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New Research in North American Book History: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico [NEMLA, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015]

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 2:31pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, 2015
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Much contemporary work in the history of the book remains oriented within a nationalist tradition. This panel, instead, will present new research by literary scholars and book historians in which the transnational movement of authors, texts, printers, and publishers across North American borders and borderlands affects our understanding of the production, distribution, consumption, and reception of material texts. Taking a hemispheric approach to examining how books, individuals, and issues such as copyright move across or through national boundaries allows us to ask larger questions in book history about textual meaning, the history of communications and communications technologies, and the economics of the printing/publishing industries.

[UPDATE] Rereading, Revisiting, and Reinventing Faulkner for the 21st Century / SAMLA 86, Nov. 7-9 / Abstracts Due Jun. 15

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:48am
full name / name of organization: 
The William Faulkner Society / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This panel seeks papers that explore and excavate SAMLA 86's themes of sustainability and renewal in the works of William Faulkner. As the geographical compass of Faulkner Studies has shifted ever southward and Faulkner criticism has embraced postcolonial, transatlantic, and digital humanities readings of his work, we believe the time is ripe for scholarly reconsiderations of those works otherwise thought to be critically overexposed. We interpret the terms "sustainability" and "renewal" broadly and invite abstracts that approach Faulkner's work from a unique textual or theoretical perspective, particularly those that seek to revise, reinterpret, and/or reinvigorate Faulkner criticism for the 21st century.

NEMLA 2015 CFP Steampunk Femininity: Recasting the Angel in the House (Sept. 10 2014)

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:24am
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Chamutal Noimann - BMCC City University of New York
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We seek proposals for an approved panel for the 2015 NEMLA conference in Toronto.

Through consistent creation of powerful female heroines the likes of which we have never seen in Victorian literature, Steampunk has emerged as a strong feminist voice that addresses contemporary and current discourses on femininity simultaneously and rethinks our ideas of Victorian gender roles. This panel seeks to examine how Steampunk Young Adult and graphic novels subvert Victorian patriarchy and Empire by creating an alternate past that reimagines them both. Please submit 300-word abstract and bio.

Area: British, Women's and Gender Studies

Deadline for abstracts Sept. 30, 2014

Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: A Collection

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 3:07pm
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Co-edited by Sarah Jaquette Ray and J. C. Sibara / Under contract with University of Nebraska Press

We are editing a scholarly volume that brings disability studies in dialogue with the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. While scholars in the environmental humanities have been troubling the dichotomy between "wild" and "built" environments, and writing about the "material turn," trans-corporealities, and "slow violence" for several years now, few focus on the robust and related work being done in the field of disability studies, which takes as a starting point the contingency between environments and bodies.

NeMLA session: "MEMSAHIB RE-DEFINED" [Deadline: Sept 30, 2014]

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 12:46pm
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Dr. Susmita Roye, Delaware State University, USA
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MEMSAHIB RE-DEFINED: EXPLORING THE CONNOTATIONS OF THE TERM

Memsahib – the term literally means "Sahib's wife" or the "lady mistress" – is usually associated with white women in British India. For this reason, despite the fact that the term continues to be used today in independent India, its use cannot be divorced from its colonial conception because, more often than not, especially in the academic scholarship, the term's association with British colonialism in India is analyzed. Examining the image of memsahibs and the nexus between gender and imperialism in India has garnered considerable scholarly attention (e.g. Claire Midgley, Indrani Sen and Margaret Strobel, among others).

COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE - The Colonial Text as a Lens for Contemporary Issues (Deadline: 6/15/14)

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 3:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
William Michael Lake / South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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Referring perhaps in part to the crisis of the humanities, a recent SAMLA newsletter states that "shifting employment and institutional structures pose potential threats to long‐standing models of our profession." Accordingly, this session examines the value of Spanish colonial texts in reaching more objective understandings of contemporary issues. Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: modern representations of colonial writings; the colonial feminist; political identity and philosophy; religious and/or psycho-social dynamics; the colonial educational paradigm and its evolution over time; the practice of and access to medicine; stereotyping and indigenous rights; and so on.

Pennsylvania College English Association 2014 Conference

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:03am
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Pennsylvania College English Association
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Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2014 Conference

Ramada State College Hotel and Conference Center

1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA, 16801

1-866-460-7456

October 3-4, 2014

PCEA invites either panels or individual papers for the 2014 PCEA Conference.

Proposals in any and all areas of English (or English-related) studies are welcome: literature, film, composition studies, professional writing, creative writing, linguistics, popular culture, et al. Both pedagogical and theoretical proposals are encouraged. We also welcome the reading of original creative writing.

PCEA invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit proposals.

Special issue: Neocolonial Politics of Sustainability

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:20pm
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Andrew Opitz / darkmatter (journal)
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The journal darkmatter is currently accepting articles that explore how racial politics born of colonial and neocolonial relations of production influence current debates about sustainability, food security, and efforts to address global climate change. Academic and governmental discussions about these pressing international problems often focus rather narrowly on diagnoses and solutions drawn from the natural sciences — new strategies for rooftop agriculture, carbon capture technologies or genetically modified fish stocks, for example. However, twenty-first century barriers to sustainability cannot be fully addressed without also grappling with patterns of land use, economic development, racism and social inequality rooted in the colonial past.

NeMLA 2015: Rethinking the Anglo-Indian Gothic (30 September 2014)

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:15pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
46th Annual Convention
April 30-May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario
Host: Ryerson University
Hotel: The Fairmont Royal York

Session Title:
Spectral Uprisings as Imperialist Critique: Rethinking the Anglo-Indian Gothic

Session Chair:
Melissa Edmundson Makala

NEMLA 2015 CFP: Reading Indigenous Literatures of North America in the Absence of Western Theory

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:01pm
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Carrie Louise Sheffield University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Reading Indigenous Literatures of North America in the Absence of Western Theory

This panel invites papers that read Indigenous texts via Indigenous theoretical lenses. Key questions to consider are "how can Indigenous texts be read and analyzed without falling back on Western theoretical traditions?" And "what is Indigenous theory?" This panel welcomes various paper topics including:

1. The state of Indigenous theory/theories—present and future;
2. Commentary on important moments/critics from the past;
3. Application of Indigenous theory to Indigenous American texts (literature, art, music, pop-culture, etc.).

Centennial Study of My Ántonia, 2-page proposals due 1 February 2015

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 1:14pm
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Holly Blackford, Rutgers University-Camden
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Proposals are sought for a collection that will offer readers an in-depth study of the 100-year life and legacy of My Ántonia, in the context of up-to-date research. The collection intends to situate My Ántonia in its original sociocultural and literary context; explore the core themes and perspectives in the novel; and mark its legacy in a variety of ways. It aims to convey the full complexity of the novel and its issues by drawing upon historical and contemporary frameworks of understanding. The following list of topics is suggestive but not prescriptive.

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