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Transgressive Borders of Desire: Posthuman Eros (CFP Deadline: 4/30/16)

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 4:54pm
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MMLA 2016 (November 10-13, 2016)
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Transgressive Borders of Desire: Posthuman Eros

This panel aims to re-imagine the limits of desire and welcomes proposals that focus on cross-species intimacy, machine love, object infatuation, and/or any other critical investigation of desire that pushes beyond humanist boundaries and focuses on hybrid, posthuman forms of erotic or intimate couplings. Interdisciplinary and multimedia proposals are highly encouraged.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words by April 30th, 2016 to Erik Fuhrer at EFuhrer@nd.edu.

Science and the Gendered Body in Literary Discourse (4/28/2016; Commission on Literature and Science Sept. 7-9, 2016)

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 1:38pm
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J. A. Hayden, University of Tampa
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This panel looks at the representation of the scientific 'body' in the literature of the greater eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Some of the questions that might be posed here could include how this literary/historical period perceived, defined and/or categorized scientific constructions of the body? What role did gender play in this construction? How did the non-scientific community adapt or subvert scientific understanding about gender and the body?

Early Modern Science and the Grotesque [4/28/2016; Commission on Literature & Science, Austria Sept 7-9]

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 1:27pm
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J. A. Hayden, University of Tampa
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This panel probes the representation of the grotesque and science in early modern European discourse, whether in the travel narrative or other literary discourse, such as memoirs, letters, notes on experiments, or even the publications from various royal societies. The narrative may, in fact, be factual or fictional, published or in manuscript form. While the definition of the term "grotesque" and its context is relatively open, the grotesque must be clear and it must connect with early modern science and literary discourse in some immediate way. For this panel, I will consider early modern as dating from 1500 to 1700. Please forward by April 28, 2016 an abstract of 250 words and a vita to J. A.

Women Situated in Political Conflict: Utopia or Dystopia?; SAMLA, November 4-6, 2016

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:58pm
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Kelly Batchelder/Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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In a 2008 interview, a former female IRA volunteer of the Northern Irish Troubles explained, "Sometimes you wonder if your life had to be so different…you only resort to that type of method [violence] when you've nothing else, when your back's against the wall. War is not nice; war is a bad thing and nobody unless they really have to should really go there…war's hell." Violent political conflict under any circumstance is less than utopic, yet for many women it is the very catalyst that allows them to move away from traditional gender roles. What does examining women in fictional works where political conflict is the backdrop tell us about cultural notions of especially gender, but also of race, class, sexuality, and religion?

Ideas and Realities: Creative Writing in Asia Today

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:28am
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Asia Pacific Writers and Translators

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference (APWT) 2016
25th – 27th November, Guangzhou, China, plus follow on events in Hong Kong and Macau.

http://www.apwriter.org

This year, APWT's annual conference 'Ideas and Realities – Creative Writing in Asia Today' will be hosted by the Centre for Creative Writing within the School of Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou.

Racism and Discrimination in the Sporting World

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:38am
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Universitas Press

Racism and Discrimination in the Sporting World
An interdisciplinary volume to be edited by:
Professor of French and Fulbright Scholar
Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.
Canisius College

What is it about culture and society that creates an environment in which an athlete is able to excel or fail in his/her respective sport? Which factors, such as racism, discrimination, financial advantage or hardship, propel or hinder an athlete's achievements? This volume seeks to explore how the world of sports is often a microcosm of the real world and the many ways in which it uniquely reflects cultural and societal issues. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines.

Growing Up with the Undead: Vampires in the 20th- and 21st-Century Literature, Films and Television for Young Children

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:34am
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Universitas Press
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Since Bram Stoker's seminal vampire novel, Dracula, published in 1897, the figure of the vampire has been a persistent presence in Western popular culture. Though largely the remit of adult audiences since the 1970s, the vampire has become increasingly present in narratives (books/films/television) for younger children. In fact, in the 21st century, one might even ven-ture to say it is a staple of the genre. During this time the meaning of the vampire itself has drastically changed from a symbol of otherness and potential danger to one that accepts dif-ference and offers agency to all young readers.

CFP: thresholds no. 1, Extraneous

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:31am
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Fran McDonald, Whitney Trettien

thresholds is a new digital journal co-edited by Whitney Trettien (UNC) and Fran McDonald (U. Louisville). The journal's platform bears witness to the dynamic processes that constitute reading and writing by way of a split-screen architecture. On the left side of the screen, we publish short essays (essayer – trial, attempt, test). The right side of the screen is populated by the various text fragments, images, audio, and video clips that inspired the author and propelled the corresponding work. Unlike a footnote or endnote, these fragments are not explicitly harnessed to the essay's main body; they do not rustle the reader toward a specific interpretative conclusion.

Urban Studies Popular Culture - MPCA/ACA 2016 Conference

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 1:13am
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Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA
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Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference

Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL - Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Deadline: April 30, 216

The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.

Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (MidMoot III): Sept 24-25, 2016

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 11:57pm
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Mythgard Institute at Signum University
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The Mythgard Institute at Signum University is pleased to announce the third annual Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (known affectionately as MidMoot III) on September 24-25, 2016 at the University of Maryland at College Park. Additional details about the symposium will be announced in the summer, including special guests. We are accepting proposals now for short presentations intended to foster discussion. Presentation topics are welcome in the following areas:

Intertitles - a collection of essays on the printed text in silent cinema

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 7:14pm
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Gregory Robinson/Nevada State College
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This is a call for short proposals (title + 50-100 words) that could be developed into longer essays for a collection on intertitles - the printed text in silent movies. Potential topics include:

Intertitles and silent cinema
Intertitles and translation
Intertitles and adaptation
Intertitles in other mediums
Reading on screen
Projected text/embedded text
Intertitle writers
Intertitle cliches
intersections of text and image

Short proposals due: July 1st, 2016
Email: Gregory Robinson ~ gregory.robinson@nsc.edu

For more information on the project, visit:

After(-)Lives -- Deadline 30th July, 2016

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 4:45pm
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ANTAE - A Postgraduate Journal on the Interspaces of English Studies
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'While we talk, the sun is getting older. It will explode in 4.5 billion years.'
Jean François Lyotard, 'Can Thought Go on Without a Body?'

'living on can mean a reprieve or an afterlife, "life after life" or life after death, more life as more than life, and better; the state of suspension in which it's over - and over again'
Jacques Derrida, 'Living On: Borderlines'

'Whether my life had been before that sleep
The Heaven which I imagine, or a Hell
Like this harsh world in which I wake to weep,
I know not'
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'The Triumph of Life'

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