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Monsters—SAMLA—November 4-6, 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 3:23pm
Crystal O’Leary-Davidson / Middle Georgia State University

Monsters remain powerful creatures for what they are and what they represent. Straight from mythology and legend, these fantastic creatures creep across our television and movie screens and the pages of our books. Over centuries and across cultures, the inhuman have represented numerous cultural fears and, in more recent times, desires. They are Other. They are Us. This panel will explore the literal monsters--whether they be mythological, extraterrestrial, or man-made--that populate fiction and film, delving into the cultural, psychological and/or theoretical implications. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V needs by May 6, 2016 to
Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

Feminism Today - what it really means

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 2:46pm
The Bookshelf Blonde

Important dates
20 March 2016 – Abstract (500 words) and biography (500 words) due
28 March 2016 – Feedback given
2 June 2016 – Full paper due (3500 - 4000 words)
12 July 2016 – Feedback given
2 September 2016 – Final paper and presentation due (presentation no more than 20 minutes long)
8 October 2016 – Conference, London, UK

UPDATE: CFP For Action Figure Essay Collection Under Contract With McFarland

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 1:11pm
Jonathan Alexandratos/Queensborough Community College (CUNY)

I am editing a collection of academic essays on action figures for McFarland Publishers. The first manuscript deadline is September of this year, and we could use a couple more essays in the collection. (We have about 8 so far; I'm looking to up that to 10-11.) Action Figure Studies is a subdiscipline of Pop Culture Studies in which scholars study the relationship between action figures and gender, culture, politics, religion, body representation, and/or any other subject of academic study.

Panelists sought for NWSA, 10-13 November 2016 - Methodologies of decolonization and unsettling‏

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:38am
Rachel Hurst and Krista Johnston

We are currently seeking 1-2 panelists for the NWSA conference, "Decoloniality," which will be held November 10-13 in Montreal. Please note that we are looking for papers that will focus on a particular example to illustrate methodological arguments. The other papers currently in the panel focus on critical autobiography and creative visual representation - abstracts for these papers can be provided, if requested! If interested, please submit a 50-100 word abstract to kristarj@gmail.com and rahurst@stfx.ca as soon as possible - we hope to assemble the final panel between February 18-20.

SAMLA: Authorship and Audience in Dystopian Film [proposal due May 27; conference Nov 4-6 2016, Jacksonville, FL]

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:28am
SAMLA Film Studies Group

From film noir to sci-fi, Terry Gilliam to David Lynch, dystopian narratives continue to hold a prominent place in film across independent, Hollywood, and international film communities. In keeping with the theme of authorship and audience, we seek papers addressing writing, directing, visual style, and performance in dystopian films. Papers on the work of David Lynch or other directors of dystopian films are encouraged, and we especially welcome papers that incorporate close readings of films.

Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme are especially welcome; further topic ideas are listed below.

TRAVELS AND TRAVELLERS / VOYAGES ET VOYAGEURS

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:02am
ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS

The deadline for the submission of articles and book reviews is May 9, 2016.
The final decision of the AIC Editorial Board will be passed on before September 4, 2016.
Corrections (if required) and comments by the authors expected between September 5, 2016 and September 19, 2016.
The e-publication of the AIC 18th issue is planned for September 30, 2016.

Hospitable Modernism 27th May 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:36am
University of Sussex

Hospitable Modernism
One-Day Conference
May 27th 2016
University of Sussex
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate McLoughlin (Oxford)

This conference invites participants to think broadly about the term "hospitable" and the different ways that hospitality could be at work in modernist texts.

Roots and Legacies

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:49am
Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Roots and Legacies
A Cultures, Societies, Traditions Project

1st Global Meeting
Call for Participation 2016

Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

"A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conference "Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production"

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:18am
Center for Global Studies, University of Bern

While in academia the notion of authenticity has been increasingly discredited, it thrives as a label within popular discourses and for the marketing of cultural artefacts. Considering both practice and theory of cultural production, the planned conference aims at analyzing the paradoxical status of authenticity as well as its role for the construction of collective identities in a globalizing world of ever-increasing cultural flux.

SAMLA 88: Modern Drama

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:38pm
Aaron Botwick / The Graduate Center, CUNY

This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome.

By May 10, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at abotwick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

MLA 2017 Special Session: Troubadour Pessimism

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:30pm
Modern Language Association

This MLA special session concerns the troubadour tradition across periods and geographies, with particular focus on pessimism as a philosophy, affect, and politics. From 12th century Occitan poetry to the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles, the proposed session assumes a creative or plastic approach to lyric poetry and the love song.

Papers might concern:

--Joni Mitchell, Arnaut Daniel, Arnaut Vidal, Beatritz de Dia, Carole King, Folquet de Romans, Waylon Jennings, 19th century French neo-troubadour architecture, George Carlin, and other members of the troubadour tradition.

--Troubadour poetics and gender politics, sexual violence, race and the nation-state, futurity, the environment, Afropessimism, etc.

PAMLA 2016 Special Session Panel--Pasadena, CA

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:48pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference 2016

This panel is devoted to the porous, permeable body in Romantic and Victorian Literature and seeks to better understand the boundaries of identity constructed in the bodies of texts from these periods and the bodies of readers. This panel will intervene both in conceptions of disembodied Romantic imaginings and in ideas of fixed, stable identity that may seem to mark these periods. By making the body and its interactions with space central to these discussions, we hope to demonstrate the ways in which boundaries of identity are fluid, undefined, and open to reinterpretation at the same time that they are intensely visceral.

"Samuel Beckett and World Literature", 4 to 5 May 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:37pm
Thirthankar Chakraborty, University of Kent

Keynotes
Stanley E. Gontarski, Florida State University
Fábio de Souza Andrade, University of São Paulo

Almost unknown before the première of En attendant Godot in 1953, the immediate success of the play led to Samuel Beckett very quickly acquiring an international reputation. Since then, his works have been translated into numerous languages, and have exerted a considerable influence upon art and literature across the world. The award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 confirmed Beckett's status as a major figure in world literature.

Call for Chapter Proposals - Disability and Media

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:07pm
Amber George/ JL Schatz/Cornell University/Binghamton University

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

Critical disability studies has been a continually growing field of academic study. Its intersectional approach is frequently used in political and philosophical theorizing. However, very few scholars have paid attention to how disability has been constructed by dominant media institutions in the 21st century. This is true even when scholars focus on the social model of disability since they very often ignore how the social is formed out of the discursive representations that surround society. This collection, designed for publication with McFarland Press, is meant as a correction to this absence.

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