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[UPDATE] Reading Matters: Texts – Cultures – The World international conference, extended deadline: 1 April

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 4:36am
full name / name of organization: 
Ana-Karina Schneider, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania

Reading Matters: Texts – Cultures – The World

19-21 May 2016

The Department of Anglo-American and German Studies at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu,
The Academic Anglophone Society of Romania and
The Centre for Anglo-American and German Research

are pleased to invite you to the Reading Matters international conference, to be held in Sibiu.

CFP: Philament 22: Precarity (An Online Journal of Postgraduate and Early Career Scholarship in Arts and Culture)

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 12:21am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Chris Rudge University of Sydney
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CALL FOR PAPERS

Philament: An Online Journal of Postgraduate and Early Career Scholarship in Arts and Culture

Philament 22: Precarity

Philament, the peer-reviewed, open access, online journal of arts and culture based at the University of Sydney, invites submissions from postgraduate students and early career academics for our twenty-second issue, Precarity.

[UPDATE - Deadline Extended] Writing as Activism: Motivating Social and Political Shifts

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 12:00am
full name / name of organization: 
Brooklyn College English Graduate Program

This year's conference seeks to establish a link between the act of writing and activism by focusing on the strategies writers use to bring attention to their social and political aims. Writing has been used to inform the public, criticize societal norms, and capture lived experiences. Writing has also been used to respond to rhetoric that justifies bigotry or reinforces socially constructed norms. As new questions arise about freedom, identity, religion, and related matters, many writers feel compelled not only to capture the social and political issues of their time, but also to use writing to change notions about the world we live in.

- ROUNDTABLE - Teaching World Literature at the Borders

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:36pm
full name / name of organization: 
MMLA 2016 St. Louis, MO
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In the spirit of MMLA's conference theme of "Border States," this roundtable seeks to explore new pedagogical approaches to the teaching of world literature to college undergraduates, especially those in survey courses, though others will be considered. We are particularly interested in papers that explore how we introduce students to "world literature" in new and innovative ways, models that move from traditional surveys to the borders of world literature, and ways in which world literature, broadly speaking, can be effectively included in the curricula.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers - Lit Crit from a Left Perspective - St. John's University Humanities Review

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
St. John’s University Humanities Review (Vol. Fourteen, Issue 1/Spring 2016)

Slavoj Žižek has suggested that, after the spectacular failure of party-states in the twentieth century, it is no longer time for the Left to change the world, but again to interpret it. Of course, Žižek's directive comes in the wake of popular anti-capitalist and anti-racist revolts around the world which have reinvigorated militants and scholars alike: from New York to Cairo, Kobanî to Ferguson. There is, evidently, no easy division between action and interpretation, between theory and practice, even in the absence of any major world power designating itself as Communist. And yet, Žižek's plea must be a tempting one for those scholars working in the current, increasingly globalized university system.

Science and Fiction Panel at MMLA 2016 (St. Louis, Nov. 10-13)

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
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In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders—or the blurring of such borders--within Science and Fiction. How does fiction work to educate us as readers on the use of technology? Are these examples historically, culturally, or socially relevant? Suggested topics may include:

* Women in Science Fiction
* Images of science in literature
* Energy resources in literature
* The image of the scientific utopia
* Science and progress
* The human body and/or its representation
* Representations of the apocalypse, dystopias, or other disasters in literature

British Fantasy Society Journal 16

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
full name / name of organization: 
The British Fantasy Society

BFS Journal 16 is due out in June/July.

The journal is a mix of articles and is keen to accept submissions from people who want to write about fantasy, horror and science fiction. Our focus is primarily the former, but our readers have interests across all three genres.

Academic articles for the BFS Journal should be between 2500 and 6000 words. We prefer nearer the former, as this is about the size of a conference paper. References in the text should be (Author, Date of Edition) with a full publication listing for the bibliography given for each article at the end. Please don't use footnotes in your submissions.

"Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents," 3-8 December 2016, deadline 15 June 2016

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 1:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Ben P. Robertson / Troy University
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CFP: "Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents"
Mobile, AL, USA, 3-8 December 2016

Abstracts are invited for a conference on literature and the sea, broadly defined. Proposed papers may focus on the literature of any country and any literary period, but please keep in mind that the conference language will be English. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

LUSO-AFRO-BRAZILIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AT SCMLA 2016

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:42pm
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South Central Modern Languages Association (SCMLA) 2016

Dear All,

Our panel entitled LUSO-AFRO-BRAZILIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE kindly requests abstracts for SCMLA 2016 in Dallas, Texas, in November 3-5.

Abstracts may be submitted until March 31st.

Chair: Célia Carmen Cordeiro, University of Texas–Ausitn. celiacarmencordeiro@utexas.edu

Secretary: Naomi Pueo Wood, Colorado College. naomi.wood@colorado.college.edu

Looking forward to be hearing from you soon.

Best,

Célia Cordeiro

[UPDATE] Modernist Brontës (MLA 2017, 7-9 January, Phil, PA) Abstracts 24 Mar

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 9:35am
full name / name of organization: 
Shawna Ross
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The institutional and conceptual conveniences of periodization maintain various productive fictions about the differences between the Victorians and the modernists to narrativize the history of British literature. In particular, the disciplinary formation of modernism as a result of avant-garde experimentation depends on a convention in which the modernists heroically dismantle Victorian literary norms. As much as this narrative is helpful in illuminating the stakes of modernist aesthetics, it can oversimplify the complexities of Victorian-modernist relations.

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