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Novel Theory Across the Disciplines, Graduate Student Symposium, December 8, 2015

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 10:53pm
Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

From its earliest forms to its contemporary iterations, the novel remains a radically capacious and evolving genre. As the dominant form of modern literature, the novel assumes various overlapping functions as an aesthetic object, cultural artifact, historical text, and conceptual resource. At the same time, novelistic conventions such as plot structure, narrative technique, and characterization shape and inform scholarly research across an array of disciplines including anthropology, film and television studies, law, and medicine.

Lacan and Philosophy (ACLA 2016, March 17 -20, Harvard University)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 8:34pm
Todd McGowan (University of Vermont)/Gautam Basu Thakur (Boise State U)

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of a controversial talk that Jacques Lacan gave at MIT. Lacan's audience came expecting a discussion of psychoanalytic theory and practice, but what they heard didn't fit within the confines of psychoanalysis. This produced much disappointment among audience members. On this anniversary, we propose to return to the question of where Lacan's thought belongs. Specifically, we want to consider Lacan as a philosopher and in relation to other philosophers. Though Lacan himself constantly emphasized his distance from philosophers like Kant, Hegel, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty, recent thinkers inspired by Lacan have seen himself, despite his stated intentions, as Kantian, Hegelian, or Sartrean.

Call for Book Chapters. Mater Dolorosa: The Representation of the Blessed Mary in Literature and Art

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 6:52pm
Universitas Press

In today's complex world religious discourse is especially crucial, considering that secularism is expanding around the globe. We seek contributions on the representation of the Virgin Mary in World Literature and Art. Comparative approaches are always welcome. Religious and cultural literacy is important for domestic and international politics, the practice of peace, harmony, justice, and social prosperity. Thus, this edited volume will help diminish religious illiteracy. Universitas Press has agreed to publish this edited volume. Contributions are welcome from scholars in various disciplines in the humanities.

NeMLA 2016: Writing and Criticism of Urban Literature and Urban Spaces after Jane Jacobs (abstract deadline: Sept. 30

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 6:05pm
Nathaniel Hodes (Brandeis University) and Daniela Kukrechtova (Emerson College)

This panel session invites papers that update the critical conversation surrounding city writing through more self-conscious attention to Jane Jacobs or her urban studies legacy. Since The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs has become known as one of the preeminent theorists of city planning and urban economics. Her concepts of organic city development, communal diversity, anti-utopianism, sidewalk ebb and flow, and self-regulating neighborhoods have entered the bloodstream of her intellectual descendants as well as her committed readers who care about cities and have been assimilated into contemporary American culture.

[UPDATE] The comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell (essay collection) Aug. 15, Proposals Due

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:25pm
Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O'Malley

This proposed volume for the University Press of Mississippi's book series, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists, will examine the works of two influential cartoonists: Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell. These artists have helped shape the world of contemporary comics, particularly through their experiments in autobiography, travelogue, fantasy, and diary.

Call for Abstracts: "Departments as Villages: Re-imagining Grad. Student Relationships," NeMLA, Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:21pm
Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno/ Lehigh University/ NeMLA 2016

Many people are familiar with the expression, "It takes a village to raise a child,"—but perhaps, the same is true of graduate students. As graduate programs and the academic job market become increasingly competitive, many graduate students receive the implicit message that their fellow students are solely their competitors, both within a program and afterwards, rather than colleagues. This kind of tension can lead to students feeling disconnected from and unsupported by the very people who are sharing a similar struggle.

Seriously Funny: The Role of Satire and the Satirist in the 21st Century -- NeMLA 2016 (March 17-20, 2016)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 9:33am
Danielle Fuentes Morgan/ NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

Dave Chappelle walked away from a $50 million contract with Comedy Central, later explaining, "I want to make sure that I am dancing and not shuffling." Likewise, Stephen Colbert refused to allow his young children to watch his Colbert Report, in an effort to prevent their confusing his persona with their dad. This panel seeks proposals examining the role and responsibility of the satirist in the 21st century. How do satirists distinguish themselves (or not) from their satire and how does this impact audience understanding?

[UPDATE] CFP: Graduate Conference: Global Identities in a Digital Age (Toronto, Nov 13, 2015; EXTENDED DEADLINE: Aug 10, 2015)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 8:28am
University of Toronto and University of Waterloo

CFP: Global Identities in a Digital Age: German-language Culture in
the 21st Century

A joint graduate conference by the University of Toronto and the
University of Waterloo

Date: November 13th, 2015
Location: Hart House, University of Toronto
Deadline for abstracts: August 10th, 2015
Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Youngman, Head of the Department of German and Russian, and Chair of the Digital Humanities Working Group at Washington and Lee University

Historical Fiction about Asia (Edited collection)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:59am
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This volume will explore papers that are concerned with representations of Asia's past. We are interested in examining how frameworks from different disciplines can be used to assess the idea of an "imagined" Asia, and how we can explicate the intersections of history and fiction alongside the social, economic, cultural, and political exigencies of the region; for instance, how can we read Paul Theroux's Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong (1997) against the backdrop of the recent protests in Hong Kong? How do we interpret Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue (2004) alongside Singapore's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2015?

CFP: Affective Perspectives from East Asia Special Issue of Wenshan Review: Literature and Cultur Submission Deadline15 Oct 2015

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:18am
Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Since the turn of the new millennium, affect studies has emerged as one of the most burgeoning fields within literary and cultural studies, a theoretical trend in the West which we now designate as "the affective turn."Over the years a myriad approaches to affect have appeared one after another, which helped contribute to a discursive heteroglossia in which its scope of influence and visibility proves increasingly vast. Some critics followed in the footsteps of queer theorist Eve Sedgwick's psychological model, a school which had played a key role in the institution of affect studies per se, whereas some insisted upon an intervention into affect's socio-political implications from the perspectives of cultural criticism or classical psychoanalysis.

Hartford CT 3/17-3/20/2016 NeMLA Lacan and Literature Panel, abstracts by 9/302015

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 10:38pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Jacques Lacan refined and elaborated on the ideas of Freud. Freud liked to say he discovered the unconscious; Lacan liked to say that he discovered that the unconscious is structured like a language. Like Freud, Lacan found his own psychoanalytic thinking stimulated by reading literature. His seminar on "The Purloined Letter" by Poe is one lecture that comes to mind, but Lacan's later years were consumed by his exploration into the works of James Joyce. Papers are invited on any aspect of Lacan and Literature. Papers may be on specific literary figures like Poe and Joyce whose works Lacan explored, or consist of an in-depth analysis of Lacan's own writings and style.

Middle East Studies Caucus CFP: SCMS 2016 Conference Panel

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 8:52pm
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Middle East Studies Caucus CFP: SCMS 2016 Conference Panel

Conference Venue & Dates: Atlanta, GA; March 30 - April 3

"Joint Ventures: Middle Eastern Cine-Media in Co-Production, Past and Present"

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