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L.M. Montgomery and Gender

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 2:30pm
Laura Robinson/ L.M. Montgomery Institute

From Anne's initial iconic and heartrending cry in Anne of Green Gables—"You don't want me because I'm not a boy"—to the pressure on young men to join the war effort in Rilla of Ingleside, and from the houseful of supportive co-eds in Anne of the Island to the tyrannical grandmother in Jane of Lantern Hill, Lucy Maud Montgomery's work highlights gender roles: how formative and deterministic they seem, and yet mutable they may be. Much Montgomery criticism of the past several decades has regarded her work from a feminist and gender studies perspective. Given that Canada is fast approaching the centenary of women's suffrage in the province of Manitoba (1916) and nationally (1918), the twelfth biennial conference hosted by the L.M.

"HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE" MPCA/ACA Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 1-4, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 1:16pm
Jef Burnham, DePaul University

Deadline: April 30, 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

A Timely Look at Gertrude Stein Studies

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:57am
PAMLA Conference November 6-8, 2015 (Abstracts due May 15th)

This special session panel is devoted to exploring recent trends in Gertrude Stein studies, a particularly timely focus given the recent profusion of Stein scholarship. Scholarly and popular interest in Gertrude Stein has exploded in recent years, and in the past five years alone Stein studies has generated two successful international museum exhibits, several book-length scholarly studies, numerous scholarly articles, a forthcoming work devoted to teaching Stein, and several new editions of her work.

Midwest MLA 2015 (Columbus, OH) Special Session: Networks and U.S. Ethnic Literature

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 5:10am
Jeehyun Lim

This session explores the relationship between recent sociological discussions on networks and U.S. literature by writers of color. In The Rise of the Network Society, Manuell Castells argues that the last quarter of the twentieth century has seen a social evolution based on developments in computer-mediated communication. While network is certainly not a new term and different kinds of networks have been important in many societies over time, Castells sees networks enabled by micro-electronics based digital communication as playing a central role in social organization and social relations in the network society.

Cosmopolitanism/Women Writers/Biography

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:17am
University of Queensland

Studies of the global, the transnational, the cross-cultural and the postcolonial have (re-)emerged in recent years as part of a broader interest in the ways we speak to each other across and within boundaries of space and time. The term "cosmopolitan" is one that can be used to capture the divergent meanings raised by these in different contexts – "in its wide and wavering nets," Carol Breckenridge has argued, cosmopolitanism "catches something of our need to ground our sense of mutuality in conditions of mutability, and to learn to live tenaciously in terrains of historic and cultural transition" (Cosmopolitanism).

UPDATE 4th BAKEA Symposium 7-8-9 October 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 6:06pm
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium

BAKEA Symposium is open to all participants from the fields of English Language and Literature, American Culture and Literature, French and German Language and Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies.

[UPDATE] Jaws 40th Anniversary Symposium 17 June 2015. Deadline 31 March 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 5:12pm
Professor Ian Hunter, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited for a One-Day Symposium to mark the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg's JAWS.

The Symposium takes place on Wednesday 17 June 2015 from 10.00 - 6.00 in HA 0.08 at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

The Symposium is part of the Faculty of Technology Research Seminar Series and is hosted at the Leicester Media School by The Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and The Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Keynote speakers include Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University) and Nigel Morris (Lincoln University).

2015 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, Television Area — 10/1/15-10/4/15

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:07pm
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

2015 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference

October 1-4, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2015 conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

MMLA Illustrated Text Special Session: CFP Due April 5, 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:27am
Midwest Modern Language Association

Christopher Martiniano, Chair | Adam T Sonstegard, Secretary

The Illustrated Texts session welcomes papers as well as innovative or even illustrative presentations that interrogate the concept of illustration broadly construed. In addition to proposals that explore traditionally illustrated texts, this panel also invites proposals that question the illustrative nature of much of our own work. Does illustration "light up, clear up, or elucidate" our text as its etymology suggests or is it operating differently?

Blues, Jazz, and the African American Literary Canon

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:05am
SAMLA / November 13 - 15 2015 - Durham, NC

Houston Baker Jr. describes the American blues as the Derridean "always already" of African American culture. In Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature, Baker states, "They [blues] are the multiplex enabling script in which Afro-American cultural discourse is inscribed." The blues document the violent history and traumas endured while affirming the "somebodiness of black people" (James Cone).

[UPDATE] Journal Articles on Queerness in Media/Popular Culture

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:15am
Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture

REMINDER: The deadline to submit articles for possible publication in the premiere issue of this new academic journal is April 15, 2015.

Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture (Intellect Journals, ISSN 1234-5678) is a refereed academic journal devoted to the study of representations and expressions of queerness in its various forms. Its advisory board members include Michele Aaron, Harry M. Benshoff, Richard Dyer, Larry Gross, Jack Halberstam, Dana Heller, Kathryn Bond Stockton, and Denise Tse-Shang Tang.

AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS, 18-20 September 2015- cf. Call extended April 6th

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:13am
The Affect Project

DEADLINE EXTENDED- Call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference
Proposals Due: April 6th, 2015 12am.
https://affectproject.ca/index.php/home/events

AFFECT: MEMORY, AESTHETICS, AND ETHICS

With Keynote Speakers: Lauren Berlant, John T. Cacioppo and Ronald de Sousa

Featuring Special Seminars by: Amy Schmitter, Daniel M. Gross, Isobel Armstrong and Noreen Giffney

18-20 September 2015, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title)

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9:37pm
Tom Ue, Department of English, University College London

Heralded by The Telegraph as a 'global phenomenon,' BBC's Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful television series of all time. The global recognition of Sherlock, combined with the recent discovery of Arthur Berthelet's 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette in his only screen appearance as the famous sleuth, makes it especially timely for film scholars, students, and audiences to reassess the cultural legacy of Holmes onscreen. Forthcoming work by Hills (2016) and Poore (2016) argue strongly for Holmes as a continuing source of scholarly interest, spurring us to look at Holmes' filmic lives.

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