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[UPDATE] Queer Death, De(con)struction, and Contagion: Affective Rhythms in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:47pm
University of California, Merced/Queer Theory Symposium Committee

Inaugural Interdisciplinary Queer Studies Symposium University of California, Merced
Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Keynote: Eric A. Stanley, UC Riverside
Eric A. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2015). A coeditor of the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) which won the Prevention for a Safe Society award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Eric's other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, Women and Performance, and TSQ.

Literary History for the Anthropocene - MLA 2017 (Special Session)

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:24pm
Ted Howell

In August of this year, based on the recommendation of the Anthropocene Working Group, geologists will vote to determine whether the Anthropocene should be considered an official geological epoch and (if they vote yes) decide when it began. As recent critical discussions of the term have insisted, periodizing the Anthropocene means making an argument about the Anthropocene. An Anthropocene beginning in 1610 is radically different from one that starts in 1784/1800, and the AWG's likely proposal of 1945/1960 paints a dramatically different picture of the Anthropocene compared to the c. 1800 timeline that has to date received the most attention.

AAL Annual Conference: Literature and Technology

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:09pm
Western Sydney University

11-13 July 2016, Western Sydney University

Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin), Dr. Rachel Franks (State Library of NSW), Prof. Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne), and Prof. Kerry Mallan (QUT).

Monsters—SAMLA—November 4-6, 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 3:23pm
Crystal O’Leary-Davidson / Middle Georgia State University

Monsters remain powerful creatures for what they are and what they represent. Straight from mythology and legend, these fantastic creatures creep across our television and movie screens and the pages of our books. Over centuries and across cultures, the inhuman have represented numerous cultural fears and, in more recent times, desires. They are Other. They are Us. This panel will explore the literal monsters--whether they be mythological, extraterrestrial, or man-made--that populate fiction and film, delving into the cultural, psychological and/or theoretical implications. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V needs by May 6, 2016 to
Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

Panelists sought for NWSA, 10-13 November 2016 - Methodologies of decolonization and unsettling‏

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:38am
Rachel Hurst and Krista Johnston

We are currently seeking 1-2 panelists for the NWSA conference, "Decoloniality," which will be held November 10-13 in Montreal. Please note that we are looking for papers that will focus on a particular example to illustrate methodological arguments. The other papers currently in the panel focus on critical autobiography and creative visual representation - abstracts for these papers can be provided, if requested! If interested, please submit a 50-100 word abstract to kristarj@gmail.com and rahurst@stfx.ca as soon as possible - we hope to assemble the final panel between February 18-20.

Conference "Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production"

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:18am
Center for Global Studies, University of Bern

While in academia the notion of authenticity has been increasingly discredited, it thrives as a label within popular discourses and for the marketing of cultural artefacts. Considering both practice and theory of cultural production, the planned conference aims at analyzing the paradoxical status of authenticity as well as its role for the construction of collective identities in a globalizing world of ever-increasing cultural flux.

SAMLA 88: Modern Drama

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:38pm
Aaron Botwick / The Graduate Center, CUNY

This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome.

By May 10, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at abotwick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

PAMLA 2016 Special Session Panel--Pasadena, CA

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:48pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference 2016

This panel is devoted to the porous, permeable body in Romantic and Victorian Literature and seeks to better understand the boundaries of identity constructed in the bodies of texts from these periods and the bodies of readers. This panel will intervene both in conceptions of disembodied Romantic imaginings and in ideas of fixed, stable identity that may seem to mark these periods. By making the body and its interactions with space central to these discussions, we hope to demonstrate the ways in which boundaries of identity are fluid, undefined, and open to reinterpretation at the same time that they are intensely visceral.

Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children's Literature proposal due April 4, 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 4:51pm
Danielle Russell

Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.
Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do you children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.

Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/20

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:47pm
Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 20, 2016.

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