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Art/Literature/Music as Satire and Social Commentary in the 21st Century

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:08pm
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The New Union
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We require articles on political and cultural subjects for issue 3 of The New Union. For more information and to see our current issue, visit www.new-union.co.uk. Please be sure to read our 'About' page.

We are particularly interested in publishing articles that look at how art, literature, music, etc are used as a means of satire or social commentary in the twenty-first century.

Articles should be between 4,000-6,000 words long, do not need to be written in an academic style, and should include no footnotes. Please send completed articles to editors@new-union.co.uk by 31 July 2014.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers on Television, MPCA/ACA Conference October 3-5 2014

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:06pm
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Cory Barker, Television Area Chair
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Update: The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 15, 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS ON TELEVISION

Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association 2014 Conference

Oct. 3-5, 2014

JW Marriot Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN
10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 860-5800.

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2014 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

CFP: Melancholy Ethics – Ecocriticism and the Moving Image in a Planetary Age, July 5-6, 2014

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:09am
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The Program Committee of the Association for Studies of Culture and Representation
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CFP: Melancholy Ethics – Ecocriticism and the Moving Image in a Planetary Age

The Program Committee of the Association for Studies of Culture and Representation invites proposal submissions for an interdisciplinary panel titled "Melancholy Ethics – Ecocriticism and the Moving Image in a Planetary Age." The panel will be held at the 9th Annual Meeting on July 5-6, 2014 at the Komaba campus of the University of Tokyo, Japan. We are looking for 20 minutes presentations in either English or Japanese language that address theoretical and historical issues of moving image in general and images of the city in particular raised by the present planetary situation. The deadline for proposal submissions is May 15, 2014.

CFP Spatial Justice and Diaspora: Law, Chaos and Postcoloniality (Deadline 30 June 2014)

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:18am
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Critical Legal Conference, University of Sussex

This stream will engage with critical theories of spatiality in relation to issues of postcoloniality, globalisation, diaspora, and migration. It will interrogate scales of legality across multiple jurisdictions and consider the development of an aesthetics of resistance in diasporic communities. In an increasingly interconnected, 'globalised' world, there is a growing demand for a recognition of processes of adaptation and resistance in the form of legal pluralism as a historical contingency. This demand varies in its articulation, from decolonial refraction to the empirical negotiation of diasporic laws and the call for a redefinition of the nation-state as the irrevocable 'centre'.

Reconstruction, Conservation, Restoration: Reconciling the Past through Word and Image

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 6:20pm
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University of Dundee
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'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)

BIRTH STUDIES AREA MPCA/ACA Oct. 3-5, 2014 (deadline extended, May 15)

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 8:16am
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Todd A. Comer, Defiance College
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2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:

Laughter in the Digital Age -- A Special Issue of Comedy Studies

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:49pm
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Peter C. Kunze, University at Albany, SUNY
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"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University at Albany, SUNY

Websites, social media platform, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, and studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, exhibited, and distributed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:

CFP Subculture: MPCA/ACA 2014 Annual Conference - DEADLINE MAY 15

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:57pm
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Morgan Shipley / Area Chair

Call for Proposals:

SUBCULTURE

2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association/

American Culture Association Conference

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5th, 2014

JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Subculture Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed.

MSA 16: The Other Senses of Modernism

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 2:50pm
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Yaron Aronowicz/ Princeton University
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While there has been increasing attention to the senses more generally and to the 'lower' senses of smell, taste, and touch in recent years, it is pretty clear that most scholarship on modernism that focuses on sensation is visually (and to a lesser extent aurally) oriented. Attention to the visual in modernist scholarship has allowed us to ask important questions about surface and glamour, affect and image, the urban landscape and the commodity, race and sexuality. But our largely visual version of modernism has also, perhaps, not allowed us to conceptualize and encounter the other senses of modernism.

Marginalised Mainstream 2014: Disguise conference, 28-29 November, London, UK [ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 30 May 2014]

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:28am
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Marginalised Mainstream 2014

Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)

28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld

In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.

[UPDATE] Nineteenth Century Popular Culture deadline 5/15 (Midwest PCA/ACA October 3-5 2014)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:02pm
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Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference
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Call for Papers:
NINETEENTH CENTURY POPULAR CULTURE
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: April 30, 2014
http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/

Topics may include, but are not limited to, historical and literary treatments of women's and children's periodicals or books, international affairs, nineteenth century "fads" or trends, travel/tourism, technology, science and medicine, temperance, advertising, and slavery.

[UPDATE] Asian Literature (Standing Session) at PAMLA 2014 (Oct. 31–Nov. 2), Riverside, CA

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:57pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

CFP: Asian Literature (Standing Session) at PAMLA 2014 (Oct. 31–Nov. 2) in Riverside, CA
Deadline: Thursday, May 15

Papers are sought for the Asian Literature standing session at the 112th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, to take place from October 31 to November 2 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA.

Natural Phenomena and Spaces in Early Modern Literature

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:41pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Early Modern/Renaissance Literature as examined through an ecocritical or natural lens. Paper proposals addressing the conference theme of Sustainability are especially welcome. By June 1, 2014, please submit a 200-250 word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Mary Grace Elliott, University of New Hampshire, at mge1108@gmail.com.

Dominican Blackness (special issue); Abstracts by 7/15/2014, Articles by 12/1/2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:41am
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The Black Scholar
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The editors of The Black Scholar welcome essays for a special issue examining the complexity of black cultural politics and identity in the Dominican Republic. This special issue seeks to analyze Dominican racial relations against the grain of the cross-disciplinary consensus, primarily U.S.-based, that focuses on Dominicans' "negrophobia," "anti-Haitianism," and "self-hatred." In this way, the issue inserts itself into a globally comparative Black Studies, including the articulations and disarticulations between blackness in the US, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

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