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I Confess: An Anthology of Original Essays on Constructing the Sexual Self in Contemporary Moving Image Art, Media and Culture

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:46pm
book editors: Tom Waugh & Brandon Arroyo, Concordia University

A twenty-chapter collection of essays on confessionality (self-referencing, first-person and/or autobiographical stories, testimonies or performances) around sexual identity, desire and practices in moving image media over the last quarter-century, principally in the Global North.

Call for Book Reviewers

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:16pm
The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies

The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the seven states of the Mississippi River Delta, from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. We are currently seeking reviewers for books on the Delta region.

Some of these titles include

Apocalyptic Sentamentalism by Kevin Pelletier
Catfish by Paul and Angela Knipple
Celestial Navigator (a poetry anthology) by Heather Ross Miller
Race and Meaning: The African-American Experience in Missouri by Gary P. Kremer
Vicksburg 1863: The Deepest Wound by Stephen Nathaniel Dossman
Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi by Tiyi M. Morris

ChLA 2016: Animators as Auteurs

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:40pm
Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)

In the spirit of ChLA 2016's theme of Animation, I was hoping to put together a panel on Animators as Authors/Auteurs. My own paper will focus on Don Bluth, but I'm interested in finding others working on key figures for discussing authorship, animation, and children's and youth media: Lotte Reiniger, Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, the Nine Old Men, Mary Blair, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Ray Harryhausen, Rankin-Bass, Dianne Jackson, Hanna-Barbera, Floyd Norman, Glen Keane, Ralph Bakshi [more The Lord of the Rings than Fritz the Cat... :)], Hayao Miyazaki, Matt Groening, Sylvain Chomet, Gábor Csupó, Bruce W. Smith, Stephen Hillenburg, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, among others.

The Modernist Muse: Visual Culture and E.E. Cummings' Aesthetics (9/10/15; Louisville, 2/18-20/16)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:35pm
E.E. Cummings Society

The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 44th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 18-20, 2016, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com). This session explores dimensions of Cummings' modernist aesthetics through aural, visual, and verbal media as a response to the visual culture of the twentieth century. To what extent is Cummings' radicalism in language, genre, poetic devices, and typography motivated by the new avant-garde art?

Global Feminist Film: Diversity on Screen NeMLA 2016 March 17-20

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:34pm
Joy Schaefer / Stony Brook University

Situated within the disciplines of women's & gender studies and transnational film studies, the Global Feminist Film: Diversity on Screen workshop will bring feminist film scholars, filmmakers and programmers together to discuss gender perspectives on contemporary practices of film production, spectatorship, history and theory situated in a transnational context. As film programmers and gender studies scholars, we believe it is necessary to discuss feminist film not only in a transnational and culturally diverse context, but also to bring practitioners and scholars together to discuss theoretical, aesthetic, political and historical issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Leon Edel Prize (11/1/15)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:58pm
Henry James Review

The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $150, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.

The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.

Send submissions to: hjamesr@louisville.edu

Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.

Somewhere Else: Teaching Literatures of Refugee Experience in a U.S. Context (NeMLA, Hartford, CT, March 17-20, 2016)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 11:47am
Justine Dymond

In "Refugee Memories and Asian American Critique," Viet Thanh Nguyen suggests that a category of refugee literatures outside of disciplinary borders of national literatures "allow[s] a different set of connections across time and space that point somewhere else besides assimilation into the nation and to affiliations with other people besides US citizens" (934). What connections are necessary to make, and what kinds of borders do we have to cross, in the teaching of refugee literatures? With Nguyen's words in mind, this roundtable session aims to explore our encounters with literatures of refugee experience in the classroom.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Audiovisualtopia: A Conference on the Contemporary Screen scene

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:37am
Brian Goss, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Communications Dept.

One hundred twenty years after the Lumiere Brothers' Arrival of a Train at Ciotat Station / L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat and about 60 years after the insinuation of television...into living rooms across the industrialized world, contemporary societies are saturated with audiovisual culture. More recently, the rise of widely affordable techno-substrates for production (digital photography) and exhibition (youtube, proliferating film festivals) are clearly enabling toward the "democratization" of audiovisual sophistication, such that the committed college sophomore can readily produce polished short films. In other words, there is much to celebrate!

Mark Twain, Then and Now

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:44am
NeMLA, the Northeast Modern Language Association

Mark Twain was a prolific writer whose career spanned a tumultuous time in American history. Beyond being prolific, Twain was also comfortable experimenting with a variety of genres of writing from fiction to non-fiction travel essays and humorous sketches that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. This panel would look at a variety of works and ask questions such as: How did Twain treat themes like race, gender, the environment and income inequality? Also, in what ways was Twain a product of his time, how were his works shaped by the world around him and how do they resonate today?

This panel will take place at NeMLA's 2016 convention in Hartford, CT between March 17 and March 20.

"Future Humans" abstracts due Sept 30, 2015

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:32am
NeMLA, the Northeast Modern Language Association

Human beings have traditionally been preoccupied with visions of the future. We may now have more power to shape the future of human beings for better or worse, intentionally or unintentionally. Technology advances so quickly, it leaves little time to consider the long-term. How might novels and films present futures and allow us to accept or reject their projections? This panel invites discussion of individual representative works and/or multiple works for comparison.

This panel will take place at NeMLA's 2016 convention between March 17 and March 20 in Hartford, CT.

Drama as Woman's Work: Contemporary Female Playwrights

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:21am
Northest MLA Convention

The most influential playwrighting voices of the current century writing in English are women. Dramatists like Suzan-Lori Parks, Annie Baker, Sara Ruhl, Katori Hall, Marina Carr, and many others are generating increasingly vigorous critical and scholarly debate while also winning major playwrighting awards for moving the form in ambitious new directions. This panel will examine a selection of these voices, querying what is distinctive about the contemporary female playwright. What exactly does it mean to be a "female playwright," and how might that category enrich, limit, or challenge our understanding of important contemporary plays?

ICLA Panel: Talking About Literature, Scientifically

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:18am
Christine A. Knoop & Keyvan Sarkhosh

Claims that literary studies and the sciences are incompatible have long been recognized as obsolete. Numerous scholarly endeavours bring together researchers, theories, and methods from literary studies and the sciences, e.g., cognitive poetics, empirical aesthetics, computational literary analysis, evolutionary approaches, and meta-analyses of historical scientific discourses in literature. Yet not only have attempts at an integration of the two fields been contested; the issue of mutual incomprehension remains unsettled as well. This is largely due to both sides having different notions of what constitutes scholarly language.

SHAKESPEAREAN JOYCE / JOYCEAN SHAKESPEARE - February 1-2-3, 2016

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 5:34am
The James Joyce Italian Foundation

SHAKESPEAREAN JOYCE / JOYCEAN SHAKESPEARE

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.

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