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

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:19pm
full name / name of organization: 
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.

Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship (CAA, NYC, 11-14 Feb 15)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila/panel co-chairs for 2015 College Art Association conference

Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this panel examines the role of art and visual culture in reflecting, confirming, or challenging ideals of citizenship across historical periods and media.

Written Song and Performed Text Conference Panel (Deadline June 17, 2014)

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:12pm
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXVIII at UVA-Wise

This panel centers on the subject of orality and the written record in the realm of music. The organizers are particularly interested in the history of rimur, an Icelandic song tradition which appeared in manuscripts beginning in the 14th century and survived long enough to be recorded in 20th-century performance. However, abstracts are welcome on any aspect of orality and literacy in relation to medieval and early modern music.

Abstracts for papers should be 250 words or fewer.

Deadline for submissions is June 17, 2014.

The Medieval-Renaissance Conference takes place at UVA-Wise, Sept. 25-27, 2014.

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

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:02am
full name / name of organization: 
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.

Women and Work in Literature - Proposals Due May 15

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? Please send 250-500 word abstracts by May 15 directly to the conference website: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas Questions? Email Susanne Weil, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, Centralia College, Washington, sweil@centralia.edu.

UPDATE: Urban Studies CFP

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
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.

SCMLA Irish Literature Panel (October 18-22), Due 4/31/2014

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association
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Accepting paper proposals for the Irish Literature panel of the SCMLA 2014 conference in Austin, TX on October 18-22. The topic is open to any subject related to Irish Literature. Those scholars wishing to present a paper must submit an abstract of no more than 500 words describing the proposed paper directly to Dr. Mikki Galliher (mgalliher@bmc.edu) by March 31, 2014. For more information, see the SCMLA conference website (www.southcentralmla.org).

[DEADLINE REMINDER]: "Perchance to Dream": Sleep and Related Phenomena in English Literature

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 2:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Bristol
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From Medieval Dream Allegory to the lexical recreation of the subconscious mind in Finnegan's
Wake, literature has often explored the subject of sleep and its related phenomena. This
conference aims to consider the many and diverse representations of sleep within English
literature, and to explore the ways in which writers respond to this still largely mysterious
biological necessity.

Call for Submissions: Literary Undergraduate Research in English

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Monday, March 24, 2014 - 8:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
LURe/University of West Georgia
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The journal for Literary Undergraduate Research in English, LURe, invites undergraduate students from any institution to submit manuscripts for our upcoming issue.

Submissions should involve studies in English, Philosophy, or Film Studies.

Submissions may be no longer than 1500 words and must use MLA format.

Please include the following information with your submission:
-Name
-College or University
-Classification
-Major
-Discipline of Paper
-Email address

Include your name, title of your paper, and the name of your institution within the subject line of your email.

[UPDATE] INDIAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 2:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Dr R. P. Singh Associate Professor of English Department of English and Modern European Languages University of Lucknow Lucknow - 226007, U P, INDIA
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Indian Literature in Translation
Contact Email: rpsingh.lu@gmail.com
The proposed book seeks to examine various aspects of Indian Literature in Translation with reference to the following:
1. Making of Indian Literature
2. Challenges before Indian Literature in Translation
3. Indian Poetry in Translation
4. Indian Novel in Translation
5. Indian Drama in Translation
6. Other Indian Genre in Translation
7. The Ramayana
8. The Mahabharata
9. Kalidas with special reference to Shakuntala
10. Jaishankar Prasad with special reference to Kamayani
11. Rabindra Nath Tagore with special reference to Gitanjali

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