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Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational

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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 12:45pm
Stephenie Young and Adele Parker

If one measure of the term catastrophe lies in its power to subvert existing systems, we ask how this concept impacts certain memory-narratives produced by contemporary women writers and artists in the wake of human-made catastrophes in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature

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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 12:42pm
Dan Russ and Gregor Thuswaldner

Call for Submissions: The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature

"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight." C. S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters

[UPDATE] Joyce and Pornography (SAMLA)—Durham, NC, Nov. 13-15, 2015 [DEADLINE EXTENDED: JUNE 15]

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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 12:50pm
International James Joyce Foundation

James Joyce and Nora Barnacle's visible sexuality is well documented in their biographies. Gordon Bowker reports, "In Locarno, at the Pension Daheinm, Nora was enjoying herself […]. She relaxed by reading a book sent by Jim (probably Venus in Furs) by their favourite pornographer. 'I am very glad to get it, especially as it is by Masoch,' she wrote, and teased him with hints of flirtations by beginning one letter, 'Dear Cuckold.'" Leopold von Sacher-Masoch: from whom the term masochism is derived. The intertextual/autobiographical connections between James and Nora's sex lives, Masoch's Venus in Furs, and the sexual nature of Joyce's characters are impossible to ignore.

WLA Proposal: Critical and Creative Approaches to Voyaging "Sans Trace" (Submission Deadline June 13, 2015)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 10:11pm
Raul B. Moreno, University of South Dakota, for Western Literature Association, Reno, NV, Oct. 14-17, 2015

Ahead of this fall's 50th anniversary conference of the Western Literature Association, which coincides with the release of a feature-length documentary, Oregon filmmaker Ian McCluskey's Les Voyageurs Sans Trace (Mountainfilm, 2015), this panel's organizer seeks proposals for both critical and creative works that engage the story of the so-called French Trio of 1938. Alternatively, this panel may engage similar narratives of North American river-running, early outdoor recreation in the West, or other formative adventures marked by the elusive "traces" of bygone journeys—especially those fueled by "free-spirited risk-taking." For context, the following is adapted from the filmmaker's synopsis:

Fictional Economies: Inequality and the Novel, Essay collection with forward by Rami Shamir, author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 2:59pm
Joseph Donica/Bronx Community College

Joseph Donica is an Assistant Professor of English at Bronx Community College.

Rami Shamir is the author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE (Grove Press 2011, http://traintopokipse.com/)

Abstracts of 300 words and full CVs due September 1, 2015 to
fictionaleconomies@gmail.com
Full articles due Decemeber 1, 2015
Projected publication May 2016

{UPDATE] [DEADLINE EXTENDED: July 1] Radical Kinship

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:53pm
Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

Keynote: Omise'eke Tinsley, University of Texas at Austin
Conference Date: October 16, 2015

Kinships that cross boundaries often entail radical decenterings of family, community, or subjectivity. What happens
when Yellow Peril supports Black Power in Ferguson? When Maggie Simpson holds up a Je Suis Charlie sign?
When, in a single frame, Kordale and Kaleb dismantle stale notions of Black masculinity, queerness, and
fatherhood?
Can we undomesticate kinship?

Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation (Nov. 19-20, 2015)

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 11:54pm
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference
November 19-20, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Susan Phillips, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of English and Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor

West Indian Literature Conference 2015

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 6:18pm
University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus

The West Indian Literature Conference 2015 announces its call for papers for its biannual conference to be held from October 1rst to 3rd at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

CfP: Texts in times of conflict [DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS 5 JUNE]

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:16pm
The Centre for Textual Studies and The Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University

Reflecting on the seismic cultural and political shifts of his own time, Francis Bacon pinpointed 'printing, gunpowder, and the compass' as the technological drivers which had 'changed the appearance and state of the whole world'. Bacon's identification of communicative (print), violent (gunpowder) and technological (compass) forms of cultural expression and exchange as world-shaping continues to resonate, shaping the production and interpretation of texts.

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