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[REMINDER] American Literature Association Symposium: Frontiers and Borders in American Literature, February 25-27, 2016

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:23pm
Steven Frye/American Literature Association

Proposals are welcome on a range of topics related to varied conceptions of the frontier and American borderlands, including but not limited to nineteenth and twentieth-century narratives of the frontier, Western literature, the literature of nature and the environment, the literature of cultural contact, and science fiction. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject.

Due date for proposals is October 1, 2015.

The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel is downtown San Antonio, TX.

ACLA Seminar: "Forms of Passivity", March 17-20 2016, Harvard U; Abstracts due Sept 23

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:06pm
American Comparative Literature Association

In a context where the active (voice, body, citizen) remains the privileged mode of life, the possibility of imagining passivity as a political alternative has been a major lure for critical and political thinkers. Some have also tried to break down the clear-cut division between activity and passivity. In one such instance Lisa Robinson asks, "what is the relation between passivity and will, within cognition?

[UPDATE] Deadline extended until Oct. 9, 2015, for Beckett and Vice

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 4:38pm
Beckett and Vice

Beckett and Vice
Harrah's Resort Southern California
San Diego County
Feb. 21-24, 2016
Keynote Speaker: S.E. Gontarski
Registration fee: $180 (includes all activities)

Beckett and Vice welcomes abstracts on the theme of "vice" in Samuel Beckett's work. What is vice? Where does vice appear in Beckett's poems, plays, fiction, or other art forms? Possible ideas for exploration:

Vice as a moral/ethical term
Vice as a tool/instrument
Vice as second-in-line
Religious and philosophical implications
Images of decadence vs. indigence
Hedonism vs. Asceticism

CALL FOR PAPERS: Goddess Studies Unit

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 2:01pm
American Academy of Religion, Western Region

How does Goddess Studies, or the study of women and/or female figures in religion and mythology, contribute to social justice?

In what ways can Goddess Studies aid in the examination of themes such as classism, eco-justice, womanism, racism, and/or colonialism? From philosophical, anthropological, archetypal, literary, mythological, hermeneutical, and/or religious studies perspectives, what do particular goddesses/figures in religion bring to the scholarly conversation of social justice?

Franciscan Connections Seeks Franciscan Focused Articles

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 1:42pm
Franciscan Connections: The Cord - A Spiritual Review

Franciscan Connections: The Cord - A Spiritual Review seeks Franciscan focused articles, poetry, original artwork, and photography for its winter issue. Articles are typically between 4,000 - 5,000 words in length, use proper Chicago Style citation, and are submitted in Microsoft Word format. Please send submissions to All submissions for the winter issue have an extended deadline of Friday, October 23, 2015. Please click on the following link to learn more about our submission guidelines:

Women, Girls, and Young Adult Literature

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 12:53pm
Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature


Women, Girls, and Young Adult Literature
Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

[UPDATE] Special Issue: Christianity in Contemporary Native America

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:50am
Editors: Kimberly G. Weser (University of Oklahoma) and Rachel R. Luckenbill (Duquesne University)

Contemporary perspectives on Christianity's role in American Indian communities are diverse and often ambiguous, partly due to this religion's involvement in colonization. While some grassroots traditionalists and many in the activist and academic communities frequently reject Christianity for its role in dismantling American Indian traditions and identities, the past is complex, and the American Indian Christian community is strong and growing. The last two decades have seen its resurgence. Recent works such as Mona Susan Power's Sacred Wilderness Sterlin Harjo's This May Be the Last Time, and The Cherokee Hymnbook: New Edition for Everyone reflect ongoing practices of Christianity in Indian Country today.