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CFP: Space Oddities conference in Graz, Austria in November 2014

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:17am
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Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS)

41st AAAS Conference in Graz / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

SPACE ODDITIES:
Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange

When we think of American cities, we have a complex (and often contradictory) set of images in mind, possibly encompassing glimpses of the Boston Marathon bombings, postcard motifs of the One World Trade Center, and palm trees on Sunset Boulevard, L.A. In its various shapes and discourses, the American city functions as both a parameter and an expression of the complexities of U.S. social practice. At the same time, it also serves as a prism of overarching social and cultural transformation.

14th MELUS MELOW International Conference

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:15am
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Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World
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DAMN THE BOOK, GAG THE VOICE: LITERATURE AND CENSORSHIP

We live in a world where it is impossible to be isolated. As human beings we are forever in conversation with each other because we need to express our feelings, communicate, and interact with our fellow creatures. In the process, as we reach out of our closed cocoons, we strike relationships, some positive, some reactionary. Some of our overtures boomerang on us in the most unexpected ways, as negative criticism, hostile reaction, or even official banning or censorship.

This is what MELOW seeks to debate at its conference in Chandigarh, India, from 19th to 21st February 2015 .

Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 2:24am
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The Journal of Pan African Studies
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In honor of the 80th birthday, and the life-long commitment to human rights/justice, and the arts, The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.com) will host a special edition on Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka, a Nigerian writer, playwright, poet and human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, becoming the first person in Africa to receive the award. An activist in Nigeria's fight for independence, Soyinka was imprisoned in solitary confinement from 1967 to 1969 for writing an article that called for a cease-fire. To this day he is involved in the politics of Nigeria.

Biocentrism and Nonhuman Ethics

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:12pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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This panel is seeking papers that analyze or describe literature or historical events from the angle of human-nonhuman interactions, especially as they relate to ethics and ecology. Ecocritical or ecotheological perspectives are preferred but other perspectives are welcome.

Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting to a PAMLA conference:

The 112th Annual PAMLA Conference will be held at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California, on October 31-November 2, 2014. We hope that you will propose a paper for this conference.

The call for papers for the sessions is posted online. Please check this website for updates and corrections.

ASECS Women's Caucus Awards for Grad Papers, Indepedent/Adjuct Scholarship, Editing and Translation

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:59pm
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American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Women's Caucus
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The Catharine Macaulay Prize for Graduate Student Conference Paper
NEW Deadline for submission: May 31, 2014

The Catharine Macaulay Prize is an annual award made by the Women's Caucus of ASECS for the best graduate student paper on a feminist or gender studies subject presented at the ASECS Annual Meeting or at any of the regional meetings during the academic year. In addition to special recognition, the prize carries a cash award of $500 (up from $350 in earlier years and announcements).

Boston University's American and New England Studies Program Graduate Conference 2014: New England and the World (Oct 24-25)

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:45pm
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Boston University American and New England Studies Program Graduate Student Association
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Call for Papers

The American and New England Studies Program at Boston University is pleased to announce its 2014 graduate student conference: "New England and the World." We invite submissions that consider New England's place in national and international contexts. Proposals should reflect New England's role as 'the Hub' and the ways that the region has been and remains a vital center for activity. We seek papers that follow an interdisciplinary framework through literature, film, architecture, history, visual culture, archeology, ethnic studies, and other disciplines.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Rural Survival Skills in an Urban Setting - MMLA 2014, November 13 - 16, Detroit

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:19pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association

In Tillie Olsen's working class novel Yonnondio, the character Anna takes her children out, "looking for empty lots where dandelions grew," so they may harvest dandelion greens. It is here—foraging for food in Omaha, Nebraska—that we see a glimpse into Anna's rural past. The knowledge she has gained from her rural life allows her to supplement her family's needs when they could not afford to buy fresh food in an urban environment. Yonnondio is not unique in chronicling migration to the city for work; there are other novels about poor people with a rural knowledge base living in an intolerable urban culture. In these stories, what is lost or gained when one migrates or immigrates from the agrarian lifestyle to the urban?

SOUTHERN STUDIES CONFERENCE 6-7 February 2015

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 1:58pm
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Auburn University at Montgomery
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Now in its seventh year, the AUM Liberal Arts Conference in Southern Studies invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. Topics may include but are not limited to:

CFP: Journal of Race and Policy

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 1:17pm
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Journal of Race and Policy
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The Journal of Race and Policy (ISSN 1540-8450) is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of research pertaining to education, employment, health care, citizen participation, social welfare, social justice and other key areas of public policy concern. It is the objective of the Journal to promote intellectual debate, scholarly investigation and new ideas that focus on the intersection of race and policy in American society and abroad. Manuscripts that consider the correlation of race and policy formation, implementation, and impact are currently being solicited for our Fall/Winter issue, slated to be released by February, 2015.

PAMLA14 -dealine May 15 (Peninsular Spanish)

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:41am
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Alex Saum-Pascual / UC Berkeley

CALL FOR PAPERS: PAMLA 2014
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE (PENINSULAR) STANDING SESSION

The 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014) will encounter the theme "Familiar Spirits." We invite participants to consider papers on magic, conjuring, spirits, hauntings, Spiritualism, and manifestations as well as presentations that treat the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and, uncanny.

SOUTHERN CRIMES, CAPERS, & CORRUPTIONS

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:28am
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NOLA DIASPORA journal
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NOLA Diaspora wants scholarly articles on New Orleans and Southern sin and/or decadence: crime and true crime, detective fiction, Mardi Gras and masking, Marie Laveau, and related topics.
Possible authors: Nevada Barr, James Lee Burke, Robert Olen Butler, Mary Jane Clark, Kate Chopin, Nicole Cooley, Moira Crone, Randy Fertel, Tim Gautreaux, Zachary Lazar, Laura Lippman, Bill Loehfelm, Walker Percy, Tom Piazzo, Anne Rice, Tennessee Williams, and Christine Wiltz
Possible topics: NOPD, Louisiana politics and politicians, Katrina survival stories, New Orleans Noir, post-Katrina life and rebuilding, Southern Gothic, Voodoo, Vampires, and Loup Garou and other mythical swamp beasts

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