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The Streets of Philadelphia: From Rocky to Creed

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:11pm
MLA/Italian American Literature Forum

The MLA Italian American Forum seeks paper proposals for a possible session at the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA January 5-8, 2017. Taking a cue from the presidential conference theme "Boundary Conditions," this panel seeks submissions that explore the boundaries of racism and ethnocentrism in the Rocky series. We are most interested in papers engaging with: Italian American and African American masculinities; South Philly as a multi-ethnic/racialized community; Boxing rhetoric in the Rocky series; and Gender stereotypes related to ethnic and racial constructions.

One-page CV and 250-word abstract to ncaronia@uri.edu by 3/15/16.

DigITALamericana: New Archives of an Invisible People

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:08pm
MLA/ Italian American Literature Forum

DigITALamericana: New Archives of an Invisible People

The Italian American Literature Forum is seeking panelists to present transmedia perspectives and projects (oral histories, photos, artifacts, home movies etc.) on the Italian American experience for its guaranteed session at the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia.

[UPDATE] The First of May: Politics in the Victorian Imagination

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:44am
The Gladstone Centre at Gladstone's Library

6-8 July 2016 at Gladstone's Library, Flintshire, Wales

An international, interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars from across the arts and humanities to explore the array of imaginative responses to the Victorian political environment.

Nautical Gothic (journal special issue): proposals due 30 May 2016; papers due 30 November

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:39am
Gothic Studies

From the earliest sea journeys, the challenges of coastal and ocean travel have rendered the sea liminal. Vessels at sea existed between landmasses, nations, and political systems, while limits of communication, high incidence of shipwreck, and vagaries of weather and navigation meant that to be at sea was, figuratively, to exist between life and death, especially from the point of view of those on land. The sea was, and is, a realm of mystery; its inaccessible depths and the workings of its global systems resist human mastery. As a means of travel, exploration, warfare, trade and imperial expansion, the sea's historical and cultural importance for maritime nations has long been reflected in their literature and art.

Trans- States: The art of crossing over - 9 & 10 September 2016

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 6:58am
University of Northampton, UK - School of the Arts

University of Northampton, 9 & 10th September, 2016
Trans-States.org

This is a transdisciplinary conference that will explore representations in contemporary visual culture of boundary crossing, liminality and queerification with specific reference to occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices.

trans- prefix meaning: across, beyond, through, on the other side of, to go beyond

state: a condition or way of being that exists at a particular time

Theorising the Popular Conference June 28th-29th 2016

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 5:05am
Liverpool Hope University

Theorising the Popular Conference
Liverpool Hope University
June 28th-29th 2016

The Popular Culture research group at Liverpool Hope University welcome papers from academics and graduate students for its sixth annual international conference, 'Theorising the Popular'. Its aim is to demonstrate the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of 'popular' disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within 'traditional' subjects. The group breaks down disciplinary barriers and challenges academic hierarchies.

Panel CFP, ANZAMEMS 2017 - Mobility and Exchange in Medieval and Early Modern Afterlives [Deadline: 5 August, 2016]

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 11:14pm
ANZAMEMS

Panel CFP, ANZAMEMS 2017 - Mobility and Exchange in Medieval and Early Modern Afterlives

A multicultural and global world has triggered a widespread and increasing fascination with all aspects and processes related to mobility and exchange in the humanities and social sciences. Like many disciplines in the humanities, medieval and early modern studies is often challenged about its relevance in the contemporary world. One way to respond to these concerns is to engage not just with the historic medieval and early modern past but also with the various medievalisms and early modernisms in contemporary popular culture.

[UPDATE] (Re)Conceptualizing Black Resistance

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 10:51pm
Du Bois Department Graduate Organization

Extended Deadline: February 15

Conference Date: April 1

Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Studies of black racial subjugation throughout the Diaspora have increasingly highlighted narratives and embodiments of resistance as central aspects of the black experience. The survival of the black community when faced with slavery, sexual exploitation, and racial discrimination, depended upon measured and creative methods of resistance. Though some of the strategies by which black people historically and continuously challenge white supremacy and gender oppression are visible in the archive, many forms of resistance are subversive and elude researchers of black history, literature and culture.

Teaching Central/Eastern Europe And Its Communist Past

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 9:29pm
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017

Central & Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and with Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller's 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the way these countries (past and present) contribute to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? How and what should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?

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