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The ethics of hope? Posthumanism, life, and climate change 25-26 November 2015

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Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 1:56am
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Suzi Hayes, La Trobe University

How to think of life-in all its forms-when the future is not what it used to be? How to think of we and I when the very weather itself has forced us to consider anew the radical entanglement of oneself and others, of human and nature, of the living with the other-than-living, of the present and the past and the future? These questions drive much contemporary theory and practice in the arts, the humanities and sciences, acting as the generative terrain of new interdisciplinary collaborations. Running through this new work is a deep vein of enquiry around the terms "human", "life", "nature", "culture", "death", "writing", "agency", and "animal", and enquiries into how we might think of human as entangled with land and other life forms.

Represent, Rename, Recall: Collective Memory in Caribbean Literature (15969)

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:32pm
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Isis Semaj-Hall/Independent Scholar
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The Caribbean is as much the site of shared history as it is the site of unique, cultural experiences. But what is privileged as knowledge, and what is relegated to collective memory? Caribbean writers have been turning to the past for no less than a hundred years, but contemporary Caribbean artists are doing so anew and in ways that deeply interrogate the relationship between history, culture, and collective memory. Building on the work of poet Grace Nichols, collective memory is personal history.

Romanticism and the Anthropocene

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 4:49pm
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Elizabeth Effinger / North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Joint NASSR/ACCUTE panel
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Every year, the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) cooperate in the form of a series of joint sessions at ACCUTE's annual conference at the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). Congress brings together a wide variety of scholarly organizations for their annual conferences. Please join us at Congress for the 2016 joint NASSR/ACCUTE sessions. Congress 2016 will be held 28 May - 3 June 2016 at the University of Calgary.

Romanticism and the Anthropocene

What Does the Common Core Mean for Postsecondary Literacy Instruction? March 17-20

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 3:46pm
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Northeast Modern Language Associaiton (NeMLA)
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This panel seeks to provide a space in which to explore what the Common Core State Standards, and particularly the English/Language Arts (ELA) Standards, will (or already) mean for postsecondary literacy education. Since "college readiness" is one of the key goals of the Common Core, it is crucial for those of us who teach at the college level to consider how the Common Core theorizes literacy instruction generally, as well as how it addresses specific elements including (but not limited to) the differences between literature and informational texts; the relationship between the text and the student reader/writer; and ways of defining text complexity.

Call for Essays for Maritime Journal in the Humanities

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:47am
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The Nautilus: A Maritime Journal of Literature, History, and Culture
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The Nautilus, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, seeks submissions for its seventh annual issue, to be published in spring 2016. Contributors are encouraged to submit manuscripts on any aspect of maritime literature, history, or culture, following MLA style, using endnotes and the works cited format. Submissions should be sent via email to nautilus@maritime.edu or sent in duplicate to the Editor (Kathryn Mudgett), Department of Humanities, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532. For more detailed information about the journal, please see our Web site: www.nautilus.maritime.edu.

[UPDATE - Deadline Extended] Expanded Horizons: New Approaches to CinemaScope Aesthetics (SCMS 2016 Atlanta, Submit by 8/14)

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:27am
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Anthony Coman, University of Florida; Sam Roggen, University of Antwerp
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We invite your papers exploring the production history, aesthetics, and legacy of CinemaScope films. The anamorphic technology, seized upon by Twentieth Century-Fox in an effort to revitalize studio finances, presented technical and formal challenges to Hollywood's established methods of filmmaking and spurred the creativity of many filmmakers. The early CinemaScope years therefore offer a prime case for studying how a phase of technological change might have influenced the work of classical studio directors.

Re-transcribing Hindu religion; locating gender in the literature of the Upanishads and the Vedas.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 4:08am
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Tapati Bharadwaj
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Re-transcribing Hindu religion; locating gender in the literature of the Upanishads and the Vedas.

This is a call for papers for a collection that will construe Hindu religious texts as literature, and examine them within a gendered analytical framework. What prevents us from examining the Upanishadic or the Vedic texts within a literary or a gendered perspective? If the basis of religion is "revealed knowledge," which was made evident to men – then is it not obvious that these notions of the Absolute Being would but be defined within gender inflected terminologies?

Let me explain with an example from an Upanishad. In the Aitareya Upanishad, the first stanza reads in the following manner:

Représentations de Paris: Images de la ville-lumière

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 3:48am
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47th annual NeMLA Convention
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Ce panel propose d'effectuer un tour d'horizon des représentations de Paris, hier et aujourd'hui, dans la production littéraire, musicale, et picturale (photo, peinture, etc.) à travers le monde francophone mais aussi en dehors de la francophonie. Ville cosmopolite par excellence depuis des siècles, Paris est depuis toujours une ville d'accueil et une destination de choix pour les artistes de tous genres et de tous horizons. C'est aussi un lieu d'inspiration, et parfois un personnage à part entière des œuvres qu'elle inspire et ses représentations sont infinies, en français comme dans d'autres langues. A l'heure de la mondialisation et de la libre circulation des personnes et des idées, quelle place la ville de Paris occupe-t-elle dans les arts?

Conference Session on Detective Fiction

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:59am
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NorthEastern Modern Language Association
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Recent examinations of the functioning of the past within detective fiction – whether going back in time to reconstruct a crime or examine a larger criminal pattern/ trend in a past period – raise the question of how "dead," to borrow Faulkner's famous line, the past is. Whether considered from the standpoint of physics (time as a function of space and the expansion of the universe) or, as may seem more obvious, history, time is clearly neither dead/ finished nor objective, even indifferent, or perceived as such.

Composition Session, NeMLA Convention, 17 - 20 Mar., 2016, Hartford, CT

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:55am
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NorthEastern Modern Language Association
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Much has been written and said, in recent years, about the role of love and passion in instruction/ enquiry more generally, incl. in writing/ composition studies. Choosing a topic or project one is "passionate" about is believed to foster a better outcome all around; passion/ love is also believed to be the driving force behind bold, successful career and academic trajectories.

Margins: A Journal of Literature and Culture

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:09pm
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Department of English, Gauhati University, Guwahati: 781014, Assam, India

Margins, an international peer-reviewed journal, is published annually by the Department of English, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. It offers a space for the exploration of the marginal in its theoretical implications and in literature and culture through four kinds of writings: 1) It welcomes examination of the historical and the contemporary through interdisciplinary perspectives – looking at texts in both their wider conceptual and immediate situational significance (7500 and 10,000 words).

Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:12pm
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NeMLA 2016
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Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel (9/30/2015; 3/17-3/20 2016) NeMLA Hartford, CT

Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel
Chair: Tara Harney-Mahajan

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016; Hartford, CT
Host Institution: University of Connecticut

[Deadline extended 1 week] Beauty and Belief (deadline for abstracts: August 7; conference: November 5-6, 2015)

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 4:54pm
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Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Office for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—

•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.

•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.

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