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Call for Book Chapters. Mater Dolorosa: The Representation of the Blessed Mary in Literature and Art

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 6:52pm
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Universitas Press
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In today's complex world religious discourse is especially crucial, considering that secularism is expanding around the globe. We seek contributions on the representation of the Virgin Mary in World Literature and Art. Comparative approaches are always welcome. Religious and cultural literacy is important for domestic and international politics, the practice of peace, harmony, justice, and social prosperity. Thus, this edited volume will help diminish religious illiteracy. Universitas Press has agreed to publish this edited volume. Contributions are welcome from scholars in various disciplines in the humanities.

NeMLA 2016: Writing and Criticism of Urban Literature and Urban Spaces after Jane Jacobs (abstract deadline: Sept. 30

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 6:05pm
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Nathaniel Hodes (Brandeis University) and Daniela Kukrechtova (Emerson College)

This panel session invites papers that update the critical conversation surrounding city writing through more self-conscious attention to Jane Jacobs or her urban studies legacy. Since The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs has become known as one of the preeminent theorists of city planning and urban economics. Her concepts of organic city development, communal diversity, anti-utopianism, sidewalk ebb and flow, and self-regulating neighborhoods have entered the bloodstream of her intellectual descendants as well as her committed readers who care about cities and have been assimilated into contemporary American culture.

Call for Proposals:'Identity, Intimacy' conference - Toronto, 30-31 October, 2015

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:38pm
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Modern Horizons

Extended deadline for proposals: 5 September, 2015

For detailed CFP, see http://modernhorizonsjournal.ca/october2015cfp-2/

For the fifth annual Modern Horizons conference, to be held October 2015 in Toronto, Canada, we invite proposals for 20-minute talks on the theme of 'Identity, Intimacy'.

[UPDATE] The comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell (essay collection) Aug. 15, Proposals Due

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:25pm
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Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O'Malley
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This proposed volume for the University Press of Mississippi's book series, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists, will examine the works of two influential cartoonists: Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell. These artists have helped shape the world of contemporary comics, particularly through their experiments in autobiography, travelogue, fantasy, and diary.

Call for Abstracts: "Departments as Villages: Re-imagining Grad. Student Relationships," NeMLA, Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:21pm
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Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno/ Lehigh University/ NeMLA 2016
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Many people are familiar with the expression, "It takes a village to raise a child,"—but perhaps, the same is true of graduate students. As graduate programs and the academic job market become increasingly competitive, many graduate students receive the implicit message that their fellow students are solely their competitors, both within a program and afterwards, rather than colleagues. This kind of tension can lead to students feeling disconnected from and unsupported by the very people who are sharing a similar struggle.

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal - issue 5 call for articles

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:08pm
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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 fifth issue, to be published in December 2015. 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 30 September 2015.

Call for Essays: Essays on Orhan Pamuk's Works – Edited Collection

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 2:10pm
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Dr. Taner Can, Dr. Berkan Ulu, Koray Melikoğlu

This book project aims to mark the 10th anniversary of Orhan Pamuk's Nobel Laureateship and will include essays on his major works to be published by Ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart / Germany. The provisional title of the collection is Tales from His Father's Suitcase: Essays on Orhan Pamuk. We invite proposals for well-researched essays that address the major issues and themes in Pamuk's works, such as national identity, memory, historiography and ideology. We especially encourage contributions from scholars and academics working in the fields of comparative and translation studies. The collection is also open to other topics such as narratology and stylistics.

El exilio y la minificción en la narrativa de Max Aub, Gómez de la Serna y Sławomir Mrożek

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 1:13pm
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Margaret Stefanski (Canisius College), Gonzalo Hernández Baptista (U of Kentucky)

La mesa redonda se propone explorar las confluencias entre tres autores, Max Aub, Ramón Gómez de la Serna y Sławomir Mrożek, cuya condición de emigrantes dejó huellas en su producción minificcional. Nos enfocaremos en el impacto de esta nueva experiencia por un lado, y el abandono de oikos, por otro, que origina una narrativa transnacional, distante y crítica hacia los dos espacios culturales; una narrativa que alejándose de sus orígenes nacionales toca la naturaleza humana en general, deformada por las circunstancias, escepticismo y cansancio, o la desconexión entre la realidad y la percepción que tienen de ella sus personajes.

