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The End of Nostalgia: Music in Mad Men; Nov 13-15: SAMLA Conference, Durham, North Carolina

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 1:13pm
Anthony Dotterman/Adelphi University

Peggy Lee's version of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's song "Is that All There Is?" features prominently in the first episode of season 7b of Mad Men. Indeed, the song alludes to the existential crisis of Don Draper (whose acquired wealth and success in the ad agency business have given way to emotional ennui) and the larger disappointment in the American political and cultural optimism of the 1960s. In short, Peggy Lee's song functions as a modern version of the Greek chorus in the episode as the viewer is impelled to contemplate the changing mood of society through the episode's chosen soundtrack. As a disciple of David Chase, who used popular music prominently in The Sopranos, Weiner's use of music in storytelling is perhaps unsurprising.

Mary Elizabeth Braddon Panel at Victorians Institute

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 12:20pm
MAry Elizabeth BRaddon Association/ Victorians Institute

Mary Elizabeth Braddon Special Authors Panel at
OCTOBER 2 – 3, 2015

Irish Celebrity, Distinction, and Reputation

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 11:46am
New England American Conference for Irish Studies (NEACIS)

Celebrity, Distinction, and Reputation

The 2015 NEACIS (New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies) meeting will be held at the University of New Haven on November 20-21. We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels focusing on all aspects of Irish Studies. Graduate students are encouraged to participate. Especially welcome are papers that address the conference theme of "Celebrity, Distinction, and Reputation."

[UPDATE] Toy Story at 20 conference

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:24am
University of Sunderland

Toy Story at 20
University of Sunderland and Tyneside Cinema
Thursday 12 November to Friday 13 November 2015

**REVISED** Call for Papers
Extended submission deadline: 1 June 2015

Adaptations and the Metropolis: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Senate House, London, 24-25 Sep

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 6:37am
Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Adaptations and the Metropolis: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Senate House, London, 24-25 September, 2015


The Association of Adaptation Studies invite proposals for papers for the 10th Annual Conference in London on 24-25 September, 2015, organised with the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Confirmed speakers are: Andrew Davies, screenwriter and patron of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Jonathan Powell, former Head of BBC Drama and Controllor of BBC1, now Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University, and Professor Graham Holderness, critic, novelist, poet and dramatist.

International Conference on Ecopoetics "Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth" - June 22nd - 25th 2016

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 5:41am
CRESEM - University of Perpignan Via Domitia (France)

University of Perpignan Via Domitia, France

June 22nd-25th 2016

Guest Writers

Linda Hogan

Other writers to be confirmed

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Joni Adamson, Arizona State University

François Gavillon, Université de Brest

Yves-Charles Grandjeat, Université de Bordeaux

Wendy Harding, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès

Scott Slovic, University of Idaho

[FINAL CFP: DEADLINE 29TH MAY] Fantasy/Animation: A Conference on Media, Medium and Genre

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 5:09am
King's College London

Fantasy/Animation: A Conference on Media, Medium and Genre / Follow us on Twitter: @fananim2015

Friday 4th September 2015, King's College London, Strand Campus
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 29th May 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Paul Wells (Loughborough University)
Dr James Walters (University of Birmingham)

Special Issue of Wenshan Review: "Affective Perspectives from East Asia," deadline: 15 October 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:37am
Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

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 the an intervention into affect's socio-political implications from the perspectives of cultural criticism or classical psychoanalysis.

CFP: International Research in Education

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:59pm
International Research in Education

International Research in Education is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, and scholarly journal. The journal publishes high quality, original works in education. The scopes include, but are not limited to, the following topics: early childhood education; higher education; vocational education; distance education; special education; educational technology, psychology, administration, evaluation; teaching and learning.

Call for Papers: Indigenous Modernities - Deadline 15 July 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:04pm
AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Call for Papers: Indigenous Modernities

Deadline: 15 July 2015

Indigenous societies around the world are reimagining themselves, foregrounding elements of historic and/or traditional cultures and emphasizing their 'indigeneity'. Within the context of Western modernities and urbanization, indigenous identities are being renewed or reconstructed and new conceptions of the indigenous self are emerging.

RSA 2016 Panel: Receptions of Classical Texts on the Early Modern English Stage

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 3:54pm
Benjamin Beier / Washburn University

Generations of scholars have worked to uncover the presence of classical sources in early modern English drama. And Shakespeare studies, in particular, has labored to undo the impression that Shakespeare had 'small Latin and less Greek.' Recent work not only has revealed classical antecedents, but also has argued about the function of such sources within plays. This panel seeks papers that add to our understanding of the role of classical texts on the early modern stage. For example, are there instances in which the function of classical texts has been misunderstood by critics? In what ways did early modern playwrights productively misunderstand sources?

Transgender Spectrum Conference, Nov. 6-7, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 2:13pm
Gender Studies Program

This interdisciplinary transgender/gender variant conference is co-sponsored by university and community based entities. We invite scholars, professionals, students, and community members to participate. If you would like to present, please submit the following information to by midnight, June 1, 2015:
• title and abstract (50-100 words)
• author name, institution/organization affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, e-mail address, phone number)
• format (25 or 50 minute paper, workshop, roundtable, or poster)
• thematic area (listed below)

Victorian Work and Labor 10/2, 10/3 - UPDATE

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 1:56pm
Victorians Institute

OCTOBER 2 – 3, 2015

Author of "X-treme Domesticity: Desperate Housekeeping from Robinson Crusoe to Martha Stewart"
(forthcoming from Columbia UP)

Undergrad Refereed E-Journal Needs Reviewers

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:58am
Queen City Writers, University of Cincinnati

Queen City Writers is a refereed journal that publishes essays and multimedia work by undergraduate students affiliated with any post-secondary institution. We seek faculty reviewers to complement our current staff. Graduate students, contingent faculty, and tenured faculty are welcome.

Reviewers for our journal need two characteristics: 1. A commitment to undergraduate writing, digital composing, and publication; 2. A professionalism that means submitting thorough reviews that meet our journal's guidelines by deadlines. We ask that our reviewers offer rigorous feedback aimed at facilitating publication-quality work, but also show sensitivity and an encouraging attitude toward undergraduate (and inexperienced) writers.