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The Scope of Debt in America

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am
Lehigh Valley Vanguard

"You are not a loan." The organization Strike Debt uses this double entendre to unite debtors nationally.

Americans face a unique problem as usurious lending practices have become a norm, especially for the poorest of citizens, minorities, and students.

Many Americans work to simply pay down a debt that will never go away. Some are going into debt to cover basic needs every month.

Unfortunately, solutions to debt are not as simple as saving money, just not buying with credit, or refusing to take out loans. It is not useful to tell many of those with debt to "just budget their money."

"Financial planning" becomes a distant luxury for those strapped with massive debt.

Signifying Spaces: Theory, Method, Textual Practice, 26-28 September 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 8:09am
English Philology Institute, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland

Conference website:

The conference proposes to explore space as a locus and matrix of meaning. We want to consider spatiality as a theoretical concept, methodological tool and an important aspect of textual analysis. The main focus will be on inter- and transdisciplinary work in the humanities but perspectives considering spatiality as a way of bridging the gaps between the humanities and other fields and disciplines are also welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:


Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:23am
University of Kairouan - Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences

The organizers of the first RGPN study day are pleased to invite submissions on aspects of minoritization/deminoritization in language, culture, ethnicity, religion, and politics. This will be a forum for both instructors and postgraduate students to discuss the latest scholarship on the issue.

[UPDATE] CFP - KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a, "Filth" / An open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by punctum books

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 5:33pm
KEEP IT DIRTY, vol., a, "Filth" / punctum books

Filths savor nothing but themselves.

—William Shakespeare, King Lear (1603)
With this call for content the multimedia journal KEEP IT DIRTY is announcing its new volume, "Filth." The volume, a critical project related to "filth," will be published online at starting December 2015. Submissions of text, audio, still images, video and other formats are welcome, provided they are complete at the time of submission and are somehow related to the concept—or more accurately, the nonconcept—of "filth."

Fairy Tale Sensibilities and Their Sustainability: SAMLA--November 4-6, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 3:24pm
Brennan Thomas / Saint Francis University

For centuries, fairy tales have cultivated and curated audiences' abilities to recognize and empathize with characters' emotions, thereby imparting on audiences moral codes of conduct that serve to sustain established cultural or social systems. Once a system has been changed or dismantled, the stories sustaining it should become obsolete as well. Yet, despite the significant social and political upheavals of the last two centuries, many fairy tales endure. Having been reinvented for changing cultural systems and emerging media, they continue to resonate with audiences and influence their behavior. This panel welcomes papers addressing themes of reinvention, reconfiguration, and resonance as related to the sustainability and sensibilities of fairy tales.

SLSA 2016 - I Realigned the Cosmos: Lyric Poetry and Science

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:34pm
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), 3-6 November 2016

I Realigned the Cosmos: Lyric Poetry and Science
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), 3-6 November 2016, Atlanta, GA

Fragmentary Writing in Contemporary British and American Fiction (Wroclaw, 22-23 Sept. 2017)

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 9:49am
University of Wrocław and École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

In 1968, Donald Barthelme had one of his narrators declare: "Fragments are the only forms I trust." The last decades have brought a number of acclaimed novels in Britain and the US that illustrate their authors' interest in fragmentary structures. David Mitchell constructed Cloud Atlas (2005) out of six stories with different settings, characters and generic features. David Markson produced an 800-page-long tetralogy, culminating in The Last Novel (2007), which juxtaposes several thousand succinct anecdotes and quotations with metafictional references to the elusive authorial figure.

Search Borders and Crossings: International and Multidisciplinary Conference on Travel Writing, 12-14 Sept, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 6:36am
Jan Kochanowski University

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the Borders and Crossings Conference.

Conference website:

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof. Ludmilla Kostova, University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Dr. Benjamin Colbert, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Proposals for 20-minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies.

Frugal Honesty - July 8 - 9, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 6:52pm
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver, BC


Keynote: Madeleine Thien, author of Simple Recipes (2001), Certainty (2006), and Dogs at the Perimeter (2011)

"I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears . . . It's not really believable" - Andrea Tantaros, Fox News host, commenting on President Obama tearing up while announcing an executive order to curb gun violence and expand background checks in January 2016

"I actually think he was sincere. I'll probably go down about five points in the polls by saying that, but I think he was sincere" - Donald Trump, on those same tears

[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: MAY 15, 2016 Australia–South Asia: Contestations and Remonstrances

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 3:56pm
European Association for Studies of Australia/University of Liège

This literary and cultural studies conference, to be held at the University of Liège (26-28 January, 2017) under the auspices of the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) and the local post-colonial studies centre CEREP, will seek to draw attention to the multifarious encounters which have occurred between South Asia and Australia from the nineteenth century to modern times.

[UPDATE] The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, & Youth Media: A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 1:50pm
Joseph Michael Sommers/ in association with the Children's Literature Association

The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media:
A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers
Deadline: 1 November 2016

In connection with the upcoming 2016 ChLA conference on Animation, this special issue of ChLAQ will focus broadly and widely on that multimodal and ever-expanding medium known as youth animation. From children's cartoon shorts such as Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie (1928) and Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes (1930-1969); to full-length animated motion pictures such as the work of Studio Ghibli, Pixar, and Nickelodeon; to Homestar Runner, video games, and flip books, if it's sequential art put into motion, it's on the table for discussion.

Byron and the Romantic World: Postgraduate Conference by Keele and Edge Hill Universities. Abstract Deadline: 27th May 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:46am
Keele University and Edge Hill University

'Byron and the Romantic World' Postgraduate Conference at the Old Library, Keele Hall, Keele University. 30th September 2016
full name / name of organization:
Keele University and Edge Hill University
contact email:
One of the most celebrated and recognisable figures of
the early nineteenth century, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
stands at the centre of our current debates about
Romanticism and the Romantic world. His life and
poetry has attracted critics, scholars and biographers
interested in issues such as celebrity culture, sexual
politics, the Regency period, the Byronic hero and

CINEMA 8 CFP: Marx's Philosophy

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 6:57am

CINEMA: JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY AND THE MOVING IMAGE invites submissions for its 8th issue devoted to the philosophy of Karl Marx and its links with cinematic art.

Marxism, as a tool for social analysis and transformation, has influenced politicized and progressive filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein and Sembène Ousmane, in theory and in practice, as well as shaped theoretical discussions around film and history, aesthetics, economics, and ideology. Key topics of this discussion have been reproducible art and active collective experience (Walter Benjamin) and cultural and social hegemony (Antonio Gramsci), among others.

Call for Participation, The Identity and Permanence of a Paradigm, a conference in applied modern languages

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 4:19am
Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca

25 years of Applied Modern Languages at BBU Cluj: THE IDENTITY AND PERMANENCE OF A PARADIGM

-- a jubilee conference --

The Department of Applied Modern Languages is pleased to invite participation in the jubilee edition of its international annual conference to be held on 14th – 15th October 2016. As well as the commencement of the academic year for the Department's European Master's degree programmes in Translation (METT) and Conference Interpreting (MEIC), the event marks 25 years of applied modern languages at Cluj. A pilot-school, DLMA Cluj takes pride in being the first Applied Modern Language Department in South-East Europe, situating itself in the avantgarde of AML pedagogy and innovation.