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Afro-Mexico: Negotiating a Cultural Identity through Dance

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 3:47am
Joana A. Guzman

This research looks at the cultural performances and popular celebrations practiced by Afro-Mexicans from the colonial period to the 20th century in the regions of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guerrero. The goal is to demonstrate how the use of performance and popular traditions has impacted Afro-Mexicans in the shaping of an imagined community, giving space for agency in the formation of their cultural identity. The scholarship of the African diaspora in Mexico is a relatively fresh area of study. Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran (1945) pioneered the documentation of their economic history including slavery and origins. Other themes of study rely on sociopolitical aspects, geographic studies, gender, magic and spirituality.

2016 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, Television Area — 10/6/16-10/9/16

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:46pm
Cory Barker, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

October 6-9, 2016, Chicago, IL

Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
5550 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 678-4488

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2016 conference in Chicago, Illinois. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

Becoming: Essays on NBC's Hannibal [deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2016]

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:11pm
Kavita Mudan Finn & Elizabeth Nielsen

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2016
Deadline for Completed Essays: January 15, 2017

The NBC series Hannibal has garnered both critical and fan acclaim for its cinematic qualities, its complex characters, and its fascinating reworking of Thomas Harris' mythology so well known from Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs (1991) and its variants. The television series concluded late in 2015 after three seasons and in spite of a great deal of fan support for its continuation on a premium network or through a paid service like Netflix.

Animals under Capitalism

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:01pm
University of Bristol

A 1-day conference to be held on May 25, 2016, on the subject of 'Animals under Capitalism: Art and Politics'. The conference aims to explore the relations between capitalism and animal life, and will emphasise the following themes:

the intersections between capitalism and the 'Sixth Extinction';
artistic representations of animals under the aegis of capitalism;
the biopolitics of domestication;
the development of industrial animal farms.
The conference will be followed by a Postgraduate Roundtable on the 26th of May, which is open to the public.

2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association CFP: Subcultures

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:44am
Morgan Shipley / Area Chair

The Subculture Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed. All proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2016 via online submission: http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/.

Early Modern Women Writers

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 10:49am
Dr Michael Paraskos, Othello's Island (CVAR)

Early Modern Women Writers (approx. 1550-1700)
at Othello's Island CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus
5 to 9 April 2017

Early Modern Women Writers is a semi-autonomous conference strand within the annual interdisciplinary conference on medieval, renaissance and early modern studies, held annually since 2013, in Cyprus, called Othello's Island.

As a whole, Othello's Island attracts approximately 100 delegates, whose topics include archaeology, art history, history, and literary studies, to name but a few. Since its inception a significant section of the conference has covered early modern women writers, such as Mary Wroth, Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish.

Moralities in the Long Nineteenth Century | 18 Feb 2017 / CFP 1 Sept 2016

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 7:44am
Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University, UK

Moralities in the Long Nineteenth Century

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies One-Day Conference
Saturday 18 February 2017
Durham University, UK
CFP Deadline: 5pm, 1 September 2016

Keynote Address
'Alternative moralities in the long nineteenth century'
Paul Watt, Monash University, Australia

'We do not look in our great cities for our best morality'
—Jane Austen

'Conventionality is not morality'
—Charlotte Brontë

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