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Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:59pm
Don E. Walicek / University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Call for Chapters
Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom, an edited volume

America's "founding father" Thomas Jefferson championed a vision of economic prosperity and moral virtue that was dependent upon an expansive "Empire of Liberty" with Guantánamo, Cuba as one of its key sites. The haunting paradox of his words alludes to the many layers and contradictions that cluster around the Caribbean site known today as the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station.

Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? Intersections in Race and Technology (NeMLA April 30-May 3 2015)

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:18pm
Nicholas Forster / Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)

Where do race and technology meet? Since its emergence cinema has been but one technology to repeatedly build its status on the raced bodies of its subjects. As scholars such as Michael Rogin have argued cinema required black bodies to establish its own identity as an artistic medium. While the transition from moving pictures to talkies was seen to inaugurate a new mode that would open up possibilities for the 'black voice' this was just one moment in the history of media technologies. As the Jazz Singer (1927) traded on blackface, Gone With the Wind (1939) used emerging color technologies to revive both an antebellum era and mark a false fault line with the past.

Society for Phenomenology and Media: 17th Annual International Conference

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 5:28am
Society for Phenomenology and Media

Society for Phenomenology and Media: 17th Annual International Conference
The Society for Phenomenology and Media invites proposals for individual conference papers and three-person panels for its 17th Annual International Conference in La Jolla, California.
Send submissions (200-word abstract) by using the EasyChair system at:
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=spm2015
For other questions contact:
SPM Coordinator: socphenmedia@yahoo.com
WHEN: March 25-29, 2015

The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 4:36am
Université d'Artois, Arras, FRANCE

Call for papers

International conference in French & English

The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch

8-9 April 2015, University of Artois, Arras (Pas-de-Calais), France

Organizer : Esther Heboyan

Scientific committee :
Sylvie Blum-Reid (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.), Esther Heboyan (University of Artois, Arras, France) & Céline Murillo (University Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris City, France)

Cinema and Semiotics - 12th World Congress of Semiotics, Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-20 September 2013

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:16am
12th World Congress of Semiotics, New Bulgarian University

THE semiotic of cinema does not exist. However, in film science there is large number of studies questioning the nature, genesis, use and reception of various filmic signs. While in 1985, Winfried Nöth had registered nearly 2,500 published titles of studies in film semiotics, in 2003, Rolf Kloepfer affirms: "[Until now] in the world, the science of cinema and film has hardly developed under a semiotic perspective." The difference between these two statements, both having their source in a different semiotic manual, is striking!

"The Creative Archive: Found Materials and Hybrid Writing," NeMLA 2015, Apr 30 - May 3, 2015, Toronto

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:37pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

How do writers make creative use of archives? How do such encounters occasion new modes and genres of storytelling? What happens when archival materials become the expression of the writing itself? This session seeks cross-genre writers working with archival materials (found, family, public) to create multimedia texts. In this 'show-and-tell' session, presenters are invited to share projects and reflect on questions of process and method.

Upload 250- to 300-word abstracts with relevant links to work samples at https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15335.

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Hip-Hop: Interrogating Identity, Authenticity, and Transnationalism

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:25pm
NeMLA/Northeast Modern Language Association

From his first successful mixtape and EP So Far Gone, released in 2009, Toronto native Drake presented a significant shift in the recording industry and hip-hop. In the music industry, his EP was considered an anomaly due to its commercial and critical success without Drake being signed to a major record label; his mixtape was available for free, yet thousands of people purchased it. Within the Hip-Hop community, Drake is a polarizing figure. Some view him as a breath of fresh air in the commercialized era of ringtone rappers, who aim to sell singles and ringtones over albums, and gangsta rap music, which glorifies drugs, guns, and violence. Others view him as being inauthentic; in a sense, not "real" Hip-Hop due to his sensitive, emotional lyrics.

Excavating the Voice: Literature of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:19pm
NeMLA/Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable discussion will discuss the ways in which literature by African-American women in the nineteenth century discusses motherhood, slavery, madness, spirituality, challenges to patriarchy and sexuality. In particular, how do African-American women's voices in nineteenth-century American culture situate themselves within the cults of womanhood and domesticity in the midst of tremendous adversary? How, then, did these women struggle to establish, cultivate, and protect a sense of home even if it was merely 'home' within the individual self?

MLA Options for Teaching British and American Satire (proposals due 7/1)

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:09am
MLA Options for Teaching (book series)

Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Modern British and American Satire to be edited by Evan Davis (Hampden-Sydney College) and Nicholas D. Nace (Binghamton University, SUNY). The aim of this collection of essays is to gather in one volume a variety of resources for the teaching of satire and satirical texts in order to assist teachers across a variety of different educational levels and settings.

Higher Education for the Future

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:54am
The Kerala State Higher Education Council, India

Higher Education for the Future(HEF) is a biannual journal of the Kerala State Higher Education Council(KSHEC), India brought out in collaboration with SAGE Publications( India) Pvt. Ltd.Its mission is to shape the new generation of higher education based on national and international experience. It seeks to address a wide spectrum of issues including research, policy, pedagogy, accreditation, assessment, quality enhancement, best practices and all related areas in higher education. Priority would be given to research articles.For further details see http://hef.sagepub.com

The next issue is scheduled for January 2015. The last date for submission of papers is July 15, 2014.

Ability, Disability, and the Human (NeMLA 4/30-5/3, 2015)

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

For the 2015 NeMLA Convention in Toronto. This panel considers disability studies as a foundational discourse for engaging the socially and culturally expressed nature of human being. It will address how questions of dis/ability are fundamental to or paradigmatic for conceiving what counts as human, what is acceptable for humans to do, what permits access to material and ideological value, and other matters that depend on how human existence is articulated. We will see how these issues emerge in literary texts and other cultural documents, including in various media and criticism. Submit abstracts by Sep 30 2014 directly to the NeMLA 2015 web page: nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html

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