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Chapter Proposals for "Literature and Ecofeminism"; April 1, 2015 Deadline

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Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 6:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
D. A. Vakoch / California Institute of Integral Studies
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Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume on ecofeminist literary criticism titled Literature and Ecofeminism. Contributions covering a range of literary forms from diverse cultures and national traditions are welcome. Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to dvakoch@ciis.edu by April 1, 2015. Proposers will be notified about whether their submissions are accepted for the book by April 15, 2015. For accepted proposals first drafts of full chapters (8,000 – 9,000 words) are due by September 1, 2015, and final versions are due November 1, 2015.

MLA 2016: Mess With Texas

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Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 10:09am
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Modern Language Association
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"Mess With Texas"

Modern Language Association Conference

January 7-10, 2016

Austin, TX

MSA 17 - Modernism's Reiterations

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 8:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
Modernist Studies Association

In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.

Feminist Parenting

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 11:08am
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Demeter Press

What makes parenting gendered? Feminism questions the idea that parenting can be explained as a consequence of biology, and the idea that motherhood reproduces itself (that women mother because they were mothered by women). Feminism understands the social organizations of biology created by marriage, birth, and divorce laws, as artificial and as an extension of the patriarchal family creating a patriarchal society. Feminist parents question and disrupt static, gendered meanings of "mother" and "father," understand difference as dominance, and resist and politicize stereotypical parenting conventions.

Poet-Artist Collaborations (abstracts due May 15)

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:15am
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SAMLA, November 13-15, 2015; Durham, NC
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This panel explores SAMLA 87's theme of "literature and the other arts" through the unique dynamic of word-image interaction situated in the poet-artist collaboration. Paper proposals addressing poet-artist collaborations found in book arts, broadside printings, and museum/site-specific installations and exhibits are welcome. By May 15, 2015, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Anne Keefe, University of North Texas, at anne.keefe@unt.edu.

MLA Panel: "Writing Publics: Engaging Writing Inside and Outside the Academy"

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 2:32am
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Genesea Carter, University of Wisconsin-Stout
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Call For Papers for CWPA's Panel at MLA 2016

Title: Writing Publics: Engaging Writing Inside and Outside the Academy

The Liaison Committee of the Council of Writing Program Administrators invites proposals for the CWPA's sponsored panel at the MLA 2016 convention. This year's MLA convention theme is "Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future." We invite proposals that examine, explore and/or assess ways that WPAs, writing teachers, and the field of Rhetoric and Composition broadly have conceived of the work of writing in and out the academy as a "public" enterprise. Panelists might address topics such as:

+ the role of public education in the context of efforts to increase educational privatization

Gay and Lesbian Studies in Language and Literature at SCMLA (Nashville, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2015)

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:19pm
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South Central Modern Language Association
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Gay and Lesbian Studies in Language and Literature
Regular Session, SCMLA (Nashville, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2015)

Submit Abstracts by: 31 March 2015

Open topic call for papers on LGBTQ literature, theory or pedagogy. Papers related to the conference theme—Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language—especially welcome, but not required.

We are particularly interested in works that challenge expectations, but will choose the best abstracts regardless.

Please submit abstracts along with contact info and academic affiliation (if applicable) to
Session Chair: Rita D. Costello at rcostello@mcneese.edu

REIMAGINING MARGINALITY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 2:58pm
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Cameroon English Language and Literature Association - CELLA

The pluralistic, sophisticated and technocrazy nature of contemporary existence has blurred concepts like marginality and minority that are inherent in human existence. Because technology seems to have melted several existential boundaries, and because theories of global citizenry give the impression of free access to movement, the sense of being marginal is almost waning. However, the network of global philosophy and technological connectivity are themselves apparent mechanisms of marginalization especially in the postcolonial context. Postcolonial theorists, intellectuals and writers have taken the intellectual, political and moral authority to challenge representational claims made by dominant Western/imperial cultures.

Death, Violence and Religiously-Inflected Fiction

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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 1:10pm
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MLA 2016
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Please consider submitting 250-word abstracts to the following panel at the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas.

We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

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