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ACLA Seminar: "All in the Family: The Literary and Cultural Politics of Incest"- DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:57pm
ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association

On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity – keeping bloodlines clean and families insular – and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the particular character of an incestuous liaison, however, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.

Feminist Singularities

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 2:12pm
ACLA 2016

Feminist Singularities

Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts

2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.

Religious Perspectives on Climate Change

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 11:10am

The editors of CrossCurrents ( seeks contributions for a special issue on religious perspectives on climate change. The editors welcome scholarly, activist, experiential, and artistic approaches. We will consider: scholarship in the environmental humanities, religious studies, theology, philosophy of religion, history of religions, comparative religion, and related approaches; personal essays, testimony, witness, memoir, and manifesto; anthropological, ethnographic, and eyewitness accounts of climate activism; and artistic responses to local environments in the midst of change.

Untying the Mother Tongue On Language, Affect, and the Unconscious, deadline 15 September

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:37am
Federico Dal Bo, Antonio Castore / ICI Berlin

The term we still use to designate someone's attachment to a particular language, her potentially flawless competence, or the very "place" for her thoughts to emerge in coherent form, is "mother tongue". We take it to be a natural condition of language acquisition, equally valid for every individual speaker, and thus forget that it is a mere metaphorical reference to the "first" language, spoken by what is referred to, with an even more misleading metaphor, a "native" speaker. Throughout history, the use and connotations of the expression "mother tongue" have undergone several changes. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, the Latin "lingua materna" referred to the vernaculars in opposition to the learned Latin.

"The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:38pm
The University of Alabama Languages Conference

The graduate students of The University of Alabama's Department of Modern Languages & Classics, in collaboration with the graduate students of the Department of English and the TESOL program, invite papers for our sixth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference entitled "The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama.


Proposals about all languages are welcome in, but are not strictly limited to, the following topic strands:


Discussing Sexuality in the Liberal Arts: To Clothe or Not to Clothe? Deadline September 30

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:37pm
Dr. Earl Yarington/NeMLA


The 47th NeMLA Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, March 17-20 2016

This panel addresses themes of sexual citizenship and sexual identity. Sex can be a form of play, of identity, of expression, of performance, and of reproduction, but not simply disordered in the traditional psychological sense of the word. Sharon Lamb, a leading researcher on sex education and a co-founder on sexualization research notes in her book Sex Education for Caring Schools that faculty in the Liberal Arts need to educate people about sexuality as well. All of us need to address sexuality in our own professions where sex appears on our own terms. Suggested themes are as follows: