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Canadian Writers' Summit/CCWWP Toronto, June 15-19, 2016/ deadline Nov 2/15

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:32am
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Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs
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See our Call for Papers/Panels online http://www.ccwwp.ca/conference/2016/cfp

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) seeks proposals for panel discussions, forums, readings, presentations, and papers, about:

the art of writing
the pedagogy of teaching writing
the business of writing and publishing
educational and community programs for writers
elements of craft and criticism

William Gilmore Simms Society Biennial Conference [Simms and the City], September 22-24, 2016

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:52am
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William Gilmore Simms Society

The William Gilmore Simms Society invites all interested scholars to a conference exploring the future of Simms studies and the literature and intellectual history of the nineteenth-century American South. The conference will be held September 22-24, 2016 on the campus of Clayton State College in Atlanta, GA.

Acceleration Toward Post-Human, Post-Antropocene, 47th NeMLA conference, March 17-20, 2016

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:33am
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47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), March 17-20, 2016; Hartford, CT; Host Institution: University of Connecticut
Panel title: Acceleration Toward Post-Human, Post-Antropocene
Panel chair: Dr. Milena Popov (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY)
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Making Meaning: Discourses of Identity, Power, and Access

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:30am
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Language and Rhetorical Studies, University of Michigan

Making Meaning: Discourses of Identity, Power, and Access
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Hosted by Language and Rhetorical Studies

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

November 13-14th, 2015

Featured Speaker:
Suresh Canagarajah
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor, Departments of Applied Linguistics and English, Pennsylvania State University

ACLA 2016 Harvard: Early Modern Materiality

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:02am
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Erika Boeckeler
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How do literary forms influence material forms, and how do material forms influence literary forms? This delicious chiasmus foregrounds our inquiry into how writing and its media collide in such a way as to alter them both. Early modern readers and non-readers encountered writing and its products ever more frequently, with new reading publics and a printing press that augmented a sensitivity to writing by increasing the number of letters in the world. The same might be said for objects, with a flood of new, exotic products entering England in this age of exploration. Paper, and especially books, are not the most obvious writing surfaces to early moderns.

Shakespeare

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:52am
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Shakespeare's Italy (NeMLA 2016; abstract due Sept. 30)

This panel seeks participants interested in exploring the complex and multi-faceted relationship between Shakespeare and Italy. Key areas of focus will be, among other things, the impact of the Italian Renaissance on England; early modern English translations of Italian works; Shakespeare's use of Italian texts for both direct source and indirect inspiration; Italian settings and characters in Shakespeare's plays; the influence of Italian genres, such as tragicomedy, in Shakespeare's drama; early modern English attitudes towards Italy in general and certain Italians (such as Machiavelli) in particular; and later Italian adaptations of Shakespeare, particularly for the opera and for the cinema.

[UPDATE] Special Issue: Christianity in Contemporary Native America

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:50am
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Editors: Kimberly G. Weser (University of Oklahoma) and Rachel R. Luckenbill (Duquesne University)
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Contemporary perspectives on Christianity's role in American Indian communities are diverse and often ambiguous, partly due to this religion's involvement in colonization. While some grassroots traditionalists and many in the activist and academic communities frequently reject Christianity for its role in dismantling American Indian traditions and identities, the past is complex, and the American Indian Christian community is strong and growing. The last two decades have seen its resurgence. Recent works such as Mona Susan Power's Sacred Wilderness Sterlin Harjo's This May Be the Last Time, and The Cherokee Hymnbook: New Edition for Everyone reflect ongoing practices of Christianity in Indian Country today.

Paris on Film (NeMLA 2016; abstract due Sept. 30)

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:48am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel seeks participants interested in exploring the many different ways that the City of Light has been captured in films from a variety of countries. With the possible exception of New York, no city has been used as a setting as frequently as a setting as has Paris. However, the French capital is unique in that it has been featured not only in French films but in films from around the world. This transnational element will be emphasized by the panel, a panel that seeks to explore the contradictions inherent in filming such a contradictory city. For example, how can a city be seen as both the birthplace of the modern while also being so frequently being filmed - particularly in terms of its bohemianism - in such a nostalgic light?

