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AAL Annual Conference: Literature and Technology

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
Western Sydney University

11-13 July 2016, Western Sydney University

Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin), Dr. Rachel Franks (State Library of NSW), Prof. Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne), and Prof. Kerry Mallan (QUT).

UPDATE: CFP For Action Figure Essay Collection Under Contract With McFarland

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 1:11pm
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Jonathan Alexandratos/Queensborough Community College (CUNY)
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I am editing a collection of academic essays on action figures for McFarland Publishers. The first manuscript deadline is September of this year, and we could use a couple more essays in the collection. (We have about 8 so far; I'm looking to up that to 10-11.) Action Figure Studies is a subdiscipline of Pop Culture Studies in which scholars study the relationship between action figures and gender, culture, politics, religion, body representation, and/or any other subject of academic study.

SAMLA 88: Modern Drama

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Aaron Botwick / The Graduate Center, CUNY

This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome.

By May 10, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at abotwick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

"Samuel Beckett and World Literature", 4 to 5 May 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Thirthankar Chakraborty, University of Kent

Keynotes
Stanley E. Gontarski, Florida State University
Fábio de Souza Andrade, University of São Paulo

Almost unknown before the première of En attendant Godot in 1953, the immediate success of the play led to Samuel Beckett very quickly acquiring an international reputation. Since then, his works have been translated into numerous languages, and have exerted a considerable influence upon art and literature across the world. The award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 confirmed Beckett's status as a major figure in world literature.

Modern Drama (regular session), SCMLA, Dallas (3-5 November 2016)--submit abstracts by March 31

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:45pm
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South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
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MODERN DRAMA (regular session)
Submit abstracts on any area of late 19th–21st century drama. While preference is given to topics that address spectacle, decadence, or celebrity--or other aspects of the 2016 Conference theme: "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture"--addressing the theme is not a requirement.

Submit abstracts (along with paper title, contact information, and university affiliation) to the session chair: Rita D. Costello rcostello@mcneese.edu by 31 March 2016.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Monster Studies: Literature, Culture, and Theory (Deadline 3/10/16)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Koenig-Woodyard / University of Toronto

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session on "Monster Studies" for the MLA in Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017. Abstracts are due on Friday, 11 March, 2016, and proposals for special MLA sessions are due on 1 April, 2016. Thus there are two rounds of acceptance: abstracts for a hoped-for panel, and the official acceptance of the panel for the 2017 MLA.

The proposed session will explore and expand the depth and breadth of the emerging field of "Monster Studies." Papers can explore monsters and the monstrous as the primary focus of scholarly inquiry in literary, humanities and cultural studies, and as a secondary focus--that is, as a pedagogical tool or method, for instance, in teaching composition and the humanities.

Representing Ethnic Conflicts in Contemporary Literatures and Films - DEADLINE 2 March 2016

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:03pm
full name / name of organization: 
Sreyoshi Sarkar - MLA Annual Convention 2017
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This MLA special session panel invites papers that study the representations of ethnic conflicts in contemporary literatures, and films. Possible topics include but are not limited to the politics of form and genre; representations of gendered, class, sexual, and environmental violence; imagined conflict resolutions, in contemporary narratives of ethnic conflict e.g. Biafran war, Sri Lankan civil war, Hindu-Muslim riots in South Asia, and so on. Please submit 250-word abstracts and a short bio to Sreyoshi Sarkar at sreyoshi@gwu.edu by 1 March 2016 .

[REMINDER] Oxford English Graduate Conference on 'Progress', 3 June 2016 (deadline: 19 February 2016)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:34am
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Ágota Márton / University of Oxford

OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS

'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)

Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.

[UPDATE] Archi-Textuality (Apri 16-17, 2016) - Hosted by CSUN English Department

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:57pm
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AGSE & Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi

The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
April 16-17, 2016
Sponsored by the Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)

"Archi-textuality: Interventions of Text & Textuality in Historical, Economical, Sociopolitical, and Psychological Space"

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal - call for articles - open issue

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:40pm
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Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Lodz

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories (A/R/T Journal) is a peer-reviewed journal that has been created with a view to providing a forum for analyzing and discussing issues of immediate relevance for contemporary literary and cultural studies.

The editors would like to invite submission of contributions for its sixth issue, to be published in Summer 2016. We invite original articles, reviews and interviews addressing any topics related to Anglophone literature and culture.

The contributions should be between 4000 and 6000 words long. Each contribution will be anonymously refereed by a reviewer (double-blind review). The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is 31 March 2016.

[Update] CFP: deadline is now 2/15 for Encountering the Unexpected

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 1:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Syracuse University Religion Graduate Organization
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The Call for Papers Deadline has been extended to: February 15, 2016 for Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia, a Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference March 25th and 26th, 2016. We invite all interested graduate students to submit a proposal.

[update] John Steinbeck as an International Writer

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 10:28pm
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Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University
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Update: Proposal deadline extended to March 15, 2016.

Conference Description:
The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars invites conference papers that examine Steinbeck as an international/translational writer. Contributions are welcome from a wide variety of theoretical applications, such as Steinbeck's connections to world literature and world thought—for example, Classical Greek and Roman, Eastern, and twentieth-century Russian. How has Steinbeck adapted not only themes but also aesthetic choices and narrative strategies? Other topics are welcome as well: deep ecology, power and subjugation, the concept of democracy and America, ethics and philosophy, gender studies.

Keynotes by:

American Literature Before 1900- SCMLA November 3-5, 2016

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 8:36pm
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South Central Modern Language Association
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The South Central Modern Language Society's regular session for American Literature Before 1900 invites submissions for the 2016 annual conference to be held November 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. This year's conference theme is "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture." We welcome submissions on any topic relating to American Literature Before 1900, but we are particularly interested in papers that deal with the city and urbanity.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Jamie Korsmo at jkorsmo1@gsu.edu

Deadline: March 31, 2016

SPECTRUM

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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:03am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Dhaka
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Spectrum, a refereed journal published by the Department of English, University of Dhaka, seeks submissions of scholarly articles, book reviews, translations and creative pieces for its forthcoming issue. Spectrum welcomes contributions by teachers, alumni and current students of English Literature, ELT and Linguistics. Essays on any literary period and any aspect of literature and language, book reviews, as well as short stories, poems and translations are sought. Submissions should not have been previously published, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Only articles/creative pieces recommended by reviewers will be accepted for publication.

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