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Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood in Literature Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Oct 22-24, 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:05am
full name / name of organization: 
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement

In 1976, Adrienne Rich broke new ground with her text Of Woman Born, in which she challenged scholars to confront their tendency to avoid discussions of motherhood, observing: "We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood." Rich's book helped to launch the academic study of mothering in literature, as evidenced by the publication of several key texts: The Lost Tradition: Mothers and Daughters in Literature (1980), Mother Puzzles: Daughters and Mothers in Contemporary American Literature (1989), Women's Fiction Between the Wars: Mothers, Daughters, and Writing (1998), This Giving Birth: Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women's Writing (2000), and Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts (2010).

British Culture after 9/11, 27 June 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:59am
full name / name of organization: 
Rehana Ahmed / Teesside University, UK
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*Deadline for proposals: 31 March*

British Culture after 9/11

Teesside University (Darlington Campus)
Friday 27 June 2014

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Claire Chambers (University of York)
Professor Peter Morey (University of East London)
Avaes Mohammad (poet, playwright, performer)

Utopia and Nonviolence: 15th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society. Prague, 2–5 July 2014.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
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The special focus of the 2014 conference of The Utopian Studies Society is nonviolence and its relationship to utopianism. Our politics and culture are built around violence and war. As already Ralph W. Emerson observed, "[t]hat the project of peace should appear visionary to great numbers of sensible men; should appear laughable, even, to numbers; should appear to the grave and good-natured to be embarrassed with extreme practical difficulties, —is very natural." Moreover, nonviolent ends are often justified by violent means; we "fight" for justice and peace. Even the word "nonviolence"—like utopia—is defined by a lack; and likewise charged with idealism or wishful thinking.

AGENT ORANGE AND THE POLITICS OF POISONS (November 1 & 2, 2014)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 6:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
The Gradate School of Intercultural Communication, Okinawa Christian University

BACKGROUND: Okinawa occupies a pivotal - if tragic - position in the international history of biological and chemical weapons. During the US military's control of Okinawa between 1945 and 1972, the Pentagon tested biological weapons on the island and stored its largest stockpile of chemical munitions outside the continental United States. According to veterans and military documents, Agent Orange was also kept on Okinawa during the Vietnam War when the island served as a forward staging post for the conflict. In 1969, a leak of nerve gas on Okinawa sickened U.S. service members and sparked far-reaching ramifications.

Women in Indian Popular Culture - Submission Deadline April 30

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:40pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association
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Women in Indian Popular Culture

In the past few years, as India confronted several violent rape cases in the real world, powerful actresses Sridevi, Madhuri, and Juhi Chawla have returned to film with feminist roles. Is this related or a coincidence? Over the past decades what influence have women's portrayal on film had on the culture of India? What can we find by doing a feminist reading of the most popular films of India? What about the popular Saas/Bahu soap operas? Will the rise of powerful women in the industry, such as Ekta Kapoorand Zoya Akhtar, do anything to change the current trends? Or are they causing them?

Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

India and America Panel Talk- Oct. 3 - 5

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association
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India and America in Popular Culture

Over Christmas 2013, Dhoom 3 released in to enormous international success, both in India where it was produced and in America, where it was filmed. More and more these two countries are cementing their trade deals with sharing popular culture. Everything from Yo Yo Honey Singh's Hip Hop influenced songs to Diwali episodes of The Office to Shahrukh Khan presenting at the Golden Globes show these increasing ties. Is this a new form of colonialism or is it an equal partnership? How are the products adapted as the travel between cultures? What is lost and what is gained?

Indian Regionalism in Popular Culture Panel- Oct. 3 - 5

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association
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Indian Regional Issues
India is a country with over a thousand separate languages, 6 major religions, and 28 states. Since independence in 1947, India has dealt with multiple issues related to the differences within its population. This panel seeks to investigate how these differences have been explored in popular culture. How was the Tamil community shown in Chennai Express, Kashmir in Roja, or Sri Lanka/Tamil in Madras Café? What about the national popularity of the Punjabi singers Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mika Singh, and Hard Kaur? Or southern dancers like Aishwarya Rai, Hema Malini, and Vyjantimala being embraced by the Hindi film industry?

India and England in Popular Culture Panel - Oct. 3 - 5

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:45am
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association
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India and England in Popular Culture

How does popular culture engage with the colonial history and present day relationship between England and India? Since the beginning of British expansion into South Asia, popular culture from both England and the Indian subcontinent has struggled with this clash of identities. Materials from The Moonstone and Devdas to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Nameste London have endeavored to reconcile the conflict within the two separate, but forever linked, communities.

Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

Friday-Sunday, 3-5 October 2014 Indianapolis, IN

CFP [Deadline Reminder] Grief. Language. Art. (Liverpool, 8-10 July 2014)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:09am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Liverpool
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Keynotes:

- Dr David Bolt(Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University)

- Professor Clara Mucci (Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara)

- Dr Julie-Marie Strange (History at the University of Manchester)

More about speakers: http://melancholyandpain.liv.ac.uk/?page_id=325

Link to CFP: http://melancholyandpain.liv.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CFP-G.L.A....

DEADLINE EXTENDED Shapeshifters: Recycling and Literature (April 25-26, 2014) Yale University

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 1:33am
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University

SHAPESHIFTERS: Recycling and Literature
Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) and Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA)

We are looking for a few more papers to fill out some of our panels. We would be particularly interested in relevant papers dealing with poetry, film and art history.

Cosmological Confluences in the 20th Century/MSA 2014

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Margaret Greaves and Sumita Chakraborty/Emory University
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Call for Papers: Cosmological Confluences in the 20th Century
Modernist Studies Association: November 6-9, 2014
Conference Theme: Confluence & Division
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Lamar Journal of the Humanities -- open topic

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 8:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
Amy C. Smith/Lamar University
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The Lamar Journal of the Humanities is an interdisciplinary journal published twice yearly by the College of Arts and Sciences of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Papers of interdisciplinary or general interest in the fields of literature, history, contemporary culture, and the fine arts are appropriate for submission. Languages accepted are English, German, French, and Spanish. Detailed studies of highly specialized topics, literary explications which do not elucidate broader historical or ideological issues, and statistical essays in the social sciences are not encouraged but will be considered. Manuscripts, normally not to exceed 6000 words, should conform to The MLA Handbook or The Chicago Manual of Style.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: Rhetoric of War 12th Annual International Conference, May 23-24, 2014 (Abstracts due March 30)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 5:20pm
full name / name of organization: 
Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

Rhetoric of War
12th Annual International Conference, 23-24 May 2014

The Department of English at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May. The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.

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