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June 8-11, 2016 ASLE Symposium The Heart of the Gila:Wilderness and Water in the West

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:13pm
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Call for Papers

The Heart of the Gila:
Wilderness and Water in the West

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
2016 Off-Year Symposium, June 8-11, 2016
Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM

Deadline Extended to March 15, 2016

Victorians and the Democratic Imagination (Hong Kong)

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 8:52pm
University of Hong Kong

Victorians and the Democratic Imagination
Deadline Extended to 1 March 2016

Many Victorians worried that democratizing reforms would upset social stability by empowering a growing middle- and working class, and critics have long argued that these concerns are also manifest in the form and content of the Victorian novel. For many, the Victorian novel has become synonymous with middle-class ideology. D. A. Miller and Mary Poovey have argued that the Victorian novel promulgated a politics of confinement that defined the limits of the individual subject; more recently, Fredric Jameson has highlighted democratic impulses within the form of the novel itself, such as a de-emphasizing of protagonists to also give minor characters interiority.

AX 2016 Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 8:09pm
Mikhail Koulikov / Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation

AX 2016 Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the parent organization of Anime Expo (AX), the largest anime convention in the U.S., is inviting proposals for plenary addresses, presentations, and panel discussions for the 2016 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium. The Symposium will be held from July 1 to July, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, California) as the Academic Program track of this year's Anime Expo.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended to Feb. 15 - Re/Inventions - Graduate Conference at California State Univ., Long Beach

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 8:08pm
California State University, Long Beach - English Graduate Student Assoc.

California State University Long Beach
5th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Re/Inventions: Alterna[rra]tives


Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Karl Anatol Center, California State University, Long Beach

Featuring Keynote Speaker: UC Berkeley's Dr. Marcial González

South Central MLA: Literature and Psychology, 3-5 November 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 6:23pm
South Central Modern Language Association

This regular session of the SCMLA focuses on the intersections between literature and psychology, broadly interpreted. Each year panel speakers present on diverse topics, from the Gothic uncanny to the apocalyptic psychology of The Hunger Games. Proposals may address this topic from a number of directions, but must engage, to some extent, psychology and literature.

The 2016 SCMLA theme is "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture." Proposals need not address this theme—while we welcome submissions that engage the conference headline, all abstracts will be considered. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

Call for contributors: The Big Book of Microgenres (6/1/16)

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 5:46pm
Anne H. Stevens / University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Big Book of Microgenres, edited by Molly C. O'Donnell and Anne H. Stevens

The term "microgenre" has come into use in the last decade or so to classify increasingly niche-marketed worlds in popular music, fiction, television, and the Internet. On Amazon you can find categories as microscopic as "Amish quilting mysteries," while the worlds of electronica and metal can be parsed into dozens of sub-sub-subgenres. Netflix's algorithms have identified 76,897 different microgenres, and the video service has used them to develop new series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

Mediating the Real Conference 31 August - 2 September 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 4:13pm
Rosemary Overell

Mediating the Real
An international conference hosted by the 'Performance of the Real Research Theme' at the University of Otago
August 31st – September 2nd 2016

Keynote speakers: Misha Kavka (The University of Auckland); Allen Meek (Massey University) & Agon Hamza (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

[UPDATE] Old and New Humanism(s) Deadline extended Feb 15

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 3:52pm
Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Old and New Humanism(s): Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Humanism—the renowned contribution of the Renaissance to academic inquiry and creative endeavors—began as a movement to recover the classical past and to explore what it means to be human. However, as a way of living, humanism did not always align with contemporary views on politics, education, religion, and culture. Thus, humanism has been a subject of debate since its origins. These conflicts still reverberate in our own discussions with regard to the pertinence and role of the humanities today.