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CFP: Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:10pm
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Tanya Jones, M.Ed & Chris Stoneley
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Abstracts are being welcomed for a proposed collection examining the toy as hero. Toys, a celebrated part of childhood and often key figures in children's imaginative play, have a fantastic history of heroism in print and on film. Open to examinations of literature, comics, and film, the collection seeks to be a repository of original essays that analyze the roles toys play as protectors of the child(ren) they love, as heroes of their own stories, or as champions for the greater good.
Possible pieces for consideration:
Winnie-the-Pooh
The Stuff of Legend
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Nutcracker
Calvin and Hobbes
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Toy Story
Toys in the Attic

[UPDATE] Deadline extended to January 15, 2015; Utopia and political theology today

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 9:10pm
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[sic] - A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation (www.sic-journal.org) University of Zadar

[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar (Croatia)
www.sic-journal.org

10th Call for Papers
CFP: Utopia and political theology today

Panel "Proliferating Minoritized Bodies & Knowledges in the University," Cultural Studies Association, Riverside May 21-4, 2015

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 6:03pm
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(Women & Queer) of Color Critique Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association
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Cultural Studies Association, "Another University Is Possible: Praxis, Activism, and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy"

Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, Greater Los Angeles Area, California, 21-24 May, 2015

"Proliferating Minoritized Bodies and Knowledges in the University"

Paul Laurence Dunbar Society Panels at ALA 2015; May 21-24, 2015

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:33pm
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Paul Laurence Dunbar Society
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The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA on May 21-24, 2015.

There is also an upcoming NEH Summer Institute on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History in July 2015. Applications are due by March 2, 2015; please see www.creativelearningfactorydunbar.org for more information.

Session 1: Teaching Dunbar

Maroons, Indigenous Peoples, and Indigeneity

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:27pm
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Charles Town International Maroon Conference

Maroons, Indigenous Peoples, and Indigeneity
June 19-23, 2015
Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

The Seventh Charles Town International Maroon Conference invites papers that explore the relationships between place and tradition in Indigenous and Maroon communities around the globe.

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of Pop Culture in Asia and Australia/Oceania

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 4:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kathy Nadeau and Jeremy Murray

This one-volume encyclopedia, to be published by ABC-CLIO, examines the rich popular culture of the diverse countries of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia/Oceania. As part of a series including other continents and regions, it will provide high school students and general readers with an understanding of the globalization of pop culture.

Page 23 LitCon (Denver Comic Con), May 22-25

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 2:10pm
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Page 23/Denver Comic Con

Call for Papers, Panels, and Presentations

Page 23 LitCon
May 22-25, 2015

500 word abstracts for papers, panels, and roundtables, offering a critical approach on comics are being accepted for a scholarly conference at

DENVER COMIC CON

DENVER, CO May 22-25, 2015

The standard length of a comic book is 22 pages. What comes next? Page 23. Through Page 23's LitCon (formerly ROMOCOCO), comics scholars establish comic books and graphic novels as important, canonical texts that echo far beyond their final panels. Teaching comics, creating academic analyses, publishing the work of fellow comics scholars - this isn't a revolution; it's just what's next.

The Twenty-First Century "Bad Guy"

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:07pm
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University of St. Andrews

The Twenty-First Century "Bad Guy"
Is the antagonist always synonymous with the criminal?
April 11, 2015 at Kennedy Hall
University of St. Andrews

The events of 9/11 are often viewed as a turning point after which America "lost her innocence." But when innocence is lost on a mass scale, what happens to the nature of guilt and culpability?

AFTERMATH: the Cultural Legacies of WW1. London 21--23 May 2015

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 5:42pm
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King's College London
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The Arts & Humanities Research Institute at King's, in conjunction with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina, is staging an international conference on the Cultural Legacies of World War I, to be held at King's from 21-23 May 2015.

The conference will cover a wide range of aspects of how the First World War changed the world, such as its geopolitical aftermath (and its current repercussions in the Middle East); how people thought about future wars; the war's impact on social history, the arts and popular cultures, and on science, technology, nursing and medicine.

Cormac McCarthy Sessions at the American Literature Association Conference

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 3:20pm
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Cormac McCarthy Society/American Literature Association
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The Cormac McCarthy Society will sponsor two panels at the annual American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2015. Please send brief abstracts for papers on any subject related to Cormac McCarthy's life and work by January 30,2015 to Steven Frye at sfrye@csub.edu

62nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies, September 24-27, 2015, Detroit

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 11:58am
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Midwest Conference on British Studies
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MWCBS is proud to announce that its 62nd Annual Meeting will be hosted by Wayne State University and held at the historic Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, September 24-27, 2015. The keynote speaker will be Patrick Brantlinger of Indiana University, and the plenary address will be given by Alison Games of Georgetown University.

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