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The Good Life is Out There Somewhere: Uncovering Utopia in the Nineteenth Century Canon

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:41pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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Though neither Mr. Thornton nor Mr. Bell evoke "Utopia" flatteringly in Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South, each mention of the term situates the concept of utopianism at the center of the novel's labour dispute and makes the reader wonder if Margaret Hale might not be a utopian heroine. Not considered a utopic text, North & South nevertheless engages itself in a conversation about utopianism (and dystopianism). This panel seeks papers re-reading non-utopic texts (or authors) from the nineteenth century as utopic. By June 1st, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dan Abitz, Georgia State University, dabitz1@gsu.edu.

[UPDATE-New conference date] The English Language Conference: "First Contact"

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:57am
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California State University Dominguez Hills English Graduate Association
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The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.

"Works in Progress" postgraduate conference, Thursday 7th July

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 7:35am
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GradCATS / De Montfort University
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CFP: Works in Progress

All texts and artworks will have at one stage been a work in progress, despite the tendency to value them as cultural artefacts once they are deemed finished and made available for consumption. Redrafting and editing are processes which strive towards a "final" product, meaning their publication often results in the loss or occlusion of multiple ancillary versions. Such materials are important to our understanding of how texts and works are shaped and reshaped, and by whom.

CFP East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:59am
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East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
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The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is seeking submission for edition 3:1 (April 2017).

We are interested in papers between 6-8000 words that examine any aspect of East Asian Popular Culture (see below).

Submission details can be found here: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=238/
or email us at eajpopculture@gmail.com

Religion in American Literature Panel (11/11-11/13, 2016); Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association; Pasadena, CA;

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 11:18pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association; Pasadena, CA
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Special Panel: Religion in American Literature
2016 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Pasadena, CA; 11/11-11/13, 2016

This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between secularity and literary development in the United States. Some of the questions we will consider are: How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized faith and experienced transcendence? How did it influence the way they responded to suffering? How did they express the tension of living within a secular age? What are the expressions of transcendence within secular culture?

Literature, Landscape and the Environment: Special Issue

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 5:35pm
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English: The Journal of the English Association

English: The Journal of the English Association invites contributions to a special issue on literature, landscape and the environment.

In the years since the publication of seminal texts such as Carson's Silent Spring, and with environmental concerns never more pressing, ecocriticism has become firmly established in literary studies as a way to think about the challenges facing writers and their readers. Moreover, literary critical engagement with the environment has been enriched in recent years through intersectional work with fields as diverse as disability studies, spatial studies, gender theory, and post-humanism.

Early Modern Trauma

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 3:12pm
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Dr Erin Peters, University of Gloucestershire
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The present-day term 'trauma' refers to a wound or a paradigmatic disruption that disorients an individual or a community with overwhelming fear and suffering. The term "trauma" certainly has modern-day connotations, most commonly associated with WW1 and Freud, and trauma theory has been heavily shaped by responses to modern catastrophes. Indeed, trauma is often seen as inherently linked to modernity. However, psychological trauma as a result of distressing or disturbing experiences is a human phenomenon that has been recorded across time and cultures as far back as records of warfare and disaster exist.

Royal Spanish Academy: CILE Conference (Puerto Rico March 15-18, 2016)

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:54pm
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Real Academia Española & Instituto Cervantes
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JEAN-MARIE LE CLÉZIO, GIANNINA BRASCHI, LUIS RAFAEL SANCHEZ, and EDMUNDO PAZ SOLDAN are among the featured speakers of the 7th International Conference on Spanish Language to be held March 15-March 18th, 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The central theme of the conference will be "Spanish Language and Creativity." The event will be dedicated to the poets Luis Palés Matos, Pedro Salinas, and Rubén Darío, and it will also be used as an opportunity to pay tribute to the Cervantes Institute on the 25th anniversary of its creation.

Artworks 2015 : Poems, Artworks (Photos, Paintings and Drawings) Invited for Harvests of New Millennium, 2016 Issue

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:25pm
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Cyberwit.net
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The mission of Cyberwit is to encourage and promote the visual arts and poetry. Cyberwit's Harvests of New Millennium will be divided into three sections: (1) Photos, Paintings and Drawings, (2) Poetry and (3) Biography of Contributing Artists. The Journal will feature poems and artworks by the artists from all over the world. The poems and artwork selected for Harvests of New Millennium will surely compel our admiration.

Guidelines For Contributors:

Harvests of New Millennium is published in January annually.

Poems may be submitted by all poets, whether first-time or published poets. The poems (maximum 35 lines), must be in English. Poems with a special layout should be sent by email as an attachment using Microsoft Word.

Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Mothering and Travel

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 3:27am
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Demeter Press

CALL FOR PAPERS

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Mothering and Travel

Editors: Charlotte Beyer, Janet MacLennan, Dorsía Smith Silva, and Marjorie Tesser

Deadline for Abstracts: April 30, 2016

[UPDATE] Georgia Philological Association: May 20, 2016 Conference and Call for Papers

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:06pm
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Georgia Philological Association (GPA)
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The eleventh annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Middle Georgia State University Conference Center at 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia on Friday, May 20, 2016. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussion topics, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to American, British, French, Hispanic, Russian, German, or Slavic literature or language, as well as composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes (approximately eight double-spaced typed pages).

(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Proposal Deadline March 15, 2016

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:01pm
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University of California, Merced Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group

(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Third Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference

Keynote Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis

Presented by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Students, Graduate Division, and the Center for the Humanities of the University of California, Merced

University of California, Merced

Saturday, April 23, 2016

UPDATE: Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/25

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:30am
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Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language
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This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 25, 2016.

UPDATE: Abstract deadline extended to 2/25/16.

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