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Blues, Jazz, and the African American Literary Canon

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:05am
SAMLA / November 13 - 15 2015 - Durham, NC

Houston Baker Jr. describes the American blues as the Derridean "always already" of African American culture. In Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature, Baker states, "They [blues] are the multiplex enabling script in which Afro-American cultural discourse is inscribed." The blues document the violent history and traumas endured while affirming the "somebodiness of black people" (James Cone).

[UPDATE] Journal Articles on Queerness in Media/Popular Culture

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:15am
Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture

REMINDER: The deadline to submit articles for possible publication in the premiere issue of this new academic journal is April 15, 2015.

Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture (Intellect Journals, ISSN 1234-5678) is a refereed academic journal devoted to the study of representations and expressions of queerness in its various forms. Its advisory board members include Michele Aaron, Harry M. Benshoff, Richard Dyer, Larry Gross, Jack Halberstam, Dana Heller, Kathryn Bond Stockton, and Denise Tse-Shang Tang.

AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS, 18-20 September 2015- cf. Call extended April 6th

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:13am
The Affect Project

DEADLINE EXTENDED- Call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference
Proposals Due: April 6th, 2015 12am.
https://affectproject.ca/index.php/home/events

AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS

With Keynote Speakers: Lauren Berlant, John T. Cacioppo and Ronald de Sousa

Featuring Special Seminars by: Amy Schmitter, Daniel M. Gross, Isobel Armstrong and Noreen Giffney

18-20 September 2015, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Call for submissions to RED INK: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDIGENOUS LITERATURE, ART, & HUMANITIES [Deadline June 1, 2015]

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 3:55pm
Red Ink International Jounral

Open submissions: We are currently open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, literary essays, book reviews, and artwork. Our theme for this issue to be published in Fall 2015 is Continuance: beginning, transitioning, sustaining. This can include things which invite or consider complexity of presence, modernities, future planning and leadership, memory, activism, syncretism. The deadline is June 1, 2015.

[UPDATE] Deadline extended: VISAWUS 2015 Conference: Victorian Self-Fashioning (4/10/2015; 10/22-24/2015)

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:31pm
Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS)

The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS)
has extended the deadline for abstracts for its 2015 conference to April 10, 2015:

Victorian Self-Fashioning
Keynote Speaker: Bernard Lightman, York University
Sheraton Downtown, Denver, CO USA
October 22-24, 2015
Abstracts by April 10, 2015.
We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Special Session Panel: Religion in American Literature (PAMLA), Portland, OR, 11/6-8, 2015

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:21pm
2015 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Portland, Oregon

This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do literary texts represent the connection between suffering and faith? How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized and responded to suffering? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?

SLSA 2015 November 12-15. Panel: 'The Biopolitics of Sensation'. Abstract deadline MARCH 30.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 2:03pm
Mark Paterson, University of Pittsburgh

We are currently seeking submissions for our panel "The biopolitics of sensation" for SLSA (Society for Literature, Science and the Arts) meeting, 'After Biopolitics', at Rice University, Houston, Texas, November 12 – 15, 2015. Deadline is soon, March 30th.

Panel stream will include Roundtable with Patricia Clough

Mark Paterson, University of Pittsburgh (Paterson@pitt.edu)
David Parisi, College of Charleston (ParisiD@cofc.edu)

MMLA 2015 Canadian Literature

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 1:08pm
Ellen Feig MMLA2015

"Every human society possesses a mythology/which is inherited, transmitted and diversified by literature."

Northrop Frye, Words with Power: Being a Second Study of the Bible and Literature (1990)

A champion of Canadian literature, literary critic Northrop Frye argued that, although provincial in nature, Canadian literature provided a deeper understanding into the Canadian imagination and the view of the Canadian environment. Calling this idea the "garrison mentality," Frye argued that all of Canadian literature falls within one central archetype – the belief that due to the "hostile nature" of the Canadian landscape, the literature exhibited a theme of isolation and moral discomfort.

The Value of Survival - May 15th, 2015

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:41am
MANCEPT Workshops 2015

The Value of Survival

Convenors: Carlo Burelli (carlo.burelli@unimi.it), Marco Piasentier (marco.piasentier@gmail.com)

Since at least Hobbes, political philosophy has been either explicitly or implicitly revolving around the question of survival and its normative status. However, this status has rarely been brought to light. Some traditions, like political realism or bio politics, do address this theme directly, while in others, like for example liberalism, it lays dormant as a hidden but crucial assumption.

Homeliness, Domesticity and Security in American Culture. September 23-25, 2015.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:38am
Polish Association for American Studies

Recent academic interests and explorations within the field of broadly understood American Studies have been largely concentrating on the unusual and exceptional aspects of American literature, art and life, such as wildness, transgression, excess, violence, sublimity, greatness, intemperance, extraordinariness. The questions which the conference is going to address will focus on the constructions and the place of the "ordinary" viewed from the perspective of various "home"-inspired discourses, from housing to domestic policy, through questions of family values, ethics of modesty, simplicity of living, unpretentiousness, individual and domestic security, American communities, localities and neighborhoods.

Revenge Conference

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:23am
Dr Ben Parsons/ University of Leicester

Reflections for Revenge Conference at the University of Leicester – only two weeks left to submit your abstract!
Please can I remind you all of the exciting new conference we are holding in September at the University of Leicester. The Call for Papers is open but will close on the 2nd April. For more details about the conference, and the wider collaboration into the study of revenge, please visit our website: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/research/current-projects/r... or contact us on revenge@le.ac.uk.

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