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[UPDATE] Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:32am
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Megan Cannella
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2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

Please submit all proposals through the conference website: www.pamla.org

CFP: Global Diasporas - Spectrality and the Uncanny, PAMLA 10/31-11/2 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:31pm
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PAMLA 2014
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"Global Diasporas: Spectrality and the Uncanny." PAMLA Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014

This special session has been approved for the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) Conference in Riverside, California from October 31 to November 2, 2014.

We are interested in papers looking at literary texts and cultural productions that examine the relations between diasporas and their homelands and hostlands through various representations of spectres, ghosts, haunting, and uncanny experiences or Gothic settings and plots.

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on the Cultural Influences of Role-Playing Games

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:59pm
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Andrew Byers and Francesco Crocco
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Since its initial publication in 1974, the iconic role-playing game (RPG) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has spawned hundreds of other analog and digital RPGs, as well as an entirely new industry and subculture. In the last decade, scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum have explored the origins, characteristics, cultures, and player experiences of RPGs. Yet, little scholarly attention has been devoted to the meaningful ways RPGs have shaped and transformed society at large over the past forty years. We are seeking chapters for an upcoming collection of essays that addresses the broader cultural impact, influence, and significance of RPGs (analog or digital). Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture--PAMLA Conference, Riverside CA (10/31-11/2 2014)

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:41pm
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Dr. Roland Finger/ Cuesta College
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Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture

Call for Papers for a session at the 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014).

The undead have forcefully risen in popular literature and media and targeted the pillars of society—identity, family, religion, and government. Normal life simultaneously loses and acquires value vis-à-vis threats from the undead. This session investigates the significance of the undead within culture, literature, and philosophy.

Please submit paper proposals on undead culture through the PAMLA website (www.pamla.org). The submission deadline is May 15, 2014.

Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange. 41st AAAS Conference in Graz, Austria / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 3:47pm
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Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS)

41st AAAS Conference in Graz, Austria / 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.

Serious gaming (Oxford, July 2014)

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 2:46pm
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Catherine Bouko
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Special session about serious gaming during the 6th Global Conference: Video Games Culture Project, from Thursday, 17th July to Saturday, 19th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Key words: serious games, serious gaming, education, projects with students, level design, case studies

Creative Writing -The Short Story: The Story as a Force of Nature (SCMLA 2014, Austin, TX; Submission deadline March 31st)

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 1:02pm
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South Central Modern Language Association
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A short story has the power to move its audience like a beautiful, destructive force of nature. This panel is a venue for SCMLA members to showcase their original short stories.

Please submit a complete draft of the story you wish to read via email by March 31. Include name, university and department affiliation, contact email, and story title. Please email submissions to allie.mariano@gmail.com

LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY- SCMLA, Austin, Oct 18-22, 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:58am
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South Central Modern Language Association- SCMLA
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LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY: Open Topic
Chair: Sobia Khan,U of Texas-Dallas and Richland College, sobia.khan@utdallas.edu

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with a brief biographical note. The panel is open to all approaches and topics that relate to literary criticism and theory.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information: http://www.southcentralmla.org/submissions-2014-conference/

CfP Special Issue: Early Career Researchers II

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:53am
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Gender Forum

Special Issue - Early Career Researchers II

In order to encourage the next generation of academics, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal GenderForum (http://www.genderforum.org/) has launched its first annual Early Career Researchers Issue in October 2013. Now every October will see an issue that spotlights the work of emerging researchers.

Contributions can be new academic writing composed specifically for this issue, or exceptional, previously unpublished term papers on all topics pertaining to Gender Studies, Feminist Studies and/or Queer Theory.

Made Spaces and Liminality in Postmodernity

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 8:46am
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Modern Languages Association (MLA) Vancouver 2015

This special session examines the transformative nature and function/dysfunction of narrative spaces and liminality, and how these provide exegesis to postmodern consciousness. Interdisciplinary approaches are most welcome. Abstracts 250-300 words by 20 March 2014; Anastasia Nicephore (alou4781@uni.sydney.edu.au)

ENCLS/REELC 6th Biennial Congress: "Longing and Belonging"

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:50am
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European Network for Comparative Literature and Comparative Literature Association of Ireland
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The congress will take place in two places (2 days each) Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway
Dates: 24-28 August 2015

2nd Eurasian Multidisciplinary Forum

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:13am
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European Scientific Institute,Grigol Robakidze University and University of the Azores
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After the successful 1st Eurasian Multidisciplinary Forum, EMF 2013 which gathered over 150 researchers from more than 40 countries worldwide the European Scientific Institute, ESI, Grigol Robakidze University and the University of the Azores are inviting you to attend the EMF 2014 which will be held in the magnificent Tbilisi. The 2nd Eurasian Multidisciplinary Forum, EMF 2014 will be a kind of academic bridge between different cultures, scientific attitudes, academic stages and is aimed at gathering researchers from all around the world, thus contributing for a global flow of the newest scientific thoughts and promotion of the interdisciplinary concept.

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