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Sea Narratives: call for essay contributions

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:46am
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University of Warwick

Set in the wider context of a turn towards space and mobility, studies of the sea have come to take increasing prominence in the humanities and social sciences. This volume seeks to establish an interdisciplinary exchange on the theme of 'sea narratives', looking at how the sea has figured as an important site in different cultural and geographical contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:26pm
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Laura Dubek
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Fifty years after the March on Washington, students of American history, literature, and media studies learn about the civil rights movement from (auto)biographies of movement leaders, archival footage of major events, narrative and oral history presented in documentaries such as Eyes on the Prize (PBS), civil rights museums and special exhibits, annual commemorations, and retrospective analyses provided by critical race scholars in response to contemporary events. This edited collection will explore how poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, and filmmakers—at the time and since—have contributed to our understanding of the civil rights movement and its legacy.

The Provocateur - May 23, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:32pm
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Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing

Double Helix invites submissions for The Provocateur section of its next issue, "Critical Thinking and Writing in the STEM Disciplines." Of potentially any length and/or form, The Provocateur focuses on disrupting scholarly, institutional, and pedagogical conventions. How might scientific and mathematical lessons, theories, concepts, problems, questions, etc. be re-imagined or -configured? The pedagogical function of these pieces might be in how innovative writing can defamiliarize science, technology, engineering, or mathematics in order to prompt new ways of thinking about them.

Announcing Reconstruction 14.1 The Undead Arcade

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 1:40pm
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Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Issue 14.1 The Undead Arcade
Featuring original artwork by Amanda Lee Stillwell
Introduction to the issue by Carly A. Kocurek and Sam Tobin
Articles
The Midway in the Museum: Arcades, Art, and the Challenge of Displaying Play, by Jennifer deWinter
Innovation, Imitation, and the Continued Importance of Vintage Video Games, by Brendan Gaughen
The Intertextual Arcade: tracing histories of arcade clones in 1980s Britain, by Alison Gazzard
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Casual Gamer: Pastiched Chip Music and Cultural Identity, by Megan McKittrick
Interview

MSA16: Modernism and Found Objects, (6-9 November 2014), Due April 30th

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:48am
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Modernist Studies Association: MSA16 Pittsburgh

Found objects are a major feature of modernist art, whether the plastic arts or urban narratives. Object-centered considerations of literary modernism vary from the placement of materials within texts (as with the poetry of Marianne Moore) to the detournement of objects by the later avant-gardes (such as the Situationists) What does the modernist fascination with mundane objects tell us about the affect of the collector, or the artist, or modernist affect more generally? What does the representation of lost and found objects, souvenirs, curios, and window displays disclose about modernism? What do these narratives suggest about the perceived role of the modern metropolis in reproducing capitalism?

Networks of Modernism MSA 16 Pittsburgh Nov 6-9 [UPDATE]

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:49pm
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Matthew N. Hannah / University of Oregon
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In his essay "What is a City?" (1937) Lewis Mumford describes the metropolis as "a related collection of primary groups and purposive associations" (93). His account of the city parallels twentieth-century conceptions of modernity as a vast grid of interconnected individuals. As the nineteenth century transitioned to the twentieth, populations increasingly congregated in massive metropolitan hubs that organized disparate individuals into a loosely constructed unity. For many, the city began to exemplify this vision of individual collectivity, all lines joining to a hub.

Environment in English Romantic Writing Chapter Proposals

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:27pm
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Lorna Fitzsimmons
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This announcement is a call for chapter proposals for a collection on representations of the environment in English Romantic writing. Proposals are 600 w plus a bibliography, due by August 15 2014. Chapters will be 6000w, due by January 5 2015. Please email lfitzsimmons@csudh.edu with initial statement of interest.

Lorna Fitzsimmons is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles. She is the editor or co-editor of ten books, including Identities in Early Modern English Writing (Brepols, forthcoming).

CPF PAMLA Conference, 2014 Special Session: "That Old Black Magic": Temporality of Magic

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:19pm
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Sören Fröhlich / University of California, San Diego
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Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.

UPDATED DEADLINE: Expense and Expendability - June 20-21, 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:38pm
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Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference

2014 Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference – June 20-21, 2014

"Expense & Expendability"

Keynote: TBA

To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other.
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Written Song and Performed Text Conference Panel (Deadline June 17, 2014)

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:12pm
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Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVIII at UVA-Wise

This panel centers on the subject of orality and the written record in the realm of music. The organizers are particularly interested in the history of rimur, an Icelandic song tradition which appeared in manuscripts beginning in the 14th century and survived long enough to be recorded in 20th-century performance. However, abstracts are welcome on any aspect of orality and literacy in relation to medieval and early modern music.

Abstracts for papers should be 250 words or fewer.

Deadline for submissions is June 17, 2014.

The Medieval-Renaissance Conference takes place at UVA-Wise, Sept. 25-27, 2014.

'Conversations with Tradition' conference

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:56pm
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Modern Horizons

Conversations with Tradition

In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'

APPROACHES TO TEACHING LITERATURE AND ENGLISH IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, 30 April 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:01am
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Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.

Raymond Carver's Life, Legacy, and Works 13/11-16/11/2014 MMLA

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:47am
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International Raymond Carver Society

Call for Papers:
Raymond Carver's Life, Legacy, and Works
2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
Detroit, November 13-16, 2014
Panel hosted by the International Raymond Carver Society (IRCS)

The IRCS regularly hosts panels at the MMLA.
The IRCS invites proposals for 20-minute talks on any aspect of Raymond Carver's life, legacy, and works. 
Please send a 250-300 word abstract and a 100-word biosketch to:

ircs AT internationalraymondcarversociety.org

No later than May 15, 2014

UPDATE: The Future for Honors - 5/1/2014 (9/26/2014 - 9/27/2014)

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 8:24pm
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The Honors College, Oakland University, MI
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Call for Papers

The Future for Honors
26 – 27 September 2014

to be held at:

The Honors College
Oakland University
Rochester MI 48309

What is the future of the Honors College in higher education?

How distinctive is honors education in today's universities, and how might it be so in the future?

How can honors programs/colleges meet the challenges in higher education over the next 10, 20, 30 years?

Who are honors college graduates and what does this mean for honors education in the future?

How does honors in the USA relate to developments in supporting excellence in undergraduate education around the world?

The Literary Canon and Sociohistorical Performances

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 5:34pm
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SAMLA 86: Humanities and Sustainability Nov. 7 - 9 2014 Atlanta, GA
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Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.

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