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Towards a Diasporic Imagination of the Present: an eternal sense of Homelessness.

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 4:27am
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Tapati Bharadwaj
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Towards a diasporic imagination of the present: an eternal sense of Homelessness.

This is a call for papers for a collection of essays that examines and theorizes the notion of diaspora, imagined communities and cultures, and trans-national/ ethnic identities. The collection will be published by Lies and Big Feet, an independent publishing house in India.

For more information, please write to:
Tapati Bharadwaj: tbharadwaj@yahoo.com.

Recharting Penn's Woods: The Early American Mid-Atlantic (July 18-21, 2015 Chicago IL)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 7:45pm
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Society of Early Americanists/Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
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Since the 1939 publication of Perry Miller's classic The New England Mind early Americanists have acknowledged the fundamental role New English Puritanism played in the subsequent development of American culture. Scholars like Edmund Morgan, Sacvan Bercovitch, Andrew Delbanco and many others have placed New England at the center of the development of American identity. Yet in the past generation other scholars have broadened an understanding of regionalism in the construction of American nation-hood, with many focusing on the polyglot, multiethnic and religiously non-conformist colonies of New York, New Jersey, and especially Pennsylvania.

UPDATE, Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 7:33pm
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The 43rd Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900
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REVISED DEADLINE: OCTOBER 5, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 43rd Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900
www.thelouisvilleconference.com
February 26-28, 2015

The 43rd annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 26-28, 2015. Critical papers may be submitted on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, etc). Work by creative writers is also welcome.

"World Literature, World Religion": A proposed seminar for ACLA 2015

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 6:50pm
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Nazry Bahrawi / Singapore University of Technology and Design

This is a call for papers for a proposed panel "World Literature, World Religion" at the American Comparative Literature Association 2015 annual meeting to be held at Seattle, Washington, on March 26-29, 2015.

Our panel propose to look at the intersections between religion and literature through the lens of World Literature, which had allowed literary criticism to expand its inquiry into new realms such as the question of scale in the practice of comparative literature, the circulation and migration of literary and religious texts beyond their points of origin, and 'the universal' in aesthetics and ethics.

Neoliberalism and American Literature (20-21 February 2015)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 5:04pm
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University College Dublin
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Neoliberalism and American Literature

Clinton Institute for American Studies
University College Dublin
20-21 February 2015

How has American literature responded to the political, economic and cultural dominance of neoliberalism? What does neoliberalism mean for practices of writing, reading, and selling books? This conference will focus on the production, form and consumption of literature under conditions of neoliberalism.

Speakers include:

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University)
Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin)
Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Donald Pease (Dartmouth College)
Stephen Shapiro (Warwick University)

NEMLA 2015: Oceanic Turns The Politics of Hemispheric American Studies

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 7:20pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable examines the locations, terminologies and methodologies that shape the oceanic turn in contemporary American literary studies. The recent twentieth anniversary of Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic reminds us that an oceanic rather than a national framework has influenced the direction of literary and cultural studies for the last two decades. During this time studies of American, British, and African Diasporic literature have taken a decidedly oceanic turn. Current scholarship reflects renewed interest in the impact of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans on the creation of extra-national literary imaginaries. Yet, despite what we might consider a degree of academic canonization, the oceanic turn remains as slippery as it is suggestive.

[UPDATE] Digitizing the Past: Historical Narrative and Media Technology (4/30-5/3, Toronto)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:35pm
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NeMLA
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The question of how novels understand their place in an increasingly diverse media ecology has been widely debated in comparative media studies, with scholars such as Daniel Punday and Katherine Hayles arguing that traditional written narrative forms are forced to re-imagine their strengths in the face of increasingly digitized, non-linear forms. However, these critical perspectives have only begun to address the way that this new media ecology shapes narratives of memory, trauma, and event. This panel seeks to theorize the way historiographic fictions are adapting to new and hybrid media forms of historical memory. How are digital technologies affecting the way we narrate historical events?

BREAKING THE RULES! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions [UPDATE]

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:48pm
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Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is organising its third biannual international graduate conference set to take place at Leiden University on January 29-30, 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference, entitled 'Breaking the Rules: Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions', will focus on the wide range of cultural responses to the violation of laws, traditions and conventions in the political, religious and aesthetic domain.

The Aesthetics and Politics of Irony

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:34pm
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CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture
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Call for articles
Book publication
THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF IRONY

Organizers: Elsa Alves (University of Copenhagen / CECC) and Ana Dinger (CECC, Catholic University of Portugal)

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