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[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: "HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE" MPCA/ACA Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 1-4, 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jef Burnham, DePaul University
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Extended Deadline: May 15, 2015
Submit to: Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in media
-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

[UPDATE} Extended Deadline - May 15: Area of Whedon Studies

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
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Topics include any aspect of Joss Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); his films (Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes); his comics (e.g. Serenity: Those Left Behind, Serenity: Better Days, The Shepherd's Tale, Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Sugarshock!, Tales of the Slayers , Tales of the Vampires, Angel: After the Fall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Season Nine, and Season Ten); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators (Marti Noxon, Tim Minear, David Fury, Jane Espenson, Jed and Zack Whedon, etc.).

VII International Gothic Literature Congress "Uncanny Transgressions"

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:40pm
full name / name of organization: 
International Gothic Congress
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During the last years, Gothic Literature has just begun to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond the barriers represented by time, culture, genre, and art modes.

Objective: After the great response received in the previous Gothic Congresses (2008 - 2014), our objective is to keep the rising interest in the Gothic among both students and scholars at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and other Mexican institutions. To achieve this, we propose to start from the study of the plural presence of the Gothic in various modes of art, as well as time and space contexts.

Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2015 CFP

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Shakespearean Performance Research Group, American Society for Theatre Research
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Abstract due date, May 31, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group

Conveners: Catherine Burriss (California State University, Channel Islands), Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland), Rob Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Don Weingust (Southern Utah University / Utah Shakespeare Festival), and W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University)

American Society for Theatre Research 2015 Conference
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
November 5-8, 2015

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

Call for Reviews: Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:32am
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Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture
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Call for Reviews

Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture seeks reviews of recent books, films, television series, musical recordings, theatrical performances, art exhibits and other media that make a queer contribution to media and popular culture and/or to academic scholarship on media and popular culture.

Reviews are accepted on an ongoing basis. The deadline for submission for the Fall 2015 issue is June 15, 2015.

If you have a work you would like reviewed, have a review to submit or would like to be added to our reviewer database, contact shelley.park@ucf.edu

Conference CFP: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND FREEDOM (April 22-23, 2016)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:25am
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LACK / COLORADO COLLEGE

The first biannual conference for LACK, a new organization devoted to the promotion and development of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, will be held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 22-23, 2016. This conference hopes to bring together those interested in exploring the philosophical, political, and cultural implications of psychoanalytic theory, especially as it relates to the question of freedom. Though practitioners are welcome, the focus of the conference is psychoanalytic theory rather than practice, and theoretical papers will be privileged.

Call for Papers. International Journal for Nurture in Education: Volume Two, Number One, 2016.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:05am
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International Journal for Nurture in Education
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Call for Papers. International Journal for Nurture in Education: Volume Two, Number One, 2016.

On behalf of the International Journal for Nurture in Education, the editorial committee is issuing a call for papers relating to nurturing schools and the wider application of nurturing principles in education. All papers will be peer reviewed. The Journal is of interest to educationalists and researchers in the field including psychologists, neuroscientists, special needs practitioners, school leaders, nurture practitioners, school improvement specialists, consultants and local authority officers.

MAY 15 DEADLINE: Women in the Global Eighteenth Century, November 5-6, 2015 Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 10:24am
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The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830

In The Global Eighteenth Century, Felicity Nussbaum and her contributors urged scholars to see the eighteenth century as "wide": a period with a geographical as well as temporal sweep. Such a perspective, Nussbaum contended, would require different, more complex narratives of the people, events, systems, and discourses of the age.

Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds -- Reviews

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 10:02am
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Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds
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Seeking reviewers for videogame/gaming-related academic books, websites, communities, and "popular" books, in addition to reviews of virtual environments and, of course, videogames (recent or older, single- or multiplayer, across all platforms).

From the journal's front matter: The Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds (ISSN: 1757191X / Online ISSN: 17571928) is a peer-refereed, international journal that focuses on theoretical and applied, empirical, critical, rhetorical, creative, economic, pedagogical and professional approaches to the study of electronic games across platforms and genres, as well as ludic and serious online environments such as massively multiplayer online role-playing games and Second Life.

[UPDATE]: Great Writing Creative Writing Conference (UK) June 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:29am
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Great Writing: International Creative Writing Conference - Imperial College, London

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Great Writing
International Creative Writing Conference (UK)

Imperial College, London
Saturday 20 June – Sunday 21 June 2015

Proposals are invited for the 18th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference. Creative or critical presentations are welcome.

In this, the 18th year of the conference, we look to celebrate creative writing in all its forms and to explore topics in creative writing teaching and learning.

Proposals are peer-reviewed. The conference also features the Annual New Writing International Creative Writing Lecture.

[UPDATE] [NEW EMAIL ADDRESS] CFP War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Queen's University Belfast

CFP 'War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture'

War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a three-day conference to be held on the 26th – 28th November 2015 in association with the School of English at Queen's University Belfast, exploring 'war and peace' in early modern Europe across literary and historical perspectives. Our aim is to engage with contemporary literary texts, historical analysis and more recent representations and appropriations of the period's numerous conflicts.

Victorian Brain - Submissions Welcome Until 15 August 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:17am
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Victorian Network

Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate and early career work across the broad field of Victorian Studies. We are delighted to announce that our eleventh issue (Winter 2015) will be guest edited by Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), on the theme of the Victorian Brain.

Interactions between Literature and Advertising

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 2:40am
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special issue of Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties: A Multilingual e-Journal of Literary Studies.

Advertising draws upon literary culture in many ways: it borrows quotations for its slogans, enlists the services of aspiring and established writers and, more in generally, it uses many stylistic and rhetorical practices from the literary toolbox to ensnare customers and consumers. Far from being a new development, these practices can be traced back to the nineteenth century. In literary criticism, however, this commercial borrowing of literature has not received a lot of attention. If the interactions between literature and advertising are studied at all, it is mostly with regard to the uses of advertising strategies and slogans in literary, especially modernist, texts.

Multimedia Faulkner at SAMLA 87 - Nov. 13-15, 2015 - Durham, NC

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:39pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association, William Faulkner Society

During his varied and prolific career, William Faulkner worked across diverse media. For SAMLA 87, this panel, co-sponsored by The Faulkner Society, seeks papers that address the multimedia influences of Faulkner in print, on film, and beyond. This panel invites new perspectives on William Faulkner, his work, and his influences from and on other media. Topics may include but are not limited to Faulkner and/on film; Faulkner and mass media; folk art and culture in Faulkner's work; musical and epic influences in and on Faulkner; and the continuing influences of Faulkner on high and low cultures around the world.

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