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Q-Topia: Queer Futurism in Theory and Literature

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:50pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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As queer theory continues to evolve and utopian studies dusts itself off from its relative dormancy until the late twentieth century, the two strands of thought have grabbed ahold of one another in hopes to uncover just what "The Future" might mean to those identifying as queer. This panel seeks papers wishing to join the vibrant conversation of the relationship between queerness and utopianism. Is queerness inherently utopic? Is the future inherently queer? How might queer individuals enact utopic desires? Can we find moments of the queerly utopic and utopicly queer in canonical and non-canonical literature?

The Good Life is Out There Somewhere: Uncovering Utopia in the Nineteenth Century Canon

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:41pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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Though neither Mr. Thornton nor Mr. Bell evoke "Utopia" flatteringly in Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South, each mention of the term situates the concept of utopianism at the center of the novel's labour dispute and makes the reader wonder if Margaret Hale might not be a utopian heroine. Not considered a utopic text, North & South nevertheless engages itself in a conversation about utopianism (and dystopianism). This panel seeks papers re-reading non-utopic texts (or authors) from the nineteenth century as utopic. By June 1st, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dan Abitz, Georgia State University, dabitz1@gsu.edu.

The Globe, the World, and Worldliness: Planetary Formations of the Long Eighteenth Century

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 10:10am
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NEASECS Amherst, MA (October 20-22, 2016)
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We often think of the terms "globe" and "world" as synonymous because they seem to similarly name the totality of the thing on which or in which we all find ourselves living. This panel asks contributors to consider different formations of planetary or worldly experience in the long eighteenth century, if only to highlight the particular implications of considering the world as species of globe.

[UPDATE-New conference date] The English Language Conference: "First Contact"

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:57am
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California State University Dominguez Hills English Graduate Association
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The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.

ASCH Spring Meeting (Edmonton, AB, April 7-10)

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:12am
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American Society of Church History
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The American Society of Church History is having its spring meeting in Edmonton, AB, April 7-10, 2016. The deadline for proposals has been extended to March 1. Presenters can come from any academic discipline, but will be asked to be members of the ASCH at the time of the conference.

Please visit http://www.churchhistory.org/conferences/spring-meeting-2016/ for more information and proposal forms.

Religion in American Literature Panel (11/11-11/13, 2016); Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association; Pasadena, CA;

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 11:18pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association; Pasadena, CA
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Special Panel: Religion in American Literature
2016 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Pasadena, CA; 11/11-11/13, 2016

This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between secularity and literary development in the United States. Some of the questions we will consider are: How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized faith and experienced transcendence? How did it influence the way they responded to suffering? How did they express the tension of living within a secular age? What are the expressions of transcendence within secular culture?

[UPDATE, SECOND CFP] Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Representations of Veil in Literature, Film, and Fine Arts

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:26am
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Umme Al-wazedi (Augustana College) and Afrin Zeenat (University of Dhaka)

The veil's ancient and modern history and its resurgence in our time is an important subject for discussion for those of us posing new questions about women and Islam in literature, film, and fine arts. In Europe and the U.S., the veil is often presented through errors of conceptualizations. The media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with the role of the veil. Recurrently, these discussions run along essentialist and ahistorical lines associating Islam with the ideology of shame and honor. Moreover, the Muslim immigrant "problem" in Europe and the U.S. and the fear of Islam and Muslims in connection with terrorism has heightened the controversy on the issue of the veil.

[UPDATE] Georgia Philological Association: May 20, 2016 Conference and Call for Papers

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:06pm
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Georgia Philological Association (GPA)
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The eleventh annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Middle Georgia State University Conference Center at 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia on Friday, May 20, 2016. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussion topics, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to American, British, French, Hispanic, Russian, German, or Slavic literature or language, as well as composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes (approximately eight double-spaced typed pages).

(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Proposal Deadline March 15, 2016

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:01pm
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University of California, Merced Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group

(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Third Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference

Keynote Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis

Presented by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Students, Graduate Division, and the Center for the Humanities of the University of California, Merced

University of California, Merced

Saturday, April 23, 2016

UPDATE: Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/25

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:30am
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Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language
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This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 25, 2016.

UPDATE: Abstract deadline extended to 2/25/16.

[UPDATE] Postsecular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel, 1719-1897

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 3:48pm
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National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar at the University of Iowa

What role do religion and secularization play in the rise of the novel? This seminar takes up the insights of postsecular studies to help scholars explore this question in new ways: in Misty Anderson's words, reading religion into rather than out of history, and as Danièle Hervieu-Léger puts it, attending to signs of religion's profound and often surprising transformations in modernity.

[UPDATE] The English Language Conference: "First Contact"

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 9:23am
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California State University Dominguez Hills English Graduate Association
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The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.

[UPDATE]The Future of Human(ity) 22-24 July 2016

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 1:12pm
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CICAS: Center for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences
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CICAS, the Center for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences, invites proposals for its inaugural conference on the theme of The Future of Humanity. In a world where, on the one hand, we are informed that the planet cannot support a human life worth living a century from now and, on the other, that the first human to live to be 1000 years old may have already been born, no topic is more urgent for humans to debate through the lenses of their different disciplines. What is the future of the human species? What does it mean to be "human"? Or, as Richard Grusin (2015) suggests in The Nonhuman Turn, are we experiencing a different kind of "humanity" in the twenty-first century?

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