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Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and the Will of Literature


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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:58pm
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The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference
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CFP: The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference

Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and
the Will of Literature

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

City University of New York

April 23-25, 2015

Abstracts due: September 15, 2014

Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects (SLSA Conference Panel)

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 4:18pm
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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 5, 2014.

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Writing Anew: Critical, Cultural, and Canonical Innovations in Literature

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:40pm
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University of North Texas Graduate Students of English Association

Interpreting the act of writing as one of (re)invention and (re)constitution
equips burgeoning critics and creative writers to engage the written word along the axes of power, politics, and persuasion.

The 2014 UNT Critical Voices Conference, which will take place on March 22, 2014, invites critical and creative pieces that both celebrate
and challenge the canonical, historical, and/or political structures with which authors have interacted for centuries.

Authors may submit an abstract of 200-500 words (for
a piece of literary/cultural criticism) or an excerpt (for a creative piece to UNTCriticalVoices@gmail.com

Resisting Empire Through Humor - MLA 2015 (Vancouver) 8-11 January 2015

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:25pm
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Katherine Bishop and Adele Holoch

"A joke is a very serious thing." – Winston Churchill

Laughter can be a powerful weapon. It can be a tool of resistance, an assertion of superiority, or an outlet for relief. It can establish (or strengthen) a sense of community, or it can set an individual apart. This panel seeks to examine the use of humor in the context of empire. How do texts leverage these and other capacities of laughter to contest, undermine, create, or celebrate? We welcome papers addressing the intersections of laughter and imperial or post-colonial power in all geographic and historical contexts.

[Deadline Extended to March 1st] Theory/Post-Theory: An Interdisciplinary Conference

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:01am
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Graduate Students Association, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Due to the spirited discussion that has already been generated in response to our initial announcement, the Berkeley Rhetoric community would like to submit a revised call for papers with an extended deadline of March 1st. Notifications will be sent by mid-March.

Theory/Post-Theory: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Organized by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley
April 18th, 2014
Keynote Address: Professor David N. Rodowick (Chicago)
http://posttheory2014.tumblr.com/

[UPDATE] UBCO Graduate Conference - Rethinking Sustainability: New Critical and Cultural Horizons - May 2 – 3, 2014

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:31pm
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University of British Columbia Okanagan IGSA

University of British Columbia Okanagan IGS Graduate Studies Conference 2014 May 2 – 3, 2014

Rethinking Sustainability: New Critical and Cultural Horizons

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, University of Northern British Columbia

MLA Committee for the Community College

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:33pm
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Susannah Chewning
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The MLA Committee for the Community College is sponsoring two sessions for the MLA Convention in January of 2015 in Vancouver. Visit www.mla.org for more information about the convention.

Session 2: Crossing Borders: Seeking papers that address literal borders (national, physical) and less obvious cultural and social borders. Special emphasis on the various Canada/US borders and margins (linguistic, literary, cultural, and imagined). Deadline for one-page abstracts is March 21.

Negotiating Archives of Redemption in Modernism, MLA 2015 Special Session Proposal

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:33am
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Christopher Langlois, University of Western Ontario
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In Religion and Violence, Hent de Vries argues that the "critical resources of the historical phenomenon called religion […] constitute an immense archive of concepts and figures, practices and dispositions, whose analytical yet highly ambiguous potential for the present age we have not yet begun to fathom" (35). This panel assumes that the concept and figure of redemption represents such an archival site that, in the midst of the "return to religion" that we are witnessing today, is worth our time re-opening.

Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism and Decadence, 1860-1920

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:14am
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Oxford University and University of Kent

Over the past twenty years, the term "cosmopolitanism" has been the focus of intense critical reflection and debate across the humanities. For some, it represents a potential remedy for oppressive and antagonistic models of national identity and a means of addressing the ethical, economic, and political dilemmas produced by globalisation. Others consider it a peculiarly insidious form of imperialism, and argue that it advocates an untenable ideal of a privileged, rootless observer, detached from — and disposed to romanticise or commodify — very real injustices and inequalities. Meanwhile, the "transatlantic" has emerged as a popular critical framework and field of inquiry for historians and literary scholars.

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, May 22-24, Proposal Deadline March 1, 2014

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 6:39am
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Department of Women's and Gender Studies/Institute of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Winnipeg

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism invites writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers.

Kings of Infinite Space?: Renaissance Literature and the Spatial Turn (October 16-19, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:43pm
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Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
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Literary critic Robert Tally has identified what he calls a "turn to the spatial" in humanistic inquiry over the past generation. The insights of spatial theorists like Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Bertrand Westphal, as well as those of radical geographers like Doreen Massey, Edward Soja, David Harvey, and Yi-Fu Tuan have altered how literary critics speak about the idea of "space" in relation to literary production. The "turn to the spatial" has been particularly embraced by those who work on literature in an era of the internet and globalization in which our very understanding of how space is experienced is so radically different.

[UPDATE] Mirrored Subjectivities (4/18-19/14)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 5:20pm
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Mirrored Subjectivities / University of New Mexico

Call for Papers

Sixth Annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

April 18-19, 2014

Mirrored Subjectivities: Technology and Visual Representation in Film and other Media

Keynote lecture to be delivered by: Dr. Bambi Haggins, Arizona State University

Religion after War (MLA 2015, 8-11 January-Vancouver)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:54pm
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Modern Language Association, Division of Literature and Religion
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Religion after War
From the Crusades to Afghanistan, from the Bhagavad-Gita to Wiesel's Night--papers welcomed on how wartime experiences have led to literary expressions of religious doubt, affirmation, and exploration. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Liam Corley (wccorley@csupomona.edu).

Panel sponsored by MLA Division on Literature and Religion.

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