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Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:49am
Editors Dr Blossom N. Fondo (foreverblossom@gmail.com) Dr Adamu Pangmeshi (pangmeshi@gmail.com)

It is an undeniable fact that indeed literature has moved from the realm of mere entertainment to one of commitment. Any survey of contemporary literature proves more than ever before that there can be no talk of "arts for art's sake". Hardly any writer who wishes to be taken seriously writes for the sake of writing or to entertain his readers. Entertainment has rapidly given way to commitment and today writers are interested in appraising the world in which they live and write and thereby imagine a better world for humankind. This has infused a political dimension into literature such that it is mainly concerned with a critique of the society. Thus literature today has come to occupy an important position as political discourse.

The Fantastic Now: Research in the Fantastic in the 21st Century

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:37am
Association for Research in the Fantastic (GFF)

There is hardly any subject in contemporary literary, cultural, and media studies that is discussed and researched with as much controversy as "the fantastic". Since theoretical debate on the subject was initiated in the second half of the 20th century, largely by Tzvetan Todorov and Roger Callois, research on the fantastic has become a globally relevant, interdisciplinary, and rapidly developing field of scholarship. The field's significance is reflected in numerous scholarly journals, associations, organizations, research projects and institutions which have focused on the fantastic.

Domestic Abuse and Violence

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:56am
Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Domestic Abuse and Violence
Call for Participation 2016

The Violence Project: 13th Global Meeting

Thursday 5th May – Saturday 7th May 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2016: Wonder

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:44am
The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference

The Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference is pleased to once again launch it's call for papers. The conference brings together graduate students and early career fellows from around the world working in a wide range of disciplines. This years one word theme will be 'Wonder' which we hope will inspire papers on a broad spread of topics.

Some suggestions include:
The Wondrous Other
Filled with Wonder
The Wondering Mind
The Wonders of the Medieval World
The Wonders of Science

Second Annual Conference in Hispanic Studies

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 8:27pm
Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization - University of Houston

The Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization (HSGSO) of the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston cordially invites abstract submissions to the Second Annual conference in Hispanic Studies, New Academic (Re)visions, to be held on April 22, 2016.

The conference will focus primarily on the exploration of innovative approaches to the study of Hispanic literature and linguistics, with the objective of recovering contributions and other aspects of these disciplines that have traditionally been underrepresented or overlooked and establish new interdisciplinary dialogues.

The conference will emphasize, but is not limited to, the following topics:

Cartographies of Commons, Community, and Sovereignty

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 7:47pm
Department of Spanish and Portuguese - University of Pennsylvania

Abstract Deadline: November 6, 2015
Conference Date: February 5, 2016

The graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese at UPenn are pleased to announce their graduate conference focused on the transnational and trans-historical topic of commons, community and sovereignty. It is a pleasure to also mention that Dr. Silvia Federici (Caliban and the Witch, Revolution at Point Zero) will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, the department of Spanish and Portuguese is able to provide three travel grants up to $300 each for graduate student participants.

Second Annual Conference in Hispanic Studies

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 5:42pm
Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization (University of Houston)

The Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization (HSGSO) of the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston cordially invites abstract submissions to the Second Annual conference in Hispanic Studies, New Academic (Re)visions, to be held on April 22, 2016.

The conference will focus primarily on the exploration of innovative approaches to the study of Hispanic literature and linguistics, with the objective of recovering contributions and other aspects of these disciplines that have traditionally been underrepresented or overlooked and establish new interdisciplinary dialogues.

The conference will emphasize, but is not limited to, the following topics:

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