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[UPDATE] South Asians in Africa

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:23pm
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MLA Special Session
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The following CFP is for a non-guaranteed Special session for the 2015 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association in Vancouver, organized jointly by the South Asian Literature and African Literature divisions.

South Asians in Africa: the literary, historical, and cinematic representation of the experience of the South Asian diaspora in Africa.

Edited Collection on the Aesthetics and Politics of Hunger (15 June,2014)

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 6:01pm
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Manisha Basu and Anastasia Ulanowicz

Within the past 50 years, practitioners of cultural studies and the humanities more generally have addressed the question of hunger in terms of the immediate, individual body. For example, scholars such as Susan Bordo have considered the ways in which individual practices of self-imposed hunger (for example, anorexia and bulimia) have played a significant role in the maintenance of Western, patriarchal standards of beauty and heteronormative relations. Although this present study acknowledges the contributions made by earlier interventions such as Bordo's, it ultimately seeks to address the question of hunger within a wider, historical-materialist framework.

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

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 4:03pm
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Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

Deadline for Submissions extended until March 30

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.

CFP Race & Ethnicity 2014 MPCA/MACA Conference

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:31pm
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Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
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Call for Proposals:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5th, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Race & Ethnicity 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.

Call for Papers: World Literature section of the 2014 Northeast Popular/American Culture Association conference

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 2:35pm
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Northeast Popular/American Culture Association
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The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of World Literature for its fall conference to be held at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island on October 24-25, 2014.

Proposals are due June 1, 2014.

If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send a proposal of approximately 250 to 500 words and a one to two page CV to both the World Literature area chair AND the program chair at the following addresses:

Area chair
Lindsey Hanlon

Program chair
Robert Hackey

Visionary Texts Past and Present: Reimagining the World

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:02am
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English Graduate Student Association at York University
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Visionary texts have shaped the world throughout history. Ancient philosophers, poets, and artists in every era have reimagined the world, and presented images that have inspired world-historical transformations. This conference will survey all manner of visionary texts (literary, artistic, musical, filmic), and examine how they have and continue to change the world. This conference invites a consideration of such influential interventions and their inspired visions in a wide range of historical periods and subject areas including, science, literature, religion, politics, art, and technology.

Alice Munro - 6-7 November 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 4:25pm
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Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

This international conference will focus on Alice Munro's first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968, and will try and offer new perspectives, some forty-five years after its publication. Contributors are welcome to adopt a variety of approaches that will illuminate the main themes, narrative strategies, literary traditions, modes of writing, generic traits and any other component of the short stories.

All papers will be delivered in English. Papers will then be peer-reviewed for publication.

Potential contributors are invited to send a provisional title as soon as possible to Vanessa Guignery, and then an abstract (300 words) along with a short biography (200 words) by 30 July 2014.

[UPDATE] American Imperialism and National Identity, 14th June, proposal deadline 28th March

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:16am
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Durham University (UK)
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Throughout the twentieth century the United States has risen to the role of World Power, with its political, cultural, social and economic influence stretching far beyond its own borders. Can the United States' actions abroad or even within its own borders be considered imperialistic? To what extent has the United States throughout its history and today been preoccupied with control and what role does the creation of identity play within this? Do the recent NSA leaks and the involvement of the United States in the Middle East come under the umbrella of a past of American imperialism or how else can these be understood? How has the role the United States plays within the world influenced identities and cultures within the United States?

Towards a World Literature - thematic section of "Ticontre" journal (n°2-2014) - deadline 05/04/2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 3:48am
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Stefano Calabrese, Antonio Coiro, Alice Loda
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Movement is a crucial factor in our time. The multiplication of paths, contacts, exchanges on a global scale is having a significant impact on literary production worldwide and, consequently, on the ways researchers and scholars observe, read and classify it. Over the last decades, as a consequence of the multiplication of migration writings and market extension, an increasing need for transnational views on literature has emerged. Whilst the notion of 'national' literature has been significantly problematized and discussed, numerous theoretical approaches entailing comprehensive and newest perspectives have arisen.

[UPDATE] Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:32am
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Megan Cannella
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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.

Please submit all proposals through the conference website:

CFP: Global Diasporas - Spectrality and the Uncanny, PAMLA 10/31-11/2 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:31pm
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PAMLA 2014
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"Global Diasporas: Spectrality and the Uncanny." PAMLA Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014

This special session has been approved for the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) Conference in Riverside, California from October 31 to November 2, 2014.

We are interested in papers looking at literary texts and cultural productions that examine the relations between diasporas and their homelands and hostlands through various representations of spectres, ghosts, haunting, and uncanny experiences or Gothic settings and plots.


Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:58am
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South Central Modern Language Association- SCMLA
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Chair: Sobia Khan,U of Texas-Dallas and Richland College,

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with a brief biographical note. The panel is open to all approaches and topics that relate to literary criticism and theory.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2014.

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CfP Special Issue: Early Career Researchers II

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:53am
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Gender Forum

Special Issue - Early Career Researchers II

In order to encourage the next generation of academics, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal GenderForum ( has launched its first annual Early Career Researchers Issue in October 2013. Now every October will see an issue that spotlights the work of emerging researchers.

Contributions can be new academic writing composed specifically for this issue, or exceptional, previously unpublished term papers on all topics pertaining to Gender Studies, Feminist Studies and/or Queer Theory.

ENCLS/REELC 6th Biennial Congress: "Longing and Belonging"

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:50am
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European Network for Comparative Literature and Comparative Literature Association of Ireland
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The congress will take place in two places (2 days each) Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway
Dates: 24-28 August 2015