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Edited Collection on the Portrayal of Black Men in Reality TV (Nov 30)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 7:27pm
Jervette R. Ward, Ph.D. / University of Alaska Anchorage

Contributions are being sought for a proposed edited collection that explores the portrayals of Black men in reality television. This collection aims to address representations of masculinity, comparisons to Black women in reality TV, class issues, queer theory, masculine psychology, patriarchal constructions, sexuality, invisibility, respectability, and social activism or lack of activism. This collection, tentatively titled There's No Blachelor: Portrayals of Black Men in Reality TV, is a follow-up to the book Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV (Rutgers University Press Oct/Nov 2015 - http://bit.ly/1NL1HdV ).

CFP Traveling With Gulliver, around Campus--Teaching Tools

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 5:55pm
Joel Sodano, University at Albany & Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen

This call for proposals is inspired by the versatile, prescient and even protean prose of Dr. Swift's most well-known work, Gulliver's Travels (1726). If Gulliver had a "tenure home" it would definitely be in the department of English; however, because of its relevance to so many disciplinary fields (economics, history, philosophy, to name the most obvious) Gulliver's Travels is finding itself in an increasingly interdisciplinary range of college courses. This CFP seeks a variety of pedagogy-oriented submissions that give insight into the ways Gulliver's Travels is taught in higher education.

International Conference Fictional Maps

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 3:01pm
Facta Ficta Research Centre & Silesian University in Katowice

Mapping the imaginary has always been a challenge for world-building and storytelling alike. Map of the fictional world subverts the very essence of an actual cartography: it represents a territory that cannot be discovered or traversed in a non-fictional realm and yet it delivers much more than a usual map: a promise of the journey into unknown. An exquisitely quotable phrase coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, who claimed to "start writing with a map and [then] make the story fit" is only reprising what have always been evident to cartographers and creators of imaginary worlds: maps precede territories and are inevitably becoming the most essen¬tial part of modern and postmodern storyworlds.

Australian Narratives in Film and Literature: Critical Perspectives

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 2:58pm
Ilha do Desterro (Brazil)

Ever since the early days of British occupation of Australia, there has been a major concern in finding a balance between the colonial ways of looking to the land and the difficulty, if not impossibility, of dealing with the vastness of the Australian territory and the diversity of its native peoples. Such tensions, far from being resolved, have created a literary and filmic system which reflects the multiplicity of approaches and constructions of Australian land and culture and whose examples, unfortunately, do not reach the non-English-speaking world as they should.

MELUS Special Issue CFP: Pedagogy in Anxious Times

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:57pm
Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the US

2017 Special Issue Call For Papers in MELUS

Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States: Pedagogy in Anxious Times
Guest Editors: Cristina Stanciu and Anastasia Lin

33rd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference: Medievalism, Feb. 26-27, 2016

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:47pm
Illinois Medieval Association

We are pleased to announce the 33rd annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association. Since 1983, the Illinois Medieval Association has brought together medievalists from Illinois and surrounding regions. We invite papers and complete sessions on any aspect of the 2016 conference theme: medievalism.

[Update] Medievalism in Popular Culture - PCA National Conference (Seattle 3/22-25/16): Deadline October I, 2015

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:41pm
PCA/ACA 2016 National Conference

CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture

PCA/ACA 2016 National Conference
March 21st - 25th, 2016 – Seattle, Washington

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (now the combined areas of Arthurian and Other Medievalism) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

"Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative fiction in Context" - Abstracts due November 15, 2015

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:26pm
The Confidential Clerk: Journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies

The Confidential Clerk (ISSN 2454-6100), an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies, Jadavpur University, seeks contributions for its 2015/16 issue, 'Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative Fiction in Context'. The issue will focus on Victorian speculative fiction and its generic, thematic, historical, and cultural contexts. Victorian speculative fiction is usually described as 'a flight from the real'; but we welcome submissions that go beyond this understanding to show how the Victorian imagination engages with the unreality of the real or creates alternative realities of the unreal in different forms of speculative fiction.

