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Call For Submissions: "What to Make of 'Nation?"

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 10:09am
The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal, University of Connecticut

We are pleased to announce a call for papers to be featured in the second issue of The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal, housed in the University of Connecticut's Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. For this issue, titled "What to Make of 'Nation?", we welcome article submissions that treat the often-problematic complexities of nation-centric constructs such as nationhood, nationalism, and national identity, as well as counter-constructs rooted in discourses of globality, postcolonialism, universality, human rights, and other bustling spheres of critical inquiry. This issue aims to complicate the very idea of nation by interrogating the limitations of its political, geographical, and socio-cultural dimensions.

The Answer to Everything is Fuck: Critical Responses to Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 12:28pm
Aidan Byrne and Nicola Allen

Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing was published in 2013 to widespread acclaim. It has since become a touchstone for contemporary experimental literature as well as kicking off a new wave of innovative Irish writing. Dramatizing tensions between the state and the church in Ireland and Irish women's struggles for sexual emancipation and agency, the book draws on Irish modernism but also challenges its inherently masculinist discourse.

[UPDATE - REMINDER] Risking the Future: Vulnerability, Resistance, Hope - 12-13 July 2016, Durham University, UK

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:46am
Durham University

RISKING THE FUTURE: VULNERABILITY, RESISTANCE, HOPE
An International Conference on the Risk Humanities

Durham University, UK
12-13 July 2016

Keynote Speakers:

MICHAELINE CRICHLOW
(Professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University)
SIMON DURING
(Australian Research Professor, University of Queensland)
WALTER MIGNOLO
(William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University)

Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference (Salzburg, 17–21 July 2017)

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:40am
The International Flann O'Brien Society / Department of English Studies, Salzburg University

Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference
Department of English Studies, Salzburg University
July 17–21 2017

Keynote Speakers
Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)
Stanley E. Gontarski (Florida State University)
Maebh Long (The University of the South Pacific)

[UPDATE] MMLA American Literature 1 Panel; abstracts due APRIL 10

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 9:08am
Shawna Rushford-Spence/ Midwest Modern Language Association

With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.

Future Humans

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 9:49am
Louisa MacKay Demerjian

Abstracts for Future Humans book due June 1, 2016

Second CFP for Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 10:52pm
De La Salle University, Department of Literature

Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance is an international peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge articles in the areas and intersections of Literary, Cultural, and Performance Studies. We especially welcome articles that will inaugurate new and dynamic directions for scholarly inquiry on the literary and cultural production of the Asian region. Further, in our commitment to diversity and to multicultural dialogue, we welcome contributions that may potentially be relevant to the concerns of the region from various national and cultural backgrounds. The journal is supported by a distinguished editorial board that represents the journal's scholarly depth and geographic scope.

[UPDATE] MMLA Permanent Section - Collectives, Communities, and Print Culture

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:26pm
MMLA 2016

This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we (re)conceive solidarity or community through the literary? This panel can engage with but is not limited to the following topics: literary criticism, critical theory (including theories of affect), aesthetics, propaganda, literary texts, and print culture more broadly.

CFP: 9/11 Popular Culture (Panels for MPCA,Oct 6-9, 2016); April 30 deadline

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 10:50am
Paul Petrovic / Midwest Popular Culture Associatio

The 9/11 and Popular Culture area is looking for abstract proposals for the MPCA conference in Chicago, IL, at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare from Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9.

The 9/11 Popular Culture area seeks essays that explore the convergence of post-9/11 themes in contemporary television, film, fiction, poetry, comics, and other artistic expression. I am especially interested in essays that approach issues of trauma theory and Islamophobia, as well as critiques of American exceptionalism and politics across artistic expression.

I welcome papers that analyze

the immediate American literary responses and considerations of the 9/11 terrorist attack (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Writing on the Wall);

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