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ACLA 2015 - Compromised Radicals and Failed Revolutions: The Unfinished Politics of the '70s

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:05am
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American Comparative Literature Association
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Since the turn of the twenty-first century, American writers have begun to return to the political and aesthetic moment of the late 1960s and 1970s. This turn has taken both a domestic and a global perspective: from the recent revival of interest in the Weather Underground as the United States' own stillborn revolutionary moment—we can think of Bill Siegel's 2002 documentary, new novels from Russell Banks and Jay Cantor, and the recent memoirs of David Gilbert, Bill Ayers and Cathy Wilkerson, to name just a few—to a revisiting of 1970s global insurgencies in places such as Italy, India, and South Africa as in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowlands, and Chris Abani's The Secret History of Las Vegas respectively.

Aesthetics and Catastrophe: Women's Transnational Narratives in the 21st Century--ACLA 2015 (26-29 March)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:02am
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Stephenie Young & Adele Parker/Salem State University & College of the Holy Cross

ACLA Seminar: Aesthetics and Catastrophe: Women's Transnational Narratives in the 21st Century

Please submit your abstract by Oct. 14th
http://acla.org/seminars

ACLA 2015 CFP: Europe and Its Other(3/26-3/29, Seattle, WA)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:52am
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Hiroki Yoshikuni, University of Tokyo; Yoshiaki Mihara, Doshisha University

Although it was significantly eclipsed by the United States and the Soviet Union in the last century, Europe was once a name for total domination of the world, a name that not only commanded cultural and political authority but also was—and still is—tied up with memories of its violence and crime. Franz Fanon famously declared, "leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their own streets, in all the corners of the globe." On the other hand, however, there is a sense of incompleteness about this name.

4/30-5/2/2014 NeMLA conference, Toronto; submit by 9/30/2014

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 2:27pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association

Dealing with Academic Stress and Personal Crises
This board-sponsored roundtable aims to help NeMLA's members deal with academic stress and personal crises (e.g. divorce, death, serious health issues, caregiving, among other challenges). The goal of this roundtable is sharing helpful suggestions and strategies with the audience rather than telling personal stories. To ensure that participants represent different professional categories and that all types of crises are covered, interested participants are invited to submit their detailed 300- to 350-word proposals.
Chair: Josephine McQuail

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NEMLA 2015: Urban Ecology and the Postcolonial Global Subject

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 1:36pm
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Vivek Freitas, Tufts University
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This panel considers the specific role of urban environments in imagining postcolonial subjects' relationship to the world. How and why do cities function as the locus for a cosmopolitan identity, while villages remain the bearers of tradition? How have discourses of globalization and environmental justice changed considerations of postcolonial subjectivity and environments in our century? What literary innovations have helped represent the sedimented historical landscapes of colonialism, global capitalism, and histories of devastation?

Chair: Vivek Freitas

Area: Anglophone

Cross: Culture & Media Studies

Government / Literature - ACLA 2015 (26-29 March)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:18am
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Nicholas Hengen Fox & Kevin Riordan / Portland Community College & Nanyang Technological University
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"Government" and "literature" belong to different spheres, exercise different forms of power, and are studied in different departments. As literary scholars, we often pit literature as a positive (humanizing, expressive, or empowering) force against negative (impersonal, bureaucratic, or oppressive) governments. Or, perhaps more commonly, we treat governments as irrelevant to the production and circulation of literary works. This seminar works to move beyond these familiar positions. We welcome papers from varied national, transnational, and historical contexts that stage the relation between government and literature in new and surprising ways.

[REMINDER] World Literature/Immigrant Literature (NeMLA 2015) — DUE 9/30

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:35am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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When asked about the influences of immigrant fiction on her own writing, Jhumpa Lahiri told the New York Times, 'I don't know what to make of the term 'immigrant fiction.' […] If certain books are to be termed immigrant fiction, what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction?

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