Seriously Funny: The Role of Satire and the Satirist in the 21st Century -- NeMLA 2016 (March 17-20, 2016)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 9:33am
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Danielle Fuentes Morgan/ NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
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Dave Chappelle walked away from a $50 million contract with Comedy Central, later explaining, "I want to make sure that I am dancing and not shuffling." Likewise, Stephen Colbert refused to allow his young children to watch his Colbert Report, in an effort to prevent their confusing his persona with their dad. This panel seeks proposals examining the role and responsibility of the satirist in the 21st century. How do satirists distinguish themselves (or not) from their satire and how does this impact audience understanding?

[UPDATE] CFP: Graduate Conference: Global Identities in a Digital Age (Toronto, Nov 13, 2015; EXTENDED DEADLINE: Aug 10, 2015)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 8:28am
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University of Toronto and University of Waterloo

CFP: Global Identities in a Digital Age: German-language Culture in
the 21st Century

A joint graduate conference by the University of Toronto and the
University of Waterloo

Date: November 13th, 2015
Location: Hart House, University of Toronto
Deadline for abstracts: August 10th, 2015
Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Youngman, Head of the Department of German and Russian, and Chair of the Digital Humanities Working Group at Washington and Lee University

Historical Fiction about Asia (Edited collection)

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:59am
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This volume will explore papers that are concerned with representations of Asia's past. We are interested in examining how frameworks from different disciplines can be used to assess the idea of an "imagined" Asia, and how we can explicate the intersections of history and fiction alongside the social, economic, cultural, and political exigencies of the region; for instance, how can we read Paul Theroux's Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong (1997) against the backdrop of the recent protests in Hong Kong? How do we interpret Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue (2004) alongside Singapore's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2015?

CFP: Affective Perspectives from East Asia Special Issue of Wenshan Review: Literature and Cultur Submission Deadline15 Oct 2015

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:18am
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Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
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Since the turn of the new millennium, affect studies has emerged as one of the most burgeoning fields within literary and cultural studies, a theoretical trend in the West which we now designate as "the affective turn."Over the years a myriad approaches to affect have appeared one after another, which helped contribute to a discursive heteroglossia in which its scope of influence and visibility proves increasingly vast. Some critics followed in the footsteps of queer theorist Eve Sedgwick's psychological model, a school which had played a key role in the institution of affect studies per se, whereas some insisted upon an intervention into affect's socio-political implications from the perspectives of cultural criticism or classical psychoanalysis.

[UPDATE] Expanding the Field: Rethinking Projective Verse and Mid-Century American Poetry

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 11:50pm
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The Charles Olson Society
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The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February 18-20, 2016. We are interested in abstracts pertaining to any aspect of mid-Century American poetics, but in particular those that build on and problematize the mechanics of projective verse. While "Projective Verse" has received ample treatment in studies concerning major poets like Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, other poets built on projective verse in their own ways, fashioning distinctive styles that, while tangentially related to projective verse, also created new poetic forms.

Hartford CT 3/17-3/20/2016 NeMLA Lacan and Literature Panel, abstracts by 9/302015

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 10:38pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Jacques Lacan refined and elaborated on the ideas of Freud. Freud liked to say he discovered the unconscious; Lacan liked to say that he discovered that the unconscious is structured like a language. Like Freud, Lacan found his own psychoanalytic thinking stimulated by reading literature. His seminar on "The Purloined Letter" by Poe is one lecture that comes to mind, but Lacan's later years were consumed by his exploration into the works of James Joyce. Papers are invited on any aspect of Lacan and Literature. Papers may be on specific literary figures like Poe and Joyce whose works Lacan explored, or consist of an in-depth analysis of Lacan's own writings and style.

REMINDER: edited volume: Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 9:47pm
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Adele Parker and Stephenie Young

Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational

If one measure of the term catastrophe lies in its power to subvert existing systems, we ask how this concept impacts certain memory-narratives produced by contemporary women writers and artists in the wake of human-made catastrophes in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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