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[UPDATE; 2ND CFP] TIME: Third International Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference 28 August - 1 September 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:08am
Department of English Studies & College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, City of Tshwane

Third International Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference

University of South Africa (UNISA)
College of Human Sciences
Hosted by the Department of English Studies

Theme: Time
Date: 28 August – 1 September 2016
Venue: Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift (South Africa)


CFP - Samuel Beckett and World Literature, University of Kent

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8:54pm
Thirthankar Chakraborty, University of Kent

This international conference is designed to address the questions of Beckett as a figure of world literature and world literature as figured in Beckett. We would like to invite papers, presentations, and performances from students, academics, artists and fellow enthusiasts on the following topics, although participants should not consider themselves restricted by these:
• Beckett's influence, reception and circulation across disciplines
• Rethinking global modernism in the light of his works
• Beckett as a self­translator and studies of Beckett in translation
• Cinematographic and theatrical adaptations of Beckett's plays
• The intercultural, sociological, and political dissemination of Beckett's work

Pop Culture panel at MMLA 2016 Nov 10-13

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:58pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders in all their diverse forms in popular culture. Popular culture by nature transgresses both literal and figurative borders by creating liminal spaces for new ideas and pushing the boundaries of perception. Possible topics include media and adaptation, virtual reality, immersion and interactivity, posthumanism in pop culture, border crossing in graphic narratives, and fanfiction. We welcome papers that discuss all forms of popular media including, but not limited to, film, television, popular literature, graphic novels/manga, visual art, video games, and music.

Neurocultures: Brain Imaging and Imagining the Mind 26-28 September 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:19am
University of Bielsko-Biała, Poland

Neurocultures: Brain Imaging and Imagining the Mind – Second international and interdisciplinary conference organised by the Department of English Studies at the University of Bielsko-Biala.

26-28 September 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Patricia Pisters, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Fernando Vidal, Research Professor at ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies).

The Brain — is wider than the Sky —
For — put them side by side —
The one the other will contain
With ease — and You — beside —
(Emily Dickinson)

MSA 18: Modernism's Planets (November 17-20, Pasadena, CA, USA)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:12am
Cóilín Parsons

CFP for MSA 18 (Pasadena, CA): Modernism's Planets

Planets colliding: Spivak, Friedman, Dimock. The 'planet', as metaphor, object, method, problem, and more, has made multiple entries into the discipline of literary studies, all of which bear on the study of modernism, broadly conceived. Ecocritical, postcolonial, and comparative methods have been at the forefront of the planetary conversation, but, as the word 'planet' suggests, there is more than enough room for more planetary interventions.

Remediating Boundaries between Children's Print and Digital Media (MLA, 1/5/17-1/8/17, 3/15)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 4:31am
Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)

At the outset of their landmark work, Remediation: Understanding New Media, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin explain the "double logic" of remediation accordingly: "Our culture wants both to multiply its media and to erase all traces of mediation: ideally, it wants to erase its media in the very act of multiplying them." Indeed, our culture is increasingly "hypermediated," even as we see more and more calls for immediacy.

[UPDATE] The Life of the Child's Mind: Education and Intellect in Contemporary Literature for Young People

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:35am
David Aitchison / Children's Literature Association

(Proposed session for MLA 2017, sponsored by Children's Literature Association)

This panel will consider the status of the intellectual life of the child in modern and contemporary literature for young people. Just as American culture is often characterized as anti-intellectual, as if the democratization of education entailed a turn away from the life of the mind, literature for the young is sometimes summed up as empty-headed. Even the school story—a genre named for the central role it gives to school experience—is notorious for its lack of interest in academic pursuits. Hence the need to consider those rarer narratives that give expression to the intellectual lives of the young.

Postcolonial Animality

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:30pm
Amit R. Baishya, Suvadip Sinha

From one perspective, postcolonial studies and animal studies should be natural allies as both interrogate the shifting limits of the human-animal binary. However, for a variety of reasons, conjunctions between these two fields have only begun fairly recently. On the one hand, the residues of certain versions of humanism (cf.