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

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:16am
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Phillip Zapkin
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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.

Border Masculinities: Cross-disciplinary Dialogues and New Directions

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:23am
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Dr Brian Baker, Lancaster University, Lancaster UK
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We are inviting proposals for chapters of an edited volume which consider how a focus on borders and border crossings might transform contemporary understandings of masculinities. The volume is intended to foster dialogues between a range of disciplines engaged in the analysis of cultural representations of gender. We are particularly interested in contributions from the fields of Modern Languages and Cultures, English Studies, Film Studies, History and Cultural Studies.

Literature Language and Translation Congress liLETRAd 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:09am
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Carmen Castro
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The University of Seville (Spain) will host a Conference on Literature, Language, and Translation "liLETRAd" on 7 and 8 July 2015. Bringing together the three most important facets of language transmission and teaching in a multidisciplinary event, experts from a variety of countries and continents will meet to discuss the scientifically-relevant topics that are of interest to students, teachers and other professionals. In this spirit, the Conference covers a wide range of emblematic points of discussion. For registration information, please see the links below. Papers may be presented in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

Southern Literature Panel: Economies of Violence

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 1:01am
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Rocky Mountain MLA
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In "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" Louis Althusser notes that "every State Apparatus, whether Repressive or Ideological, 'functions' both by violence and by ideology." Bearing Althusser in mind, this year's panel is interested in papers investigating the various apparatuses and power-relationships which produce such violence – be it ideological, structural, political, physical, historical or otherwise – and how these systems are made sensible, disavowed, overwritten, or function as platforms for resistance in Southern Literature.

Paper proposals of 250 words are due March 7th to Marcus Heiligenthal (mheilig1@binghamton.edu)

50th Comparative Literature Conference: Tradition and Inovation: Comparative Literature in the 21st Century 4/15-17 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:47pm
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Department of Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach
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Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.

SCMLA Comparative Literature Session 10/31-11/03

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:30pm
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Amy Smith, Lamar University
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Abstracts are being accepted for the regular Comparative Literature session at the South Central MLA meeting in Nashville, TN, October 31-November 3, 2015. The conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language" but papers on any topic are encouraged. Successful papers may be considered for publication in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Please submit abstracts to the session chair, Amy Smith, at amy.smith@lamar.edu by March 25, 2015.

CFP: American Folklore Society Medieval and Early Modern Section 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:53pm
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American Folklore Society: Medieval and Early Modern Section
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Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)

Long Beach, California. October 14-17

Abstracts due Mar. 25, 2015

I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California (Oct. 14-17, 2015). We are organizing two panels at this year's meeting:

Phantom Grief, Prosthetic Mourning: Amputation and the Semiotics of "Loss" (Collection)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:08pm
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Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Contributions are sought for PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS," a collection of essays edited by Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität).

Essays appearing in PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS" will engage with the theme of amputation in literature from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Open to discussions of texts from any era, language tradition, or geographical region, the collection seeks to be a repository of new, original scholarship that explores the many roles the figure of the amputee plays in literature.

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

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:21pm
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Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland Baltimore County
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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.

MLA 2016 - Forms & Feelings of Latina/o Literature

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:35pm
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Norma Elia Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Raúl Coronado, UC Berkeley

Latina/o literature has long evaded genre classification, mingling fiction, poetry, history, memoir, ethnography, and visual representation. What is captured? Soul? Spirit? Community?

300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and Raúl Coronado (raulc@berkeley.edu).

Nation, Narration, and Revolution - MSA 17 "Modernism and Revolution", Boston, Nov. 19-22, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:34pm
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Vaclav Paris / CUNY City College
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The modernist period is characterized by national upheavals, from the Mexican Revolution, to the Russian Revolutions, to the controversial peace settlements of 1919, and the crises leading up to the Second World War. Modernist artists, writers and filmakers engaged with, and responded to these upheavals, adapting their media to narrate new kinds of national belonging and new versions of the national story. Exploring the connections between nation, narration, and revolution in its broadest sense, this panel seeks to bring together a variety of examples of modernist reactions to geopolitical upheaval.

MLA 2016 - Caribbean Sexualities in Displacement

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:32pm
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Maia Gil'Adi, George Washington University; Radost Rangelova, Gettysburg College

The Aesthetics and Ethics of Displaced Caribbean Sexual Minorities. Seeking papers on space and body politics of exiles, diasporas, and/or migrations of Caribbean LBTQIA. Co-sponsored by the Latina and Latino Forum and the Puerto Rican Literature and Culture Forum of MLA.

300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Maia Gil'Adi (mgiladi@email.gwu.edu) and Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu).

MLA 2016: Latina/o Studies and the "Transnational Turn"

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:29pm
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Norma Elia Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City; John Alba Cutler, Northwestern University

Theorizing the relationships between transnational and local in Latina/o literature and culture. Institutional politics of transnational approaches to Latina/o Studies.

300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and John Alba Cutler (john-cutler@northwestern.edu).

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