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Urban Pests, Ecology, and Social Justice (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:02am
Matthew Lambert/NeMLA

From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?

ACLA 2015 - Compromised Radicals and Failed Revolutions: The Unfinished Politics of the '70s

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:05am
American Comparative Literature Association

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, American writers have begun to return to the political and aesthetic moment of the late 1960s and 1970s. This turn has taken both a domestic and a global perspective: from the recent revival of interest in the Weather Underground as the United States' own stillborn revolutionary moment—we can think of Bill Siegel's 2002 documentary, new novels from Russell Banks and Jay Cantor, and the recent memoirs of David Gilbert, Bill Ayers and Cathy Wilkerson, to name just a few—to a revisiting of 1970s global insurgencies in places such as Italy, India, and South Africa as in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowlands, and Chris Abani's The Secret History of Las Vegas respectively.

The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Call for Papers for Vol. I Issue 2 (Deadline: Nov 15, 2014)

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 6:02am
The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

Call for Papers for Vol. I Issue 2 of The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
(Online ISSN: 2393-9001)

(The issue is divided into two segments - Focus and Feature. Both segments have similar submission guidelines but different themes. Please specify submission category in subject line during submission/inquiry.)

Espionage and Popular Culture: James Bond, Espionage and Eurospy, Due November 1, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:17pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

36th Annual Southwest Popular /American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference
Conference Dates: February 11 – 14, 2015
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM, (505) 842-1234
Conference Theme: "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture"
Conference Website: http://southwestpca.org/

Chiasma #2: What the Teaching of Being Does and Doesn't Do Tomorrow (Deadline DEC. 1)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:17pm
Chiasma: A Site for Thought

Chiasma: A Site for Thought is an annual, doubly-anonymous, peer-reviewed journal for the generation and dispersion of theory, and invites submissions for its second issue.

One of the enduring themes of 20th century critical thought is that the question of being, far from being too abstract or general to warrant serious consideration, is rather 'the most basic and at the same time most concrete question'. For our second issue, we are looking for perspectives on the status of this questioning, particularly in the form of teaching, professing, lecturing, researching, and/or publishing in the academic institution. Topics for papers could be related, though not limited, to the following themes:

Rebecca Harding Davis Panels (SSAWW 2015 Philadelphia)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:51pm
Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World

SSAWW 2015

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World will organize a session at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers to be in held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.

Rebecca Harding Davis Panels (ALA 2015 Boston)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:48pm
Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association's 26th Annual Conference. The conference will be held in May, 2015 at the Copley Westin in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis's work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.
Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

The Aesthetics of Erasure (Journal Special Issue, Abstracts Due 11/15/14)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:01am
Paul Benzon, Temple University

Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the spring 2015 edition: Vol. 11 – 01

TITLE OF THE EDITION

The Aesthetics of Erasure

GUEST EDITORS

Paul Benzon, Temple University

Sarah Sweeney, Skidmore College

Media-N EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Pat Badani

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2015 ACLA Seminar: Negotiating the Complementarity of Literature and Philosophy

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:49am
American Comparative Literature Association

3/26-3/29: Seattle, WA

We hope to use the occasion of this two-day or three-day seminar to sketch a genealogy of appeals to the literary as complement to/completion of philosophy, particularly with the intention of thinking past antithetical confrontations of these terms. The investigation might initially be organized around two questions: what aspects of the philosophical become problematic from the perspective of the literary, and what specific features of the literary allow it to complement/expand/augment philosophy?

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