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[UPDATE] Borders and Borderlands: Liminal Textualities in Contemporary Literature

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:26am
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York St John University

Borderlands are defined as being both 'an area of land close to a border between two countries' and 'an area between two qualities, ideas or subjects that has features of both but is not clearly one or the other' (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016). The significance of borders and borderlands has become particularly prevalent in contemporary society. Literature has always responded to the issues of its context of production such as Burke writing on the French Revolution up to and including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's 2013 novel Americanah addressing global concerns of nationality and migration.

Reminder: EXTENDING PLAY 3 abstracts due April 3

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 9:49am
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Extending Play 3: Temporalities of Play
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Reminder to get your abstracts in for Extending Play 3: Temporalities of Play

School of Communication & Information
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2016

Proposals Due: April 3rd (Abstracts, 250 words)

Extending Play is back, and this iteration will play with the concept of time. We are looking for papers and presentations that excavate the past, interpret the present, and forecast the future of play and games.

Reminder: Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1880s and 1890s 25-26 July 2016

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 5:07am
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International Centre for Victorian Women Writers, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
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From Brontë to Bloomsbury Third International Conference:
Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1880s and 1890s
25-26 July 2016
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Ann Heilmann (University of Cardiff) and Dr Catherine Pope (Victorian Secrets)

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
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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
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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
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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
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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?

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