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Transgressive Filmmakers and Their Films

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 2:40pm
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal

This is a CFP for Film & History Conference. 26-30 October 2016
The Hilton Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI, USA

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016

Cinematic transgression is about directors challenging or overcoming the status quo in their films, most often through shock and shlock to wake slumbering viewers with (sometimes hidden) social commentary. While each generation has spawned new notions or means of transgression in film, some have remained constant: sex, violence, gore, sacrilege, drugs, race, gender performance, etc. These films frequently are made by a director who is also an embodiment of transgression, whether or not they work within the mainstream system.

open Field: Gender, Sexuality, and the Black Athlete

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 1:37pm
Portland State Univ./Univ. of Louisville


Derrais A. Carter, Ph.D.
Portland State University
Assistant Professor
Department of Black Studies

Marta N. Mack-Washington, Ph.D.
University of Louisville
Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Health and Sport Sciences


Special Session of PAMLA 2016; Nov 11-13, 2016; Cinematic Libraries & Archives

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 12:53pm
Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association

Libraries and archives play key roles in a surprisingly diverse group of films and television shows. Scenes in libraries often revolve around research and learning, and appear more frequently in certain genres: horror, school, and mystery. The function of such heterotopic sites of knowledge is much more diverse than that, however. Libraries and archives have been sites of adventure (Indiana Jones and Last Crusade, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, & The Librarian), safety (The Day After Tomorrow), and beauty (What Dreams May Come & Beauty and the Beast), as well as passion (Atonement), triumph (The Shawshenk Redemption), social leveling (My Fair Lady & The Breakfast Club), and revelation (The Book Thief).

World Literature – Northeast Popular/American Culture Association

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 12:19pm
Northeast Popular/American Culture Association

The World Literature area for the 2016 Northeast Popular/American Culture Association conference is accepting paper proposals from faculty and graduate students. NEPCA's 2016 annual conference will be held from October 21-22, 2016 at Keene State College in Keene, NH.

The NEPCA World Literature area welcomes papers that explore both individual works of world literature as well as contemporary issues in the field of World Literature. Questions under consideration could include how to understand what world literature is, how popular culture intersects with works of world literature, how best to teach works of world literature as well as the exploration of current trends in postcolonial, world and comparative literatures.

(Update) Call for Abstracts for Critical Insights: Civil Rights

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 12:08pm
Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

From its flawed notion of "separate but equal" to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based.

[UPDATE] Postcolonial Shakespeares - CFP for Postcolonial Interventions Vol I, Issue 2 -

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:07am
Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies ISSN 2455 6564

2016 marks the quartercentenary of Shakespeare's death and the upcoming issue of Postcolonial Interventions will focus on the continued relevance of multiple Shakespeares in the culture-scape of the postcolonial world. Not only were Shakespearean plays shaped in many ways by colonial discourses, especially discourses of racial difference, but Shakespearean plays also initially functioned as those "signs taken for wonders" through which the colonial administrators sought to consolidate imperial hegemony, as evident from such critical works as Post-Colonial Shakespeares (1999).

Problems We Can Name: Subverting Domesticity Past and Present A Reader

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:35am
Rachel May and Anna Brecke

Problems We Can Name: Subverting Domesticity Past and Present
A Reader

"I make these lists [of books] but when on earth will I ever get a chance to read these? Since having kids, instead of reading I do something with them or for them or clean up. I always have this sense of domestic responsibility that makes reading feel self-indulgent but that's ridiculous,"- Jennifer Egan

SAMLA 88: Thinking Utopia/Dystopia through Decolonization

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:30am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 88th Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida

SAMLA 88: Thinking Utopia/Dystopia through Decolonization

(SAMLA-88; Jacksonville, FL, USA 4-6 Nov 2016)
Contact email:

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 88th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, USA 4-6 Nov. 2016.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Jacksonville, FL

[UPDATE] LA PRODUCCIÓN CULTURAL ECUATORIANA DESDE 1980 - July 20-22, 2016 [Abstract due 4/15/16]

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 12:10am


Convoca a los interesados a participar en su próximo congreso
que tendrá lugar en la Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil
DEL 20-22 DE JULIO DE 2016.

Sub-temas sugeridos (que no limitan las materias posibles)

REMINDER: CFP: 63rd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies, Sept 16-18, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:13pm
Midwest Conference on British Studies

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 63rd Annual Meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder, and the plenary address will be given by Ian Archer of the University of Oxford.

MLA 2017 Boundaries of College Ready Writing

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 3:43pm
Miles McCrimmon/MLA

Questions about political and economic contexts of placement, transfer, dual credit. Explorations of college "readiness" or examinations of specific state reactions to the developmental education "crisis". 500-word abstracts by 18 March 2016

Caribbean Literature and the Diaspora

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 2:52pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

Deadline for 2016 RMMLA Convention in Salt Lake City, UT (October 6-9, 2016) extended to April 1, 2016. Now accepting proposals for papers on any aspect of Caribbean Literature and the Diaspora. Please submit proposals directly to session chair:
Malinda Williams, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97703
See the RMMLA CFP page for more information about the convention:

Religion and Literature permanent section panel, MMLA, November 10-13, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 1:42pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In keeping with the conference theme "Border States," the Religion and Literature permanent section invites papers on writers and texts which challenge, question, or reimagine the borderlands between religion/spirituality and secular life. Papers might consider questions such as: How do race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality shape the religious imagination (or vice versa)? How do writers belonging to religious minorities address cultural hegemony? How do these writers counter the perceived threats they pose to the dominant social/political culture? How does a writer/character negotiate the relationship between aspects of her spiritual and secular lives? How do religious and spiritual concerns shape the formal choices that writers make?