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MSA 18: Crossing the Modernist Border (Nov. 17-20, 2016; Pasadena, CA)

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 1:19am
Kevin Riordan (Nanyang Technological University)

In Atlas of the European Novel, Franco Moretti argues that discourse changes at the border. When we cross geopolitical lines our stories, style, and language all record the shift. As the geographical expansion of modernism continues to occupy an important place in the field, what do national border crossings indicate about the shape of our defined literatures and the disciplinary approaches we use to study them? Might writing, performing, or screening the border itself articulate the "cultural parataxis" Susan Stanford Friedman describes in her model of planetarity?

"Coming to Terms with Film-Philosophy" Conference and Masterclass with Alain Badiou, Toronto, Canada May 16-17, 2016

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:29pm
York University and TIFF Bell Lightbox

Although it has established itself as a sub-discipline or hybrid of film and philosophy in various European formations, film-philosophy is relatively new to North American cinema and media studies. As one of the first in North America to nominate itself under its auspices, this conference explores the mobilization of philosophical discourses and projects relative to the modern event of cinema. More specifically, we seek papers that address the origins of film-philosophy, in addition to its current manifestations and future potentialities.

Utopia Vs. Dystopia

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:10pm
Mariam Fawaz/ University of Florida

Few of us are actually able to empathize with the hardships of war. War brings on hatred, anger, and murder. Tearing citizens away from their homes and family, some are even torn away from the country they know and love. Most of the time, the declaration of a war is to really deconstruct the current governmental system. During the beginning of the 20th century, Russia was facing a whole new system from the results of war. The capital city moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow and the Tsar ruling system was replaced with the communist system. Russia went from an empire to a socioeconomic society in less than a few years. People didn't speak against this drastic change in fear of execution.

Trespassing on Boundaries with Women's Archives (MLA 2017)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:25pm
J. Ashley Foster and Margaret Galvan

CFP: Trespassing on Boundaries with Women's Archives (MLA 2017)

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Teaching Central/Eastern Europe and Its Communist Past (Deadline Update)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 8:04pm
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017

Central & Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and with Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller's 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the way these countries (past and present) contribute to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? How and what should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?

Urban Studies Area - Call for Papers

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 5:02pm
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA

Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference

Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL
Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Deadline: April 30, 216

The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.

Cultural Studies Issues within the Second World Spaces

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 4:21pm
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017

How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, embraced, or rejected within the spaces of the Second World?

UNT Critical Voices Conference (April 8-10)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 4:20pm
University of North Texas | Graduate Students in English Association

The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate conference, to be held on April 8-10, 2016. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, rhetoric and composition, English pedagogy, technical communication, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/presentations should last no more than 20 minutes.

Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 3:47pm
Inter-disciplinary.net

Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events
The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries: 5th Global Meeting

Call for Presentations 2016

Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Sport is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community, a place for meaning-making. Every year sports events are hosted and won by communities and nation-states. Every year people do sports or watch sports in diverse spaces: sports grounds, fields, back streets and parks. But what are the political economies of sports and mega-events: are they sources of corruption? Places for reform? Forces for good?

Cultural Studies Issues within the Second World Spaces

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 3:38pm
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017

How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, embraced, or rejected within the spaces of the Second World?

MLA special session: Epic Theory and Medieval Literature (deadline: 3/15)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 12:04pm
Andrea Gazzoni/University of Pennsylvania

Dear Colleagues,
Please consider submitting an abstract for this special session at the next MLA Annual Convention (Philadelphia, January 5-8 2017).

Epic Theory and Medieval Literature
How can we re-theorize epic as a genre by considering the use/reception of classical epic tradition in Medieval literature (Latin and vernacular)?

Send 300-word abstract and short bio to Andrea Gazzoni (gazzoni@sas.upenn.edu) by March 15.

Acceptance at the call for paper stage is nota guarantee of the session being accepted and running at MLA 2017.

Comedy and intermodernism in fiction by British women authors, 1930-1960

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:59am
Women: A Cultural Review (provisional publisher)

Dr Kate Macdonald and Dr Nick Turner invite abstracts for essays for a projected special issue of 'Women: A Cultural Review', which will explore how British women novelists in the period before, during and after the Second World War write comedy. We use the term 'intermodernism' as delineated by contributors to Kristin Bluemel's edited collection of the same name (2009), as a mid-twentieth century literary phenomenon, and welcome essays that discuss the tonal, social and spatial indicators for comedy in fiction by women writers in this period.

'All the World's a Stage: Performing Identity in Everyday Life', a one-day inter-disciplinary conference, 1 July 2016

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:06am
University of Bristol

One-day inter-disciplinary conference at the University of Bristol, 1st July 2016

Keynote Speakers: Dr Angela McShane, Royal College of Art/ V&A
Dr Eleanor Standley, University of Oxford/ Ashmolean Museum

Call for Papers:

This conference will explore the concept of performance and its role in the construction of individual and communal identities.
From a person's choice of dress in the morning to what they eat at night: When and how should we conceive of such everyday actions as having a role in the performance and construction of identities? How have public acts and rituals been used to construct and contest group identities? And how have the meanings of these performative acts endured or changed over time?  

Collectives, Communities, and American Print Culture

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:37am
Midwest Modern Language Association

This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we reconceive solidarity or community through the literary?

'What are we reading?'

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 6:11am
Thinking Verse

Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.com) is now inviting contributions for its sixth issue, a special issue entitled 'What are we reading?' We will be publishing essay-reviews on works in poetics published since 2005: either of individual monographs/collections or of several different works around the same topic. We will be happy to field informal queries at thinkingverse@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions, 30 September 2016.

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