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Midwest PCA-- Southern Lit and Culture

updated: 
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 4:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
Anne Canavan/ Midwest Popular Culture Association
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Call for Papers
The Southern Literature and Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held Oct. 6-9 at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare in Chicago, IL.
The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of Southern literature or popular culture. This includes works by southerners OR about the south. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:
- Literature (either Southern in setting, by author, or theme)
-Television (Justified, Southern reality television shows including Duck Dynasty, etc)
- Film and Theatre
- Religion and Pop Culture

[UPDATE] Chapter proposals for "Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment"

updated: 
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:27pm
full name / name of organization: 
Douglas Vakoch / California Institute of Integral Studies
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Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment, due by May 15, 2016. This volume will explore the intersection between transgender studies and ecology, with contributions from an international group of scholars representing a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to such fields as literary criticism, gender studies, environmental studies, history, philosophy, religious studies, women's studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and political science.

[UPDATE] Borders and Borderlands: Liminal Textualities in Contemporary Literature

updated: 
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:26am
full name / name of organization: 
York St John University

Borderlands are defined as being both 'an area of land close to a border between two countries' and 'an area between two qualities, ideas or subjects that has features of both but is not clearly one or the other' (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016). The significance of borders and borderlands has become particularly prevalent in contemporary society. Literature has always responded to the issues of its context of production such as Burke writing on the French Revolution up to and including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's 2013 novel Americanah addressing global concerns of nationality and migration.

(Update) Call for Abstracts for Critical Insights: Civil Rights

updated: 
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 3:22am
full name / name of organization: 
Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
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From its flawed notion of "separate but equal" to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based.

[UPDATE] Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature

updated: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:20am
full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)
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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Talks on any aspect of the session topic are welcome: models, tips, strategies for teaching literature at the college level (English, American, world, other). This is a fun panel with great energy and enthusiasm. Come share what's working in your classroom.

Please send a 250 word proposal and a brief bio by April 1 to Monica Hart at mhart@wtamu.edu.

Early Modern Women Writers

updated: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 10:49am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Michael Paraskos, Othello's Island (CVAR)
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Early Modern Women Writers (approx. 1550-1700)
at Othello's Island CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus
5 to 9 April 2017

Early Modern Women Writers is a semi-autonomous conference strand within the annual interdisciplinary conference on medieval, renaissance and early modern studies, held annually since 2013, in Cyprus, called Othello's Island.

As a whole, Othello's Island attracts approximately 100 delegates, whose topics include archaeology, art history, history, and literary studies, to name but a few. Since its inception a significant section of the conference has covered early modern women writers, such as Mary Wroth, Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish.

CFP: Science, Society & Civilisation

updated: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 11:47am
full name / name of organization: 
HARTS & Minds

This call for papers invites submissions from postgraduates, early career researchers and independent researchers on the subject of Science, Society and Civilisation for the eighth edition of HARTS & Minds, an online journal for researchers of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published in 2016.

MLA 2017 CFP: "Pound, H.D., and Bryher" (deadline 3/28/16)

updated: 
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 5:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
The Ezra Pound Society
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The Ezra Pound Society invites submissions for a guaranteed session, "Pound, H.D. and Bryher," at the Modern Language Assn. Convention, January 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Examinations of H.D.'s and Bryher's engagement/disengagement with Pound's aesthetics, literary works, and political activities throughout their careers. 250-word abstract and a brief bio. by 28 March 2016 to Demetres Tryphonopoulos (tryphonopoulosd@BrandonU.ca) and Sara Dunton (sara.dunton@unb.ca).

Please direct any preliminary questions to Sara Dunton. For more information about MLA 2017, here is the conference website:

[UPDATE]: Midwest Modern Language Association, Religion and Literature permanent section, November 10-13, 2016

updated: 
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 5:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association

In keeping with the conference theme "Border States," the Religion and Literature permanent section invites papers on writers and texts which challenge, question, or reimagine the borderlands between religion/spirituality and secular life. Papers might consider questions such as: How do race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality shape the religious imagination (or vice versa)? How do writers belonging to religious minorities address cultural hegemony? How do these writers counter the perceived threats they pose to the dominant social/political culture? How does a writer/character negotiate the relationship between aspects of her spiritual and secular lives? How do religious and spiritual concerns shape the formal choices that writers make?

Through a Glass Darkly: Utopia/Dystopia and the Avant-garde (Jacksonville, FL, November 4-6, 2016)

updated: 
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 9:21am
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Languages Association
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Marxist critics from Adorno to Fredric Jameson have emphasized the revolutionary potential of modernism in its effort to project viable alternatives to capitalism. Indeed, one of the central goals of avant-garde artistic production is the radical break from existing norms, with experimentation serving as a means of liberation from artistic values and institutions deemed both oppressive and outmoded. But it is also, to varying degrees, a rhetoric of reform.

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