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"Heroes in Popular Culture": MPCA Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 3-5, 2014.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:58pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jef Burnham, DePaul University
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Deadline: April 30, 2014

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in film and television
-Heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

Announcing Reconstruction 14.1 The Undead Arcade

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 1:40pm
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Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Issue 14.1 The Undead Arcade
Featuring original artwork by Amanda Lee Stillwell
Introduction to the issue by Carly A. Kocurek and Sam Tobin
Articles
The Midway in the Museum: Arcades, Art, and the Challenge of Displaying Play, by Jennifer deWinter
Innovation, Imitation, and the Continued Importance of Vintage Video Games, by Brendan Gaughen
The Intertextual Arcade: tracing histories of arcade clones in 1980s Britain, by Alison Gazzard
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Casual Gamer: Pastiched Chip Music and Cultural Identity, by Megan McKittrick
Interview

FANS Conference [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:04am
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Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association
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We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Second Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 7 and 8 June 2014. We are privileged to have Gilles Poitras as our keynote speaker.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.

CPF PAMLA Conference, 2014 Special Session: "That Old Black Magic": Temporality of Magic

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:19pm
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Sören Fröhlich / University of California, San Diego
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Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.

CfP: 2nd International symposium "Days of Justinian I", special thematic strand- Samuel's State and Byzantium, 26-27.09.2014

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:42am
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Euro-Balkan University and University of Bologna, Ravenna Campus - School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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CALL FOR PAPERS

2nd INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM "DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I"
Skopje 26-27 September, 2014

Organised by
EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, SKOPJE, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA and
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, RAVENNA CAMPUS -
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE, ITALY

With the financial support of the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia

Special Thematic Strand for 2014
"Samuel's State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage"

'Conversations with Tradition' conference

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:56pm
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Modern Horizons

Conversations with Tradition

In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'

APPROACHES TO TEACHING LITERATURE AND ENGLISH IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, 30 April 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:01am
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Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.

Texts and Contexts Critical Companion to World Literatures in English April 28 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:02am
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Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.

Ozarks Studies Symposium September 19-20, 2014

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 2:33pm
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Dr. Phillip Howerton / Missouri State University-West Plains

The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its eighth annual symposium. The symposium will take place September 19 and 20, 2014, on the MSU campus in West Plains, Missouri.

CCHA: Southern Sensations and Sensibilities Oct. 30 - Nov.1 Tampa FL

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:50pm
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The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division
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The Community College Humanities Association, Southern Division, invites proposals from faculty, graduate students and administrators on "Southern Sensations and Sensibilities." The theme highlights the combinations and contradictions that create Southern life, past, present, and future, from "melancholy little dramas" to panoramic visions.
Possible topics for the theme include, but aren't limited to
• Characters, crime, and craziness in the South that shape literature, art, film, and performance
• Southern political, social, and historical trends and crossroads
• Cultural construction through Southern humor and humorists
• Civic engagement and service learning in the South

UPDATE: Urban Studies CFP

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:07pm
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Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)
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Call for Papers:
URBAN STUDIES
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Topics can explore any facet of urban studies. Papers can take ecocritical approaches and focus on depictions of urban landscapes throughout pop culture. Papers can explore manifestations of cultural identity through urban studies or anything else that you feel is a further exploration or discussion related to the field of urban studies.

UPDATE: Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)
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Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

[UPDATE] Sustainability as Preservation and Persistence in the Medieval Period - SAMLA 2014 - Nov 7-9

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:33pm
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Rachel Scoggins/Georgia State University

English I (Medieval) Regular Session at 2014 SAMLA Conference (Atlanta)

Sustainability is a concept that would have been unknown in the Anglo-Saxon Age, at least as we now define and use the term. But certainly the preservation of learning, the care, copying and circulation of manuscripts, and the conservation and recirculation of material culture (including religious relics) were persistent and continuous activities during this period. This session invites papers that deal with any of these topics or any other aspect of the Anglo Saxon period.

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