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America's Obsession with Superheroes

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:22am
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Michelle Stonis / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

"Hera, give me strength!" Wonder Woman can do a lot of things, but writing your proposal for this panel isn't one of them.

Special Issue of TEXT Journal –Why YA?: Researching, writing and publishing Young Adult fiction in Australasia

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:03pm
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Jessica Seymour (Southern Cross University) and Denise Beckton (Central Queensland University)

The early twenty-first century saw Young Adult (YA) fiction rise to become the world's fastest growing literature category. The diverse narratives are rich with mature themes, often throwing the reader's world and experiences into sharp clarity, but they are also capable of light-heartedness, irreverence and suspension of reality. YA fiction explores identity, growing up, and environmental, social and political concerns, often portraying violence and sexuality with startling precision and empathy. Australasian YA fiction, in particular, frequently draws on the relative isolation of the setting to bring issues of identity and belonging into sharper clarity.

[UPDATE} Extended Deadline - May 15: Area of Whedon Studies

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:24pm
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Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
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Topics include any aspect of Joss Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); his films (Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes); his comics (e.g. Serenity: Those Left Behind, Serenity: Better Days, The Shepherd's Tale, Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Sugarshock!, Tales of the Slayers , Tales of the Vampires, Angel: After the Fall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Season Nine, and Season Ten); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators (Marti Noxon, Tim Minear, David Fury, Jane Espenson, Jed and Zack Whedon, etc.).

Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2015 CFP

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Shakespearean Performance Research Group, American Society for Theatre Research
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Abstract due date, May 31, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group

Conveners: Catherine Burriss (California State University, Channel Islands), Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland), Rob Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Don Weingust (Southern Utah University / Utah Shakespeare Festival), and W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University)

American Society for Theatre Research 2015 Conference
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
November 5-8, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

Call for Reviews: Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:32am
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Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture
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Call for Reviews

Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture seeks reviews of recent books, films, television series, musical recordings, theatrical performances, art exhibits and other media that make a queer contribution to media and popular culture and/or to academic scholarship on media and popular culture.

Reviews are accepted on an ongoing basis. The deadline for submission for the Fall 2015 issue is June 15, 2015.

If you have a work you would like reviewed, have a review to submit or would like to be added to our reviewer database, contact shelley.park@ucf.edu

Conference CFP: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND FREEDOM (April 22-23, 2016)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:25am
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LACK / COLORADO COLLEGE

The first biannual conference for LACK, a new organization devoted to the promotion and development of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, will be held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 22-23, 2016. This conference hopes to bring together those interested in exploring the philosophical, political, and cultural implications of psychoanalytic theory, especially as it relates to the question of freedom. Though practitioners are welcome, the focus of the conference is psychoanalytic theory rather than practice, and theoretical papers will be privileged.

MAY 15 DEADLINE: Women in the Global Eighteenth Century, November 5-6, 2015 Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 10:24am
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The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830

In The Global Eighteenth Century, Felicity Nussbaum and her contributors urged scholars to see the eighteenth century as "wide": a period with a geographical as well as temporal sweep. Such a perspective, Nussbaum contended, would require different, more complex narratives of the people, events, systems, and discourses of the age.

[UPDATE]: Great Writing Creative Writing Conference (UK) June 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:29am
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Great Writing: International Creative Writing Conference - Imperial College, London

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Great Writing
International Creative Writing Conference (UK)

Imperial College, London
Saturday 20 June – Sunday 21 June 2015

Proposals are invited for the 18th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference. Creative or critical presentations are welcome.

In this, the 18th year of the conference, we look to celebrate creative writing in all its forms and to explore topics in creative writing teaching and learning.

Proposals are peer-reviewed. The conference also features the Annual New Writing International Creative Writing Lecture.

[UPDATE] [NEW EMAIL ADDRESS] CFP War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:08am
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Queen's University Belfast

CFP 'War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture'

War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a three-day conference to be held on the 26th – 28th November 2015 in association with the School of English at Queen's University Belfast, exploring 'war and peace' in early modern Europe across literary and historical perspectives. Our aim is to engage with contemporary literary texts, historical analysis and more recent representations and appropriations of the period's numerous conflicts.

Interactions between Literature and Advertising

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 2:40am
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special issue of Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties: A Multilingual e-Journal of Literary Studies.

Advertising draws upon literary culture in many ways: it borrows quotations for its slogans, enlists the services of aspiring and established writers and, more in generally, it uses many stylistic and rhetorical practices from the literary toolbox to ensnare customers and consumers. Far from being a new development, these practices can be traced back to the nineteenth century. In literary criticism, however, this commercial borrowing of literature has not received a lot of attention. If the interactions between literature and advertising are studied at all, it is mostly with regard to the uses of advertising strategies and slogans in literary, especially modernist, texts.

Multimedia Faulkner at SAMLA 87 - Nov. 13-15, 2015 - Durham, NC

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:39pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association, William Faulkner Society

During his varied and prolific career, William Faulkner worked across diverse media. For SAMLA 87, this panel, co-sponsored by The Faulkner Society, seeks papers that address the multimedia influences of Faulkner in print, on film, and beyond. This panel invites new perspectives on William Faulkner, his work, and his influences from and on other media. Topics may include but are not limited to Faulkner and/on film; Faulkner and mass media; folk art and culture in Faulkner's work; musical and epic influences in and on Faulkner; and the continuing influences of Faulkner on high and low cultures around the world.

RSA 2016, Discipline of Comparative Literature

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:22pm
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Renaissance Society of America
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The Discipline of Comparative Literature will be sponsoring four panels at RSA 2016 (Boston). Full details are to be found on the CFP pages at www.rsa.org. Due dates for individual submissions range from 1 June to 7 June 2015.

Panel topics are:
1. Brief epics
2. Renaissance oxymorons
3. Lost and Found (lost texts as well as the rediscovery, actual or contrived, of lost texts)
4. Dubia and Spuria

For questions and submissions, please follow the directions on the RSA website or contact Prof. Jessica Wolfe (wolfej@unc.edu)

Fashion and Material Culture Area at Midwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:52pm
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Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
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FASHION AND MATERIAL CULTURE
2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4, 2015
Cincinnati, OH
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Topics can include, but are not limited to the history of fashion, fashion designers, fashion models, fashion in literature, film, or television, fashion choices of celebrities, and fashion trends of the present or past.

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Fashion or Material Culture to Kelli Purcell O'Brien, The University of Memphis, http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/.

Call for Reviewers: Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 11:56am
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Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea: Asian Restaurants in the United States

Blind Peer Reviewers Needed (Graduate Students Welcome)

I am writing to ask for volunteers to blind peer review essays seeking
inclusion in Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea: Asian
Restaurants in the United States, edited by myself, Tanfer Emin Tunc,
and Raymond Chong (forthcoming, University of Arkansas Press).

Asian American Studies specialists are welcome to contribute
as reviewers, as are graduate students in this area (letters of
acknowledgement will be provided to all who require one).

The essays are somewhat interdisciplinary in nature, but utilize
Chicago-style references.

Reviews for Chop Suey would begin immediately.

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