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Call for Papers: Christianity and Literature

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:46am
Master Instructor Garnet Branch University of Louisiana Lafayette

The Christianity and Literature Session welcomes papers that address the presence of the Christian faith in literature across genres. Papers and presentations may concern courses successfully taught, analysis of literature, historical themes, etc.
Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words to
Ms Garnet Branch @ glb1176@louisiana.edu by August 1, 2015.

The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:58am
The Open University

The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary
British-Jewish Culture

One-Day Conference, Thursday 23 July
Open University Regional Centre, Camden, London

The conference is hosted and funded by the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group of the Open University, with additional support from the British Jewish Contemporary Culture research network, Bangor University and the University of Winchester.

CORRECTED CFP: Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:51am
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum

CORRECTED CFP: Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices
**CORRECTION: This conference is open to scholars at ALL levels and from ALL disciplines. This conference is NOT limited to graduate students, though graduate students are more than welcome!
lemoyne.edu/slsr
October 1-3, 2015
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, co-sponsored by Hamilton College and Syracuse University

Deadline for proposals: April 1, 2015

[UPDATE] "A Local Habitation and A Name": Locality and the English Theatre

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:39am
Elizabeth E. Tavares / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paper abstract deadline extended to 10 March!

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"A Local Habitation and A Name": Locality and the English Theatre
A Graduate Student Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ACES Library
24-25 April 2015
Keynote Speaker: Erika T. Lin (George Mason University)

Diplomacy and Letters: The Role of Literary Ambassadors

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:28am
MLA Austin 2016

What is the role of diplomats as writers? And conversely, what is the role of the writer, when he or she has been 'appropriated' by the State?
This MLA session aims to investigate the literary and extra-literary practices which have played a crucial part in politics and negotiations, whether that be in the 20th-21st century or much earlier, medieval to fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.

HKU Film Symposium, May 30-31: Chinese Filmmakers in the United States

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 8:56am
Tim Gruenewald, The University of Hong Kong

HKU American Studies Symposium May 30-31, 2015
East Goes West – Chinese Filmmakers in the United States

Like many successful filmmakers from Greater China, King Hu was drawn to the United States. He spent much of the last years of his life in the United States working on several film projects. None of his projects made it beyond pre-production and he died without realizing his dream to produce an American film.

UPDATE: Utopia & the End of the City 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle UK

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:51am
Utopian Studies Society (Europe)

Call for proposals: Utopia and the end of the city
FINAL DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 15 March 2015

16th Annual International Conference of the European Utopian Studies Society, 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle University, UK.

http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/utopianstudies/

Confirmed plenary speakers include Annette Giesecke (Delaware), Ruth Levitas (Bristol) and Mark Shucksmith (Newcastle).
"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).

Due to the high volume of interest we are extending the proposal deadline to 15 March.

Call for book chapters: Anti-Portraits: beyond likeness and identity

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:21am
Fiona Johnstone & Kirstie Imber, Birkbeck, University of London

Chapter proposals are invited for a new volume on Anti-Portraits: portraiture beyond likeness and identity (I.B. Tauris).

Interested authors should send a 200-300 word abstract and brief biography to the editors (theantiportrait@gmail.com) by 27th March 2015. If we accept your abstract, you will then be invited to submit a draft of your proposed chapter, which will be sent out for peer review. First drafts of chapters will be due by 1st July 2015, and final drafts by 1st October.

Stand Your Ground: Incarcerations, Lynchings, and Executions - CFP for Edited Collection

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 2:38am
Chris Vanderwees and Percy Walton

With 5% of the world's population, the U.S. comprises 25% of the world's prison population, or 724 prisoners per 100,000 people (Pleases, Vicky, BBC News, March 8, 2013); it is not surprising, therefore, that many American Studies scholars see the U.S. as a police state. In addition, the "Stand Your Ground" laws, in one form or another, have been implemented in 46 states. Since the perpetrators under these "self-defence rulings" tend to be White men, and the victims young black men, Stand Your Ground laws, in effect, allow for a new form of lynching.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Beyond Fin-de-Siècle Europe: New Geographies of Decadence

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 6:28pm
MLA 2016

While the literature of decadence often emphasizes the imaginative transgression of borders of all kinds, studies of literary decadence often remain strictly bound by the borders of Europe. Moreover, publishing programs dedicated to anthologizing decadent literature routinely reinforce national paradigms, marketing themselves as collections of the decadent literature of France, England, or Germany, for example. While various studies examine decadent literature's complex temporalities, these studies also focus largely on the usual fin-de-siècle suspects and their immediate predecessors or modernist successors.

Representations of Cruel Children in Popular Texts

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 5:38pm
Monica Flegel and Chris Parkes

The Representation of Cruel Children in Popular Texts
Ed. Monica Flegel and Christopher Parkes

Much has been written about the subject of cruelty against children, but this volume of collected essays seeks to focus critical attention instead on the representation of the cruel child. As a cultural sign, the cruel child lies at the nexus of many different and competing discourses that construct the child and childhood. By examining the cruel child in many kinds of popular texts we can sharpen our understanding of the changing nature of the representation of the child.

CFP: Friendship in the Writing of Early Modern Women - SSEMW panel at the SCSC (Vancouver, BC, October 22-25, 2015)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 4:31pm
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women / Sixteenth Century Studies Conference

This panel seeks papers relating to the construction of friendship in early modern women's writing for a session at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (Vancouver, BC, October 22-25, 2015) to be sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Paper topics might include (though are certainly not limited to) literary representations of friendship; women's epistolary rhetoric; gift exchange between friends; patronage and friendship; networks or communities of female friendship; literary coteries; expectations surrounding women's and men's friendships in the period; notions of privacy and/or publicity in the expression of friendship.

3rd EMF, Eurasian Multidisciplinary FORUM, 19-21 October, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:46pm
The European Scientific Institute (ESI)

All accepted papers will be published after the conference as a conference proceedings with an ISBN number. The author will be sent a printed copy of the publication and a printed certificate after the conference finishes. The papers will be also published in a special edition in of one of the largest interdisciplinary journals in Europe, the European Scientific Journal (ESJ).

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