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Call for Proposals: Social Justice for LGBTQ Identities in the Borderlands (Submission Deadline Dec. 14, 2015)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 3:38pm
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J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium
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Social Justice for LGBTQ Identities in the Borderlands/Justicia Social para las Identidades LGBTQ en la Región Fronteriza

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, March 21-25, 2016

Call for Proposals/Convocatoria para propuestas

Submission deadline/Plazo: December 14, 2015 / 14 diciembre 2015

SUBMIT PROPOSALS HERE: http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/forms/call-for-proposal-jpt-symposium

New website "Why Social Theory?" Seeks Pedagogy Contributors

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 1:08pm
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"Why Social Theory?"

The Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce our forthcoming project, the website "Why Social Theory?"

This site is designed to become the premiere source for scholars on the subject of Social Theory. As part of the website, we are designing a resource of pedagogical materials for a section on teaching. These contributions can include:

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging (20-21 May 2016)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 1:05pm
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Endnotes: UBC English Graduate Conference

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging

Date: 20-21 May.

Location: UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 January 2016

Keynote Speakers: Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis and Miranda Burgess, University of British Columbia.

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What does it mean to be from a place or a position? To move from one position to another? What does it mean to be "moved" by an aesthetic experience?

Scenes of Interracial Intimacies: Proposed Panel for BWWC 2016 (deadline: December 20, 2015)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 12:32pm
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Deanna Koretsky / Spelman College
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Vladimir Nabokov famously expressed that the theme of "a Negro-white intermarriage which is a complete and glorious success resulting in lots of children and grandchildren" has been "utterly taboo" in Western literature. This was a taboo that British women writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries regularly explored, and even challenged. From the explosively doomed union between Rochester and Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, to the fetishistic gaze within which the female narrator holds the protagonist of Aphra Behn's Oronooko, to the forced erasure of the happy marriage between Juba and Lucy from Maria Edgeworth's Belinda, British women's fiction represents a range of interests in and encounters with interracial relationships.

[UPDATE] Call for Proposals - Due December 14, 2015

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 12:20pm
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Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
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The 11th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)

Theme: IN PROCESS

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College)
WORKSHOP CONDUCTED BY: Dr. Nick Montfort (MIT)

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
February 19–20, 2015
Deadline: December 7, 2015

"Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere in the universe that creation came to an end with the birth of man? Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere out there that man was the climax toward which creation had been straining from the beginning? ...Very far from it." ― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael

What is meant when we consider something to be in process?

Virginia Woolf and Heritage: The 26th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, 16-19 June 2016

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 9:14am
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Leeds Trinity University

Virginia Woolf was deeply interested in the past – whether literary, intellectual, cultural, political or social – and her writings interrogate it repeatedly. She was also a great tourist and explorer of heritage sites in England and abroad. As the first Annual Virginia Woolf Conference to be hosted in England for 10 years, and located in Yorkshire, an area rich in cultural links for Woolf (not least the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth, the subject of her first published article), this conference will explore how Woolf engaged with heritage, how she understood and represented it, and how she has been represented by the heritage industry.

Papers are invited on topics including (but not limited to):

Kay Boyle and Creative Writing

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 9:06am
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Kay Boyle Society at 2016 American Literature Annual Conference

Kay Boyle and Creative Writing

In 1963, Kay Boyle accepted a creative writing position on the faculty of San Francisco State College, where she remained until 1979. Her commitment to her students, as well as her activism during the San Francisco State College Strike in 1968-69, gave rise to a number poems (Testament for My Students and Other Poems, 1970) and essays (The Long Walk at San Francisco State, 1970).

This panel session organized by the Kay Boyle Society welcomes writers, poets, and scholars to propose papers, readings, and performances having a connection (broadly conceived) to Boyle's engagement with creative writing.

[Update] Reconstruction 17.2: Fantasy Sports

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 8:28am
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Andrew J. Ploeg / Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
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Fantasy sports are one of the most popular and rapidly expanding areas of contemporary culture. Despite the immense interest in them, however, fantasy sports remain an insufficiently mined scholarly resource. While studies on the topic have been published over the past fifteen years, they have focused almost exclusively on issues of law (e.g., Are fantasy sports a form of gambling?), economics (e.g., Who should profit from sports statistics?), and sports management (e.g., Who plays fantasy sports and why?). We contend that this limited approach has contributed to fantasy sports research being considered a minor scholarly niche, rather than a diverse subject area rife with its own unique cultural insights.

Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2016: Writing and Insecurity

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 6:40am
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C21 Writings, University of Brighton

Writing and Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century

Organised in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Confirmed Keynotes:
Dr. Arne De Boever (California Institute of the Arts) and Dr. Katy Shaw (Leeds Beckett)

In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least.
Lauren Berlant Cruel Optimism

Cinemania: Madness and the Moving Image, February 19-20, deadline DEC. 15

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 2:37am
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Anna Shechtman / Yale University
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Cinemania: Madness and the Moving Image

Film and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference
Yale University
February 19-20, 2016

Keynote Speaker: W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Serve Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago

Closing Remarks: Francesco Casetti, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies, Yale University

CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY in Small Cinemas

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 6:44pm
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The Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, September 22-24, 2016

The topic of the conference is CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY -- the divisive areas in contemporary societies and the ways in which they are presented in small cinemas today.
CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY are at the basis of almost every political event communicated in the contemporary media, dominate media headlines and are present in popular culture and film on a large scale. Due to the vastness of the project, we seek the representation of conflict and controversy only in contemporary cinemas, including fiction film, documentary film, short film and private cinema, but disregarding other media like television and internet.

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