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The Health of Cities: MMLA, Detroit, Nov 13-16, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 1:17pm
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Emily Waples / MMLA
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From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.

Religions, Environments & Popular Culture

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:59am
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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester
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This conference seeks to address the relationship between religion and environment. It will bring together researchers from across the humanities to question the connections between issues of environmental crisis and political religion, and the ways these manifest within popular culture. What is the nature of the intersection between religion and popular culture, and what impact does a human-environment relationship have on this?

Call For Submissions: August,2014 Theme : Big Love, Small Towns; Deadline: 10th July, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:11am
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THE FOUR QUARTERS MAGAZINE (http://tfqmagazine.org)

"For the dramatically inclined, love is everything that the Corinthians quote from the Bible says it is. For the cynically inclined, love is measured in patterns of behaviour. For the scientific mind, there might be a solution in the colourful images of the brain as captured by an MRI machine.

[UPDATE] Props and Vessels: Pregnancy, Maternity, and Birth as Objectified Performance

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:12am
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American Society for Theatre Research
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When blogger Lady Goo Goo Gaga opened a Pottery Barn Kids catalog, she discovered that she is a "very, very bad mother...because I have not once shaped sandwiches into a tic-tac-toe game utilizing carrot shreds and pieces of grapes." The catalog's lunch boxes, displaying an idealized vision of mother's love in comestible form, highlight the way props become an intrinsic part of maternal performance.

[Reminder] The Rhetoric of Waste Panel, SAMLA, November 7-9, Atlanta, GA

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 6:52am
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Iuliu Ratiu, Georgia Tech

"THE RHETORIC OF WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY: Is the rhetoric of waste and sustainability a validation or a critique of neoliberalism? Can we lead less wasteful and more sustainable lives in an era of smart technologies and problem-solving ideology? Can we live off the grid, save the world, and sip fair trade coffee all at the same time? Last but not least, what's the humanistic perspective on empty signifiers such as efficiency, downsizing, outsourcing, sustainable systems, benefits-cost analysis, etc.?

[REMINDER] Don DeLillo (Special Issue of Orbit): abstracts by 30th June 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:10am
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Crystal Alberts/University of North Dakota
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To mark the 45th anniversary of DeLillo's debut novel and his decades of influence, Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, an open access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon, related authors and adjacent fields, will publish a special issue dedicated to Don DeLillo in 2016.

A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott and Alexis Wright (June 22, 2014 Deadline) [Update]

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:46pm
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Belinda Wheeler
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Contributors are sought for a collection of original essays examining the works of Australia's leading Aboriginal authors, Kim Scott and Alexis Wright. Both authors have won countless awards, including Australia's prestigious Miles Franklin Award, Scott in 2000 (Benang) and 2011 (That Deadman Dance), and Wright in 2006 (Carpentaria) and currently on the longlist for 2014 (The Swan Book). Despite national and international acclaim for their literary contribution, there is currently no comprehensive critical companion that contextualizes these authors' works for scholars, students (undergraduate and graduate), and general readers.

CFP: Subculture and the Humanities (Edited Volume)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:11pm
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Morgan Shipley, Co-editor

Is subculture a universal category that discloses itself in similar ways, irrespective of differences in historical moments or cultural geographies? Or is subculture inextricably linked to these specificities? This edited volume seeks to engage these questions (amongst others) through a particular scope. Specifically, in what ways can the humanities helped us to understand subcultures during three distinct eras: the Lost Generation, the 1960s and today's digital age?

CFP Critical/Creative Ed. Collection on Fear & Trauma, proposal deadline, 8/1/14

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 7:45pm
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Dr. Julie E. Tyler / Independent
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Proposed submissions are requested for an innovative edited collection of "micro graphics" on the subjects of fear and trauma. This collection will include diverse and powerful graphic entries from contributors on these subjects. Each entry should tell a story about (or visually conceptualize) fear/trauma in only two or three graphic frames [think graphic novel illustrations, but limited to two or three frames and excluding thought or dialogue bubbles]. The challenge, of course, will be to convey the emotional magnitude of fear and/or trauma within limited two-dimensional space. Contributors might choose to craft entries as collaborative rather than individual projects.

Critical/Creative Ed. Collection on Fear & Trauma, seeking writers/illustrators/scholars, proposal deadline, 8/1/14

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 7:39pm
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Dr. Julie E. Tyler / Independent
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Proposed submissions are requested for an innovative edited collection of "micro graphics" on the subjects of fear and trauma. This collection will include diverse and powerful graphic entries from contributors on these subjects. Each entry should tell a story about (or visually conceptualize) fear/trauma in only two or three graphic frames [think graphic novel illustrations, but limited to two or three frames and excluding thought or dialogue bubbles]. The challenge, of course, will be to convey the emotional magnitude of fear and/or trauma within limited two-dimensional space. Contributors might choose to craft entries as collaborative rather than individual projects.

Update for Theories of Realism and Naturalism SAMLA 2014- Deadline Extended (June 10, 2014)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 5:17pm
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SAMLA 2014
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of late 19th- and 20th-century realism and naturalism. Possible topics could include—but are not limited to—theories of realism and naturalism, transatlantic realisms/naturalisms, social vs. psychological realism, women and naturalism, literature and social ethics, and historicist interpretations of realism and naturalism. Papers might address theoretical issues or discuss specific literary works. Proposals addressing the conference theme are especially welcome. By June 10, 2014, please submit a 250-word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Myrto Drizou, Valdosta State University, at mdrizou@valdosta.edu.

Interdisciplinary Student and Graduate Conference Transcultural Media Relations – April 2015

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 4:26pm
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Goethe University Frankfurt

April 17th – 18th 2015: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

In the introduction to his 2011 book Media, Culture and Society, Paul Hodkinson claims that "media have, in one way or another, become integral to what we might term the broader social and cultural environment – something that includes (…) class, gender and ethnic relations, patterns of identity and community, ideas and understandings, practices of intellectual, artistic and creative expression and broader ways of life" (4). Media - and this includes novels, newspapers, film, TV productions, music and computer games – shape, mirror and represent culture and society. What then happens when a medium is taken out of its cultural frame and reinterpreted through another culture's eyes?

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