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MSA 2016 Panel Proposal: The Commodification of Everyday Life

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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 12:53pm
Andrew Kalaidjian and Steven Pokornowski Seek Panelists for Proposed Panel at Modernist Studies Association Annual Meeting 2016

In "Enlightenment as Mass Deception," Horkheimer and Adorno famously bemoan "the false identity of the general and the particular" produced via mass culture, arguing that there is no escaping the violent generalization of Capital. Furthermore, they argue that regardless of politics, "all mass culture is [aesthetically] identical." The problem, in short, is that culture has been industrialized – in both the sense of its mechanical reproducibility and its production for sale and profit. The rise of the internet and digital culture has only further intensified this trend. Consider: reality television, social media, and so called "gig economy" apps such as Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB serve to both infinitely reproduce and commodify everyday life.

Translating Genre, Language, Power

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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 9:04am
Midwest Modern Language Association

In the Middle Ages, there existed a concept known as translatio studii. Broadly speaking, this term refers to the transfer of cultural knowledge from one language and literature to another, often in the context of political and cultural conquest. These adaptations are often representative of the individual contributing components but manage to create new knowledge through overlap or expanding boundaries of culture, and authority.

In the spirit of translatio studii, this panel seeks to explore the adaptation of texts and concepts across time, language, media, history, gender, and socio-political power structures. All papers from any time period or culture addressing this interweaving and adaptation of meaning via language are welcome.

[UPDATE] Chapter proposals for "Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment"

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:27pm
Douglas Vakoch / California Institute of Integral Studies

Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment, due by May 15, 2016. This volume will explore the intersection between transgender studies and ecology, with contributions from an international group of scholars representing a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to such fields as literary criticism, gender studies, environmental studies, history, philosophy, religious studies, women's studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and political science.

Southern Hungers (SASA 2017)

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:04pm
Southern American Studies Association Conference (March 16-18, 2017)

We're looking for papers exploring hunger and malnutrition in various cultures, populations, periods, and geographies of the U. S. South for the 2017 SASA convention (March 2017 in Chapel Hill, NC). We welcome studies of hunger in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, film, dance, literature, and archaeology, as well as historically oriented approaches.

Please send a 500-word paper proposal and a two-page CV to David Davis (davis_da@mercer.edu) and Jolene Hubbs (jhubbs@ua.edu) by July 30, 2016.

Baudrillard, Religion, Theology

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 2:32pm
The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies

CFP: Baudrillard, Religion, Theology

The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies invites contributions to a special edition that explores Baudrillard, religion, and theology and associated themes.

Guest editors: James Walter, London School of Economics, and Jon Baldwin, London Metropolitan University.

Austen and Deleuze

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 2:28pm
Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge

2017 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. Austen has become one of the most discussed and beloved literary figures; indeed, her status as one of our most beloved literary figures has often influenced the ways in which her life and works are discussed within critical circles. Eve Sedgwick famously announced that Austen criticism is "notable not just for its timidity and banality but for its unresting exaction of the spectacle of a Girl Being Taught a Lesson." This special issue of Rhizomes invites critical articles and creative works that dismiss both this legacy of timidity and the tendency to exact pedagogical spectacles through scholarship.

Recuperation (of antagonistic, oppositional or emancipatory Forms of Cultural Production)

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 1:42pm
London Conference in Critical Thought

Recuperation is an inexorable feature of late capitalism, as modes of art and cultural expression that once were resistant, oppositional or antagonistic from the 1960's and 70's have been gradually absorbed by
capitalism and its attendant apparatus, such that a certain generation has no idea what even constitutes "political dissent" because they have never seen examples of it. Land art which once rejected the

[REMINDER] CFP for Proposed Panel: Medievalism in Children's and Young Adult Literature – TEMA September 23-25, 2016 Texas A&M U

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:24pm
Texas Medieval Association

Panel co-chairs: Melissa Filbeck and Michaela Baca, Texas A&M University

Something about our medieval past continues to fascinate contemporary readers, including a readership most often associated with all that is shiny and new: children and young adults. For this panel, which will be proposed for the 2016 Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) conference, we seek papers that focus on the medieval in texts for young audiences. Some possible areas for exploration include:

•Children's/YA adaptations of medieval texts (including books, television, and film)

•Medieval motifs in contemporary children's or YA literature or film

•The function of medievalism in children's/YA texts

Journal of Intercultural Inquiry

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 11:43am
Geoffrey Nash/University of Sunderland, UK

CFP Journal of Intercultural Inquiry
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[UPDATE] Borders and Borderlands: Liminal Textualities in Contemporary Literature

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:26am
York St John University

Borderlands are defined as being both 'an area of land close to a border between two countries' and 'an area between two qualities, ideas or subjects that has features of both but is not clearly one or the other' (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016). The significance of borders and borderlands has become particularly prevalent in contemporary society. Literature has always responded to the issues of its context of production such as Burke writing on the French Revolution up to and including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's 2013 novel Americanah addressing global concerns of nationality and migration.

Reminder: EXTENDING PLAY 3 abstracts due April 3

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 9:49am
Extending Play 3: Temporalities of Play

Reminder to get your abstracts in for Extending Play 3: Temporalities of Play

School of Communication & Information
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2016

Proposals Due: April 3rd (Abstracts, 250 words)

Extending Play is back, and this iteration will play with the concept of time. We are looking for papers and presentations that excavate the past, interpret the present, and forecast the future of play and games.

Reminder: Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1880s and 1890s 25-26 July 2016

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 5:07am
International Centre for Victorian Women Writers, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

From Brontë to Bloomsbury Third International Conference:
Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1880s and 1890s
25-26 July 2016
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Ann Heilmann (University of Cardiff) and Dr Catherine Pope (Victorian Secrets)

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