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The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature [UPDATE]

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:48pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature

Young Adult (YA) Literature has always featured a variety of sub-genres working in conjunction with familiar tropes (beauty, sexuality, identity, etc.). In the last decade, there has been a steady rise in popularity of the dystopia sub-genre (e.g., Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Selection, Uglies), particularly in the emergence of strong female heroines. While each series has its own distinctive features and developments, a question remains when we look closely at the genre: is there any originality left when we know the pattern of events and characters? This roundtable looks to examine the rise and development of the dystopia sub-genre from its origins to the current climate.

Crip Futurities: The Then and There of Disability Studies (Feb. 11-12, 2016)

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:39pm
University of Michigan Disability Studies Group

Crip Futurities: The Then and There of Disability Studies
keynote speakers: Ellen Samuels (UW-Madison) and Alison Kafer (Southwestern)

February 11-12, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

When we imagine future worlds, will they be accessible? What might crip future(s) entail? Following Alison Kafer's "politics of crip futurity" outlined in Feminist, Queer, Crip, this conference centers the then-and-there of Disability Studies, wherein disability is not understood as lack or impediment, but as a "potential site for collective reimagining" (Kafer 9). We seek to nurture coalitions between scholars, artists, and activists who collectively aim to articulate the future of Disability Studies.

Spaces & Flows: Seventh International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies - A Common Ground Conference

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:17pm
Common Ground Publishing


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

10-11 November 2016


Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for Spaces & Flows: Seventh International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, held at University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, 12-13 October 2016. Proposals are invited that address urban and extra-urban studies through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Urban and ExtraUrban Spaces

Theme 2: Human Environments and Eco-systemic Effects

Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows

POLITICS AND POETICS, 3rd symposium, Leverhulme Research Network 'Imaginaries of the Future', Belfast, 19-21 Jan. 2016

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:20am
Queens University Belfast; Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies Limerick; Newcastle University, UK

What does it mean to think of politics as a poetics, and to do so through the prism of the expectant, the anticipatory, the Not-Yet, and the futural? The third symposium of the 'Imaginaries of the Future' International Research Network seeks to investigate the ways in which futures are both imagined and governed, projected, deferred and deterred, through different disciplinary formations, and to explore the effects of competing ways of conceiving futurity.

[UPDATE] 2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:52am
Lehigh English Department Graduate Program

The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.

SPECTRA Journal submissions open for Issue 5.1

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 8:38am
SPECTRA (the Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives) Journal

Initial abstracts due: October 15, 2015
Contributors informed of decision no later than: October 22, 2015
Full submissions due: December 1, 2015
All abstracts should be submitted online at

The editors of SPECTRA: the ASPECT Journal invite scholarly work in all areas of social, political, ethical and cultural thought for the Fall 2015 issue. We are interested in work that is thoroughly transdisciplinary, valuing multiple systems of knowledges and engaging in discussions that interpolate critical thought and concrete action.

Trajectories of inquiry may include theoretical, critical, empirical, and performative explorations of issues that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

ACLA Panel, 17-20 March 2016: Toward the Empirical Study of Poetic Form

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:15am
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Poetic form is marked by regularities, such as metre, rhyme, verse length, the structure and interdependence of stanzas, and myriad other features. Even where poetry discards or deflects such regularities, for instance by changes of metre, free rhythms, non-rhyming verses or unconventional schemata, they are still echoed within the form: we usually define unconventional and irregular poetic forms by their absence of regularities, thereby implicitly highlighting the resulting gap even where it becomes poetically productive.

[UPDATE] Speaking is Being: Modern Transnational and Transcultural Francophonie (NeMLA March 17-20, 2016; Abstracts due 9-30-15)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:40pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

How and where do Francophone voices speak? Where are they silent? How do linguistic and cultural expressions define what is French and what is Francophone? Are these two terms simultaneously inclusive and exclusive of one another and of other selves, places and languages that they encounter? This NeMLA panel hopes to explore the relationship between identity and voice in digital media (web, social platforms, e-books, audio, video, etc.) in French-speaking spaces that cross national, linguistic and/or cultural borders either intentionally or implicitly. Does digital media offer ways to investigate Francophone identities not available in other forms?