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NANO: New American Notes Online, Call for Papers: Special Issue: The Aesthetics of Trash, Deadline: 22 Aug. 2014

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:12pm
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NANO: New American Notes Online

NANO: New American Notes Online

Call for Papers: Issue 7

Deadline: 22 August 2014

Special Issue: The Aesthetics of Trash

This is why the properly aesthetic attitude of the radical ecologist is not that of admiring or longing for a pristine nature of virgin forests and clear sky, but rather of accepting waste as such, of discovering the aesthetic potential of waste, of decay, of the inertia of rotten material that serves no purpose.
— Slavoj Žižek, Living in the End Times

This special issue of NANO begins with a question: in what new ways can trash and waste be acknowledged or conceptualized today?

[UPDATE: Deadline Extension] "The Undead" Abstracts due 6/13 (for SAMLA 11/7-9))

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:20am
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Lynne M. Simpson, College English Association
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The Undead as Sustainable (Academic) Resource

"ZOMBIES are a value stock. They are wordless and oozing and brain dead, but they're an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling," writes Chuck Closterman for The New York Times. Thanks in part to the commodification of the zombie and vampire, the undead prove rich fodder for the academic as well. Papers that explore the undead (in any manifestation) as cultural, ecological, political, or, of course, commoditized figure are welcome. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at lsimpson@presby.edu by June 1, 2014.

Fairy Tale Sensibilities and their Sustainability

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:38am
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SAMLA 86 Nov 7-9 2014 Atlanta GA
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Feminism's theorists more and more have turned their focus on fairy tales' socializing power, as fairy tales serve as repositories for cultural attitudes regarding gender, class, the environment, and the role of education. The very sustainability of these tales offers genealogical roots for sociohistorical examinations that allow a reconsideration of the tales' textualities in relationship to cultural ideologies. Roland Barthes asserts that texts such as fairy tales are loaded with ideological values; thus, it is critical to fairy tale studies that we rescue important historical shifts in revised representations so that we have a multi-dimensional understanding of the complex relationship between fairy tales, women, popular culture, and national values.

Call for Book, Art, Film Reviews on "the Gendered Politics of Art" (Aug. 15 deadline)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:22am
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Todd A. Comer, Studies in the Humanities
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Studies in the Humanities, a peer reviewed journal since 1968, is calling for film, art, or book reviews focused on gender issues (the theme for the upcoming issue is "Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art").

The deadline for reviews is August 15, 2014. Reviews of one book or monograph or several works (at least 750 words and no more than 1,000 words) are welcome. Send queries or completed reviews to Todd Comer (tcomer@defiance.edu).

For those interested in a more detailed elaboration of what we entail by our "gendered politics" theme, more information may be found on our web page:

9th Annual Limina Conference - Friday June 20, UWA

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:24am
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Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies
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Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies will hold its 9th Annual Conference at the University of Western Australia (Crawley) on Friday June 20, 2014.
Come along to support Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers as they present their work and speak to the topic of 'Fear and Loathing'.

Friday 20th June 2014 (8AM)
Old Senate Room, UWA
Admission: $20.00
Keynote Address: Assoc. Prof. Ned Curthoys

Tickets at: www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au/events/conference

CFP: "Places and Myths" - New Harmony anniversary conference

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:29am
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Kirin Makker/Hobart William Smith Colleges
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Places and Myths – looking for panelists!

I am looking for two more presenter-participants for my panel, "The Myths in/on/about Places" for the New Harmony Conference, November 6-8, 2014. My own paper discusses the Main Street idealism depicted in Norman Rockwell's paintings of American small town life. Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Kirin J. Makker, makker@hws.edu by July 1, 2014.

for more information on the conference, please see:
http://www.usi.edu/liberalarts/communal-center/2014-new-harmony-conferen...

Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 5:41am
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Chameleon Press; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
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You are invited to submit poems to Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, a collection in celebration of the centenary of the great Mexican poet, Octavio Paz, who built bridges among cultures, and especially among poets, and whose connections with Asia were considerable.

The editors have selected eight works by Paz to initiate and stimulate the conversation or to act as references. These poems can be found here: http://chameleonpress.com/octaviopaz/

[REMINDER] 2014 Queerness and Games CFP, June 15 Deadline

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:18pm
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The Queerness and Games Conference
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Call for Speakers
Deadline June 15, 2014

The Queerness and Games Conference
Theme: "Difference at Play"
UC Berkeley, October 25 and 26, 2014
qgcon.com // @qgcon // qgconference@gmail.com

The second annual Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon), hosted at UC Berkeley on October 25 and October 26, 2014, is happy to invite proposals for conference sessions now through June 15. Applicants will be notified by July 15. To submit, see instructions below.

Waves of change : women and American education in the South in the 1960s

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:39pm
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SAMLA
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Much has been studied about the major role played by women during the Civil Rights Movement but few have developed the place of education in the struggle for women's equality in the South after 1965. Indeed, most scholarship to this date has focused on the North, often disregarding the role women had in building the women's movement in the South, where the Civil Rights movement had emerged in the preceding decade.
This panel welcomes papers about the role of women in helping to change American society in the 1960s. If the women's liberation movement started in the North, what was the role of southern women in this movement and especially in the desegregation of the educational system?

Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:28pm
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University of Limerick
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**CALL FOR PAPERS – EXTENDED**
Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century
University of Limerick
28-29 August 2014

Organizers: Dr. Christina Morin (University of Limerick)
Dr. Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Professor Peter Gray (Queen's University Belfast)
Professor Donald MacRaild (Ulster University)
Professor Julia M. Wright (Dalhousie University)

The Victorian Period in 21st-Century Children's Literature: Representations and Revisions, Adaptations and Appropriations

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:07pm
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Sara K. Day and Sonya Sawyer Fritz

A significant aim of contemporary literature for young people is to provide a window into a variety of historical periods and cultural milieus. Such representations of the past have educational, creative, and political resonances, reflecting both on historical periods and contemporary values. However, since the turn of the twenty-first century, we seem to have reached a critical mass of works for children that engage the Victorian period in particular.

Sustainability and Service Learning (SAMLA 2014)

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 3:07pm
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SAMLA
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Blending theory with practice, service learning encourages students and faculty alike to consider action beyond the classroom; likewise, it ties success to measurables other than grades. But how does it fit in our pedagogies, and where does it place community action among our concerns? More specifically, how do we productively approach issues of sustainability in the humanities? This roundtable discussion invites participants to share their experiences with using service learning to encourage sustainable principles and practices. Participants will present 5-10 minute digital or poster presentations before addressing both the challenges and rewards of teaching service learning in the humanities.

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