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Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children's Literature proposal due April 4, 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 4:51pm
Danielle Russell

Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.
Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do you children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.

Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/20

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:47pm
Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 20, 2016.

Cars In/Of Culture: Mobility, Materiality, Representation

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:34pm
Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Cars In/Of Culture: Mobility, Materiality, Representation
Call for Participation 2016

1st Global Conference

Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Modern Drama (regular session), SCMLA, Dallas (3-5 November 2016)--submit abstracts by March 31

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:45pm
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)

MODERN DRAMA (regular session)
Submit abstracts on any area of late 19th–21st century drama. While preference is given to topics that address spectacle, decadence, or celebrity--or other aspects of the 2016 Conference theme: "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture"--addressing the theme is not a requirement.

Submit abstracts (along with paper title, contact information, and university affiliation) to the session chair: Rita D. Costello rcostello@mcneese.edu by 31 March 2016.

Feb. 22nd, Extended Deadline: Graphic Texts & Visual Rhetoric (Special Topics panel for SCMLA, Dallas, 3-5 Nov 2016)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:24pm
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)

Graphic Texts & Visual Rhetoric: The Visual Spectacle (a Special Topics Panel)

Papers on graphic novels/essays/non-fiction and other forms of visual rhetoric (propaganda, posters, advertising, memes, theatre, and other visual arts); preference given to papers that address elements of the conference theme (spectacle/spectacular, city, decadence, glamour, and celebrity)

Submit a brief abstract, include a title for the paper, contact information, school affiliation (if applicable) by midnight on Feb 22nd. Send information to rcostello@mcneese.edu.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended - New Materialisms and Economies of Excess: An International Conference

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:58pm
Emory University

New Materialisms and Economies of Excess: An International Conference

September 29 – October 1, 2016
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Organized by the Department of Comparative Literature

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Rebecca Comay, Jacques Lezra, Eric L. Santner

"general economy defines...the explosive character of the world"
Georges Bataille

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:52am
Institute for Critical Animal Studies

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

Critical disability studies has been a constantly growing field for academic studies. Its intersectional approach is increasingly applied in political and philosophical theorizing. However, very few scholars have paid attention to how disability has been constructed by dominant media institutions in the 21st century. This is true even when scholars focus of the social model of disability since they very often ignore how the social is formed out of the discursive representations that surround society. This collection, designed for publication with McFarland Press, is meant as a correction on this absence.

"Global Asynchronies: National Time and Transnational Dissent" MLA Special Session (Philadelphia, 5-8 January 2017)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:53pm
Juan Meneses / University of North Carolina, Charlotte

This non-guaranteed, MLA special seeks papers that examine how literary and audiovisual works articulate dissent by operating at different national tempos, challenging the global synchronicity that dominates the contemporary occasion.

Potential participants may consider, among others, the following topics and issues:

3/15/16 Aging in Atwood and/or Lessing (for MLA 17)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:37pm
Margaret Atwood Society

"Boundaries of Life: Ageism and Aging in Works by Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing." This session, co-sponsored by the Margaret Atwood Society and the Doris Lessing Society, is inspired by the 2017 Presidential Theme, "Boundary Conditions." By focusing on ageism and aging in the works of Atwood and Lessing, two of the twentieth century's most prolific and influential women writers, this panel aims to explore the ways these writers depict the passing of time in relation to life experiences and self-consciousness. Some questions papers might answer include: What does it mean to come of age? How do age and the aging process affect how we see ourselves? When and how does one become old? How does age discrimination shape societies and individuals?

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