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Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Representations of the Veil in Literature, Film, and Fine Arts

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 11:32pm
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Umme Al-wazedi and Afrin Zeenat

The veil's ancient and modern history and its resurgence in our time is an important subject for discussion for those of us posing new questions about women and Islam in literature, film, and fine arts. In Europe and the U.S., the veil is often presented through errors of conceptualizations. The frequent and numerous discussions on the veil's role and function prove that the media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with it. Recurrently, these discussions run along essentialist and ahistorical lines associating Islam with the ideology of shame and honor. Moreover, the Muslim immigrant "problem" in Europe and the U.S. and the fear of Islam and Muslims in connection with terrorism has heightened the controversy on the issue of the veil.

Call-for-Papers: Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Global Public Good (Abstracts: 10/15/15; Final drafts: 1/15/16)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 9:18pm
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Higher Learning Research Communications

Special Issue on "Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Global Public Good"

Abstracts Requested by October 15th, 2015

Final Drafts Requested by January 15th, 2016

Special Issue Guest Co-Editors: Dr. Genevieve G. Shaker and Dr. William M. Plater

Colleges and universities worldwide are increasingly aware of a shared responsibility for global conditions and of events that impact local communities—ranging from health care to climate change, from terrorism to technology, from food to finance. Not only do nations share a physical space, but they also share a future that transcends borders and that will be defined by responses to societal challenges and opportunities.

Call for Papers, Espionage and Popular Culture: James Bond, Espionage and Eurospy, Abstract Due: November 1, 2015

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 8:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
Michele Brittany, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Call for Papers:
Espionage and Popular Culture: James Bond, Espionage, and Eurospy
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2015

37th Annual Southwest Popular /American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference
Conference Dates: February 10 – 13, 2016
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM, (505) 842-1234
Conference Website: http://southwestpca.org/

Craft Critique Culture: Bridging Divides (April 8-9, 2016: Iowa City, Iowa)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:47pm
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Kate Nesbit / Lydia Maunz-Breese / Heidi Renée Aijala (University of Iowa)
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16th Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference
April 8-9, 2016
Bridging Divides
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year's conference will encourage an examination of the "inter" of interdisciplinary—as well as the construction and deconstruction of boundaries between and within academic, public, private, personal, critical, and creative discourses—through an inquiry into bridging divides.

Roundtable: Breaching Boundaries Amongst Black Diasporic and Queer Communities

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:12pm
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46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This roundtable discussion seeks participants whose work rethinks the relationship between Black diasporic and queer activism in academic spaces. Fighting to create habitable spaces for their respective communities, activists repeatedly find themselves on what appears to be opposing sides on the same issue. To propel the movement forward and dismantle the economies of heteropatriarchal white supremacy, we invite scholars and activists who investigate exclusionary practices by both Black diasporic and queer activism. Queer and Black diasporic activism reflects, what Jasbir Puar has identified as, the "global political economy of queer sexualities" that "repeatedly coheres whiteness as a queer norm and straightness as a racial norm" (xxiv).

Violence in Contemporary European Cinema--ACLA 2016

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kingsborough CC
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This seminar seeks to examine the representation of violence, in its public and private manifestations, in contemporary European cinema. Brutality, cruelty, and aggressiveness permeate not only the lives of victims of war (as in Grbavica [2006], Caché [2005], etc.), of totalitarian regimes (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile [2007], etc.), or of crime syndicates (Gomorrah [2008], etc.), but also that of the ordinary individual confronted with racial and ethnic injustice, poverty, or familial conflict (Gegen die Wand [2004], Lilja 4-ever [2004], L'enfant [2005], Entre les murs [2008], Fish Tank [2009], La Pianiste [2001], Pozitia copilului [2013], Leviafan [2014], Urok [2014], etc.).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:23pm
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Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
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The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
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The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14).

Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 5:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Charles Hamilton, Area Chair - Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
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Call for Papers: Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
37th Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2016

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline - November 1, 2015

Literature and Human Rights (ACLA 2016 CFP)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 5:22pm
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Sonali Perera (Hunter College, CUNY) and Janice Ho (University of Colorado at Boulder)

This seminar will explore the historical and ideological conjunctions between literary forms and discourses of human rights. On the one hand, human rights have been celebrated for representing a shared vision for social justice and international law in a cultural relativist world of shifting norms and disconnected struggles. On the other hand, human rights have been criticized for charting a path towards "imperial internationalism" wherein the rhetoric of the civilizing mission of colonialism is sometimes reproduced in an age of military humanism and "just wars."

[Update] Chronicles and Grimoires: The Occult as Political Commentary

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 4:37pm
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Medieval Assoc. of the Midwest: ICMS Kalamazoo 2016.

Whether seen in signs and portents, or read in grimoires or magic books, the occult in the premodern world is both marveled at and feared. A significant amount of the description of occult and sorcerous activity, however, also functions as political commentary, whether as direct criticism of secular current events or as a voice or conceptual space for the spiritual "other" in medieval society.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants Due 9/30

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 2:31pm
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Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)
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Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.

[UPDATE] The Digital Nineteenth-Century Narrative, NeMLA 2016, Abstracts due SEPT. 30

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 1:55pm
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Bryn Gravitt, Tufts University
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In recent years, the web has seen an explosion of digital interpretations of nineteenth-century texts. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries web series translates Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, via video diary, into an out-of-work grad student living with her family; "Texts From Jane Eyre" imagines how Jane would interact with Rochester and St. John via text message; David Copperfield has his own Facebook page; and there are at least four video games based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This session combines interests in nineteenth century, digital media, and cultural studies to investigate how we understand our current world through the lens of nineteenth-century characters and stories.

Update: Gender and Class Representation in U.S. Culture, NeMLA, Hartford, 3/17-3/20

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 1:01pm
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47th Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
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This panel investigates the contemporary meaning of gender and class in film and literature in the United States. While authors such as Sheryl Sandberg and Hannah Rosin focus on women in the professional ranks to argue for women's prominence in U.S. culture and stories of professional women dominate the media, few stories of working-class women have emerged to challenge the symbolic dominance of the white male worker and breadwinner. As work, families, and genders have changed, how has this symbolism been reinforced or challenged in literature and film?

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