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Intellectual Activism: Inaugural Issue of Postgraduate Journal Polyseme

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:43pm
Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review

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Culture Review invites graduate students and scholars who have recently obtained their doctorates to submit original, unpublished essays and reviews related, however loosely, to the theme of its inaugural issue: intellectual activism.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
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

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
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
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
The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division

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
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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
Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

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
Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University

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
Todd A. Comer, Defiance College

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.

[Update] Modernist Studies Association Conference, 6-9 November 2014; "Modernity, Contingency, Community" panel

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:07am
Steph Brown/University of Arizona; Thomas Claviez/University of Bern

The Confluence and Division website poses the question "How can modernist practices, aesthetics, and formations be situated within or in relation to modernity's energies, imagined as layers, structures, and figures of confluence and division?" We suggest that modernist representations of contingency afford unique ways of situating these energies in a variety of aesthetic, political, and philosophical contexts. Our panel proposes to examine texts, artifacts, and modernist contexts in which communities are constructed in relation to, and make productive use of, a phenomenon that has been identified as one of the key characteristics of modernity: that of contingency.

Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society, 4-6 September 2014

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 4:02pm
Simon Perris, Classics Programme, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)

Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), 4-6 September 2014

Keynote speaker: Prof. Witi Ihimaera (author of The Whale Rider)
Convenors: Prof. Jeff Tatum and Dr. Simon Perris (Classics Programme, V.U.W.)

First deadline for abstracts: Monday 5 May, 2014
Final deadline for abstracts: Monday 2 June, 2014

MMLA 2014: The (Digital) Lives of Cities (Nov. 13-16) DUE MAY 31

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:12am
MMLA Digital Humanities Permanent Section

Midwest Modern Language Association 2014: The Lives of Cities
November 13-16, 2014 | Detroit, MI

In Programmed Visions, Wendy Chun suggests that "the call to map may be the most obscuring of all: by constantly drawing connections between data points, we sometimes forget that the map should be the beginning, rather than the end, of the analysis" (177). With this year's MMLA conference theme of "The Lives of Cities," the second annual permanent section of digital humanities will explore criticisms of, experiments with, and provocations on mapping, geographic visualization, or other conceptions of urban space that work with or against the digital. Possible topics/projects include:

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