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"Samuel Beckett and World Literature", 4 to 5 May 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Thirthankar Chakraborty, University of Kent

Keynotes
Stanley E. Gontarski, Florida State University
Fábio de Souza Andrade, University of São Paulo

Almost unknown before the première of En attendant Godot in 1953, the immediate success of the play led to Samuel Beckett very quickly acquiring an international reputation. Since then, his works have been translated into numerous languages, and have exerted a considerable influence upon art and literature across the world. The award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 confirmed Beckett's status as a major figure in world literature.

Call for Chapter Proposals - Disability and Media

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Amber George/ JL Schatz/Cornell University/Binghamton University

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

Critical disability studies has been a continually growing field of academic study. Its intersectional approach is frequently used in political and philosophical theorizing. However, very few scholars have paid attention to how disability has been constructed by dominant media institutions in the 21st century. This is true even when scholars focus on the social model of disability since they very often ignore how the social is formed out of the discursive representations that surround society. This collection, designed for publication with McFarland Press, is meant as a correction to this absence.

Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children's Literature proposal due April 4, 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 4:51pm
full name / name of organization: 
Danielle Russell

Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.
Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do you children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.

Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/20

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language Association
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This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 20, 2016.

Modern Drama (regular session), SCMLA, Dallas (3-5 November 2016)--submit abstracts by March 31

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
contact email: 

MODERN DRAMA (regular session)
Submit abstracts on any area of late 19th–21st century drama. While preference is given to topics that address spectacle, decadence, or celebrity--or other aspects of the 2016 Conference theme: "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture"--addressing the theme is not a requirement.

Submit abstracts (along with paper title, contact information, and university affiliation) to the session chair: Rita D. Costello rcostello@mcneese.edu by 31 March 2016.

Feb. 22nd, Extended Deadline: Graphic Texts & Visual Rhetoric (Special Topics panel for SCMLA, Dallas, 3-5 Nov 2016)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
contact email: 

Graphic Texts & Visual Rhetoric: The Visual Spectacle (a Special Topics Panel)

Papers on graphic novels/essays/non-fiction and other forms of visual rhetoric (propaganda, posters, advertising, memes, theatre, and other visual arts); preference given to papers that address elements of the conference theme (spectacle/spectacular, city, decadence, glamour, and celebrity)

Submit a brief abstract, include a title for the paper, contact information, school affiliation (if applicable) by midnight on Feb 22nd. Send information to rcostello@mcneese.edu.

Call For Panels: Pittsburgh, PA International Sculpture Conference 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
The International Sculpture Center
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The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 26th International Sculpture Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this October 15-18, 2016 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.

Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective. Panel topics will include:

[UPDATE] Revisiting Peer Review: Critical Reflections on a Pedagogical Practice. Deadline: March 28, 2016.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 1:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Phoebe Jackson; Christopher Weaver

For an edited collection, "Revisiting Peer Review: Critical Reflections on a Pedagogical Practice," we seek chapter proposals that revisit the practice of peer review. Broadly defined as students responding to each other's writing, peer review has been a foundational practice since its adoption from the process movement in the 1960s. Though a mainstay of the writing classroom, peer review still poses many unanswered questions for instructors. The aim of this collection is twofold: to examine and reflect on the rationale and the theoretical premises that underlie the practice and to consider the centrality of peer review as a part of collaborative learning in today's writing classroom.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended - New Materialisms and Economies of Excess: An International Conference

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:58pm
full name / name of organization: 
Emory University

New Materialisms and Economies of Excess: An International Conference

September 29 – October 1, 2016
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Organized by the Department of Comparative Literature

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Rebecca Comay, Jacques Lezra, Eric L. Santner

"general economy defines...the explosive character of the world"
Georges Bataille

MLA 2017 "Poetry and Ecology"

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
full name / name of organization: 
Isabel Campos / Montana Tech of U of Montana (Deadline March 10, 2016)
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This is a call for abstracts for a proposed session "Poetry and Ecology." The deadline is March 10, 2016. The proposals are due on 1 April 2016.
The proposed session welcomes papers broadly concerned with how poetry mediates ecological issues—how it bridges, connects, translates, and unsettles the language of beings, both living and nonliving. It means to investigate the entangled relation of modern and contemporary American poetry and ecology.

SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND TELEVISION - Open Call for Papers

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:06am
full name / name of organization: 
SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND TELEVISION / Liverpool University Press

Science Fiction Film and Television continues to invite submissions for upcoming issues. Preferred length for articles is approximately 7000-9000 words; all topics related to science fiction film, television, and related media will be considered. Typical response time is within three months. Check the journal website at Liverpool University Press for full guidelines for contributors; please direct any individualized queries to gerry.canavan@marquette.edu.

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

updated: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:52am
full name / name of organization: 
Institute for Critical Animal Studies

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

Critical disability studies has been a constantly growing field for academic studies. Its intersectional approach is increasingly applied in political and philosophical theorizing. However, very few scholars have paid attention to how disability has been constructed by dominant media institutions in the 21st century. This is true even when scholars focus of the social model of disability since they very often ignore how the social is formed out of the discursive representations that surround society. This collection, designed for publication with McFarland Press, is meant as a correction on this absence.

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