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Afro-Mexico: Negotiating a Cultural Identity through Dance

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 3:47am
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Joana A. Guzman
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This research looks at the cultural performances and popular celebrations practiced by Afro-Mexicans from the colonial period to the 20th century in the regions of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guerrero. The goal is to demonstrate how the use of performance and popular traditions has impacted Afro-Mexicans in the shaping of an imagined community, giving space for agency in the formation of their cultural identity. The scholarship of the African diaspora in Mexico is a relatively fresh area of study. Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran (1945) pioneered the documentation of their economic history including slavery and origins. Other themes of study rely on sociopolitical aspects, geographic studies, gender, magic and spirituality.

(Update) Call for Abstracts for Critical Insights: Civil Rights

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 3:22am
full name / name of organization: 
Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
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From its flawed notion of "separate but equal" to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based.

Interdisciplinary and Transnational Volume on Vegetarianism, Proposals due May 30, 2016

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 9:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
Adam Shprintzen
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Chapter proposals are invited for a new interdisciplinary and transnational volume focusing on the social and cultural contexts of vegetarianism throughout history. This volume will represent the first scholarly collection of essays that critically considers vegetarianism as both a worldwide phenomena and an aspect of the longue durée of history, and seeks to explain vegetarianism as a global, social, and historical continuity. Taken as a whole, the essays will provide an answer as to how and why vegetarianism has been a constant throughout human history despite continuous social challenges.

Arab-American Culture in the United States

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 8:23pm
full name / name of organization: 
Stacy E. Holden, Midwest Popular Culture Conference
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2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference/Midwest American Culture Association

Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9, 2016

Chicago, IL

Hilton Rosemont Chicago

Deadline: April 30, 2016

Submissions.mpcaaca.org

The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association is a regional branch of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. It holds an annual conference in a Midwestern City. This conference is organized according to principal Areas of Popular Culture in the United States, including the Middle East and North Africa. As the Area Chair, I invite submissions of abstracts for a panel addressing "Arab-American Culture in the United States."

American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 8:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
Stacy E. Holden, Midwest Popular Culture Conference
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The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association is a regional branch of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. It holds an annual conference in a major Midwestern City. In October 2016, this year's conference will be held in Chicago, IL (specifically Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago).

This conference is organized according to principal Areas of Popular Culture, including the Middle East and North Africa. As the Area Chair, I am inviting the submission of abstracts for a panel addressing "American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa."

2016 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, Television Area — 10/6/16-10/9/16

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
Cory Barker, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
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October 6-9, 2016, Chicago, IL

Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
5550 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 678-4488

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2016 conference in Chicago, Illinois. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

Becoming: Essays on NBC's Hannibal [deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2016]

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kavita Mudan Finn & Elizabeth Nielsen

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2016
Deadline for Completed Essays: January 15, 2017

The NBC series Hannibal has garnered both critical and fan acclaim for its cinematic qualities, its complex characters, and its fascinating reworking of Thomas Harris' mythology so well known from Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs (1991) and its variants. The television series concluded late in 2015 after three seasons and in spite of a great deal of fan support for its continuation on a premium network or through a paid service like Netflix.

Crime Fiction Here and There: Time and Space 13-15 September 2016

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 5:27pm
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Dr Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish/University of Gdansk
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From the locked room to the mean streets of the metropolis, the concept of space has always played as important role in crime fiction as the concept of time. A lot has been said in recent years about the importance of a specific locale in crime fiction. Both readers and writers like to divide crime novels into certain national and spatial genre variants: Nordic Noir, Tartan Noir, L.A. Noir etc., but are these variants really so different from each other? How does space define a particular formula?

Youth Literature and Media

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 1:53pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular and American Culture Association
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2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
October 6-9, 2016
Chicago, IL
Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
http://www.mpcaaca.org

We are looking for proposals for arguably the hottest area in popular culture: Youth Literature and Media. Youth Culture is everywhere. From the rise of YA Lit to the fall of Facebook, twenty-five is the new eighteen. The Millennials are here. This area is for the study of Lit and Media for Youth (all three terms broadly conceived), representations of youth in Lit and Media, and youth as consumers and producers of Lit and Media.

International Pynchon Week 2017, Pynchon's New Worlds, La Rochelle, June 5-9, 2017 (abstracts due September 30, 2016)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 1:04pm
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International Pynchon Week 2017, Pynchon's New Worlds

The 2017 International Pynchon Week will be held on the French Atlantic coast in the old harbor of La Rochelle, from which a number of Europeans set sail for the New World. The conference will be hosted by the Musée du Nouveau Monde, among its collection of Allegories of America. The conveners hope this liminal space on the margins of Europe will inspire Pynchon scholars to sail out towards yet unexplored territories, following some of the leads below or picking up any related or unrelated Pynchonian line.

Animals under Capitalism

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:01pm
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University of Bristol
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A 1-day conference to be held on May 25, 2016, on the subject of 'Animals under Capitalism: Art and Politics'. The conference aims to explore the relations between capitalism and animal life, and will emphasise the following themes:

the intersections between capitalism and the 'Sixth Extinction';
artistic representations of animals under the aegis of capitalism;
the biopolitics of domestication;
the development of industrial animal farms.
The conference will be followed by a Postgraduate Roundtable on the 26th of May, which is open to the public.

2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association CFP: Subcultures

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:44am
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Morgan Shipley / Area Chair
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The Subculture Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 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. All proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2016 via online submission: http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/.

[UPDATE] Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:20am
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)
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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Talks on any aspect of the session topic are welcome: models, tips, strategies for teaching literature at the college level (English, American, world, other). This is a fun panel with great energy and enthusiasm. Come share what's working in your classroom.

Please send a 250 word proposal and a brief bio by April 1 to Monica Hart at mhart@wtamu.edu.

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