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[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: Death, Violence and Religiously-Inflected Fiction

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:21pm
MLA 2016

Please consider submitting 250-word abstracts to the following panel at the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas.

We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

Conference Announcement: Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas (DC, May 19-22 2016)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 8:29am
Ralph Bauer and Allison Bigelow / Early Americanist Summit

Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting a proposal (panel or paper) for next year's conference, "Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas: The Fourth Early Ibero/Anglo-Americanist Summit," which will convene in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area on 19-22 May, 2016.

[REMINDER] Teaching Renaissance and Medieval Literature

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 8:15am
This Rough Magic /

We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Philosophy and Rhetoric

We also seek short essays that encourage faculty to try overlooked, non-traditional texts inside the classroom and book reviews.

Submission deadline for our Summer issue is currently May 16, 2015.

Eudora Welty and Intertextuality | due June 1, 2015, conference Nov. 13-15 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 8:40pm
SAMLA - Eudora Welty Society

Keeping with the conference theme of Literature and the Other Arts, The Eudora Welty Society invites papers that explore multimodality and interdisciplinary collaboration within the works of Eudora Welty. What elements in Welty's fiction, essays, or photography connect to her contemporary moment or a timeless part of human nature? Examples might concern the role of and engagement with politics, jazz and the blues, newspaper and magazine, television and film, translation of oral fairy tales into a written medium or Welty's Robber Bridegroom into a play.

Illuminating Words, Transforming Beauty, Feb. 19-20, 2016

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 2:37pm
2016 Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature

Near the beginning of his breathtaking work in theological aesthetics, Hans Urs von Balthasar warns, "In a world that no longer has enough confidence in itself to affirm the beautiful, the proofs of the truth have lost their cogency." At a time when the world, and perhaps especially the Church, lacks such confidence, the illuminated Saint John's Bible stands as a remarkable, counter-cultural affirmation of what Pope Saint John Paul II describes as art's "unique capacity to take one or other facet of the [Gospel] message and translate it into colours, shapes and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look or listen." In reviving a tradition of scriptural illumination that has been nearly absent for five hundred years, the Saint John's Bible seeks

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: 62nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies, September 24-27, 2015, Detroit

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 2:03pm
Midwest Conference on British Studies

The abstract submission deadline for the 62nd annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies has been extended to April 1, 2015. This year's meeting will be hosted by Wayne State University and held at the historic Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, September 24-27, 2015. The keynote speaker will be Patrick Brantlinger of Indiana University, and the plenary address will be provided by Alison Games of Georgetown University.

2015 MPCA/ACA Urban Studies Panel

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:26am
MPCA/ACA/ Megan Cannella - Urban Studies Area Chair

Call for Papers:
Urban Studies
2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 October 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Address: 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100
Deadline: April 30, 2015


Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:22am
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium


This symposium aims to discuss the themes of humour, comedy, comedy and tragedy, comedy hero, humour and ideology in western culture and literature, as well as the influence of these themes on contemporary literary forms. The concepts of humour and literature will be discussed in the framework of humour and culture, humour and psychoanalysis, humour and philosophy, humour and ideology, humour and media, humour and history, humour and language, humour and linguistics, humour and semiotics. The BAKEA symposium welcomes researchers from the fields of English, American, French, German and other Western Language and Literary Studies as well as interdisciplinary and comparative literary studies.

popular culture, digital literacies, family literacy, african american

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 1:57am
Dr. Tisha Lewis Ellison

Looking for the following: popular culture, digital literacies, multimodality, family literacy, african american, qualitative research, children and adolescent literacy, agency, power, identity, visual, place and space literacies, trauma, adolescent literacy

Islamophobia: The Public Muslim and the Critical Muslim (Special Session)

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 2:22pm
MLA 2016

We are all too familiar with news channels reporting the threat of ISIS and debates around Islam's relevance in the modern world. The daily dose of graphic images of ISIS beheadings reinforces the anathema for Islam and its followers. In such fraught times, anti-Muslim racism reigns. Arun Kundnani contends that "Anti-Muslim racism ... appears as the most recent layer in this longer history, a reworking and recycling of older logics of oppression. From this perspective, Islamophobia, like other forms of racism, should not be seen only as a problem of hate crimes committed by lone extremists.