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[UPDATE] SAMLA 87, 13-15 Nov. 2015--Shared Politics: Political Adaptations, Appropriations, and Influences

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:03pm
Phillip Zapkin

This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.

Making Connections Special Issue: 50th Anniversary of the Selma March

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 4:34pm
Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity

Inspired by the 50th year anniversary marking the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery, the journal Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity invites submissions for a themed special issue on Race and 'Normalcy.'

"Race and 'Normalcy,'" builds on Dr. Martin Luther King's (1965) address at the conclusion of the march, in which he states:

Update: "The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 6:00am
Christopher Allen Varlack

From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

Fairty Tale Sensibilities and Their Sustainability, SAMLA, 11/13/2015 - 11/15/2015

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:17pm
Kathy Whitaker/East Georgia State College

It is a given that fairy tales are more than stories just for children. Their messages transcend age, culture, and generation. Broad classification of fairy tales and their elements, first by Antti Aarne and refined by Stith Thompson in the early twentieth century helps to point out these commonalities. While common elements help us to connect to the stories, we are impacted just as strongly by tales told through various art forms. From the opera to classical music to ballet, from painting to sculpture, to film and photography, the written words that create the fairy tales are brought to life through incorporating other senses of sight, hearing, and touch. An excellent example is the iconic bronze statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:06pm
Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, England

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland

Confirmed speakers:

Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O'Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)

Dates: Fri.-Sat. 6-7 Nov. 2015

[UPDATE] "Collaboration & Betrayal" (Deadline: June 1, 2015)

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:26pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Durham, NC

In its aesthetic and political senses, "collaboration" has a twofold, seemingly contradictory meaning. On the one hand, collaboration names a creative and democratically communicative sharing between individuals, disciplines, traditions, etc. Yet, on the other hand, this positive sense is countered by negative connotations of traitorous and nefarious "collaborationism." While the positive sense of collaboration has found academic credibility in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary guises, the negative connotations of collaboration refer us to traditions of appropriation, marginalization, and usurpation.

"New Directions in Africana Literature" - Abstract Deadline 6/10/15 - SAMLA 87 Conference (November 13-15)

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 3:55pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

"New Directions in Africana Literature"

This panel welcomes papers that explore the contours and contexts of contemporary Africana Literature. We invite presenters to consider potential new scholarly directions for emerging writers of African descent as well as established writers whose recent works address the imperatives of the current moment. We especially welcome papers that address the SAMLA 87 theme ("In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts"). Other themes that panelists might address in their work include, but are not limited to:

· Contemporary literary works that challenge or disrupt conventional understandings of form and/or genre

The End of Nostalgia: Music in Mad Men; Nov 13-15: SAMLA Conference, Durham, North Carolina

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 1:13pm
Anthony Dotterman/Adelphi University

Peggy Lee's version of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's song "Is that All There Is?" features prominently in the first episode of season 7b of Mad Men. Indeed, the song alludes to the existential crisis of Don Draper (whose acquired wealth and success in the ad agency business have given way to emotional ennui) and the larger disappointment in the American political and cultural optimism of the 1960s. In short, Peggy Lee's song functions as a modern version of the Greek chorus in the episode as the viewer is impelled to contemplate the changing mood of society through the episode's chosen soundtrack. As a disciple of David Chase, who used popular music prominently in The Sopranos, Weiner's use of music in storytelling is perhaps unsurprising.

Mary Elizabeth Braddon Panel at Victorians Institute

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 12:20pm
MAry Elizabeth BRaddon Association/ Victorians Institute

Mary Elizabeth Braddon Special Authors Panel at
OCTOBER 2 – 3, 2015

Irish Celebrity, Distinction, and Reputation

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 11:46am
New England American Conference for Irish Studies (NEACIS)

Celebrity, Distinction, and Reputation

The 2015 NEACIS (New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies) meeting will be held at the University of New Haven on November 20-21. We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels focusing on all aspects of Irish Studies. Graduate students are encouraged to participate. Especially welcome are papers that address the conference theme of "Celebrity, Distinction, and Reputation."

[UPDATE] Toy Story at 20 conference

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:24am
University of Sunderland

Toy Story at 20
University of Sunderland and Tyneside Cinema
Thursday 12 November to Friday 13 November 2015

**REVISED** Call for Papers
Extended submission deadline: 1 June 2015