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Contemporary Dystopian Fiction (abstracts due Dec 1, 2015; collection of essays)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:45am
full name / name of organization: 
John J. Han, C. Clark Triplett & Ashley G. Anthony

Previously unpublished critical essays are being sought for a new volume tentatively entitled Illusory Visions: Dystopian Themes in Contemporary Fiction. Since the turn of the twenty-first century, new dystopian fiction has gripped the attention of the reading public, including young adults. Authors such as Cormac McCarthy (The Road), Suzanne Collins (the Hunger Games series), and Veronica Roth (the Divergent trilogy) have garnered acclaim from both critics and lay readers. In addition, as dystopian fiction finds its way into the English curriculum at various academic levels, literary scholars dedicate their time to the study of this increasingly popular genre. Dystopian fiction has a long history.

[UPDATE] Fictional Economies: Inequality and Novel, Essay collection with forward by Rami Shamir, author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:44am
full name / name of organization: 
Joseph Donica/Bronx Community College, CUNY

Fictional Economies: Inequality and the Novel

Joseph Donica is an Assistant Professor of English at Bronx Community College.

Rami Shamir is the author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE (Grove Press 2011, http://traintopokipse.com/)

Abstracts of 300 words and full CVs due November 1, 2015 to
fictionaleconomies@gmail.com
Full articles due March 1, 2015
Projected publication fall 2016

Queer at Queen's 2015: HIV and AIDS, Politics, Memory, Performance

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:31am
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Queen's University, Belfast
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Call for Proposals: Queer at Queen's 2015
HIV and AIDS: Politics, Memory, Performance.
Brian Friel Theatre, Queen's University, Belfast,
November 15th and 16th - 11am to 6pm daily

The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Beats, Counterculture, & Hipsters area, SWPACA (11/1/2015; 2/10-2/13/2016)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 8:47am
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Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

CFP: Beats, Counterculture, & Hipsters area, SWPACA (11/1/2015; 2/10-2/13/2016)

Organizers of the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference seek paper and panel submissions to its "The Beats, Counterculture, & Hipsters" area.

[SECOND UPDATE] NeMLA Panel, On the Limits of Computational Analysis (Due September 30, 2015)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 8:17am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Jonathan Dickstein / Northeast Modern Language Association

The following will be a panel at next year's NeMLA Conference, set to take place between March 17 and March 20 in Hartford, Connecticut. Submit abstracts by September 30, 2015.

The goal of the panel will be to discuss the restrictions that current and/or potential computational approaches to media analysis have and/or ought to have in an attempt to delimit the evolving roles of academics in the humanities. Presenters might consider the following topics:

[UPDATE] CfP Ada Lovelace Postgraduate Workshop

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7:01am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Oxford

Texts and contexts: the cultural legacies of Ada Lovelace
"That brain of mine is more than merely mortal; as time will show."
A workshop for graduate students and early career researchers
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Mathematics Institute and St Anne's College, Oxford

ACLA 2016: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Death Representations in Literature: Epistemological, Social, Anthropological and A

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 6:55am
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American Comparative Literature Association

This is a call for presentations for a seminar to be held as part of the American Comparative Literature Association's Annual Meeting, that will take place at Harvard University between 17th-20th March, 2016, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Scholars from various fields are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 250 words), by uploading it to the ACLA website (http://www.acla.org/annual-meeting) between 1st- 23rd September 2015 for the proposed seminar, "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Death Representations in Literature: Epistemological, Social, Anthropological and Aesthetic Aspects".

Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Representations of the Veil in Literature, Film, and Fine Arts

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 11:32pm
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Umme Al-wazedi and Afrin Zeenat

The veil's ancient and modern history and its resurgence in our time is an important subject for discussion for those of us posing new questions about women and Islam in literature, film, and fine arts. In Europe and the U.S., the veil is often presented through errors of conceptualizations. The frequent and numerous discussions on the veil's role and function prove that the media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with it. Recurrently, these discussions run along essentialist and ahistorical lines associating Islam with the ideology of shame and honor. Moreover, the Muslim immigrant "problem" in Europe and the U.S. and the fear of Islam and Muslims in connection with terrorism has heightened the controversy on the issue of the veil.

Call-for-Papers: Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Global Public Good (Abstracts: 10/15/15; Final drafts: 1/15/16)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 9:18pm
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Higher Learning Research Communications

Special Issue on "Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Global Public Good"

Abstracts Requested by October 15th, 2015

Final Drafts Requested by January 15th, 2016

Special Issue Guest Co-Editors: Dr. Genevieve G. Shaker and Dr. William M. Plater

Colleges and universities worldwide are increasingly aware of a shared responsibility for global conditions and of events that impact local communities—ranging from health care to climate change, from terrorism to technology, from food to finance. Not only do nations share a physical space, but they also share a future that transcends borders and that will be defined by responses to societal challenges and opportunities.

Call for Papers, Espionage and Popular Culture: James Bond, Espionage and Eurospy, Abstract Due: November 1, 2015

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 8:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
Michele Brittany, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Call for Papers:
Espionage and Popular Culture: James Bond, Espionage, and Eurospy
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2015

37th Annual Southwest Popular /American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference
Conference Dates: February 10 – 13, 2016
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM, (505) 842-1234
Conference Website: http://southwestpca.org/

Craft Critique Culture: Bridging Divides (April 8-9, 2016: Iowa City, Iowa)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kate Nesbit / Lydia Maunz-Breese / Heidi Renée Aijala (University of Iowa)
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16th Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference
April 8-9, 2016
Bridging Divides
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year's conference will encourage an examination of the "inter" of interdisciplinary—as well as the construction and deconstruction of boundaries between and within academic, public, private, personal, critical, and creative discourses—through an inquiry into bridging divides.

Roundtable: Breaching Boundaries Amongst Black Diasporic and Queer Communities

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:12pm
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46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This roundtable discussion seeks participants whose work rethinks the relationship between Black diasporic and queer activism in academic spaces. Fighting to create habitable spaces for their respective communities, activists repeatedly find themselves on what appears to be opposing sides on the same issue. To propel the movement forward and dismantle the economies of heteropatriarchal white supremacy, we invite scholars and activists who investigate exclusionary practices by both Black diasporic and queer activism. Queer and Black diasporic activism reflects, what Jasbir Puar has identified as, the "global political economy of queer sexualities" that "repeatedly coheres whiteness as a queer norm and straightness as a racial norm" (xxiv).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:23pm
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Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
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The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
contact email: 

The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

[Update] Chronicles and Grimoires: The Occult as Political Commentary

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 4:37pm
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Medieval Assoc. of the Midwest: ICMS Kalamazoo 2016.

Whether seen in signs and portents, or read in grimoires or magic books, the occult in the premodern world is both marveled at and feared. A significant amount of the description of occult and sorcerous activity, however, also functions as political commentary, whether as direct criticism of secular current events or as a voice or conceptual space for the spiritual "other" in medieval society.

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