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The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:48pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature

Young Adult (YA) Literature has always featured a variety of sub-genres working in conjunction with familiar tropes (beauty, sexuality, identity, etc.). In the last decade, there has been a steady rise in popularity of the dystopia sub-genre (e.g., Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Selection, Uglies), particularly in the emergence of strong female heroines. While each series has its own distinctive features and developments, a question remains when we look closely at the genre: is there any originality left when we know the pattern of events and characters? This roundtable looks to examine the rise and development of the dystopia sub-genre from its origins to the current climate.

On Manoel de Oliveira (Panel)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:08pm
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NeMLA 2016
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This panel seeks to explore the impact in global art cinema of the work of the Portuguese film director, Manoel de Oliveira (1908-2015).
Manoel de Oliveira, one of most important directors in the history of film, died in April of 2015 at the age of 106. He directed more than 60 films and garnered international accolades, yet his work is seldom appreciated outside art cinema circuits. This panel addresses issues of Oliveira's work in comparative, multidisciplinary contexts.

Medieval Graduate Student Symposium: At The University of North Texas March 3-4, 2016

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:43pm
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University of North Texas
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Sponsored by AVISTA

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AVISTA Prize $200.
For Best original, well-researched and rigorous and best represents aspects of AVISTA's scholarly mission. All abstracts selected for the symposium will be eligible.

Medieval Graduate Student Symposium
At
The University of North Texas
March 3-4, 2016

Conference Theme:
"The Technical Details of Everyday Life"
Keynote Address:
Nicola Coldstream
"Behind the Scenes at a Medieval Entertainment"

Call for Papers
Topics from Any Discipline, Any Time-- Late Antique to Early Renaissance
Preference given to those that address the conference theme

Empathy in Crisis: Considering 20th- and 21st-century Literature | NeMLA 2016 | Hartford, CT

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:34pm
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NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
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This panel seeks papers that confront the multifarious nature of empathy, as both connection and appropriation, in literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Is there room for competing narratives of empathy? Considering literature of various genres and cultural contexts, this panel asks to what extent empathy itself is in a position of crisis.

Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015 to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15656

Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:34pm
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Birkbeck, University of London
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Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture
30th October 2015
Birkbeck, University of London

"Though it is in the first place a faculty of individual minds, it is clear that attention has also become an acute collective problem of modern life—a cultural problem." -- Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015)

Panel: Women Authors from the Great War

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:54am
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NeMLA

Scholarship on women's writing on the First World War has helped recover important texts that give us insight on the important roles women played as nurses and ambulance drivers. This panel seeks papers that examine the ways in which women depicted their new jobs. How did these new jobs affect their views on their gender? What about their responsibilities as citizens? And, how do these texts help change our views on the First World War?

Please submit an abstract via the NeMLA site:
http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15804

(Edited Collection) Domestic Entanglements in the Works of Joss Whedon (Deadline: 1 Nov 2015)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:33am
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Juliette Kitchens/Nova Southeastern University
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Domestic representations feature prominently throughout the Whedonverse, frequently complicating not only narratological and rhetorical structures, but also contemporary ideological and sociopolitical assumptions. For example, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel blur the distinctions between public and private domains by creating home-spaces from public, often commercial, domains. Firefly positions characters to live and work in spaces that challenge dichotomized readings of domesticity while echoing Homi Bhabha's concept of the "unhomely," and Dollhouse advances notions of hybridity's object-entanglements in the posthuman home.

NeMLA 2016: "Food and Feast in Post-Medieval Outlaw Literature"

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:43am
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Alexander L. Kaufman
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This session will present new work from scholars in an emerging line of inquiry: post-medieval outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of feasting and eating. This session purposefully reaches beyond the Middle Ages to demonstrate that outlawry is a global phenomenon, one that is not only present in a variety of literatures, languages, and cultures, but also one that is inherently intertwined with food and feast. While outlawry has its formal origins in the Middle Ages, the outlaw is a figure and trope present in many post-medieval texts: several Renaissance dramas, and especially American, Native American, African American, and Australian outlaw narratives.

Use, Abuse, Abstinence: Reading Alcohol in Literature | NEMLA 2016, March 17-20 | Submission Deadline Sept. 30, 2015

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:08am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?

[UPDATE] THE LAND HAS A STORY

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:01am
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Pennsylvania College English Association
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CALL for PROPOSALS

The Land Has a Story

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501

Keynote by Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society

Papers and Panels: Sports and Violence Conference

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:46am
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Ashland Center for Nonviolence
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Interdisciplinary Conference on Sports and Violence, March 19, 2016, Proposals due by October 31, 2015

Americans love sports. An estimated 35 to 50 million American youth play organized sports, the Super Bowl regularly attracts over 160 million viewers, and sports figures are among America's most recognized celebrities.

"Pop Scene: Culture and Opposition in 1990s Britain"

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 9:56pm
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Dr Benjamin Halligan / University of Salford, Greater Manchester
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Call for Proposals:

"Pop Scene: Culture and Opposition in 1990s Britain"

Proposals are invited for an edited collection that will assess British popular culture in the 1990s. Particular emphasis will be placed on the years characterised by cultural opposition to the Conservative government and then the coming to office in 1997 of the New Labour government, and the aftermath.

The Ruin, the Future

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 7:13pm
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Transformations

Transformations: CFP: Issue 28

The Ruin, the Future

Over the past few years a swathe of what has come to be known as "ruin porn" has swept the internet. Perhaps in an uncanny updating of Albert Speer's dark fantasies of "ruin value", photographs of Detroit's abandoned factories and theatres, Chernobyl's crumbling tenements and "urbex" photos of ruined asylums and hotels are gleefully traded on Facebook and Reddit and have amassed immense cultural currency.

New Journal: The Bulletin of International Association for Robin Hood Studies

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 1:33pm
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International Association for Robin Hood Studies

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) is pleased to announce the creation of a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. The journal will be published bi-annually beginning in Spring 2016 and will be available on the IARHS' website, Robin Hood Scholars: IARHS on the Web: http://robinhoodscholars.blogspot.com/. Scholars are invited to send original research on any aspect of the Robin Hood tradition.

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