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'Conversations with Tradition' conference

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:56pm
Modern Horizons

Conversations with Tradition

In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'

APPROACHES TO TEACHING LITERATURE AND ENGLISH IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, 30 April 2014

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:01am
Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.

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

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:02am
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.

The Literary Canon and Sociohistorical Performances

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 5:34pm
SAMLA 86: Humanities and Sustainability Nov. 7 - 9 2014 Atlanta, GA

Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.

Call for Monographs: Book Series on East-West Cultural Encounters in Literature & Cultural Studies

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 2:41am
National Taiwan University Press

This Series seeks scholarly works on intercultural encounters in literature, particularly East-West precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial contacts that expose, problematize, or re-create the sense of locality, historicity, and subjectivity. The Series especially welcomes monographs written in English or other languages translated into English. Conference volumes or edited volumes by multiple authors will not be considered at this time. Volumes of essays with a thematic focus written by a single author, however, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of revised doctoral dissertations which employ innovative concepts related to our topics. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

Ozarks Studies Symposium September 19-20, 2014

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 2:33pm
Dr. Phillip Howerton / Missouri State University-West Plains

The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its eighth annual symposium. The symposium will take place September 19 and 20, 2014, on the MSU campus in West Plains, Missouri.

Women and Work in Literature - Proposals Due May 15

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:44pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

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.

CFP: Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:07am
Tamkang University

The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

Time: December 19-20, 2014
Venue: Tamkang University
151 Ying-chuan Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Call for Papers

We take great pleasure in announcing the sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, to be hosted by the English Department at Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan, on December 19-20, 2014. The general theme of the conference is "Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement."

The Sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 2:59am
Tamkang University

We take great pleasure in announcing the sixth Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse, to be hosted by the English Department at Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan, on December 19-20, 2014. The general theme of the conference is "Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement."

UPDATE: Urban Studies CFP

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:07pm
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA (Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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
Megan Cannella/ PAMLA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014)

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
South Central Modern Language Association

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).

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