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Arab American Women: Representation, Reception and Subjectivity in Contemporary American Literature by Women (SSAWW)

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 7:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Suha Kudsieh
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Society for the Stuidy of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Triennial Conference
November 4-8, 2015
Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA

Panel on: "Arab American Women: Representation, Reception and Subjectivity in Contemporary American Literature by Women"

This panel welcomes papers that examine how Arab American women are represented in women's writing and in particular how Arab American women authors subvert, negotiate or overturn ethnic and gender stereotypes.

Russia and the Middle East in the Premodern Period

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 7:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Suha Kudsieh
contact email: 

Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention
2016 7–10 January, Austin

CFP for a special panel:

*Russia and the Middle East in the Premodern Period*

Description: The panel examines cultural interaction between pre-modern Russia and the Middle East in the areas of travel/pilgrimage; diplomatic and religious missions; trade; knowledge exchange (incl. book translations). Papers on Arabic sources are especially welcome.

Please submit your 25-35- word proposal by March 9, 2015 to: Kudsieh - at - gmail.com (please remove spaces and underscores from e-mail address).

Please remember to include your name, affiliation, e-mail, and A/V requirements.

The Edwidge Danticat Society-The 29th Annual MELUS Conference, April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, Georgia

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:31pm
full name / name of organization: 
The Edwidge Danticat Society
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The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for its inaugural panel at the 29th Annual MELUS Conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures" we welcome papers that analyze Edwidge Danticat's work (activist, fiction, film, non-fiction) in relationship to immigration arrivals and departures, including presentations that seek to address, but are not limited to: citizenship rulings, detention, mobility, and transportation. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15 -minute presentations, possible topics include:

CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 1/7-1/10) Special Session "Cervantes on the Early Modern English Stage"

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 2:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
Josephine Hardman

MLA special session invites papers exploring the influence of Cervantes on early modern English drama. How did English playwrights in the seventeenth century translate, adapt, rewrite, and transport Cervantes onto the London stage? Papers that investigate theatrical adaptations of Cervantes's work beyond Don Quijote are especially welcome, as are papers that redefine and/or broaden our understanding of "translation." This session will consider questions such as: what do English translations or adaptations of Cervantes reveal about Anglo-Spanish relations during the period, about cross-cultural textual exchange, and about the political and ideological uses of translation?

Language Change, Shifting Borders, and Identity Construction (MLA, Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA Forum on Language Change

The Executive Committee on Language Change at the Modern Language Association (MLA) is accepting papers for a session to be held at the annual conference in January 2016 in Austin. We seek papers that examine how language change relates to linguistic identity construction and crossing borderlands (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious). Papers that address the theoretical and empirical relevance of the concept of border to research in language variation and change from interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15 to Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu).

Rethinking the 'L' in MLA (Jan 7-10, 2016); deadline 3/15/15

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:08pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA Forum on Language Change

The MLA Forum on Language Change invites proposals for a panel on "Rethinking the 'L' in MLA." Papers might address questions like: What counts as a modern language? What value do linguistic issues and less-commonly taught languages have in the MLA? How can they inform literary studies?

The Modern Language Association convention will be held in Austin, TX on January 7-10, 2016. Please send 300-word abstracts to Tara Williams (tara.williams@oregonstate.edu) by 15 March 2015.

Transatlantic Religion and Madness: Intellectual Disability and Anglo-American Faith Narratives

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 12:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA Special Session (proposed)

We welcome abstracts that explore representations of religious identities and/or intellectual disabilities in transatlantic British and American writing. Please send 250-word abstracts to George Gordon-Smith (george.gordon-smith@emory.edu) and Brian Wall (b.r.wall@sms.ed.ac.uk) by March 6, 2015.

Speculative Fiction – SAMLA – November 13-15, 2015

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:19pm
full name / name of organization: 
Lisa Wenger Bro / Middle Georgia State College
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Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together is that there is some "unrealistic" element, whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic, technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel García Márquez to H.P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.

MSA 17

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
Modernist Studies Association
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Seminar Proposals: February 27, 2015
Pre-conference Workshop (Thursday) and Post-conference Workshops (Sunday) Proposals:
February 27, 2015
Panel, Roundtable, and Poster/Digital Exhibit Proposals: April 17, 2015

The Partition of India – Beyond Improbable Lines

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elisabetta Marino, Daniela Rogobete

The impressive amount of historical, fictional and analytical texts inspired by the Indian Partition makes it rather difficult for anybody to find a new angle of research that might reveal other unexpected nuances hidden under the layers of textuality the event has already gathered. The plethora of scholarly studies and anthologies focused on the Partition have tried to analyze the innumerable aspects of this historic moment from a variety of perspectives in the attempt to either recreate the event, rememorize and better understand it or to assess its socio, political, historical, national and emotional implications.

The Partition of India – Beyond Improbable Lines

updated: 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 1:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elisabetta Marino, Daniela Rogobete

The impressive amount of historical, fictional and analytical texts inspired by the Indian Partition makes it rather difficult for anybody to find a new angle of research that might reveal other unexpected nuances hidden under the layers of textuality the event has already gathered. The plethora of scholarly studies and anthologies focused on the Partition have tried to analyze the innumerable aspects of this historic moment from a variety of perspectives in the attempt to either recreate the event, rememorize and better understand it or to assess its socio, political, historical, national and emotional implications.

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