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NINETEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE - The 19th-Century Latin American Text as a Lens for Contemporary Issues

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 3:56pm
William Michael Lake / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This session invites submissions related to Nineteenth-Century Latin American texts that examine social issues which remain largely unresolved around the world. The topic is widely defined and also encourages analyses of texts not traditionally categorized as "literary." Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and U.S. immigration policy; industrialization; class warfare; indigenous rights; narratives of environmental destruction; slavery and other forms of exploitative labor; women's agency; modern representations of 19th-century Latin America; and so on.

COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE - The Colonial Text as a Lens for Contemporary Issues (Deadline: 6/15/14)

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 3:54pm
William Michael Lake / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Referring perhaps in part to the crisis of the humanities, a recent SAMLA newsletter states that "shifting employment and institutional structures pose potential threats to long‐standing models of our profession." Accordingly, this session examines the value of Spanish colonial texts in reaching more objective understandings of contemporary issues. Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: modern representations of colonial writings; the colonial feminist; political identity and philosophy; religious and/or psycho-social dynamics; the colonial educational paradigm and its evolution over time; the practice of and access to medicine; stereotyping and indigenous rights; and so on.

The Sustainability of Flannery, 50 Years Later--SAMLA 86 (Nov. 7-9, 2014), Atlanta

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 2:34pm
Flannery O'Connor Society

Fifty years after the death of the Flannery O'Connor, this panel looks to the future as well as the past to explore the possibilities for sustaining the focus and relevance of O'Connor for coming generation of students and other readers. How do we keep readers interested in a writer whose themes and lifestyle might appear to be increasingly antiquated? How do we approach the charges of racism in a culture in which any recorded use of "nigger" is considered taboo? How has O'Connor influenced other writers in ways that have not been explored? What lies in the future of O'Connor studies? This panel seeks presentations that offer insights into new ways to approach O'Connor.

NEMLA 2015 Toronto "Steampunk Femininity: Recasting the Angel in the House" (9/30/2014)

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 1:33pm
Prof. Chamutal Noimann, BMCC-City University of New York

Session ID: 15117
Session Format: Panel

Through consistent creation of powerful female heroines the likes of which we have never seen in Victorian literature, Steampunk has emerged as a strong feminist voice that addresses contemporary and current discourses on femininity simultaneously and rethinks our ideas of Victorian gender roles. This panel seeks to examine how Steampunk Young Adult and graphic novels subvert Victorian patriarchy and Empire by creating an alternate past that reimagines them both. Please submit 300-word abstract and bio.

Area: British, Women's and Gender Studies

Deadline for abstracts: Sept. 30, 2014

RSA 2015: Universality in the Renaissance

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:53am
Brent Dawson

Universality in the Renaissance
RSA Berlin 2015

This interdisciplinary panel asks how Renaissance notions of universality differ from modern paradigms that idealize a human subject abstracted from culture, history, and the material world. The panel seeks a broad variety of approaches to its topics and will strive to think through the connections and tensions between perspectives in different disciplines and in relation to different texts, images, and cultural objects.

Pennsylvania College English Association 2014 Conference

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:03am
Pennsylvania College English Association

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2014 Conference

Ramada State College Hotel and Conference Center

1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA, 16801

1-866-460-7456

October 3-4, 2014

PCEA invites either panels or individual papers for the 2014 PCEA Conference.

Proposals in any and all areas of English (or English-related) studies are welcome: literature, film, composition studies, professional writing, creative writing, linguistics, popular culture, et al. Both pedagogical and theoretical proposals are encouraged. We also welcome the reading of original creative writing.

PCEA invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit proposals.

Call for articles in Cross-cultural Studies

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 12:37am
National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Cross-cultural Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal published by Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and has been indexed in the THCI (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index). It is published biannually and covers Chinese and English articles. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and promoting academic engagements since 2008.

(SAMLA 86) Old English Lit: Things Matter [extended deadline]

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 3:38pm
SAMLA 86: Sustainability and the Humanities

In the Introduction to the collection Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, editor Jeffrey Jerome
Cohen remarks, "Things matter in a double sense: the study of animals, plants, stones, tracks, stools, and
other objects can lead us to important new insights about the past and present; and that they possess
integrity, power, independence and vibrancy" (7). Building on the concept that Things do, in fact, matter
(or that matter matters), this panel invites papers exploring the duality of material/natural objects, such as

Special issue: Neocolonial Politics of Sustainability

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:20pm
Andrew Opitz / darkmatter (journal)

The journal darkmatter is currently accepting articles that explore how racial politics born of colonial and neocolonial relations of production influence current debates about sustainability, food security, and efforts to address global climate change. Academic and governmental discussions about these pressing international problems often focus rather narrowly on diagnoses and solutions drawn from the natural sciences — new strategies for rooftop agriculture, carbon capture technologies or genetically modified fish stocks, for example. However, twenty-first century barriers to sustainability cannot be fully addressed without also grappling with patterns of land use, economic development, racism and social inequality rooted in the colonial past.

NeMLA 2015: Rethinking the Anglo-Indian Gothic (30 September 2014)

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:15pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
46th Annual Convention
April 30-May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario
Host: Ryerson University
Hotel: The Fairmont Royal York

Session Title:
Spectral Uprisings as Imperialist Critique: Rethinking the Anglo-Indian Gothic

Session Chair:
Melissa Edmundson Makala

Women in Trouble in Contemporary Cinema: 46th Annual Convention of NeMLA, Toronto, 30 April - 3 May 2015

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:14pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Women lost, isolated, backed into corners – the troubled woman pervades contemporary culture. This panel invites papers that address representations of breakdown, loss of identity, obsession, violence, victimization, criminality, and other kinds of trouble. What is this trouble? Is trouble necessarily a bad thing? Does trying to get out of trouble always lead to more trouble?

Let's Get Published! Student Writers as Content Providers NeMLA 2015 conference, April 30- May 3, 2015, Toronto, CA

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:07pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

In our interconnected age, everyone can be a published writer. Not only do blogs and discussion boards make it possible for any writer with a smartphone to reach a global audience, but the Internet also puts aspiring writers into immediate contact with publishers, editors, and webmasters in search of content. This situation has significant implications for composition studies. With the Internet at the tip of everyone's fingers, a world of publication opportunities is only a click away.

NEMLA 2015 CFP: Reading Indigenous Literatures of North America in the Absence of Western Theory

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:01pm
Carrie Louise Sheffield University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Reading Indigenous Literatures of North America in the Absence of Western Theory

This panel invites papers that read Indigenous texts via Indigenous theoretical lenses. Key questions to consider are "how can Indigenous texts be read and analyzed without falling back on Western theoretical traditions?" And "what is Indigenous theory?" This panel welcomes various paper topics including:

1. The state of Indigenous theory/theories—present and future;
2. Commentary on important moments/critics from the past;
3. Application of Indigenous theory to Indigenous American texts (literature, art, music, pop-culture, etc.).

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