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"Human Trafficking and Postcolonial Discourse" - MLA 2015 - Vancouver

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:09am
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Barberan Reinares (CUNY) and John Maerhofer (University of Rhode Island)

Special Session

This panel welcomes papers analyzing representations of any type of human trafficking in postcolonial/transnational literature or film. Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2014 to Laura Barberan Reinares (m_laura.barberan@bcc.cuny.edu) and John Maerhofer (jjmaer@aol.com).

Expense and Expendability - June 20-21, 2014

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:59pm
full name / name of organization: 
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference

2014 Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference – June 20-21, 2014

"Expense & Expendability"

Keynote: TBA

To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other.
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Allegory: New Ideas, New Theories at MLA (Vancouver)

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:43pm
full name / name of organization: 
Brenda Machosky
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This is an open call for papers about new approaches to allegory in any form. Unusual approaches to canonical allegories; unconventional applications; provocative theories or readings encouraged. 500 word abstracts March 10 by 10 March 2014 Will consider standard panel or roundtable format based on submissions. Initial inquiries welcome.

[UPDATE] Black Theatre Association (BTA) Post-Conference 2014

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:14pm
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Black Theatre Association (BTA)
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Call for Participants
Black Theatre Association (BTA)
Post-Conference: "Dialogues in the Desert"
following the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2014 Conference
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel — Scottsdale, AZ
July 27-28, 2014

Submissions Deadline - EXTENDED:
March 21st: please email a 100-200 word abstract, or a copy of your short play script, to Jonathan Shandell, BTA Conference Planner, at shandelj@arcadia.edu.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Gender and Early Modern Drama: RMMLA Annual Conference October 9-11, 2014 Boise, Idaho

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 8:39pm
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Rocky Mountain MLA
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This session seeks papers on any aspect of gender in Early Modern English drama. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Boise, Idaho, October 9-11, 2014.

Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email address – to Kirsten Inglis (kainglis@ucalgary.ca) by March 31, 2014 [EXTENDED DEADLINE]. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent in early April, 2014.

Join Our Team! Write for The California Journal of Women Writers.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer Carter / The California Journal of Women Writers
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Join our team!

We're looking for writers to join our online literary journal, The California Journal of Women Writers. Our journal features original reviews and criticism of women's literature from across North America, as well as interviews with authors, commentary on critiques published elsewhere, and the occasional post boasting literary theory.

Our journal's intent is to provide a space for enthusiastic dialogue supporting a wide variety of women writers. We invite our readers to unite, discuss, and join our conversation with insightful comments. This is a space devoted to fostering and enhancing the visibility of North American female authors, and narrowing the wide gender gap found in discussions in the literary world.

[UPDATE] Comic Returns: A Symposium on Satire and Parody in Modern Britain 4/25-26

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:33pm
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British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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EXTENDED DEADLINE—March 14, 2014

Call for Papers
"Comic Returns: A Symposium on Satire and Parody in Modern Britain" British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign April 25-26, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Aaron Matz, Department of English, Scripps College

CFP: New Writing: International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing - 5/1/14

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:32pm
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New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing

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Call for Critical or Creative Work

"New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory" is open for submissions for Volume 11 (Issue 11.3, to be published in late 2014) and Volume 12 (Issue 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3, to be published in 2015).

The journal considers critical work relating to Creative Writing practice and the critical examination of Creative Writing. Strong pedagogically focused papers are considered. Creative work (in any genre) is likewise also welcome.

Word length and submission guidelines at: www.newwriting.org.uk

Submissions welcome via this journal submission site.

Early submission is encouraged.

Short Fiction: Theory and Criticism (SCMLA 2014, Austin, TX; Abstract Deadline March 31st)

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association
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We invite papers exploring short fiction or the theory of short fiction from any period. The conference theme is "Forces of Nature" and we particularly invite submissions that deal with literary representations of nature, or engage with questions of the natural or unnatural in short fiction. Papers that take an eco-critical approach to short fiction are also very welcome.

CFP: Picking Through the Trash - Deadline 18 July 2014 - PIVOT

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:01pm
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PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought
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Call for Papers: Picking Through the Trash
PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought

"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures."
—Ray Bradbury

"[T]rash talks to us, or certainly speaks of us. However much we want to put trash and garbage and waste and rubbish out of sight, out of mind, out of smell, there is considerable evidence that we take them to be revelatory of all manner of not insignificant facts about individuals, communities, civilizations, or that tired old workhorse the 'human condition.'"
—Elizabeth V Spelman

Rethinking Globalization and the Question of Scale: Interdisciplinary Perspectives - 4/24-2/26

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 2:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
NC State University - Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of English, and The Fifth Annual Research Symposium of the Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
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Call for Abstracts:

Rethinking Globalization and the Question of Scale:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences

Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
the Department of English, and The Fifth Annual Research Symposium of the Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

NC State University

April 24-26, 2014

Academic Prose and Its Discontents @ MLA, January 2015

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:50pm
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Amardeep Singh / Lehigh University
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Revisiting debates over academic writing style in light of the push for the public humanities


How do academic writers navigate different modes and conventions associated with different rhetorical contexts? Is academic writing in literary studies a necessary set of conventions to be learned and mastered, or merely an intellectual impediment to be circumvented? Do academic stylistic conventions, argumentative styles, and specialized jargon help or hinder the effort to "defend the humanities" from the perception that it is under attack, from other university departments as well as a broader educational climate that values STEM fields at the expense of the traditional liberal arts?


[UPDATE] CFP, 45th Mythopoeic Society Conference, 8-11 August, Wheaton College, Norton MA

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:35am
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Mythopoeic Society
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Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Society Conference 45
Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Friday, August 8 through Monday, August 11, 2014
http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/45/

WHERE FANTASY FITS

Scholar Guest of Honor: Richard C. West
Winner of the 1976 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Scholarship for Tolkien Criticism.

Author Guest of Honor: Ursula Vernon
Winner of the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature for Digger.

"Brendan Behan: rescuing the writer from the myth": International Brendan Behan Conference

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:34am
full name / name of organization: 
Università Roma Tre/University of Notre Dame, Rome

"Brendan Behan: rescuing the writer from the myth": International Brendan Behan Conference
25-26 September 2014
Abstracts are invited for individual papers, round table or panel proposals for an international conference to be held to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Brendan Behan's death.

Domestic (Horror) Stories: Women Writers of the American Cold War Period

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 8:24am
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Society for the Study of American Women Writers
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Domestic (Horror) Stories: Women Writers of the American Cold War Period
Special Session proposed by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers for MLA in January 2015.
The Cold War period in America is typically remembered as a time in which women were returned to the domestic sphere en masse. This panel solicits proposals for work on women writing during the Cold War (roughly 1945- early 70s) about the horrors, limits, and anxieties of domestic and family life. Some writers to consider: Sylvia Plath, Shirley Jackson, Jean Kerr, Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O'Connor, May Sarton, Diane di Prima, Alix Kates Shulman, Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen.

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