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AfroSurrealism/Black Speculative Fiction Conference

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 3:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Amiri Baraka used the term to describe the work of Black Arts Movement writer Henry Dumas, and over the years, interest in AfroSurrealism has only grown.

AU Hip Hop Studies Conference - 8 April 2016

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 2:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Allen University

Allen University is now accepting paper and panel proposals for the second annual Hip Hop Studies Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016. Students and faculty scholars from all levels and from any discipline are encouraged to apply. The deadline for proposals is March 4, 2016. For more information about the conference, see our website at hiphopstudies.weebly.com

Queer Performance Now - June 3rd 2016

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 1:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Queer@King's, King's College London
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Queer@King's invites proposals for individual talks, panels, roundtables, poetry slams, open mics, critical karaoke and other creative presentations on the topic of queer performance for a one-day conference on Saturday, June 3, 2016. What is queer performance? Where is queer performance? How can performances of queerness, from the stage and YouTube to the dance floor and online sex communities, be a mode of socio-cultural critique?

[Reminder] Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline (MadLit) – Proposals by 12/18/15; Conference 2/25/16-2/27/16

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 1:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
UW-Madison MadLit Graduate Student Conference
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Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.

You Are Here: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 1:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Creighton University Department of English

At the root of every critical discussion, from politics to religion to student affairs, is a discussion of space, place, and location — where am I? Where can I go? Who else is here? Who cares?

Place holds a particular importance in understanding society and the social relations within it. With questions on the importance of this "ever-shifting social geometry of power and signification" (Massey 1994) that is the 'spatial,' "You Are Here," is a conference dedicated to exploring the questions and implications of space and place.

Border Crossings, February 12, 2016; CFP Deadline November 30, 2015

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:35pm
full name / name of organization: 
GWU English Graduate Student Association

2015 has been a year of global crisis. As violence has escalated in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other politically unstable countries in the region, record numbers of refugees have abandoned their homelands and risked their lives to gain asylum in nations across Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. These events position us to interrogate the consequences of such attempted border crossings. We are also left to ask what occurs when bodies don't fully or successfully cross from one side of the border to another. We must wonder as well, if the crossing is successful, how migrants can carve a place for themselves against pushback from the dominant linguistic, political and cultural landscape.

[UPDATE] Undergraduate papers in the Humanities

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 11:56am
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Valley Humanities Review
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The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2016 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction submissions; students may submit up to three poems or one other creative work. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students.

Interdisciplinary Conference, theme: Hysteria [SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 26, 2016]

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 9:41am
full name / name of organization: 
The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars, The University of Akron
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SAGES Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference
The University of Akron
303 Carroll St, Akron, OH 44325
Student Union
April 28, 2016

The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars is pleased to announce a call for papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on April 28, 2016. We welcome creative writers and scholars from various disciplines to discuss the theme, "Hysteria." This free conference is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

We invite scholarship and reflection addressing one or more elements of hysteria and its historical and cultural context.

Cross-Disciplinary Phenomenology: A Readiness for the Questionable (24 June 2016)

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 8:44am
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The School of English, University of Kent supported by Oxford Phenomenology Network
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Phenomenology has inspired countless pieces of art, literature and music, and has influenced disciplines as diverse as theology, cognitive science, anthropology, ecology, architecture and nursing. Phenomenology can also be seen as a precursor to other philosophical and theoretical movements including post-structuralism, deconstruction, post-modernism and ecocriticism. Through cross-disciplinary questioning and discussion, this One Day Symposium on 24 June 2016 at the University of Kent will reassess extant assumptions about phenomenology.

Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK, 27 Feb. 2016 (London)

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 8:23am
full name / name of organization: 
Dorothy Wang/Williams College
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Call for Contributions
University of Sussex and the Poetics Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London present:

Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK

9.30am-6pm, Saturday 27th February 2016
Bedford Square, London

"Poe & Blackness"; a Poe Studies Association panel, ALA meeting in San Francisco, 26 May 2016

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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 2:57am
full name / name of organization: 
William Engel / Poe Studies Association -- panel approved for Am Lit Assoc 26 May 2016
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Blackness has been a topic of steady critical concern in Poe studies at least since Harry Levin's groundbreaking The Power of Blackness (1958). More recent critics have posited a metaphysics of race, where blackness is a coded means of discussing slavery—a topic that Poe (cognizant of his readership both above and below the Mason-Dixon line) never raises directly. Descriptions of black people range from Jupiter (the loyal, manumitted slave in "The Gold-Bug"), to the benign "negro valet," Pompey (appearing in several tales), to the mutinous sailor in Pym as well as the murderous South Sea natives. Blackness finds its avatar in the titular figure of "The Raven"; and its expression of abject horror in "MS.

[UPDATE] Natures 2016: Habitats and Hazards (11/30/15;2/19/16)

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 4:04pm
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Natures 2016: the 8th annual interdisciplinary environmental humanities conference

We seek papers that explore the theme of "HABITATS AND HAZARDS" as applied to any of the texts (WRITTEN, VISUAL, MUSICAL, OR EMBODIED) of humanities studies: for example,
• THE HAZARDOUS SPACES OF ART OR LITERATURE
• DEPICTIONS OF POLLUTION OR WASTELAND
• DOMESTIC/URBAN/RURAL/WILD HABITATS
• STAGING/IMAGINING HISTORICAL SETTINGS
• LITERAL AND/OR FIGURATIVE TOXICITY

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