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[[Deadline Extended]] CFP: "Moved by the Spirit, Authorized by God: Black Women Activists and Religion" NEMLA Mar 17-20, 2016,

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 6:18pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jami Carlacio, Borough of Manhattan CC / NeMLA
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Since the era of slavery and continuing through the present, Black women have articulated a vision of freedom, equality, anti-racism, and racial uplift, drawing from Scripture to sustain their work of promoting equal rights for African Americans. From the early female abolitionists such as Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, to the anti-lynching activists Ida B. Wells and Mary Talbert, to the twentieth-century civil rights activists Ella Josephine Baker and Septima Clark, and countless others, these "churchwomen" actively challenged the status quo that relegated Black women to the least empowered positions in the social order.

[UPDATE--New Deadline: Oct. 5] Somewhere Else: Teaching Literatures of Refugee Experience (NeMLA, March 17-20, 2016)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 6:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Justine Dymond, Springfield College

Please note the new deadline for proposals: October 5, 2015.

In "Refugee Memories and Asian American Critique," Viet Thanh Nguyen suggests that a category of refugee literatures outside of disciplinary borders of national literatures "allow[s] a different set of connections across time and space that point somewhere else besides assimilation into the nation and to affiliations with other people besides US citizens" (934). What connections are necessary to make, and what kinds of borders do we have to cross, in the teaching of refugee literatures? With Nguyen's words in mind, this roundtable session aims to explore our encounters with literatures of refugee experience in the classroom.

The Secret Lives of Medieval Plants II: The Leekquel

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:35pm
full name / name of organization: 
Robert Barrett / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Premodern plant studies debuted at Kalamazoo in 2015 with the first "Secret Lives of Medieval Plants" panel. In this follow-up panel for the 42nd Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium on Medieval Natures (1-2 April 2016), we want to continue the work of pushing back against plant blindness and zoocentrism in analyses of medieval culture. Even as medieval people nominally operated within a Platonic-Aristotelian framework treating plants as "inanimate" and "non-living" (Matthew Hall's terms), they nonetheless recognized diverse forms of vegetable agency in practice.

2016 Michigan State University Comics Forum Academic and Artist Panels

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 4:29pm
full name / name of organization: 
Michigan State University
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The Michigan State University Comics Forum - http://www.comicsforum.msu.edu - is an annual event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore and celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art. This year's event is scheduled to take place February 26-27, 2016 at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2016): Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists Working From Canada

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 4:16pm
full name / name of organization: 
Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures
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Volume 2.2 (Summer 2016) will highlight the work of Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists working from Canada.

Critical essays on all aspects of Caribbean Writers [working from Canada] are welcomed entries.

Previously unpublished poetry and literary nonfiction from Caribbean artists [working from Canada] are welcomed entries.

Visual art images and video links to performances by Caribbean artists [working from Canada] accompanied by artistic statements also will be accepted for publication consideration.

Interviews with Caribbean Artists [working from Canada] will be considered as a special feature of Volume 2.2 (Summer 2016).

Call for Submission

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 3:18pm
full name / name of organization: 
Prachya Review
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For the winter issue our theme colors are blue and white and the theme of writing is expected to go according to the color. So, the theme for submission for the next issue is "Innocence with Alienation and Chaos". This time we are happy to include two more genres – short drama and flash fiction. As our webzine is a combination of literature and art, this time we would be happy to have photo stories and art pieces as well.

"Pleasure and Suspicion"

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 2:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Carolyn Laubender/ Duke University
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"Pleasure and Suspicion"

Conference Hosted by Duke University Program in Literature and the Polygraph Editorial Collective.

Keynote addresses by Joan Copjec, Brown University & Eugenie Brinkema, MIT

February 26-27, 2016

Abstracts of 250-300 words Due by November 16, 2015 to pleasureandsuspicion@gmail.com

[UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED] The Science of Affect in American Literature and Culture (NeMLA 2016)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:25pm
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA; March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT; Abstracts Due Oct 5; Submissions online at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15802

Chairs: Nicole Zeftel (CUNY Graduate Center) and Allison Siehnel(University at Buffalo)
Contact email: NZeftel@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Submissions: online only at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15802
Submission deadline extended: October 5, 2015

Proposed panel for CEA, March 31-April 2, 2016; panel deadline Oct. 25, 2015

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Questioning the Calls for Creativity in the Classroom

The CEA 2016 Call for Papers for its annual conference (March 31-April 2, 2016) invites submissions on the broad topic of creation (http://cea-web.org/) . That cfp includes a discussion of creation as an act which can "stimulate creativity or creation in others." As educators of literature or composition, what kinds of messages are we sent about incorporating "creativity" in our classrooms, and what kinds of concerns or frustrations does such championing of creativity in our pedagogy raise?

UPDATE: Longfellow, Writer of Books: New Deadline, 10/5/15; 3/17-3/20/16

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:31am
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA, Northeat Modern Language Association
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Longfellow, Writer of Books: Interpretations of the Single Volume or Collection

This panel for the NeMLA 2016 Annual Convention, to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, from March 17 to March 20, 2016, seeks papers that continue the renaissance in the study of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). The submission deadline has been extended to October 5, 2015.

[UPDATE--New Deadline: Oct. 5] Somewhere Else: Teaching Literatures of Refugee Experience (NeMLA, April 30-May 3, 2015)

updated: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:27am
full name / name of organization: 
Justine Dymond, Springfield College

Submission Deadline Extended to October 5, 2015.

In "Refugee Memories and Asian American Critique," Viet Thanh Nguyen suggests that a category of refugee literatures outside of disciplinary borders of national literatures "allow[s] a different set of connections across time and space that point somewhere else besides assimilation into the nation and to affiliations with other people besides US citizens" (934). What connections are necessary to make, and what kinds of borders do we have to cross, in the teaching of refugee literatures? With Nguyen's words in mind, this roundtable session aims to explore our encounters with literatures of refugee experience in the classroom.

[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016 | Submission Deadline Oct. 5

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

Writing, Religion, and Enlightenment panel at BSECS 2016 (St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK 6th-8th January 2016)

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:00am
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Davies, University of Southampton
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The focus of this panel is the relationship between writing and religion in the period of the Enlightenment (broadly interpreted). We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on this theme in relation to texts, from the canonical to the unpublished, connected with or produced by different religious denominations and communities (Anglican, Dissenting, Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Quaker and others).

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