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John Clare: the One and the Many; MLA Jan 2017

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:47am
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John Clare Society of North America

The John Clare Society of North America invites proposals for its guaranteed session/panel at the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, PA, January 5th-8th, 2017.

TOPIC: "John Clare: the One and the Many" Scholarship on any aspect of singularity, multiplicity, unity, disorder, and/or the myriad meanings, images or forms in Clare's life and work.

Abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2016 to Erica McAlpine at erica.mcalpine@keble.ox.ac.uk

East Asian Human Rights Cinema: Producing Social Change in Japan and Korea (proposals due Feb. 15, 2016)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:24pm
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Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema
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Call for Papers: East Asian Human Rights Cinema: Producing Social Change in Japan and Korea

Special Issue of Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2016

Deadline for completed essays: May 15, 2016

Original essays are being sought for a special issue of Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema devoted to the subject of East Asian human rights films.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Mining the Landscape: Jane Smiley's Western Novels (WLA 9/21-24); 5/13

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:54pm
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Elizabeth Abele
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Session proposed for Western Literature Association
Big Sky, Montana Sept. 21-Sept. 24, 2016

This year's conference theme is The Profane West, including what is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, and/or secretly shared. The novels of Jane Smiley frequently explore the poisonous effects of the unexamined ideologies, negotiations, and secrets that she presents as integral to the development of the West. This session invites papers that examine the relationship of Smiley's fiction to The Profane West.

Call for Papers Portals Spring 2016—Time and Space (3/14 Deadline)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:25pm
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Comparative Literature Student Association

Call for Papers

Portals, Spring 2016, Volume 13

From memory and imagination, to the forgotten, the future, intergalactic, the idea of the self, mirrors, orality and performance, literature bleeds into an endless number of different spaces. For the upcoming 2016 volume, Portals is seeking papers that explore dimensions of time and space in diverse literary and linguistic traditions.

The Comparative Literature Student Association invites you to submit original critical essays and short creative fiction of a comparative or critical nature. Papers that engage the theme of time and space will be featured prominently, though all will be considered.

Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2016

[UPDATE] Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium [Extended Deadline]

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 6:57pm
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Performance of the Real Research Theme / University of Otago

Please note the deadline for submissions has been extended by one week, until February 12th.

The University of Otago Performance of the Real Research Theme
Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium
April 14th & 15th 2016

Call for papers.

"Every day people perform dozens of rituals. These range from religious rituals to the rituals of everyday life, from the rituals of life roles to the rituals of each profession, from the rituals of politics and the judicial system to the rituals of business or home life. Even animals perform rituals" (Richard Schechner, Performance Studies: An Introduction 3rd ed. 52).

Vehicles for Thought: Goldsmiths Graduate Festival 2016, London, May 9-15

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:20pm
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Goldsmiths, University of London
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The Goldsmiths Graduate Festival is an important celebration of postgraduate research in Goldsmiths and in universities nationally and internationally. It is organised by and for postgraduate research students as a vital platform to present and share their work.

The Festival is scheduled to take place over one week, from 9th May until 15th May, and will consist of a broad range of activities including keynote speakers, performances, exhibitions, film screenings, papers, roundtables and panel discussions.

The Streets of Philadelphia: From Rocky to Creed

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:11pm
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MLA/Italian American Literature Forum
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The MLA Italian American Forum seeks paper proposals for a possible session at the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA January 5-8, 2017. Taking a cue from the presidential conference theme "Boundary Conditions," this panel seeks submissions that explore the boundaries of racism and ethnocentrism in the Rocky series. We are most interested in papers engaging with: Italian American and African American masculinities; South Philly as a multi-ethnic/racialized community; Boxing rhetoric in the Rocky series; and Gender stereotypes related to ethnic and racial constructions.

One-page CV and 250-word abstract to ncaronia@uri.edu by 3/15/16.

DigITALamericana: New Archives of an Invisible People

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:08pm
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MLA/ Italian American Literature Forum
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DigITALamericana: New Archives of an Invisible People

The Italian American Literature Forum is seeking panelists to present transmedia perspectives and projects (oral histories, photos, artifacts, home movies etc.) on the Italian American experience for its guaranteed session at the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia.

[UPDATE] The First of May: Politics in the Victorian Imagination

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:44am
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The Gladstone Centre at Gladstone's Library
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6-8 July 2016 at Gladstone's Library, Flintshire, Wales

An international, interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars from across the arts and humanities to explore the array of imaginative responses to the Victorian political environment.

Nautical Gothic (journal special issue): proposals due 30 May 2016; papers due 30 November

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:39am
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Gothic Studies
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From the earliest sea journeys, the challenges of coastal and ocean travel have rendered the sea liminal. Vessels at sea existed between landmasses, nations, and political systems, while limits of communication, high incidence of shipwreck, and vagaries of weather and navigation meant that to be at sea was, figuratively, to exist between life and death, especially from the point of view of those on land. The sea was, and is, a realm of mystery; its inaccessible depths and the workings of its global systems resist human mastery. As a means of travel, exploration, warfare, trade and imperial expansion, the sea's historical and cultural importance for maritime nations has long been reflected in their literature and art.

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