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Community Engagement, Critical Literacy, and Literary Studies (MLA, Vancouver, 8–11 January 2015)

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 8:27pm
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Modern Language Association, Special Session Roundtable
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The term "community engagement" has of late become something of an academic buzzword in the United States, accompanying and engendering innovative new pedagogy and research possibilities, as well as new conceptions of the university and its mission. There nevertheless persists a widespread stereotyping of community engagement as the latest incarnation of administrative jargon, as a fad that lacks academic rigor and amounts to nothing more than an institutionally enforced form of volunteerism or activism. Those in literary studies especially (unlike many faculty in composition and rhetoric) often struggle to identify the relevance of community engagement to their research and teaching.

CFP: The Lord of the Rings Fan Phenomena

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 5:59pm
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Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Auckland University of Technology

Intellect's Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of The Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

[UPDATE] The Text and Time: Past, Present, Future--26 April 2014--Deadline for Submissions Extended to 15 March 2014

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 5:37pm
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Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University

The Text and Time: Past, Present, Future
Saturday, 26 April 2014
9:00am-4:30pm
(Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30pm)
English Department
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO 15 MARCH 2014

Call for Papers:
We are soliciting papers and panel proposals from graduate students in English studies as well as other fields of research and are seeking a range of perspectives and topics for the 2014 Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University.

UPDATE Pupil 2014 has extended its submission deadline to March 15, 2014

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 5:07pm
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California State University, Fullerton
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EXTENDED DEADLINE

Pupil: A Sourcebook for Teachers of Composition and Rhetoric is now accepting submissions for its 2014 journal!

Pupil is a blind-reviewed publication created by English grad students and TAs of California State University, Fullerton. Its purpose is to provide teachers of composition with fresh ideas and practical tools for use in the classroom. The pedagogical journal also aims to expand the collaborative aspect of teaching writing by inviting colleagues to share experiences and recommendations for new (and experienced) teachers of writing.

Scotland: The Divine and the Sublime -- MLA 2015 Vancouver

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 4:36pm
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Modern Language Association
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This proposed special session will look at how writers have used Scotland's often turbulent religious history to create or challenge constructions of nation, gender, or the divine. 1-page abstract and brief CV by 13 March 2014.

Masculinities Beyond the Center -- MLA 2015 Vancouver

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 4:31pm
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Modern Language Association
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This proposed special session will look at how masculinities from geographic, political, or cultural peripheries--including Scottish and Irish masculinities--have challenged or helped construct hegemonic British masculinities. 1800 to present. 1-page abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2014.

albeit Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 12:54pm
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albeit

Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art

If at first you don't succeed ... shouldn't we ask why not? albeit, an innovative new online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Failure."

Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:

"Bad" texts, or films, novels, plays, television shows, etc., that were considered failures in their time

Characters or ideas within texts that fail to succeed

Guilty pleasures

Creative fiction or nonfiction pieces investigating the concept of failure

[UPDATE] - Deadline Extended to 3/21 - Framing Memory in Late Medieval English Narrative - MLA 2015

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:59pm
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Jeff Stoyanoff / Duquesne University
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Proposed special session - MLA 2015. How do late medieval English narratives frame cultural memory? From the great famines at the beginning of the fourteenth century to the ongoing Hundred Years War, the twilight of the Middle Ages in England contains many memorable events itself, yet poets and writers during this period also draw on a fantasized English past - Arthurian legend - and the common trope of translatio imperii. Additionally, authors cite the authority of past auctors to validate their own work. As Larry Scanlon has noted, "Authority, then, is an enabling past reproduced in the present" (Narrative, Authority, and Power 38).

UPDATE: Writing in Context: Content Based First Year Composition (MLA 2015 Jan 8-11, Vancouver, BC)

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:21pm
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Stacey Lee Donohue/MLA Discussion Group on the Two Year College
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While composition is often a standalone course, some colleges offer it as discipline-specific writing, either as a linked course or integrated into a learning community. Brief presentations that explore successes and challenges as well as the impact on student success.

Send 300 word abstracts and brief bios to sdonohue@cocc.edu by or before March 14th, 2014.

If accepted, you must be a member of the MLA by April 1, 2014.

UPDATE: Reading Memory: Approaches to Teaching the Memoir: MLA 2015 Vancouver BC

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:19pm
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Stacey Lee Donohue/CCHA Allied Member of the MLA
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Autobiography and memoir have become canonical staples, but also contested sites for discussing the boundaries of fictional and non-fictional self-representation. Presentations invited exploring the teaching of these narratives at the intersection of memory and invention.

Please send 300 word abstracts or queries to Stacey Lee Donohue, sdonohue@cocc.edu by or before March 14th.

This guaranteed session at the MLA Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia in January is arranged by the Community College Humanities Association. All MLA members (you must be a member by April 1st) are welcome to submit proposals for this pedagogy/classroom focused panel.

Correction WIF session: La science-fiction chez les écrivaines françaises. Quelle vision à-venir ?

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:12pm
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RMMLA Boise, Idaho - October 9-12, 2014
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The deadline for submissions is March 1st (not March 15th). but I will accept submissions until Tuesday March 4th.
Apologies,
A. Dolidon

This session proposes to explore and discuss science fiction by French and Francophone women authors, through all issues present in texts (novels or short stories): hybrid bodies, network connections, environmental issues, political systems, cloning, gender relations, and much more.

The Works of William Tyndale @ SCSC, October 2014

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 3:57pm
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Susan M. Felch / The Tyndale Project
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For Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in New Orleans, 16-19 October 2014: Papers welcome on any aspect of the work of William Tyndale or his reception by Tudor readers. Please submit 250-word abstract and brief CV to Susan Felch, felch@calvin.edu, by 25 March 2014.

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