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ACLA Seminar: "All in the Family: The Literary and Cultural Politics of Incest"- DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:57pm
full name / name of organization: 
ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association
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On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity – keeping bloodlines clean and families insular – and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the particular character of an incestuous liaison, however, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.

Feminist Singularities

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 2:12pm
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ACLA 2016
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Feminist Singularities

Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts

2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.

Religious Perspectives on Climate Change

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 11:10am
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CrossCurrents/www.crosscurrents.org
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The editors of CrossCurrents (www.crosscurrents.org) seeks contributions for a special issue on religious perspectives on climate change. The editors welcome scholarly, activist, experiential, and artistic approaches. We will consider: scholarship in the environmental humanities, religious studies, theology, philosophy of religion, history of religions, comparative religion, and related approaches; personal essays, testimony, witness, memoir, and manifesto; anthropological, ethnographic, and eyewitness accounts of climate activism; and artistic responses to local environments in the midst of change.

Untying the Mother Tongue On Language, Affect, and the Unconscious, deadline 15 September

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:37am
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Federico Dal Bo, Antonio Castore / ICI Berlin

The term we still use to designate someone's attachment to a particular language, her potentially flawless competence, or the very "place" for her thoughts to emerge in coherent form, is "mother tongue". We take it to be a natural condition of language acquisition, equally valid for every individual speaker, and thus forget that it is a mere metaphorical reference to the "first" language, spoken by what is referred to, with an even more misleading metaphor, a "native" speaker. Throughout history, the use and connotations of the expression "mother tongue" have undergone several changes. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, the Latin "lingua materna" referred to the vernaculars in opposition to the learned Latin.

"The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:38pm
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The University of Alabama Languages Conference

The graduate students of The University of Alabama's Department of Modern Languages & Classics, in collaboration with the graduate students of the Department of English and the TESOL program, invite papers for our sixth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference entitled "The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama.

Strands

Proposals about all languages are welcome in, but are not strictly limited to, the following topic strands:

Sociolinguistics

Discussing Sexuality in the Liberal Arts: To Clothe or Not to Clothe? Deadline September 30

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Earl Yarington/NeMLA
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Abstract

The 47th NeMLA Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, March 17-20 2016

This panel addresses themes of sexual citizenship and sexual identity. Sex can be a form of play, of identity, of expression, of performance, and of reproduction, but not simply disordered in the traditional psychological sense of the word. Sharon Lamb, a leading researcher on sex education and a co-founder on sexualization research notes in her book Sex Education for Caring Schools that faculty in the Liberal Arts need to educate people about sexuality as well. All of us need to address sexuality in our own professions where sex appears on our own terms. Suggested themes are as follows:

Fashion and Horror, 28.08.2015-31.10.2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:58pm
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Gudrun D. Whitehead and Julia Petrov
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This is a call for proposals for chapters to comprise a potential new publication, which has had strong interest from Bloomsbury. Editors of this volume are Dr. Julia Petrov, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada and Dr. Gudrun D. Whitehead, University of Iceland.

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic (1/10/2016); (2/27/2016)

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:24pm
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Wilson College Humanities Conference
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Wilson College Humanities Conference

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic

Saturday, February 27, 2016
10:00am-5:00pm
Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College
Chambersburg, PA

sponsored by Wilson's M.A. in Humanities Program

The theme of this year's Wilson College Orr Forum is concerned with the apocalypse, both in biblical representation and thought as well as more scientific and climactic concern. This Humanities Conference wishes to extend this theme beyond these global concerns to focus on doom. Always impending, doom encapsulates fears for both humanity and the individual. Doom can be personal and communal, practical and rhetorical, quite real or simply hyperbole.

What's Love Got to Do with it: Theory, Desire, and Performance (ACLA, Harvard, 3/17-3/20/16; deadline 9/23/15)

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:36am
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Yomaira Figueroa (Michigan State University), Carolyn Ureña (Rutgers University)

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American Comparative Literature Association 2016 Conference
Harvard University
March 17-20, 2016

Deadline for abstracts: Sept 23, 2015

What does love make us do? How is love understood outside of hegemonic contexts?

SF Storyworlds [UPDATE]

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:14am
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Gylphi Press

SF Storyworlds is an interdisciplinary series devoted to the study of science fiction. We take as our starting-point that the genre boundaries surrounding sf have not only evaporated but that, in so doing, sf has also become entangled with the world as it is lived and experienced. Sf is not only good to think with, but it also shapes and informs many of the ways in which we think about the world.

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