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CFP: Edited Volume on Subalternity and Superheroism (Abstracts due May 30)

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 4:28pm
full name / name of organization: 
Rafael Ponce-Cordero
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Working Title
Can the Subaltern Be a Superhero? The Politics of Non-Hegemonic Superheroism

Description
Superheroes are, by definition, guardians of law and order, i.e. of the status quo. Not coincidentally, the majority of them—and certainly the most famous ones—are male, straight, and white. Yet there are costumed crime-fighters who do not conform to that tacit rule and serve, in this sense, as examples of what we can call alternative superheroism. Those are the ones this collection of essays will examine.

UPDATE: 9/11 Popular Culture (Panels for MPCA,Oct 6-9, 2016); May 15 deadline

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 4:22pm
full name / name of organization: 
Paul Petrovic / Midwest Popular Culture Association
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auldpetrovic@gmail.com
The 9/11 and Popular Culture area is looking for abstract proposals for the MPCA conference in Chicago, IL, at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare from Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9.

The 9/11 Popular Culture area seeks essays that explore the convergence of post-9/11 themes in contemporary television, film, fiction, poetry, comics, and other artistic expression. I am especially interested in essays that approach issues of trauma theory and Islamophobia, as well as critiques of American exceptionalism and politics across artistic expression.

I welcome papers that analyze

Samla 88 CFP: Caribbean Readings of America

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 2:29pm
full name / name of organization: 
Derrilyn E. Morrison / Middle Georgia State University

In keeping with SAMLA's theme for this year, this CFP is inviting papers that focus on the Caribbean in America, with the intent of examining the challenges that Caribbean writers have brought to the American literary landscape. Caribbean Poets and authors of novels, some of whom have been re-defined as African American writers, have been engaged in a discourse that begs the question: "Whose Paradise is it?" The challenge is often equally made to both Caribbean and American cultural idealisms. How effective are these literary works? Why do they matter?

UPDATE: Call for special issue The readerly/Le Lisible

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 2:16pm
full name / name of organization: 
Formes Poétiques Contemporaines
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Formes Poétiques Contemporaines

FPC 12 THE READERLY

Recently we have talked a great deal of unreadability, it seemed time to revisit the optimistic side of the question…

- Here we approach, I tell my teacher, a considerable objection that I want to put to you…Obscurity!

- It is, indeed, equally dangerous, he answers me, whether obscurity derives from the deficiencies of the reader, or those of the poet… but to elude the task altogether would be cheating.

--Stéphane Mallarmé, "An Interview with Jules Huret," 1891

UPDATE: Extended Deadline for the 31st Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 2:06pm
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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures University of West Georgia
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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 31TH ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE IN THE HUMANITIES

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University of West Georgia (UWG) invite you to celebrate the 31th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, September 22-September 24, 2016. We welcome submissions from across the Humanities, Fine Arts, and the Social and Natural Sciences, dealing with NATURE/CULTURE/COMMERCE and its many crossroads and intersections. Papers, exhibits, performances and screenings may be submitted by scholars, graduate students, writers, artists, and performers. Papers in French, German, or Spanish are welcome when part of a pre-organized panel.

[Update] PTSD and Clint Eastwood Films

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 1:05pm
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Allen Redmon and Charles Hamilton, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
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Our initial deadline approaching and we are still seeking contributors for a book currently under contract.

[UPDATE] Urban Studies - MPCA/ACA 2016 Conference May 15 Extended Deadline

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 12:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA
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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
Extended Deadline: May 15, 2016

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.

PAMLA 2016: Creative Writing (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 11:06am
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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"Creative Writing: 'A Shimmer of Possibility': Short Fiction and the Question of Closure"

In a 2003 interview with The Paris Review, Tobias Wolff, reflecting on Chekhov's stories, remarked: "a good story somehow continues in a shimmer of possibility." Should a short story embrace that "possibility" or strive for a degree of closure? And is one approach better suited to the form of short fiction?

Call for Contributions: THE AESTHETICS OF NECROPOLITICS Deadline June 10th 2016.

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:13am
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Natasha Lushetich, University of Exeter
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As a conscious and unconscious, sustained, even efficient effort at 'making and letting die' (Mbembe), necropolitics is systemic to capitalism. The grand-scale destruction of the earth's ecosystems, the overt and covert forms of genocide (the so-called 'war on terror' or the 'refugee crisis'), the feeding of dead poultry to genetically modified legless pigs, or the more recent 'ecological' inventions such as biocremation in which human remains are used to produce heat for leisure centres (Rumble) are only some of the familiar examples.

CFP: Critiquing Humanism (Deadline May 15, 2016)

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:20am
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Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry Vol 3 No 1

The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.

Queer Sinners and Saints - Area of 2016 Film & History Conference - Deadline June 1, 2016

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:14am
full name / name of organization: 
Bridget Kies and Carla Bernava, Area Chairs

CFP: Queer Sinners and Saints
An Area of the 2016 Film and History Conference
Conference Theme: Gods & Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television
26-30 October 2016
The Hilton Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI, USA

Deadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2016

Call for Papers - Gender and Textual Mobility, ANZAMEMS conference 7-10 February 2017

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 2:12am
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Early Modern Women's Research Network

The Early Modern Women's Research Network (EMWRN) is convening panels on Gender and Textual Mobility at the upcoming ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Society) conference in Wellington, 7-10 February, 2017.

This is the 11th biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and three keynote speakers have an interest in gender in the medieval and early modern world: Professor Lorna Hutson (English, St Andrews, sponsored by EMWRN), Professor Martha Howell (History, Columbia), and Dr Erin Griffey (Art History, Auckland).

SLSA 2016 – Creating Accounts of Creative Bodies: the Narrative Work of Fertility

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 9:57pm
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Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
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Babies perform a lot of narrative work. George Eliot's Middlemarch narrator playfully quips that "where there was a baby, things were right enough," and that "error, in general, was a mere lack of that central poising force," and this is often as true for narratives themselves as for the characters therein. Babies often serve as forces of disruption or normatization in literary texts, and this panel seeks to explore the narrative work that the (pro)creative and (pro)created bodies of mothers and babies perform. This panel seeks to situate the creative work of female reproduction in the context of its narrative creation, taking seriously the textual creation and performance of fertility in literary texts.

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