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Southern Studies Conference 5-6 Feb. 2016

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 11:00am
Auburn University at Montgomery

Now in its eighth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 5-6 February 2016. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02-10-15). A Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Colloquium

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 8:02am
University of Birmingham, UK

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

Evaluation Student Writing [Roundtable for 2016 NEMLA conference, March 17-20 in Hartford, CT]

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:28am
Heather Urbanski, Fitchburg State

Have you ever wondered, "How on Earth can I grade this poem? Can creativity even be quantified?" Or, "how should revision fit into the overall course grade?" In this roundtable, writing instructors from a variety of fields (rhetoric and composition; technical writing; creative writing; and more) will discuss their systems for assessing and evaluating student writing in the college classroom. Both conceptual and pragmatic concerns will be addressed for making the evaluation and feedback process an integral part of our writing pedagogy.

The Student as Writer: Embodiment, Mindfulness, and Disability in the Composition Classroom [NEMLA 2016, March 17-20; Hartford]

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:26am
Heather Urbanski, Fitchburg State

In this session, we review ways to approach the First Year Composition and other writing classrooms by focusing on the students as embodied writers, taking student-centered pedagogy to a new level. Areas of interest for papers include, but are not limited to, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and disability studies. A combination of theoretical and practical perspectives will be employed to locate the student as embodied writer within the disciplinary tradition.

Abstracts should be submitted to the NEMLA database available at

The Text as Being: Ontologies of Redemption, Repair, and Regret, ICLA Congress, 21-27 July 2016

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 6:56pm
ICLA Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature

For the upcoming conference of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), the Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature, invites submissions for the following panel, "The Text as Being: Ontologies of Redemption, Repair, and Regret." The conference will take place at the University of Vienna, Vienna Austria.

Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art / Oct 15-17, 2015 NYC

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:54pm
Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA)

The Series
The Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA) invites artists and writers from the Afghan diaspora in North America to participate in Distant Attachments: Unsettling Contemporary Afghan Diasporic Art, a three-day series of literary, visual, and performance art responding to the different relationships, connections, detachments, and dispositions one can have to "the homeland" in one's creative work. The program is designed to critically engage with the question of what kinds of expectations and creative freedom does being called upon as a member of a diaspora place on artists, writers, and intellectuals.

Race and Comics: The Politics of Representation in Sequential Art | NeMLA 2016

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:57pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

47th Annual NeMLA Convention
March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2015

This panel welcomes papers that examine the treatment of race and racial relations in comic books, whether in superhero narratives, graphic memoirs, web comics, or other forms of sequential art both inside and outside the United States. How are comics used to document and represent racialized identities? How have the medium and its surrounding fan communities adapted earlier content to speak to current topics?

Update to CFP for Barzakh's Spring 2015 Issue (3/5/2015)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:42pm
Barzakh Magazine

The editors of Barzakh Magazine are proud to present our new RAGE issue, featuring new work by Lydia Davis and other talented writers! Our writers approach the question of RAGE in its varied iterations and demonstrate that creative inquiries into the topic can be as diverse as the contentious history of the word.

We'd like to thank all UAlbany's faculty, our staff, and our contributors for helping us to put together the issue. You can find it at under the "Current Issue" heading!

The Editors at Barzakh Magazine