Jack London Society 13th Biennial Symposium, September 15-17, 2016, Napa Valley College, Napa Valley, California

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:33am
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The Jack London Society
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The 13th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium will be held at Napa Valley College, September 15-17, 2016 in Napa Valley, California. The Jack London Society welcomes paper and panel submissions on any aspect of Jack London's life. Innovative formats such as roundtables or teaching presentations are encouraged, especially those that connect London with other writers of his time and place. Please email 250-300 word abstract proposals (noting any audio/visual requests) along with complete contact information to Kenneth K. Brandt at kbrandt@scad.edu. Proposal deadline is June 1, 2016.

[UPDATE] SHAKESPEAREAN JOYCE / JOYCEAN SHAKESPEARE 1-2-3 Feb 2016

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 4:04am
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The James Joyce Italian Foundation - University of Rome 3

The IX James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2016
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 5, 2015

Confirmed speakers: Paola Pugliatti, Klaus Reichert, Laura Pelaschiar, Valerie Benejam

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Ninth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce's 134th birthday.

ACLA 2016: Challenges to Universality: Re-imagining Europe through Narratives and Poetics of Diaspora, Migration, and Exile

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 2:29am
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American Comparative Literature Association

The contemporary migrant crisis in Europe, the rise of Islamophobia, and the increasing presence of right-wing activism are resurrecting specters of colonialism, racism, and religious prejudice. How do these alarming phenomena possibly affect the idea of national literatures, area studies, cultural studies, diaspora, migration or exile studies, and the definition of European territoriality itself?

Memory and Representation area of the PCA/ACA, Seattle, WA, March 22-25, 2016

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 9:39pm
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Memory and Representation area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association invites submissions on any pertinent topic (see description below) for the National Conference in Seattle, Washington, to be held on March 22nd – 25th, 2016.

Memory and Representation: Area Description

Reminder: Postmodern Gods and Monsters: Gender, Sexuality, Power--NEMLA Convention March 17-20, 2016

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 8:29pm
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Andrew Schopp/ Northeast Modern Language Association 2016 Conference
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The postmodern god figure has been a staple of postmodern art at the very least since John Barth published Lost in the Funhouse, in which the god figure, both author and father, was simultaneously characterized as asleep, malevolent, kind, and/or insane. As this figure has penetrated popular culture, s/he has become more and more linked to investigations of gender and sexuality. These "god" figures strive to control the lives of others (e.g. Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Kaiser Soze in The Usual Suspects). These puppet masters often work behind the scenes, exploiting the margins of society for either personal or social gain.

Reminder: (Post?) Modernist Hitchcock --NEMLA Convention March 17-20, 2016

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 8:27pm
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Andrew Schopp/ Northeast Modern Language Association 2016 Conference
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In terms of simple chronology, Alfred Hitchock's films span the Modernist era up through the beginning of the postmodern era. While Hitchcock's works have understandably been examined in terms of their connections to/reflections of Modernist culture and/or aesthetics (e.g., Spellbound's use of surrealism, his films' fascination with Modernist technological progress, the influence of Freud, etc.), his later films, especially, would seem to lend themselves to an analysis informed by postmodern theoretical approaches to film and to culture.

[UPDATE] (Re)worlding Jules Verne [Proposed seminar - ACLA Annual Meeting - March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University REMINDER ]

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 6:19pm
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Etienne Charriere, University of Michigan
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The global character of Jules Verne's fiction requires no demonstration. Indeed, the work of the prolific French novelist, author of the immensely successful series of the Voyages extraordinaires, appears to deserve an inclusion into the (hypothetical) canon of world literature on at least two accounts.

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