[UPDATE] Fools on the Premodern Page and Stage (Kalamazoo, May 12–15, 2016)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 12:44pm
Angela Heetderks, Oberlin College

Near the end of the Middle English romance Robert of Cisyle, the eponymous king—who has been punished for his pride by being made to serve as his own court's fool—acknowledges the error of his former ways: "For he ys a fole [. . .] / That turneth hys wytt unto folye" (CUL Ff. 2. 38, ll. 398–9). Such condemnations of fools and folly—in Robert of Cisyle, underwritten by the pope and an angel—in no way served to stem the tide of medieval and early modern interest in fools and folly. Literary evidence shows that many premodern writers and their audiences "turn[ed their] wytt vn to folye": fools filled the stage and page, pervading multiple literary genres.

CALL FOR PAPERS | Health & Society Research Conference | April 16, 2016

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 12:12pm
Providence College Undergraduate Conference on Health & Society

As faculty and students settle into a new semester, I'm writing to ask that you share information about the 7th Annual Providence College Undergraduate Research Conference on Health and Society with your students. This is a great opportunity for advanced undergraduates who are engaged in significant writing projects. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes paper proposals from all areas of inquiry that address topics related to health, health care, or health policy, including Anthropology, Biomedical Ethics, Community Health, Economics, Health Care Management, Health Policy, History, Literature, Political Science, Public Health, and Sociology. Abstracts are peer reviewed on a competitive basis by a joint student-faculty selection committee.

CALL FOR PAPERS | Health & Society Research Conference | April 16, 2016

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 12:04pm
Providence College Undergraduate Research Conference on Health & Society

As faculty and students settle into a new semester, I'm writing to ask that you share information about the 7th Annual Providence College Undergraduate Research Conference on Health and Society with your students. This is a great opportunity for advanced undergraduates who are engaged in significant writing projects. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes paper proposals from all areas of inquiry that address topics related to health, health care, or health policy, including Anthropology, Biomedical Ethics, Community Health, Economics, Health Care Management, Health Policy, History, Literature, Political Science, Public Health, and Sociology. Abstracts are peer reviewed on a competitive basis by a joint student-faculty selection committee.

Rhetoric and Technical Communication Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 37th Annual Conference February 10-13, 2016

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:29am
Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Area: Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Invitation: We invite proposals for individual or panel presentations that relate to the teaching, practice, and/or analysis of how rhetoric and technical communications/technical writing influence or are influenced by culture.

We look forward to a variety of ideas and emphases, though papers of similar orientations will be grouped together in sessions whenever possible. Papers may focus on ways in which popular and American culture inform the pedagogical, theoretical, and practical work of rhetoric and technical communication.

[UPDATE] Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Spring 2016 Post-conflict territories: representations and reconfigurations

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 6:57am
CES

Through the creation of a bounded space, territory, as Stuart Elden points out, 'is already a violent act of exclusion and inclusion; maintaining it as such requires constant vigilance and the mobilization of threat, and challenging it necessarily entails a transgression' (Elden, Terror and Terrorism xxx). This organisation and maintaining of territorial limits as an enterprise fraught with violence is clearly apparent in the postcolonial world, the boundaries of which, ever since European imperial expansion began and right through to decolonisation and the present era, have been drawn and redrawn with little or no consideration for the cultural and historical affinities among the inhabitants of those places.

Femmes Créa(c)tives: The Life and Work of Francophone Women in the Arts and Media. 13-14 June 2016, University of Exeter, UK

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:24am
Gemma Edney / University of Exeter

Femmes Créa(c)tives: The Life and Work of Francophone Women in the Arts and Media

13 – 14 June 2016, University of Exeter

Guest speaker: Darina al-Joundi (writer and actress)

Keynote speakers: Dr Siobhan Shilton (University of Bristol) and Prof Marnia Lazreg (Hunter College, CUNY)

This international, interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together scholars of all fields to explore and celebrate the contribution of women in the creative arts around the Francophone world.

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