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[UPDATE] The Life of the Child's Mind: Education and Intellect in Contemporary Literature for Young People

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:35am
David Aitchison / Children's Literature Association

(Proposed session for MLA 2017, sponsored by Children's Literature Association)

This panel will consider the status of the intellectual life of the child in modern and contemporary literature for young people. Just as American culture is often characterized as anti-intellectual, as if the democratization of education entailed a turn away from the life of the mind, literature for the young is sometimes summed up as empty-headed. Even the school story—a genre named for the central role it gives to school experience—is notorious for its lack of interest in academic pursuits. Hence the need to consider those rarer narratives that give expression to the intellectual lives of the young.

Postcolonial Animality

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:30pm
Amit R. Baishya, Suvadip Sinha

From one perspective, postcolonial studies and animal studies should be natural allies as both interrogate the shifting limits of the human-animal binary. However, for a variety of reasons, conjunctions between these two fields have only begun fairly recently. On the one hand, the residues of certain versions of humanism (cf.

MSA 18: Modernism's Planets (November 17-20, 2016, Pasadena CA)

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 4:56pm
Cóilín Parsons

CFP for MSA 18 (Pasadena, CA): Modernism's Planets

Planets colliding: Spivak, Friedman, Dimock. The 'planet', as metaphor, object, method, problem, and more, has made multiple entries into the discipline of literary studies, all of which bear on the study of modernism, broadly conceived. Ecocritical, postcolonial, and comparative methods have been at the forefront of the planetary conversation, but, as the word 'planet' suggests, there is more than enough room for more planetary interventions.

York English Graduate Colloquium 2016: Shattered, 13-14 May 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 4:54pm
York University

"There is always more surface to a shattered object than a whole." - Djuna Barnes

"As for myself, I am splintered by great waves. I am coloured glass from a church window long since shattered. I find pieces of myself everywhere, and I cut myself handling them."
-Jeanette Winterson

"Re-conceptualizing Cultures of Remote Warfare:" Special Issue of The Journal of War and Culture Studies

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 2:43pm
Rebecca A. Adelman (University of Maryland Baltimore County) and David Kieran (Washington and Jefferson College)

We are now into the second century in which aerial warfare is commonplace in a range of forms, and the second decade in which drone warfare is routinized. As paradigm, strategy, and tactic, violence-at-a-distance has become a predominant model of military engagement.

UPDATE: The New Global City: Presenting and Translating Cultures within a Worldwide Citizenry

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 2:31pm
University of North Carolina Wilmington

The New Global City: Presenting and Translating Cultures within a Worldwide Citizenry
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University of North Carolina Wilmington
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While it seems as though the Euro-American culture is everywhere globally—from television shows to fast food restaurants, international trade treaties to sanctions and strikes—this conference explores how it actually gets translated, interrogated, adapted, and even re-defined, as it appears in localized contexts across the globe. This conference is interested in scholarship that explores general concerns of global translations of national and regional cultures and subcultures.

Minding the Senses, Sensing the Mind, May 20-21, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:02pm
English Department, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

"I would I knew his mind." - (Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1.2.33)
"My own mind is my own church." - Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (I.i)
"Where is my mind" – The Pixies
The Department of English at Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus will host its Fourteenth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 20th and Saturday, 21st May. The keynote speaker is Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University, Missouri).

Writing Resistance (Guaranteed panel, MLA 2017, 5-8 January, Philadelphia, PA)

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:11am
MLA Forum on Transdisciplinary Connections between History and Literature

The Forum on Transdisciplinary Connections between History and Literature is soliciting papers on the topic of historical approaches to "writing resistance" or "writing rebellion". We construe the topic broadly to encompass the narrative construction of historical incidents of resistance, but also the practice of writing history as a form of resistance, or, in yet another vein, the resistance to historico-literary approaches in our discipline. Papers that problematize the location of historical practice (Global North or South, for example) are also of interest. Furthermore, we welcome papers that address different media, including film and the digital, as well as papers that address material from a broad historical span.

This Rough Magic - Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:53am
This Rough Magic /

This Rough Magic ( is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Philosophy and Rhetoric