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[UPDATE] Natures 2016: Habitats and Hazards (11/30/15;2/19/16)

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 4:04pm
Natures 2016: the 8th annual interdisciplinary environmental humanities conference

We seek papers that explore the theme of "HABITATS AND HAZARDS" as applied to any of the texts (WRITTEN, VISUAL, MUSICAL, OR EMBODIED) of humanities studies: for example,
• THE HAZARDOUS SPACES OF ART OR LITERATURE
• DEPICTIONS OF POLLUTION OR WASTELAND
• DOMESTIC/URBAN/RURAL/WILD HABITATS
• STAGING/IMAGINING HISTORICAL SETTINGS
• LITERAL AND/OR FIGURATIVE TOXICITY

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: 01/18/2016: The Weird and the Southern Imaginary

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 6:01am
Travis Rozier / Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz; Bob Hodges / University of Washington

Deadline extension: Our first round netted some excellent submissions, but we are extending the deadline for proposals to January 18, 2016.

Keynote: The Weird & the Southern Imaginary will introduce the aesthetics and generic conventions of the Weird to cultural studies of the U.S. South and the region's local, hemispheric, and (inter)national connections. Contributions from literary critics, film and popular culture scholars, philosophers, and critical theorists will consider forms of the Weird in a range of texts (literature, art, film & television, comics, music) from, about, or resonant with conceptions of different South(s).

[UPDATE] Keynote Announcement for IU English - "Digesting Discourses" #iuic16

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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 1:25pm
Hosted by the Graduate Students of the IU Department of English

We are very excited to announce our 2016 keynote speaker, Dr. Roopali Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College!

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption," to be held at Indiana University—Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016. Join us for our 14th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.

Framing the Self(ie): Heterogeneity of Identities in (non)spaces

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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:28am
Romance Langues and Literature Grad Students Association

Identity is a complex, multi-faceted, often fragmented negotiation of social subjects and actors, yet it remains a central motif of human existence. While conscious creation of identity is more prevalent than ever, the emergence of mass social media also encourages the individual to create not only a self-identity, but an external presentation of that self, and alternate selves. On their Facebook timeline, blogs, Twitter, Instagram and more, individuals identify themselves, but also identify with relevant groups or trends by likes, hashtags, and pin it buttons. The "selfie" is the perfect materialization of this duality, as it produces an ephemeral identity struggling for greater recognition.

A Special Issue on George Orwell

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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:24am
Dr Firas Al-Jubouri

This is a call for papers on George Orwell, with specific focus of colonialism, dystopia and his enduring reputation as a mouthpiece for both political autocracy and common decency.

[UPDATE] Variations 24 - Origins (2016)

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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:11am
University of Zurich - Variations

Call for papers – Variations 24 (2015)

Variations is the journal for comparative literary studies at the University of Zurich. It publishes contributions in three languages (German, French and English) and represents a forum for research that helps advance academic exchange in literary studies. Each issue gathers articles on a particular topic, followed by literary and artistic contributions, as well as reviews of recently published research in comparative literary studies.

Ursprünge/Origines/Origins

In the beginning was the Word …
John 1.1

"Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative fiction in Context" - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30TH NOVEMBER

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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:21am
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.

Translation/Transnation: Languages, Geographies, Genders

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 5:27pm
Texas Tech University Comparative Literature Program

Central to the Latin word translatio is the notion of 'carrying across' or crossing boundaries. Translation is fundamental to effective human communication, but translation requires more than just moving between two languages. When we translate, we cross many kinds of boundaries – political, linguistic, geographic, and gendered. Thus, whether literary, linguistic, media-based, or artistic, communicative acts require reliable interpreters in order to "carry across" their intended meanings. Yet, this "carrying across" can result in unintended loss and gain, even with the most skillful of interpreters. When a literary work, a piece of art, an idea, or a system moves across boundaries, what is left behind? What resists translation? What is added?

Significations: Celebrating Christopher Isherwood

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:17pm
English Graduate Student Association

Call For Papers
CSU graduate students who present their papers at Significations share their research and engage in professional academic discussion of their work during the conference. All submissions will receive feedback from reviewers.

Paper Topics
In honor of one of our faculty members, the acclaimed writer, teacher, and scholar, Christopher Isherwood, we especially welcome papers discussing and celebrating his life and various literary works.

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