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Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:49am
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Editors Dr Blossom N. Fondo (foreverblossom@gmail.com) Dr Adamu Pangmeshi (pangmeshi@gmail.com)

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.

The Fantastic Now: Research in the Fantastic in the 21st Century

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:37am
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Association for Research in the Fantastic (GFF)
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There is hardly any subject in contemporary literary, cultural, and media studies that is discussed and researched with as much controversy as "the fantastic". Since theoretical debate on the subject was initiated in the second half of the 20th century, largely by Tzvetan Todorov and Roger Callois, research on the fantastic has become a globally relevant, interdisciplinary, and rapidly developing field of scholarship. The field's significance is reflected in numerous scholarly journals, associations, organizations, research projects and institutions which have focused on the fantastic.

Domestic Abuse and Violence

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:56am
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Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Domestic Abuse and Violence
Call for Participation 2016

The Violence Project: 13th Global Meeting

Thursday 5th May – Saturday 7th May 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2016: Wonder

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:44am
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The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference
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The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference is pleased to once again launch it's call for papers. The conference brings together graduate students and early career fellows from around the world working in a wide range of disciplines. This years one word theme will be 'Wonder' which we hope will inspire papers on a broad spread of topics.

Some suggestions include:
The Wondrous Other
Filled with Wonder
The Wondering Mind
The Wonders of the Medieval World
The Wonders of Science

ADAPTATIONS AND HISTORY: THE 11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ADAPTATION STUDIES, St Anne's College, Oxford, 26-27

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 3:47am
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De Montfort University
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Please note this conference takes place in 2016 (not 2017 as in previous announcement).

ADAPTATIONS AND HISTORY: THE 11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ADAPTATION STUDIES, St Anne's College, Oxford, 26-27 September 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

Second Annual Conference in Hispanic Studies

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 8:27pm
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Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization - University of Houston
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The Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization (HSGSO) of the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston cordially invites abstract submissions to the Second Annual conference in Hispanic Studies, New Academic (Re)visions, to be held on April 22, 2016.

The conference will focus primarily on the exploration of innovative approaches to the study of Hispanic literature and linguistics, with the objective of recovering contributions and other aspects of these disciplines that have traditionally been underrepresented or overlooked and establish new interdisciplinary dialogues.

The conference will emphasize, but is not limited to, the following topics:

Cartographies of Commons, Community, and Sovereignty

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 7:47pm
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Department of Spanish and Portuguese - University of Pennsylvania

Abstract Deadline: November 6, 2015
Conference Date: February 5, 2016

The graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese at UPenn are pleased to announce their graduate conference focused on the transnational and trans-historical topic of commons, community and sovereignty. It is a pleasure to also mention that Dr. Silvia Federici (Caliban and the Witch, Revolution at Point Zero) will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, the department of Spanish and Portuguese is able to provide three travel grants up to $300 each for graduate student participants.

Second Annual Conference in Hispanic Studies

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 5:42pm
full name / name of organization: 
Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization (University of Houston)
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The Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization (HSGSO) of the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston cordially invites abstract submissions to the Second Annual conference in Hispanic Studies, New Academic (Re)visions, to be held on April 22, 2016.

The conference will focus primarily on the exploration of innovative approaches to the study of Hispanic literature and linguistics, with the objective of recovering contributions and other aspects of these disciplines that have traditionally been underrepresented or overlooked and establish new interdisciplinary dialogues.

The conference will emphasize, but is not limited to, the following topics:

Hard Coded Humanities: DH Conference April 15-16, 2016

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 4:28pm
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Mellon Graduate Program in Digital Humanities at the University of Rochester

In 2008, Matthew Kirschenbaum challenged an emergent field to develop an "awareness of the mechanism": to consider seriously the relationship between the physicality of electronic technology and the seemingly immaterial power of transformed code on our screens.

Call for Papers and Creative Writing

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 3:13pm
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the quint: an interdisciplinary journal from the north
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The quint's twenty ninth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 15th November 2015—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.

quint guidelines

All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to members of the editorial board for double-blind peer review. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.

[UPDATE] Bakhtin For Tomorrow! Contemporary Poetry & Pragmatics: A Discussion Seminar

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 2:01pm
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University of British Columbia
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Bakhtin For Tomorrow! Contemporary Poetry & Pragmatics: A Discussion Seminar

We seek papers for a seminar aimed at discussing intersections between contemporary / postmodern poetry and recent findings in pragmatic linguistics. Our particular interest is in empirical (especially corpus-based) speech research. However, we invite a broad range of submissions theoretically grounded in Bakhtin dialogism, pragmatics, or the sociolinguistic direction Lecercle outlines in A Marxist Philosophy of Language. We think aspects of current pragmatics (sometimes inadvertently) vindicate, revise and extend Bakhtinian dialogism, and in this seminar wish to consider how contemporary poetry and linguistics embody and further Bakhtin's legacy.

"Hum(Animals)" Word's Worth English Studies Graduate Conference - Proposals Due 1/1/6; Conference 3/18-3/19

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 1:54pm
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Word's Worth English Studies Conference at Illinois State University
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The Word's Worth Committee at Illinois State University invites graduate students to submit proposals for the ISU Word's Worth Conference. Early submissions will allow presenters to choose their preferred presentation times on a first-come, first-served basis - early submissions should be sent in no later than January 1st, 2016. The final deadline for submissions is no later than February 1, 2016. The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, 2016. All proposals may be submitted through our online form at www.ISUWordsWorth.com.

Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline – Proposals by 12/18/15; Conference 2/25/16-2/27/16

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 12:34pm
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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.

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