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Eco-narratives of the French Caribbean

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:40pm
Lisa Connell/NeMLA

Ecological readings of French Caribbean literature provide valuable insight into the relations between the landscape and subjectivity at the same time as they foreground crucial epistemological and aesthetic underpinnings of the region's cultural production. From the metaphorical stance exemplified by Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant and the Créolistes to the gendered spaces of knowledge formation illustrated by Gisèle Pineau and Maryse Condé, the connections between the land and identity, historical coercion and individual empowerment, invite readers to reassess notions of how the land inscribes the experience of colonization.

I Confess: An Anthology of Original Essays on Constructing the Sexual Self in Contemporary Moving Image Art, Media and Culture

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:46pm
book editors: Tom Waugh & Brandon Arroyo, Concordia University

A twenty-chapter collection of essays on confessionality (self-referencing, first-person and/or autobiographical stories, testimonies or performances) around sexual identity, desire and practices in moving image media over the last quarter-century, principally in the Global North.

Call for Book Reviewers

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:16pm
The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies

The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the seven states of the Mississippi River Delta, from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. We are currently seeking reviewers for books on the Delta region.

Some of these titles include

Apocalyptic Sentamentalism by Kevin Pelletier
Catfish by Paul and Angela Knipple
Celestial Navigator (a poetry anthology) by Heather Ross Miller
Race and Meaning: The African-American Experience in Missouri by Gary P. Kremer
Vicksburg 1863: The Deepest Wound by Stephen Nathaniel Dossman
Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi by Tiyi M. Morris

ChLA 2016: Animators as Auteurs

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:40pm
Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)

In the spirit of ChLA 2016's theme of Animation, I was hoping to put together a panel on Animators as Authors/Auteurs. My own paper will focus on Don Bluth, but I'm interested in finding others working on key figures for discussing authorship, animation, and children's and youth media: Lotte Reiniger, Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, the Nine Old Men, Mary Blair, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Ray Harryhausen, Rankin-Bass, Dianne Jackson, Hanna-Barbera, Floyd Norman, Glen Keane, Ralph Bakshi [more The Lord of the Rings than Fritz the Cat... :)], Hayao Miyazaki, Matt Groening, Sylvain Chomet, Gábor Csupó, Bruce W. Smith, Stephen Hillenburg, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, among others.

The Modernist Muse: Visual Culture and E.E. Cummings' Aesthetics (9/10/15; Louisville, 2/18-20/16)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:35pm
E.E. Cummings Society

The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 44th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 18-20, 2016, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com). This session explores dimensions of Cummings' modernist aesthetics through aural, visual, and verbal media as a response to the visual culture of the twentieth century. To what extent is Cummings' radicalism in language, genre, poetic devices, and typography motivated by the new avant-garde art?

Global Feminist Film: Diversity on Screen NeMLA 2016 March 17-20

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:34pm
Joy Schaefer / Stony Brook University

Situated within the disciplines of women's & gender studies and transnational film studies, the Global Feminist Film: Diversity on Screen workshop will bring feminist film scholars, filmmakers and programmers together to discuss gender perspectives on contemporary practices of film production, spectatorship, history and theory situated in a transnational context. As film programmers and gender studies scholars, we believe it is necessary to discuss feminist film not only in a transnational and culturally diverse context, but also to bring practitioners and scholars together to discuss theoretical, aesthetic, political and historical issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Leon Edel Prize (11/1/15)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:58pm
Henry James Review

The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $150, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.

The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.

Send submissions to: hjamesr@louisville.edu

Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Audiovisualtopia: A Conference on the Contemporary Screen scene

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:37am
Brian Goss, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Communications Dept.

One hundred twenty years after the Lumiere Brothers' Arrival of a Train at Ciotat Station / L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat and about 60 years after the insinuation of television...into living rooms across the industrialized world, contemporary societies are saturated with audiovisual culture. More recently, the rise of widely affordable techno-substrates for production (digital photography) and exhibition (youtube, proliferating film festivals) are clearly enabling toward the "democratization" of audiovisual sophistication, such that the committed college sophomore can readily produce polished short films. In other words, there is much to celebrate!

"Future Humans" abstracts due Sept 30, 2015

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:32am
NeMLA, the Northeast Modern Language Association

Human beings have traditionally been preoccupied with visions of the future. We may now have more power to shape the future of human beings for better or worse, intentionally or unintentionally. Technology advances so quickly, it leaves little time to consider the long-term. How might novels and films present futures and allow us to accept or reject their projections? This panel invites discussion of individual representative works and/or multiple works for comparison.

This panel will take place at NeMLA's 2016 convention between March 17 and March 20 in Hartford, CT.

ICLA Panel: Talking About Literature, Scientifically

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:18am
Christine A. Knoop & Keyvan Sarkhosh

Claims that literary studies and the sciences are incompatible have long been recognized as obsolete. Numerous scholarly endeavours bring together researchers, theories, and methods from literary studies and the sciences, e.g., cognitive poetics, empirical aesthetics, computational literary analysis, evolutionary approaches, and meta-analyses of historical scientific discourses in literature. Yet not only have attempts at an integration of the two fields been contested; the issue of mutual incomprehension remains unsettled as well. This is largely due to both sides having different notions of what constitutes scholarly language.

SHAKESPEAREAN JOYCE / JOYCEAN SHAKESPEARE - February 1-2-3, 2016

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 5:34am
The James Joyce Italian Foundation

SHAKESPEAREAN JOYCE / JOYCEAN SHAKESPEARE

The IX James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2016
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 5, 2015

Confirmed speakers: Paola Pugliatti, Klaus Reichert, Laura Pelaschiar, Valerie Benejam

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Ninth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce's 134th birthday.

CFP Monster-Themed Papers for Halloween 2015 Conference (7/15/15; NEPCA 10/30-31/15)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:42am
Michael A Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair, Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association

REVISED FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

MORE MONSTERS FOR THE EIGHTH-ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA

Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com

2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)

Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire

Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015

Proposals no later than by 15 July 2015

Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology: NeMLA Hartford, CT 17-20 March, 2016

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 9:30pm
Rebecca Fine Romanow/University of Rhode Island

Call for Papers: Roundtable
Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, CT

Biemann explains that the video essay reflects the "wider development of new media, the Internet and digital image production . . . [to] emphasize or mutate the characteristics of the essay while opening up new possibilities for a critical engagement" between the essay and visual arts. In this, the video essay represents an active place where the barriers between disciplines is merged and converging, and where pedagogical practices, as well as analytical examination, can take place across academic borders.

C19 -- Historicism Unsettled: Reading the Nineteenth Century (March 17-20 2016)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 8:04pm
Andrew Kopec/C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

In their introduction to surface reading, Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best find in nineteenth-century American literature an analog to describe their method: "As Poe's story 'The Purloined Letter' continues to teach us," they write, "what lies in plain sight is worthy of attention but often eludes observation." Of perhaps of more immediate relevance to the members of C19, for Russ Castronovo, in his recent J19 essay "Occupy Bartleby," Occupy Wall Street's appropriation of "Bartleby, the Scrivener" invites a series of meditations on the transtemporal unsettlings of Melville's powerful story, the differences between professional criticism and public reading practices, and whether or not the public's commitment to reading Melville analogically unsettles critiq

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