura Wright's 'The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in an Age of Terror' (University of Georgia Press, 2015), this conference we will seek to ask what kind of place veganism and/or 'the vegan' should occupy in our theorizations of human-animal relations, animal studies, and the humanities in general. An increasing number of individuals, particularly in the West, are now identifying as vegan, but the heterogeneity of reasons for doing so – animal suffering, the environment, health, anti-capitalism – suggests a broad, complex, and fertile place from which to rethink ways of being in the world.

Producing Public Arts and Humanities

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:21am
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Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory
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In 1845, Rudolphe Töpffer published an essay about the aesthetic, rhetorical, and philosophical foundations of literature in prints (graphic novels) with a desire of making academic, intellectual, and scholarly works accessible to the public, advocating for an ethic of collective action and the common good—via critiques of social, cultural, and political issues of the day through amateur art. At the time, the most promising mode of composing such critiques was through figure drawing and distributing them using the then-recent emergence of lithographic printing technologies. More recently, Gregory L.

[Reminder] Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline (MadLit) – Proposals by 12/18/15; Conference 2/25/16-2/27/16

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:20am
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UW-Madison MadLit Graduate Student Conference
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Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.

Journal of Dracula Studies

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:58am
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Anne DeLong and Curt Herr

We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
Copyright for published articles remains with the author.

"Black or "All": An Atlanta University Center Multidisciplinary Discussion on the Black Lives Matter Movement

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:38am
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Morehouse College

Abstract Submission Deadline for Students, Faculty, and Staff: March 16, 2016

The Morehouse College English Department in collaboration with the Office of the Provost invites all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Tenth Annual Symposium to be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Call for Papers

CFP: International Screendance Conference (France, April 2016) - Death and the Moving Image

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 8:29am
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International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy

The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for short papers to be presented during the festival's fourth annual Screendance Conference to be held April 28-30, 2016. This year the conference will be dedicated to the theme: Les Danses Macabres: Death and the Moving Image. The conference is an international place of meeting for artists, scholars, curators, students and others interested in exploring the movement and choreography of moving images. The conference is composed of screenings, round tables, and moderated panel presentations. Select papers will be considered for a future publication of screendance essays.

[UPDATE] 23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:29am
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Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
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23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work

5-6 April 2016
METU Culture and Convention Centre
Ankara, Turkey

Department of Foreign Language Education,
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

Contact person: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dürrin Alpakın Martinez-Caro

Contact email: bnc2016@metu.edu.tr

"23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work" is a two-day conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 5-6 April 2016. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Agatha Christie's life and work.

Special issue: Spatialities and Colonial Legacies/Locations in Postcolonial Literature

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:23am
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Bristol

Special issue: Spatialities and Colonial Legacies/Locations in Postcolonial Literature

Space has been a central concern of postcolonial studies since the 1978 publication of Said's Orientalism and its exposition of the 'imaginative geographies' of colonial conquest. As Said, citing Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, writes, 'space acquires emotional and even rational sense by a kind of poetic process, whereby the vacant or anonymous reaches of distance are converted into meaning for us here' (54), indicating the potency of the imperial imaginary in the constitution of a broader conception of space in all of its workings.

Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:08am
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Blossom N.Fondo and Adamu Pangmeshi

It is an undeniable fact that indeed literature has moved from the realm of mere entertainment to one of commitment. Any survey of contemporary literature proves more than ever before that there can be no talk of "arts for art's sake". Hardly any writer who wishes to be taken seriously writes for the sake of writing or to entertain his readers. Entertainment has rapidly given way to commitment and today writers are interested in appraising the world in which they live and write and thereby imagine a better world for humankind. This has infused a political dimension into literature such that it is mainly concerned with a critique of the society. Thus literature today has come to occupy an important position as political discourse.

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