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The Literary Canon and Sociohistorical Performances

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 5:34pm
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SAMLA 86: Humanities and Sustainability Nov. 7 - 9 2014 Atlanta, GA
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Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.

[UPDATE] Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects (SLSA Conference Panel)

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 6:03pm
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Matthew Dodson / Oregon State University
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Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects

Panel Proposal for Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2014 Conference – "Fluid" - Dallas, TX - Oct. 9-12, 2014

Send ~250 word abstract and a brief biographical note to Matthew Dodson at dodsonm@onid.orst.edu no later than April 20, 2014.

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Call for Monographs: Book Series on East-West Cultural Encounters in Literature & Cultural Studies

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 2:41am
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National Taiwan University Press
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This Series seeks scholarly works on intercultural encounters in literature, particularly East-West precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial contacts that expose, problematize, or re-create the sense of locality, historicity, and subjectivity. The Series especially welcomes monographs written in English or other languages translated into English. Conference volumes or edited volumes by multiple authors will not be considered at this time. Volumes of essays with a thematic focus written by a single author, however, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of revised doctoral dissertations which employ innovative concepts related to our topics. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

Intellectual Activism: Inaugural Issue of Postgraduate Journal Polyseme

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:43pm
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Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review
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Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review invites graduate students and scholars who have recently obtained their doctorates to submit original, unpublished essays and reviews related, however loosely, to the theme of its inaugural issue: intellectual activism.

Where do or should scholars stand with regard to activism and transformative politics? Does traditional scholarship confront and challenge the dominant culture or serve to safeguard the status quo in the privileged comfort of the "ivory tower" of academia? How can we re-envision the university as a place of intellectual activism or reinvent the role and responsibility of the scholar? These are a just few questions to be addressed in this issue.

Women and Work in Literature - Proposals Due May 15

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:44pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? Please send 250-500 word abstracts by May 15 directly to the conference website: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas Questions? Email Susanne Weil, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, Centralia College, Washington, sweil@centralia.edu.

CFP: Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:07am
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Tamkang University

The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

Time: December 19-20, 2014
Venue: Tamkang University
151 Ying-chuan Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Call for Papers

We take great pleasure in announcing the sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, to be hosted by the English Department at Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan, on December 19-20, 2014. The general theme of the conference is "Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement."

The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 2:59am
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Tamkang University

We take great pleasure in announcing the sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, to be hosted by the English Department at Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan, on December 19-20, 2014. The general theme of the conference is "Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement."

CCHA: Southern Sensations and Sensibilities Oct. 30 - Nov.1 Tampa FL

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:50pm
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The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division
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The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division, invites proposals from faculty, graduate students and administrators on "Southern Sensations and Sensibilities." The theme highlights the combinations and contradictions that create Southern life, past, present, and future, from "melancholy little dramas" to panoramic visions.
Possible topics for the theme include, but aren't limited to
• Characters, crime, and craziness in the South that shape literature, art, film, and performance
• Southern political, social, and historical trends and crossroads
• Cultural construction through Southern humor and humorists
• Civic engagement and service learning in the South

UPDATE: Urban Studies CFP

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:07pm
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Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)
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Call for Papers:
URBAN STUDIES
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.

UPDATE: Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:52pm
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Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)
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Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:25pm
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Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University
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Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its second bi-annual Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 10 & 11, 2014. The theme of this year's meeting, "Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture," highlights the interconnections between the experiences of Blacks living in Africa and the Black Diaspora and the significance of these experiences in the formation of past and current identities in a global world.

What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance (ASAP)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:42am
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Todd A. Comer, Defiance College
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Our collection, What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance, is now under contract, and we are interested in possibly adding one or two additional essays.

We seek essays which focus on the Occupy experience outside of New York City, describing and analyzing such marginal political experiences from a critical, future-oriented perspective. We are particularly looking for essays focused on medial or spatial/border issues. Essays (6-7,000 words) will need to be completed by early summer.

Please send any queries as soon as possible to Dr. Todd Comer (Defiance College) at occupydefiance@gmail.com.

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