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Discussing Sexuality in the Liberal Arts: To Clothe or Not to Clothe? Deadline September 30

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Earl Yarington/NeMLA
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Abstract

The 47th NeMLA Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, March 17-20 2016

This panel addresses themes of sexual citizenship and sexual identity. Sex can be a form of play, of identity, of expression, of performance, and of reproduction, but not simply disordered in the traditional psychological sense of the word. Sharon Lamb, a leading researcher on sex education and a co-founder on sexualization research notes in her book Sex Education for Caring Schools that faculty in the Liberal Arts need to educate people about sexuality as well. All of us need to address sexuality in our own professions where sex appears on our own terms. Suggested themes are as follows:

Nordic Literature and Culture (PAMLA Conference, Nov. 6-8,2015); Proposals due 9/20

updated: 
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Looking for a paper for the Nordic Literature and Culture session on any aspect of Nordic or Scandinavian literature, culture, or film. Please email (by 9/20 at the latest) your name, affiliation, email address of choice, proposed paper title, 50 word abstract, and 100-250 word proposal: erla.marteinsdottir@ucr.edu.

Afrofuturism and Environmental Humanities

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 5:30pm
full name / name of organization: 
Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities
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The Media Review section of Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities seeks reviews of contemporary media at the intersection of Afrofuturism and environmental humanities. The discourse of Afrofuturism has been recognized as an influential postmodern aesthetic, but little work has been done to understand it as a species of environmental thought. Afrofuturism asserts an eschaton beyond white supremacy and colonization by rewriting narratives of space/time travel, the topoi of urban life, and the ethics of spectacular performance. How can these practices be understood in terms of ecological aesthetics, environmental justice, and ecotopia?

Fashion and Horror, 28.08.2015-31.10.2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:58pm
full name / name of organization: 
Gudrun D. Whitehead and Julia Petrov
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This is a call for proposals for chapters to comprise a potential new publication, which has had strong interest from Bloomsbury. Editors of this volume are Dr. Julia Petrov, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada and Dr. Gudrun D. Whitehead, University of Iceland.

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic (1/10/2016); (2/27/2016)

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Wilson College Humanities Conference
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Wilson College Humanities Conference

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic

Saturday, February 27, 2016
10:00am-5:00pm
Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College
Chambersburg, PA

sponsored by Wilson's M.A. in Humanities Program

The theme of this year's Wilson College Orr Forum is concerned with the apocalypse, both in biblical representation and thought as well as more scientific and climactic concern. This Humanities Conference wishes to extend this theme beyond these global concerns to focus on doom. Always impending, doom encapsulates fears for both humanity and the individual. Doom can be personal and communal, practical and rhetorical, quite real or simply hyperbole.

ACLA seminar proposal - Narrative's Others

updated: 
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dora Zhang
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In his recent Antinomies of Realism, Frederic Jameson identifies an unresolvable tension in the realist novel between two impulses. One is familiar enough: it goes under the banner of récit, the tale, or simply "narrative." It's characterized by a movement of progress and a temporality organized by past-present-future. The other impulse, which Jameson calls "affect," is everything that impedes this narrative movement, and in his analysis it is characterized by a dilatory, perpetual presentness.

Maghreb and Modernity- Deadline: September 30, 2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:54am
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA-Northeast Modern Language Association
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Inspired by Sophie Bessis' La double impasse, this panel invites papers that explore the complex meaning and practice of modernity in the Maghreb, as represented and envisioned in contemporary literature written by women. Some questions to consider: what forms does modernity take and what role does it play in fictional and autobiographical narratives? Are traditions and modernity in some way compatible? Is there a good and a bad way to be modern? Are women able to escape or to embrace modernity? What are the obstacles and associations to it? What are its social and political implications? Who is benefiting from the lack or presence of modernity? Are women proposing new forms of modernity? Which ones?

Where the World Ends (ACLA2016 3/17-3/20, Harvard University)

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:48am
full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Wijaya / Cornell University
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Volume 2 of Jacques Derrida's The Beast and the Sovereign begins with "I am alone," which can be taken to mean "I am alone in my world, I end with my world, and my world ends with me." Beyond the ends and limits of my world, I remember, anticipate, and imagine other worlds and the worlds of the other; beyond the end and death of my world, I am remembered, anticipated, and imagined in the world of the other. But what of the distance between these worlds? What hospitality does one world show another? How will what was me and mine alone carry on in the care of the other?

Africa: From Migration to Homecoming- Deadline: September 30, 2015

updated: 
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:44am
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA-Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel explores literary, artistic, and cinematic representations of Francophone African migrants' fictional or autobiographical homecoming narratives since the 1990s. Particular attention will be given to works that emphasize the representation of real or imagined returns. What are the factors, feelings, and challenges determining the actual or symbolic return process? Are returning migrants agents of change in traditional societies? What forms do take the self-reflection process implicit in the returning migrants' readjustments? All interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

What's Love Got to Do with it: Theory, Desire, and Performance (ACLA, Harvard, 3/17-3/20/16; deadline 9/23/15)

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:36am
full name / name of organization: 
Yomaira Figueroa (Michigan State University), Carolyn Ureña (Rutgers University)

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American Comparative Literature Association 2016 Conference
Harvard University
March 17-20, 2016

Deadline for abstracts: Sept 23, 2015

What does love make us do? How is love understood outside of hegemonic contexts?

SF Storyworlds [UPDATE]

updated: 
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:14am
full name / name of organization: 
Gylphi Press

SF Storyworlds is an interdisciplinary series devoted to the study of science fiction. We take as our starting-point that the genre boundaries surrounding sf have not only evaporated but that, in so doing, sf has also become entangled with the world as it is lived and experienced. Sf is not only good to think with, but it also shapes and informs many of the ways in which we think about the world.

Special Critical Section, Volume 6: Making Theatrical Magic [May 1-2015-April 30 2016]

updated: 
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:01am
full name / name of organization: 
Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society

In 2012, audiences at the Coachella Music and Art Festival were in for a shock as Snoop Lion (formerly "Snoop Dog") performed with the late Tupac Shakur. Shakur, who had died of gunshot wounds in 1996, was a hologram projection, recreated from a previously recorded concert. Until the end of the duet, in which the holographic Shakur turns into light and mist, the stage technology created a moment in which Snoop Lion was not performing with a specter of Shakur, but rather, Shakur himself. This is one example of how stage technology can offer us the magical: a beloved performing artist returns one last time to share the stage with an old friend.

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