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MLA 2016, Austin | The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI, 1916-2016

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:22am
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Modern Language Association 2016 Convention
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Even after 100 years, debate continues over the meaning, consequences and legacy of the Somme Offensive of 1916.

The traditional view of it is that it was a catastrophe and a failure, but recent works by historians like Gary Sheffield and William Philpott have challenged this view and promoted alternate understandings of the campaign.

Papers should examine literary engagements with the Somme Offensive of 1916, with its legacy, or with its impact on writing about the First World War or war more generally. A 350-word abstract and a 50-word bio should be submitted by March 15, 2015; please send to Nicholas Milne-Walasek at nmiln013@uottawa.ca.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Transnationalizing the Public Sphere

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 1:12pm
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MLA 2016
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Nancy Fraser has written that, from the perspective of critical theory, "it is by no means clear what it means today to speak of 'transnational public spheres." This special session responds to the 2016 presidential theme, and asks what "the public sphere" means for an age of globalization. How does contemporary literature contribute to public sphere theories that overspill the imagined and material borders of the nation-state? What kinds of publics do these texts address and envision? And how do these texts modify the language of deliberative democracy to incorporate multi-state political bodies?

Re-Approaching the Survey Course

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:35pm
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Gwynn A. Dujardin
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Proposals invited for MLA roundtable session (Austin, TX; January 2016) on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. Papers may encompass the practical (e.g., syllabus design, teaching strategies, assignments/assessment), the institutional (i.e., ways of introducing curricular innovation), and/or the theoretical (i.e., on place of the survey course in our curricula and the discipline). 250-page abstracts and brief CV to dujardin@queensu.ca by March 15.

Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures Conference, June 5-6, 2015 at ELTE, Budapest, Hungary

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:29am
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Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures Conference
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The Narratives of Culture and Identity Research Group invites you to participate in its conference Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures on June 5-6, 2015 at ELTE, School of English and American Studies.

This English-language conference brings together MA and PhD students, scholars and researchers, all dedicated to the study of gender representation in various disciplines.
We are looking for contributions that innovatively engage with issues of gender representation and the perception of gender roles in a cross-cultural perspective. Multi- and interdisciplinary approaches that successfully combine text-based, theoretical and/or visual approaches are especially welcome.

CFP: Teaching Languages and Cultures Through Film - Nov. 6-8 2015 - Portland/Oregon

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:54am
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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Please consider and feel free to disseminate the following "Call for Papers" for the upcoming PAMLA Conference (Portland, Oregon Nov. 6-8, 2015). The deadline is May 1st. Please go to http://www.pamla.org/2015/topic-areas for instructions on how to submit your proposal online. The session is open to all Modern Languages and cultures including Arabic, Chinese and ESL.

Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:27am
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English Graduate Organization- University of North Florida
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The theme "Literature and Its Publics" invites us to consider the face of all of our objects of attention—not only literature and other kinds of texts but film, digital media, and rhetoric—and to consider our indispensable role in bringing texts and their audiences together. Papers and presentations might reflect on the current public status of literature and other kinds of texts in our society; address the nature of public reception according to period, genre, author, or otherwise; or imagine different futures.

[UPDATE] Occupations - Excursions Journal (extended deadline: 18 March 2015)

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 4:19am
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Excursions Journal

We have extended the deadline for submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Occupations' - the new deadline for submissions is 18th March 2015.

Details can be found below. This information is also available at http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/index.php/excursions/pages/view/cfp

EXCURSIONS JOURNAL 6:1
Call for Papers: 'Occupations'
Extended Deadline: 18th March 2015

Language Centers and Specialization(s)

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 3:38am
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RANACLES

Call for papers

23rd RANACLES Conference

"Language Centers and Specialization(s)"

University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, France

November 26-28, 2015

Since the 1999 Bologna Process and the implementing of the LMD reform in 2002 in France, Higher Education institutions, and especially universities, have undergone major transformations. Today, almost every student has language courses in his/her curriculum, even in Humanities universities where the sector of languages for students specialized in other fields than languages (LANSAD acronym in French) was structured quite late because of the historical presence of degrees in Languages Studies and Philology (for those students specializing in languages).

Egypt in/and Literature

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:06pm
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Rocky Mountain MLA
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In Fall 2014 we initiated a new panel entitled "Egypt in/and Literature" in the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. It was a success and we are planning on holding it for the Fall 2015 convention. The conference will be held in Santa Fe, New mexico state between 8th-10th October 2015.
This is definitely a good chance to participate in international academic dialogue. Good papers stand a good chance of being nominated for publication in the RMMLA convention journal and might be published. Here is the conference webpage
http://rmmla.innoved.org/call/default.asp

Reading Over Time (MLA 2016, Austin 01/07-01/10; deadline 3/15/15)

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 8:30pm
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Peter Rabinowitz and Cynthia Port / MLA 2016

"No story is the same to us after a lapse of time," George Eliot writes in Adam Bede, "or rather, we who read it are no longer the same interpreters." For a proposed MLA 2016 special session, we seek papers on reencountering texts at different moments in the life course. Given debates about the perception of "late style" in the work of artists and writers nearing the end of their lives, might there be cause to postulate a "late" (or "early") style among readers or viewers? What differences emerge with age and experience? How do political and cultural developments, shifts in aesthetic fashion, emerging critical perspectives, technological innovations, or the vicissitudes of personal history contribute to the renewal of a text over time?

[MLA 2016: Special Session] Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:50pm
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Kenneth Pinion/North Carolina State University
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Please consider submitting a 300-word abstract to this CFP for the 2016 MLA convention in Austin, TX, being held on January 7-10.

Archiving HIV/AIDS in Film and Literature.

Efforts to construct the historiography of HIV/AIDS simultaneously mutate our own perceptions. This panel seeks papers that discuss how archiving the HIV epidemic shapes our relationships to the disease. Paper topics might include: the collection, preservation, and discovery of HIV-related materials; how those collections shape our understanding of HIV/AIDS; literary or filmic representations of HIV/AIDS as they pertain to theories of the "archive"; HIV/AIDS and queer embodiment; screen memory and the HIV epidemic; and so forth.

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