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Roots and Legacies

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:49am
Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Roots and Legacies
A Cultures, Societies, Traditions Project

1st Global Meeting
Call for Participation 2016

Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

"A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conference "Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production"

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:18am
Center for Global Studies, University of Bern

While in academia the notion of authenticity has been increasingly discredited, it thrives as a label within popular discourses and for the marketing of cultural artefacts. Considering both practice and theory of cultural production, the planned conference aims at analyzing the paradoxical status of authenticity as well as its role for the construction of collective identities in a globalizing world of ever-increasing cultural flux.

SAMLA 88: Modern Drama

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:38pm
Aaron Botwick / The Graduate Center, CUNY

This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome.

By May 10, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at abotwick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

MLA 2017 Special Session: Troubadour Pessimism

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:30pm
Modern Language Association

This MLA special session concerns the troubadour tradition across periods and geographies, with particular focus on pessimism as a philosophy, affect, and politics. From 12th century Occitan poetry to the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles, the proposed session assumes a creative or plastic approach to lyric poetry and the love song.

Papers might concern:

--Joni Mitchell, Arnaut Daniel, Arnaut Vidal, Beatritz de Dia, Carole King, Folquet de Romans, Waylon Jennings, 19th century French neo-troubadour architecture, George Carlin, and other members of the troubadour tradition.

--Troubadour poetics and gender politics, sexual violence, race and the nation-state, futurity, the environment, Afropessimism, etc.

PAMLA 2016 Special Session Panel--Pasadena, CA

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:48pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference 2016

This panel is devoted to the porous, permeable body in Romantic and Victorian Literature and seeks to better understand the boundaries of identity constructed in the bodies of texts from these periods and the bodies of readers. This panel will intervene both in conceptions of disembodied Romantic imaginings and in ideas of fixed, stable identity that may seem to mark these periods. By making the body and its interactions with space central to these discussions, we hope to demonstrate the ways in which boundaries of identity are fluid, undefined, and open to reinterpretation at the same time that they are intensely visceral.

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

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:37pm
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
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
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
Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language Association

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.

Cars In/Of Culture: Mobility, Materiality, Representation

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:34pm
Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Cars In/Of Culture: Mobility, Materiality, Representation
Call for Participation 2016

1st Global Conference

Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

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
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)

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
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)

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
The International Sculpture Center

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:

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