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Migration and philanthropy: Understanding giving in the context of diaspora

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 3:32am
Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) Working Group on Development Equity and Social Cohesion


Migration and philanthropy: Understanding giving in the context of diaspora

Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC)
Working Group on Development Equity and Social Cohesion


Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:22pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association


The SAMLA creative nonfiction panel is seeking an array of quality submissions. An interpretation of the conference theme, "Sustainability and the Humanities," is encouraged but not required.

We welcome papers that reflect a deeper understanding on what sustainability means as well as personal narratives that lure the reader into the story. Interdisciplinary and interstitial writing is also encouraged.

CNF submissions should be 5-6 pages maximum using standard MLA format. Panelists will have 15-20 minutes for their presentations.

[UPDATE] Challenging Media Landscapes

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:16pm
University of Salford


Date: Monday 17-Tuesday 18 November 2014
Venue: University of Salford, MediacityUK, Salford, Manchester.
The theme of the Challenging Media Landscapes conference is Exploring Media Choice and Freedom. It is hosted and organized by the University of Salford at MediacityUK and is part of the five day 2014 Salford International Media Festival.

Professor Milton Mueller (Syracuse University, USA)
Professor Katharine Sarikakis (University of Vienna, Austria)

"Found in Translation: Transposing Identity Across Space and Time" LANGSA V Conference (Nov. 7, 2014; CFP deadlines, Sept. 16)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:42pm
Languages Graduate Student Association (LANGSA) - University of Connecticut (UCONN)

V Annual Languages Graduate Student Association Conference
University of Connecticut


"Found in Translation: Transposing Identity Across Space and Time"

Date: November 7, 2014
Venue: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, 405 Babbidge Road, Storrs CT

Cocktail Culture: The Book

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:36pm
Craig N. Owens (Drake University) and Stephen Schneider (University of Louisville)

Cocktail Culture: The Book

Urban Ecologies: Historical Perspectives; DEADLINE 30 September 2014; NeMLA 30 April-3 May 2015, Toronto

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 5:22pm
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

Ecocriticism focuses increasingly on urban environments, often in contemporary contexts. But the city has affected ecologies for centuries. Seeking papers dealing with literary perspectives on urban ecologies from the premodern to 1900, including topics such as (but not limited to): pollution, population, nonhuman city dwellers, anti-urbanism, migration, early globalization, cosmopolitan environmentalism, etc. Please send 250-word abstracts of 15-minute papers by September 30, 2104; to submit an abstract, please go to and follow the instructions there to create a user account, and submit an abstract directly to this session.

Pynchon Week - June 8-12 2015, Athens, Greece

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 3:05pm
International Pynchon Week 2015 - Pynchon on the Edge

Greek capital Athens hosts the first International Pynchon Week since the release of his eighth novel, Bleeding Edge. Here on the edges of the Mediterranean, of the European Union, of Western History, we have an opportunity not only to discuss the new novel, but also to reconsider the outer limits and internal limitations of the whole field of Pynchon studies. Paper proposals on any aspect of Pynchon's work, life, thought and significance are welcome, but particular weight will be given to proposals that contribute deliberately to a fresh demarcation of these edges.

Topics might include

- Methodological or technical approaches to Pynchon that wouldn't have been possible in the previous millennium.

"The Picaresque Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century": abstracts due June 29, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 2:55pm
International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Rotterdam, July 26-31, 2015

CFP: "The Picaresque Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century"
International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
July 26-31, 2015, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Andrew Bricker
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities (2014-2016)
Department of English, McGill University

[UPDATE] The Victorian Period in 21st-Century Children's Literature: Representations & Revisions, Adaptations & Appropriations

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 1:06pm
Sara K. Day and Sonya Sawyer Fritz

This proposed volume seeks essays that analyze how twenty-first century texts for young audiences across a variety of media--including print, film, television, and digital formats--interact with Victorian literature and culture.

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.

Reception Studies Society Panel at SAMLA 86 [Update-Deadline Approaching]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:54pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 86)

This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 86 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 10, 2014, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at

[UPDATE] Screen Textures: Haptics, Tactility, and the Moving Image, October 17–18, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:33pm
Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh

UPDATE: New submission deadline- Monday, June 30, 2014

UPDATE: Keynote by Eugenie Brinkema, Assistant Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brinkema teaches Film Studies and her fields of specialty include Film Theory; Violence and Representation; Embodiment and Affect; Critical Theory; Psychoanalysis and Continental Philosophy; Gender and Sexuality Studies. Brinkema is the author of The Forms of the Affects (Duke University Press, 2014).

"When verbal and visual representation is saturated, meanings seep into bodily and other dense, seemingly silent registers."
Laura Marks, The Skin of the Film

SCMS 2015 Proposed Panel: "Toward a Critical Transnational Cinema," deadline June 30

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:27pm
Joy Schaefer & Beth Tsai, Stony Brook University

CFP for SCMS 2015 Proposed Panel: "Toward a Critical Transnational Cinema"

Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, March 2015, Montreal, Canada

There is an emerging preference in film studies for the term "transnational" instead of "world" or "global" cinema. Key topics within transnational film studies include border crossing, migration, diaspora, mobility, and the circulation of cultures and capitals.
And yet, the concept of transnational cinema is used more often than it is defined. What exactly is transnational cinema, and how can we come to use this term most productively?

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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:12pm
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))

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:20am
Lynne M. Simpson, College English Association

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 by June 1, 2014.

Fairy Tale Sensibilities and their Sustainability

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:38am
SAMLA 86 Nov 7-9 2014 Atlanta GA

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.