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"Daddy, What did you Do in the Culture Wars?": Academia and Public Life - NeMLA 2016

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 11:27pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association - Hartford CT, March 17-20, 1016

It's been almost thirty years since Allan Bloom made his clarion call to classicism within the American academy with the publication of The Closing of the American Mind. For as moribund as the humanities have supposedly been (according to positivist scientists, economics majors, and higher education administrators) the "Culture Wars" have surely blazed a bright path across the consciousness of any literature, history, philosophy, theology or cultural studies major. Columnists from William Safire to David Brooks have bemoaned the supposed death of the humanities (while conveniently ignoring how supply-side economics has had a hearty role in that) identifying a "post-modern bogeyman" as being responsible for the murder.

CFPanelists: "Unsettling the Slave Narrative" (C19 2016)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:07pm
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

This proposed panel seeks to present new and challenging perspectives on the history of the slave narrative genre. Recent studies have sought to recontextualize and/or reconsider the generic contours of the Anglo-American slave narrative. For example, Daphne Brooks has suggested the development of a "sonic slave narrative"; Nicole Aljoe and Ian Finseth have drawn attention to the "journeys" of the form in the early Americas; Deborah Jenson has highlighted popular sources from the Haitian Revolutionary period; John MacKay has written comparatively about the autobiographical writings of American slaves and Russian serfs.

Humanism and Its Prefixes

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:20am
Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Humanism and its prefixes
(non-, trans-, post-, in-, a-)

October 3rd-4th, 2015

Organized by the graduate students of UC Berkeley's Department of Rhetoric
Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley

[UPDATE] Octavia E. Butler: Celebrating Letters, Life, and Legacy - February 26-28, 2016 - Spelman College

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 9:22am
Octavia E. Butler Society

February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 26-28, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.

[UPDATE - DEADLINE EXT - JUNE 25] Literature & the Other Arts in Early Modern England [SAMLA 87]

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:37am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

**This is a recurring panel at the SAMLA conference. Any and all 16th and early 17th century topics will be considered. The following topics are especially welcome...**

How did poetry, theater, music, visual art, dance, architecture, and other forms of art coexist in the English-speaking world during the Early Modern period? This panel invites papers concerning the intersections of literature and the other arts during the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to: the influence of religion on artistic production, the use of music in the public theater and beyond, representations of courtly masques, the musicality of verse, representations of architecture in literature, etc.

[UPDATE] Power and the Mediterranean DEADLINE EXTENDED - July 15

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Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 1:14pm
Susan Abraham/Meditopos, University of Michigan

The conference Power and the Mediterranean will be held on 13-15 November 2015 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, featuring keynote speaker Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona).

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