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[UPDATE] CFP: Panel on Fan Spaces at PCA/ACA conference, New Orleans (Apr. 1-4, 2015)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:39am
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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

As the popularity of this year's San Diego Comic Con proved, fan spaces are increasingly important culturally and financially. Media creators and producers have come to acknowledge the significance of their fans and the need to communicate with them, particularly through social media. Fans, however, also insist upon their own self-contained spaces where they can share their opinions and observations, as well as transformative and fan works, without the threat of censorship or harassment. These spaces exist both physically (as in, for example, in the form of fan conventions and fan meet ups) and virtually through social media platforms such as Tumblr, twitter, and Ao3.

[UPDATE] Journal of Bruce Springsteen Studies

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:21am
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BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies

BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies is an open access academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed essays pertaining to Bruce Springsteen. The editors of BOSS are currently soliciting papers for the journal's second edition. BOSS provides a scholarly space for Springsteen Studies in the contemporary academy by publishing articles that examine the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that have influenced Springsteen's music and shaped its reception. The editors of BOSS welcome broad interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to Springsteen's songwriting, performance, and fan community, as well as studies that conform to specific disciplinary perspectives.

The Poetics of Knowledge (5-7 Nov 2015, Berne, Switzerland)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:10am
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Wolfgang Funk (Leibniz University Hanover) and Irmtraud Huber (University of Berne)

One very common narrative about Victorian Britain is that it was an age of ground-breaking scientific discoveries: Charles Lyell significantly extended the age of our planet; Charles Darwin forced a rethinking of the origins and development of life; Michael Faraday and James Maxwell Clark paved the way for modern physics; Non-Euclidean Geometry changed the way mathematicians measured and formalized the world; Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace laid the foundation for computing. The list could be expanded at leisure, as scientists made and remade the various fields in which humans have tried to make sense of the natural world.

Andrea Brady Symposium UK: Call for Papers

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:31am
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Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck University of London

*Call for Papers*

"A copia of words": On Andrea Brady
Andrea Brady Symposium
Date: 13th December 2014
Venue: Keynes Library, Birkbeck, University of London (43 Gordon Square)
Keynote speaker: Professor Carol Watts (Birkbeck)
The symposium will be followed by a reading by Andrea Brady.

Abstracts deadline: October 1st, 2014.

Call for Submissions: Teaching Materials for the Second Edition of Thinking about Television's Mad Men

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 2:35am
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Jimmie Manning
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On behalf of my co-editors Jennifer C. Dunn and Danielle M. Stern, I am glad to announce that we have been invited to prepare a second edition of our book Lucky Strikes and a Three-Martini Lunch: Thinking about Television's Mad Men. This new edition will feature revisions to essays from the first edition, new essays that explore later developments in the program, and a new section that will offer teaching materials for those interested in using the book in the classroom. The second edition will be released in conjunction with the final episodes of the popular AMC series.

Borders, Boundaries, and Margins: SALA 2015

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 10:00pm
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Nalini Iyer, for South Asian Literary Association (MLA-Allied Organization)
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15th Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference
6-7 January 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Submit paper abstracts, short biographic notes (with institutional affiliations) and A/V requests at: http://www.southasianliteraryassociation.org/annual-conference/conferenc...

"'Hysteria Beyond Freud': Nineteenth-Century Nerves" -- Due September 30, 2014; Conference April 30-May 3, 2015

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:38pm
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NeMLA 2015

Showalter's definition of the fin de siècle as the 'golden age of hysteria' in her seminal work, The Female Malady, bolstered late-twentieth-century theory and criticism's association between 'hysteria' and European fin de siècle culture and medicine. Literary critics, historians, and cultural theorists are reopening the discussion of 'hysteria' and, in effect, shifting our understandings of its role in gender ideology, literary form, and politics beyond the turn of the century. This roundtable takes up the title of the authoritative, cultural history, Hysteria Beyond Freud, in order to foster and take part in this new discussion.

ASECS: "Migrants, Exiles, and the State of Statelessness in the Eighteenth Century"

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 6:34pm
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Juliet Shields / American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
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In his "Reflections on Exile," Edward Said asked "if true exile is a condition of terminal loss, why has it been transformed so easily into a potent, even enriching, motif of modern culture?" Arguably, this motif emerged in the eighteenth century, as
colonialism and the consolidation of the modern nation-state made more visible the movement--sometimes voluntary and sometimes forced--of peoples across and within political and geographical borders.
This interdisciplinary panel invites papers that address exile, migration, and statelessness in the long eighteenth century.

ASECS: "Migrants, Exiles, and the State of Statelessness in the Eighteenth Century"

updated: 
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 6:32pm
full name / name of organization: 
Juliet Shields / American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
contact email: 

In his "Reflections on Exile," Edward Said asked "if true exile is a condition of terminal loss, why has it been transformed so easily into a potent, even enriching, motif of modern culture?" Arguably, this motif emerged in the eighteenth century, as
colonialism and the consolidation of the modern nation-state made more visible the movement--sometimes voluntary and sometimes forced--of peoples across and within political and geographical borders.
This interdisciplinary panel invites papers that address exile, migration, and statelessness in the long eighteenth century.

NeMLA 2015 Panel Seeing is Believing: Antiquity and Beyond Abstract due Sept. 30th [UPDATE]

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 5:19pm
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Claire Sommers/The Graduate Center, CUNY
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The relationship between the visual and the literary traces its origins to antiquity. In Rhetoric, Aristotle famously defines rhetoric as 'the ability to see the available means of persuasion' (I.2.1). Sight is a vital component of the human cognitive experience; neither education nor persuasion can take place without visualization. Throughout antiquity, philosophical concepts were often conveyed by artistic terminology and visual language, and all genres of Classical literature contain lengthy ekphrases.

UPDATE James Hogg Conference 9-12 April Toronto - Abstracts due Sept 15

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 4:32pm
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James Hogg Society
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The James Hogg Society welcomes paper proposals for its upcoming conference on James Hogg and His World, to be held at Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto from April 9-12, 2015. Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be submitted to Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson at alkersr@whitman.edu and holly.nelson@twu.ca respectively by September 15th, 2014.

REMINDER: Malcolm X's Assassination and Autobiography Fifty Years Later

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:36pm
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NEMLA 2015

What are the literary legacies of Malcolm X's life and death?

In 1965, after Malcolm X's life came to an end, The Autobiography of Malcolm X cemented his status as icon. Malcolm's death galvanized a nascent Black Arts Movement, inspiring the generation of black nationalist artists that Amiri Baraka termed "Malcolm's sons and daughters." This panel invites papers that engage with the enduring resonance of Malcolm X's life and death for literary and black studies.

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