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Race in the Americas Graduate Conference April 25th-26th, 2016

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 1:27pm
Hemispheric Americas Lecture Series, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)

The Hemispheric Americas Lecture Series at Penn State invites proposals for a two-day interdisciplinary graduate student symposium on the topic of "Race in the Americas." Some central questions we hope to grapple with include: How do we define and conceptualize race across the Americas? How do gender and sexuality complicate our notions of race? How do national, regional, local, and global perspectives add another layer of problematization in our understandings of race? How does race politically intervene in literary, artistic, and other cultural productions? What kinds of practices—medical, judicial, and otherwise—have contributed to shaping the senses (sight, sound, etc.) of bodies in this region?

[UPDATE] Abstract Deadline Extended: 11/1/15 | 21st Southwest English Symposium, Feb 2nd, 2015

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 7:18pm
Southwest English Symposium/Arizona State University

Date: February 20th, 2015

Theme: Objects & Commodities

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology

We are excited to close out this year's symposium with a poetry reading at a local pub! Attendees are also invited to share their works there, please check out our website or contact us at swes.asu@gmail.com for more information. There will also be a social on Friday

Reminder: Twenty-First Century South African Literature: Combating Current Human Rights Abuses (ALA conference, April 6-9, 2016)

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 5:11pm
Renée Schatteman/ African Literature Association conference

Now that the race-based master narrative of apartheid is beginning to fade from the country's collective consciousness (as seen most clearly in the South Africans born after 1994 who have no lived experience of its system of comprehensive repression), South African literature produced in recent years has begun to explore the human dimensions of new forms of discrimination resulting from social phenomenon such as xenophobia, ethnic tensions, homophobia, language bias, and the misrepresentation of HIV and AIDS. This panel welcomes papers dealing with literary works that identify such human rights violations, explore their causes and ramifications, and challenge the post-apartheid rhetoric of the rainbow nation.

Reminder: Sindiwe Magona: Writer/Advocate for Human Rights in South Africa, ALA conference (April 6-9, 2016)

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 5:09pm
Renee Schatteman/ African Literature Association

The highly-prolific and well-acclaimed South African author Sindiwe Magona has been a voice for human rights and justice throughout her three decades as a writer. Her many works (including two novels, four plays, two collections of stories, two autobiographies, over 120 children's books, one biography, and one collection of poetry) demonstrate a common preoccupation with the injustices and indignities faced by South Africans both during and after apartheid. Whatever the genre, Magona focuses primarily on the experiences of women and children and provides a glimpse into domestic and familial side of life in South Africa.

[UPDATE] 2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference--Deadline extended to Nov. 1

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 3:08pm
Lehigh English Department Graduate Program

The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.

Poetry and Poetics (Critical) Proposals by 1 November 2015 For SPACA Conference February 10 - 13, 2016

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 1:52pm
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association

CFP: Poetry and Poetics (Critical)
Abstract/Proposals by 1 November 2015

For the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association's 37th Annual Conference.

February 10 - 13, 2016

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
1-888-421-1442 / 1-888-421-1442
Fax: (505) 843-2710

We are now forming panels for presentations of American poetry and poetics criticism at our 2016 conference. There are no limits in regard to historical period, topic, or theme, and we welcome panel proposals, especially those that include panelists from multiple institutions. Acceptances will ultimately depend on the availability of compatible presentations to form coherent panels.

[UPDATE] CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS: Women's Lives Encyclopedia

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:44pm
Nancy Barbour / Oregon State University

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS – Edited Volume on Women's Lives Around the World

Women's Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia
Volume 4: Europe

Editor: Nancy Barbour, MAIS
Executive Editor: Susan Shaw, PhD
To be published by ABC-CLIO Greenwood Press in 2017

English Studies and the Marketplace, 4th International Conference, 19- 20 February, 2016

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:02am
Department of English, East West University Dhaka, Bangladesh

The all- incorporating yet inequitable disposition of the global marketplace, facilitated by the neoliberal ideologies of profit maximization, have impacted substantially on all academic disciplines in increasingly conspicuous ways. Consequently, English studies has found itself precariously poised between the values it has traditionally transmitted to its graduates and the instrumental demands of the marketplace. There is friction between, on the one hand, the humanistic outlook that it has cultivated for generations now, and, on the other, the dictates of the job market and the relentless pressure exerted by forces of capitalism on the education sector.

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