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African American Literature Regular Session SCMLA

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:47pm

This regular session welcomes 300-500 word abstracts on any aspect of African American Literature and Culture for the 73rd Annual South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Conference November 3-5, 2016.
Abstracts relating directly to the conference theme "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture" are also encouraged.
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel 400 N. Olive Street in the Dallas Arts District.
Please submit an abstract and a CV to Carol Bunch Davis at by March 18, 2016.

Low Fidelity: The Aesthetics and Politics of Adaptation (UCLA, 3 June 2016)

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 8:26pm
UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference

Keynote Speakers:
Kate Newell (Savannah College of Art and Design)
Arthur Little (UCLA)


"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative" - HG Wells

"Every major rap artist in the world samples, you know? That's all I'm doing, is sampling." - Vanilla Ice on similarities between "Under Pressure" and "Ice Ice Baby"

Space, Place, and Belonging

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 4:48pm
Textual Overtures Graduate Journal

In the preface to Borderlands, Gloria Anzaldúa declares: "I am a border woman." As simple as it sounds, this statement suggests the individual's agency in the social and cultural production of personal identity as it boldly rejects to acknowledge the power of the state in the process. Migration and border-crossing today present serious political, social and cultural challenges, which force countries to craft policies to address security, economic, and humanitarian concerns. The migration crisis in Europe offers a new perspective on the development of migrant identity in this ever-changing relationship between the individual and the host country.

Horace Walpole, Image [&] Narrative special issue

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 5:01pm
ed. Jakub Lipski, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz

Image [&] Narrative is seeking papers for a special tercentenary issue devoted to the work of Horace Walpole (1717-1797). Articles covering all aspects of Walpole's literary career are welcome, though preference will be given to those focusing on the correspondences between word and image.

Possible topics may include:
- narrative functions of images in Walpole's work
- Gothic imagery in The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother
- art commentaries in Walpole's correspondence, journals and Anecdotes
- narratives and catalogues of Houghton Hall and Strawberry Hill
- book design at the Strawberry Hill Press
- illustrations of Walpole's work

Translation Theory Today 5/5-5/6 Abstracts due 3/1

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 2:31pm
Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY)

Translation Theory Today
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Theory
Keynote Speakers:
Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard University)
Edwin Frank (The New York Review of Books Classics)
Keynote Roundtable on Practice:
Sara Bershtel (Metropolitan Books), Barbara Epler (New Directions), Jonathan Galassi (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), & Jill Schoolman (Archipelago Books)

Update: Deadline Feb 15th for CFP for MLA Teaching Options in Jewish American literature volume

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:53pm
Roberta Rosenberg and Rachel Rubinstein and Modern Language Association

Essay proposals are invited for a proposed MLA in the Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Jewish American Literature, to be edited by Roberta Rosenberg and Rachel Rubinstein. The purposes of this volume are to create important links between the innovative scholarship emerging on Jewish American literature and classroom pedagogies and resources Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

"Revolutionary Affects: At the Crossroads of Aesthetics and Politics in the Middle East"

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:19am
Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Nov. 17-20, 2016 - Boston, MA

We are seeking two papers for a panel we are proposing to hold at the next year's MESA conference. Please find the pertinent proposal and the call below, and contact us with any questions you might have. Submission deadline for consideration is February 10, 2016.

"Revolutionary Affects: At the Crossroads of Aesthetics and Politics in the Middle East"