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The Oswald Review: Undergraduate Literary Criticism

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 9:57am
University of South Carolina, Aiken, English Dept

The Oswald Review is a refereed undergraduate journal of criticism and research in the discipline of English. Published annually, The Oswald Review accepts submissions from undergraduates in this country and abroad (with a professor's endorsement).

Submit each manuscript as a separate email attachment in Microsoft Word. TOR discourages simultaneous submission to other journals.

All text should be provided in current MLA format, justified left only and without headers and footers. Endnotes, if absolutely necessary, should be minimal.

Presumed Autonomy: Literature and Art in Theory and Practice 10–13 May 2016

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 9:20am
Department of English, Stockholm University, Sweden

Ever since the emergence of the modern marketplace for cultural goods, literary texts and art works have, on occasion, defied the expectations of its readers and audience, affronted their moral ethos, or flaunted a disregard for their sensibilities and norms. The potential power of art to disrupt the perceptions of its audience was foregrounded in the critical discourse of the modernists and the historical avant-garde and this possibility continues to animate critical debates, particularly those organized around some understanding of autonomy. With the all but complete commodification of every artistic and literary practice, it is more urgent than ever to pose the question whether we can still presume autonomy.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED for Making Common Causes: Crises, Conflict, Creation, Conversation

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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 11:56am
Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC)

***DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 20, 2015***
• What makes an environmental crisis common or uncommon?
• How do our understandings of environments depend on causes—both as ideas of causality and ideas of action?
• What ways of imagining, re-imagining and making our environments are held in common, or perhaps just as valuably, are uncommon?
• What can our common and uncommon cultures contribute in addressing environmental crisis?
• How might we understand culturing as an experiment, and thus as a means of creation and conversation? What might we seek to culture?
• What kinds of environmental commons and means of conversation do we already have, or should we create?

"Making Sense(s) in the Eighteenth Century"

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:08pm
ASECS 2016

Below, please find a cfp for a panel to be held at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, March 31 - April 3, 2016.

"Making Sense(s) in the Eighteenth Century"

ACLA Seminar: "All in the Family: The Literary and Cultural Politics of Incest"- DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:57pm
ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association

On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity – keeping bloodlines clean and families insular – and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the particular character of an incestuous liaison, however, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.

Feminist Singularities

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 2:12pm
ACLA 2016

Feminist Singularities

Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts

2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.

Untying the Mother Tongue On Language, Affect, and the Unconscious, deadline 15 September

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:37am
Federico Dal Bo, Antonio Castore / ICI Berlin

The term we still use to designate someone's attachment to a particular language, her potentially flawless competence, or the very "place" for her thoughts to emerge in coherent form, is "mother tongue". We take it to be a natural condition of language acquisition, equally valid for every individual speaker, and thus forget that it is a mere metaphorical reference to the "first" language, spoken by what is referred to, with an even more misleading metaphor, a "native" speaker. Throughout history, the use and connotations of the expression "mother tongue" have undergone several changes. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, the Latin "lingua materna" referred to the vernaculars in opposition to the learned Latin.

"The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama

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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:38pm
The University of Alabama Languages Conference

The graduate students of The University of Alabama's Department of Modern Languages & Classics, in collaboration with the graduate students of the Department of English and the TESOL program, invite papers for our sixth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference entitled "The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama.

Strands

Proposals about all languages are welcome in, but are not strictly limited to, the following topic strands:

Sociolinguistics

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