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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.

Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/20

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:47pm
Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 20, 2016.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Monster Studies: Literature, Culture, and Theory (Deadline 3/10/16)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:41pm
Chris Koenig-Woodyard / University of Toronto

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session on "Monster Studies" for the MLA in Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017. Abstracts are due on Friday, 11 March, 2016, and proposals for special MLA sessions are due on 1 April, 2016. Thus there are two rounds of acceptance: abstracts for a hoped-for panel, and the official acceptance of the panel for the 2017 MLA.

The proposed session will explore and expand the depth and breadth of the emerging field of "Monster Studies." Papers can explore monsters and the monstrous as the primary focus of scholarly inquiry in literary, humanities and cultural studies, and as a secondary focus--that is, as a pedagogical tool or method, for instance, in teaching composition and the humanities.

[REMINDER] Oxford English Graduate Conference on 'Progress', 3 June 2016 (deadline: 19 February 2016)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:34am
Ágota Márton / University of Oxford

OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS

'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)

Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.

Call for Conference Papers on Les Danses Macabres & Music

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:58am
International Screendance Conference at Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne

The International Screendance Conference of the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (Univeresity of Burgundy, France) is seeking conference presentations for a panel on the music of Les Danses Macabres (Saint-Saëns, Liszt's "Totentanz", etc.) to accompany a dance film program surrounding the history of Les Danses Macabres.

All topics that examine some aspect of Les Danses Macabres, whether via a global approach or via a specific composition are welcome. Please send a short abstract and bio or C.V. in English to: info@videodansebourgogne.com before February 28.

[UPDATE] Archi-Textuality (Apri 16-17, 2016) - Hosted by CSUN English Department

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:57pm
AGSE & Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi

The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
April 16-17, 2016
Sponsored by the Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)

"Archi-textuality: Interventions of Text & Textuality in Historical, Economical, Sociopolitical, and Psychological Space"

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal - call for articles - open issue

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:40pm
Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Lodz

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories (A/R/T Journal) is a peer-reviewed journal that has been created with a view to providing a forum for analyzing and discussing issues of immediate relevance for contemporary literary and cultural studies.

The editors would like to invite submission of contributions for its sixth issue, to be published in Summer 2016. We invite original articles, reviews and interviews addressing any topics related to Anglophone literature and culture.

The contributions should be between 4000 and 6000 words long. Each contribution will be anonymously refereed by a reviewer (double-blind review). The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is 31 March 2016.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers in a Referred Journal of English Language and Literature: (Last date for Submission: 25th feb 2016)

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 8:32am
D.A.V. P.G. College Sector 10 Chandigarh

"The Scholastic Forum"
The journal strives to publish original work of high quality related to English studies across the world.We invite original scholarly submissions in the form of research papers, articles, poems, book reviews.
Submission Guidelines:
1. Paper/ Font&Font size: A4 /Times New Roman/ 12.
2.Spacing: 1.5 Margin of 1 inch on all four sides.
3.References: Latest Mla Handbook style/ Format.
4.Word Limit- For Abstract : upto 300 words: For Paper 2500-4000.
5. Papers to be sent on: scholasticdav@gmail.com
6. Abstract followed by keywords(5)

Special Session of the 2016 PAMLA Conference November 11-13, 2016: Back from the Dead: Language Revival as Arc

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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 12:51pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Recent scholarship on the "archive" as well as that on "cultural memory" has focused on the role of language as both mechanism and metaphor. This session seeks to further purse these lines of investigation and find points of intersection by focusing on the revival of extinct or near-extinct languages as a type of archival reconstruction grounded in cultural memory. Papers are sought that explore how and why language revival movements occur in relation to issues of identity formation (both personal and communal) and the relationship of this phenomenon to the notion of cultural preservation vis-a-vi cultural memory and archive.

SPECTRUM

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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:03am
University of Dhaka

Spectrum, a refereed journal published by the Department of English, University of Dhaka, seeks submissions of scholarly articles, book reviews, translations and creative pieces for its forthcoming issue. Spectrum welcomes contributions by teachers, alumni and current students of English Literature, ELT and Linguistics. Essays on any literary period and any aspect of literature and language, book reviews, as well as short stories, poems and translations are sought. Submissions should not have been previously published, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Only articles/creative pieces recommended by reviewers will be accepted for publication.

Comparative Medievalisms

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:07pm
Comparative Medieval Forum of the MLA (Philadelphia, January 2017)

What cultural work does the medieval past perform in global media and cultural productions—textual, visual, musical, performative, cinematic? Literary scholars and theorists have increasingly explored the varied forms that "medievalism" takes in contexts around the globe.

Cripping Keywords [abstracts due March 15]

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:46pm
TC Forum on Disability Studies for the MLA

Influenced by factors as varied as Raymond Williams' vocabulary of culture in Keywords (1976) and contemporary Ignite talks, keywords-based collaborations have proliferated in recent MLA Conventions. Keyword sessions on Digital Pedagogy (2016), Disability Studies (2015), Queer Studies (2015), Medical Humanities (2016), Middle English (2014), and Prismatic Ecology (2014), among others, have addressed the state of their respective fields by using keywords as their structuring devices.

DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:27am
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

August 19-21, 2016
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)

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