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Contemporary Poetics of Emergency- for "Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years Conference, April 9-10, 2016, the University at Buffalo

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Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 4:04pm
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Melissa Parrish/Rutgers University

Seeking papers for a seminar regarding the treatment of emergency, or crisis, in contemporary poetics, for "Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years Conference, April 9-10, 2016, to mark the program's 25th anniversary (conference description below). 5-7 page papers will be circulated in advance of the conference; there will be no formal presentations during the seminars, which will consist of discussion among participants. Potential topics may include war, empire, planetary crisis, apocalypse or end-times, and the temporality of emergency. Send 250-word abstract, and CV, to melissa.parrish@rutgers.edu by August 1, 2015.

"Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years" Conference, April 9-10, 2016

[UPDATE] SAMLA 87, 13-15 Nov. 2015--Shared Politics: Political Adaptations, Appropriations, and Influences

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:03pm
full name / name of organization: 
Phillip Zapkin
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This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.

Making Connections Special Issue: 50th Anniversary of the Selma March

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 4:34pm
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Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity
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Inspired by the 50th year anniversary marking the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery, the journal Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity invites submissions for a themed special issue on Race and 'Normalcy.'

"Race and 'Normalcy,'" builds on Dr. Martin Luther King's (1965) address at the conclusion of the march, in which he states:

Travel and Tourism Area of MAP/ACA Conference, Nov. 5-7, 2015

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 3:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Call for papers for the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference

Nov. 5-7, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

The Travel and Tourism area of MAPACA seeks papers that discuss and explore any aspect of travel and/or tourism. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to, the following:

- travel and gender/race/class
- personal travel narratives
- heritage tourism
- material culture and tourism

Please feel free to consider a wide range of materials, texts and experiences. Applicants may also propose 3-person panels and roundtables.

Students (both undergraduate and graduate) and independent scholars are encouraged to apply.

Update: "The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 6:00am
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Christopher Allen Varlack
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From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

Fairty Tale Sensibilities and Their Sustainability, SAMLA, 11/13/2015 - 11/15/2015

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kathy Whitaker/East Georgia State College
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It is a given that fairy tales are more than stories just for children. Their messages transcend age, culture, and generation. Broad classification of fairy tales and their elements, first by Antti Aarne and refined by Stith Thompson in the early twentieth century helps to point out these commonalities. While common elements help us to connect to the stories, we are impacted just as strongly by tales told through various art forms. From the opera to classical music to ballet, from painting to sculpture, to film and photography, the written words that create the fairy tales are brought to life through incorporating other senses of sight, hearing, and touch. An excellent example is the iconic bronze statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, England

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland

Confirmed speakers:

Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O'Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)

Dates: Fri.-Sat. 6-7 Nov. 2015

Sexual Violence on the Early Modern English Stage

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:42pm
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RSA Boston 2016
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This session seeks to explore the representation of sexual violence on the English stage as both a trope and as an articulation of early modern patriarchal systems of authority and governance. From the threatened rape of Mariana in Pericles to Heywood's Rape of Lucrece and Fletcher's Bonduca, sexual violence permeated the London stage. By considering the role of sexual violence within early modern theatrical culture, this session will investigate how anxieties regarding gender norms were literally performed, how individual playwrights resisted, complied with, or complicated prevailing notions of gendered behaviour, and how the threat of sexual violence functioned as a strategy of gendered governance in the period.

[UPDATE] "Collaboration & Betrayal" (Deadline: June 1, 2015)

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Durham, NC

In its aesthetic and political senses, "collaboration" has a twofold, seemingly contradictory meaning. On the one hand, collaboration names a creative and democratically communicative sharing between individuals, disciplines, traditions, etc. Yet, on the other hand, this positive sense is countered by negative connotations of traitorous and nefarious "collaborationism." While the positive sense of collaboration has found academic credibility in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary guises, the negative connotations of collaboration refer us to traditions of appropriation, marginalization, and usurpation.

"New Directions in Africana Literature" - Abstract Deadline 6/10/15 - SAMLA 87 Conference (November 13-15)

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 3:55pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association

"New Directions in Africana Literature"

This panel welcomes papers that explore the contours and contexts of contemporary Africana Literature. We invite presenters to consider potential new scholarly directions for emerging writers of African descent as well as established writers whose recent works address the imperatives of the current moment. We especially welcome papers that address the SAMLA 87 theme ("In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts"). Other themes that panelists might address in their work include, but are not limited to:

· Contemporary literary works that challenge or disrupt conventional understandings of form and/or genre

CALL FOR ARTICLES ON RADICALISM

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 2:54pm
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JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism
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JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—a print academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our tenth year of issues.

Our next thematic issue is on literature and radicalism. We are interested in the ways radical groups, individuals, or movements appear in fiction or poetry. We are interested in radicalism across the political spectrum (or perhaps even off the conventional spectrum, as the case may be).

We are very much interested in articles for a coming issue (or issues) devoted to anarchism and contemporary variants of anarchism or putative anarchism of the right as well as of the left—and, of course, anarchism without any clear conventional political alignments.

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