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Objects of Global Media

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 3:12pm
Paul Benzon / MLA 2016

Objects of Global Media -- MLA 2016 (

What are the symptomatic objects of global media? Where are they? What characterizes the networks they circulate through, and what do their circulations (or lack thereof) tell us about questions of power, embodiment, law, temporality? What histories do they exist within, and how might they help us reimagine those histories more critically and productively? How might we see the stakes of global media culture differently if we rethink them around an object such as the earbud, the undersea cable, the SIM card, or the server rack?

John Dos Passos and the Other Arts (SAMLA 2015: 13-15 Nov, Durham, NC)

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:47pm
John Dos Passos Society

John Dos Passos was undoubtedly one of the most eclectic American writers of his generation. Faithful as he was to the intermedial aesthetics of modernism, he did not limit himself to the role of novelist, but frequently also crossed over into the neighboring arts: as an accomplished painter and illustrator, as a playwright and sometime set designer for the New Playwrights Theatre, and through his work on Hollywood cinema and documentary film. The resulting cross-pollination would fuel Dos Passos's creativity over the years, influencing his most celebrated novels.

Gender and Early Modern English Drama - RMMLA, Santa Fe, Oct 8-10, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:40pm
Rocky Mountain MLA

This session seeks papers on any aspect of gender and Early Modern English drama. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 8-10, 2015. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email addresses – to Kirsten Inglis ( by March 15, 2015. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 31, 2015. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.

Weird South (MLA 2016)

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 1:30pm
The Society for the Study of Southern Literature

The south has long been tied to adjective "weird," and not just in Austin, Texas. As a slogan that began as a way to promote local businesses, the idea of "keeping ________ weird," resonates with representational practices, economic structures, and counter-cultural mystique. But what does it mean to be weird in a region that already seems to be a repository for weirdness? And how does one talk about the "weird," without re-inscribing southern exceptionalism? This panel invites papers that recover, examine, interrogate, and theorize the weird south. All approaches and archives are welcome as we attempt to make sense of the relationship between the weird and the southern.

IGA 2015 Special Session: The Vampire and the Posthuman

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:36pm
International Gothic Association Conference 2015 (Vancouver)

The Vampire and the Posthuman:
Following a Migrating Literary Form
Special Session

International Gothic Association 2015 Conference
"Gothic Migrations"
Vancouver, BC (28 July-1 August)

Modernism and the Natural World; MMLA Conference, Columbus, OH, 11/12/15--11/15/15; Abstracts 4/15/15

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:56am
Timothy J. Sutton / Midwest Modern Language Association

Inviting abstracts/proposals for the permanent panel "English Literature III: Modernism and the Natural World" at the MMLA 2015 Conference, which will take place in Columbus, OH, November 12-15, 2015.

Modernism and the Natural World

This panel will consider proposals concerning any aspect of modernism and its relationship to nature. The notion of "the natural world" will be broadly construed. Suggested topics include modernism/modernists and eugenics, physics, environmentalism, rural landscapes, pantheism, waste and waste management, noise, urbanism, animals and animal behavior, etc.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words by April 15 to Timothy J. Sutton at

Film III: Global Cinemas at the MMLA 2015 Convention in Columbus, OH (November 12-14, 2015)

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:54am
Caryn Connelly / Film III: Global Cinemas section of the Midwest Modern Language Association

The Film III Section of the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) is accepting proposals for papers on any aspect of Global Cinema. The 57th MMLA Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, OH on November 12-14, 2015. By global cinemas we are referring to films made outside of the U.S./Hollywood context. Papers can be related to the conference's informal theme of "Arts and Sciences", but other themes are certainly welcome. We are interested in sparking broad discussions about the state of global cinema in the twenty-first century, though historical perspectives are welcome as well.

MLA special session, "Service Learning: A Public Face for Literary Studies

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:53am
Modern Language Association, Professor Roberta Rosenberg

"Service Learning Teaching and Research: A Public Face for Literary Studies"

In its call for greater visibility for the humanities in public life, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences published The Heart of the Matter: the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013. The AAAS report encourages humanities scholars to work towards achieving three specific goals: (1) greater access to literacy, teaching materials and literary texts for all Americans; (2) a more flexible, innovative "quality of mind" that every person regardless of age or circumstance requires in a quickly changing world and (3) partnerships across diverse geographical and cultural boundaries in order to promote cross-cultural exchange and understanding.

Restaging the Harlem Renaissance: New Views on the Performing Arts in Black Manhattan (June 27, 2015, deadline: Mar. 27)

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:24am
Columbia University

In June 2015, Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman. Dubbed "the colored Wagner" by a contemporary journalist, Freeman's work – blending western classical music with American and African-American subjects and musical styles – offers a fresh perspective on the performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance.

20th International James Fenimore Cooper Conference [UPDATE--EXTENDED DEADLINE]

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:06am
International James Fenimore Cooper Conference and Seminar

For our 20th conference, we are seeking papers that address the theme "Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities." James Fenimore Cooper and Susan Fenimore Cooper wrote at a time when America was growing as a nation, both geographically through westward expansion and conceptually, as writers, artists, politicians, and citizens worked through the process of defining national, regional, and even local identities. Benedict Anderson defines nation as "an imagined political community" populated by people who may never know, meet, or even hear their fellow-members, "yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion." Just as communities are imagined, so are the landscapes and frontiers on which they are built.