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CFP - Special Issue Theatre Survey on Marxism - May 1, 2016 deadline

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:57am
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Theatre Survey/American Society for Theatre Research
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Call for Papers
Special Issue of Theatre Survey
'Theatre and Marxism'
(Nicholas Ridout, editor)

What is the place of theatre in a Marxist theory of culture? What might Marxism contribute now to a theorisation of theatre? What accommodations, tensions and contradictions might be generated by thinking about materialist accounts of culture on the one hand and a range of contemporary critical perspectives that direct attention towards affect, event, encounter or the 'new materialisms'?

Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:39am
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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.

Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:31am
full name / name of organization: 
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.

Backward Glances: History, Time, Memory, October 29, 2016

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 11:28pm
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National Chiao Tung University / The English and American Literature Association in Taiwan
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24th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association in Taiwan

Theme: Backward Glances: History, Time, Memory

Conference Organizers: English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (EALA, Taiwan) and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Date: October 29, 2016
Venue: National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Call for Papers (Due February 1, 2016)

CFP: Two panels on Pauline E. Hopkins at the American Literature Association Conference May 26-29

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 8:26pm
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Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society
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CALL FOR PAPERS
PAULINE E. HOPKINS SOCIETY
American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
San Francisco, CA

The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association.

Panel One: "Inspired borrowings" or plagiarism? The significance of Pauline Hopkins's textual appropriations.

Old and New Humanism(s): Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:51pm
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Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Old and New Humanism(s): Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Humanism—the renowned contribution of the Renaissance to academic inquiry and creative endeavors—began as a movement to recover the classical past and to explore what it means to be human. However, as a way of living, humanism did not always align with contemporary views on politics, education, religion, and culture. Thus, humanism has been a subject of debate since its origins. These conflicts still reverberate in our own discussions with regard to the pertinence and role of the humanities today.

New website "Why Social Theory?" Seeks Contributors

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 5:54pm
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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 compendium of key terms, theorists, and schools of thought.

We invite contributors to produce entries for the website. These should range from 250 to 750 words and include references. Entries may cover a particular term (intersubjectivity, spatiality) theorist (Foucault, Marx, Judith Butler) or school of thought (postcolonialism, neo-Marxism, queer theory).

The Velvet Light Trap Issue #79: Serials, Seriality and Serialization

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 4:06pm
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The Velvet Light Trap

Last year's Serial found remarkable success not merely by crafting a compelling story, but by embracing the narrative form highlighted in the very title of the podcast. After nearly 100 million downloads, the multi-part, longform nonfiction narrative not only drew widespread attention to its particular narrative but also brought unprecedented attention to the medium of podcasting.

Conference, 'The Child of the Century': Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media, Edge Hill University, UK ,13-14 May 2016

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 3:21pm
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European Network for Short Fiction Research
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Writing in 1936, Elizabeth Bowen said: 'The short story is a young art; as we now know it, it is the child of this century. Poetic tautness and clarity are so essential to it that it may be said to stand at the edge of prose; in its use of action it is nearer to drama than to the novel. The cinema, itself busy with a technique, is of the same generation; in the last thirty years the two arts have been accelerating together.'

Representing Gender Across...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 2:51pm
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Southwestern University and the Associated Colleges of the South
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The Associated Colleges of the South and Southwestern University are pleased to announce the eighth annual Gender Studies Conference at Southwestern University, February 19-21, 2016. The theme will be: "Gender Across…". This interdisciplinary conference welcomes work that explores how gender and sex are represented across the disciplines of the humanities, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the fine arts, as well as across race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, disability, space, place, time, bodies, culture, and genres.

Call for Book Chapters. Mater Dolorosa: The Representation of the Blessed Mary in Literature and Art

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 2:37pm
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Universitas Press
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In today's complex world religious discourse is especially crucial, considering that secularism is expanding around the globe. We seek contributions on the representation of the Virgin Mary in World Literature and Art. Comparative approaches are always welcome. Religious and cultural literacy is important for domestic and international politics, the practice of peace, harmony, justice, and social prosperity. Thus, this edited volume will help diminish religious illiteracy. Universitas Press has agreed to publish this edited volume. We have already 14 authors who agreed to participate in this collection. Contributions are welcome from scholars in various disciplines in the humanities.

Special Issue (Fall 2016): Globalizing the Province: Rethinking Place and Scale

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 1:17pm
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The Global South
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At a time when discourses of globalization, world literature, and planetarity are promoted as "transcending" the local, what happens to those spaces that attempt to resist the purview of such globalizing impulses? For this issue, the editors invite papers that interrogate literary, political, and cultural representations of "local" spaces and communities, as well as other zones of underdevelopment more broadly. We are especially interested in essays that focus on local, regional, and provincial cultures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that are shaped by, but elided from, the perspective of the national and transnational.

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