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UPDATE: CFP For Action Figure Essay Collection Under Contract With McFarland

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 1:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jonathan Alexandratos/Queensborough Community College (CUNY)
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I am editing a collection of academic essays on action figures for McFarland Publishers. The first manuscript deadline is September of this year, and we could use a couple more essays in the collection. (We have about 8 so far; I'm looking to up that to 10-11.) Action Figure Studies is a subdiscipline of Pop Culture Studies in which scholars study the relationship between action figures and gender, culture, politics, religion, body representation, and/or any other subject of academic study.

SAMLA: Authorship and Audience in Dystopian Film [proposal due May 27; conference Nov 4-6 2016, Jacksonville, FL]

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:28am
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA Film Studies Group

From film noir to sci-fi, Terry Gilliam to David Lynch, dystopian narratives continue to hold a prominent place in film across independent, Hollywood, and international film communities. In keeping with the theme of authorship and audience, we seek papers addressing writing, directing, visual style, and performance in dystopian films. Papers on the work of David Lynch or other directors of dystopian films are encouraged, and we especially welcome papers that incorporate close readings of films.

Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme are especially welcome; further topic ideas are listed below.

SAMLA 88: Modern Drama

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Aaron Botwick / The Graduate Center, CUNY

This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome.

By May 10, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at abotwick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

"Samuel Beckett and World Literature", 4 to 5 May 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Thirthankar Chakraborty, University of Kent

Keynotes
Stanley E. Gontarski, Florida State University
Fábio de Souza Andrade, University of São Paulo

Almost unknown before the première of En attendant Godot in 1953, the immediate success of the play led to Samuel Beckett very quickly acquiring an international reputation. Since then, his works have been translated into numerous languages, and have exerted a considerable influence upon art and literature across the world. The award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 confirmed Beckett's status as a major figure in world literature.

Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/20

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:47pm
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Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language Association
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This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 20, 2016.

Modern Drama (regular session), SCMLA, Dallas (3-5 November 2016)--submit abstracts by March 31

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
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MODERN DRAMA (regular session)
Submit abstracts on any area of late 19th–21st century drama. While preference is given to topics that address spectacle, decadence, or celebrity--or other aspects of the 2016 Conference theme: "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture"--addressing the theme is not a requirement.

Submit abstracts (along with paper title, contact information, and university affiliation) to the session chair: Rita D. Costello rcostello@mcneese.edu by 31 March 2016.

Feb. 22nd, Extended Deadline: Graphic Texts & Visual Rhetoric (Special Topics panel for SCMLA, Dallas, 3-5 Nov 2016)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
contact email: 

Graphic Texts & Visual Rhetoric: The Visual Spectacle (a Special Topics Panel)

Papers on graphic novels/essays/non-fiction and other forms of visual rhetoric (propaganda, posters, advertising, memes, theatre, and other visual arts); preference given to papers that address elements of the conference theme (spectacle/spectacular, city, decadence, glamour, and celebrity)

Submit a brief abstract, include a title for the paper, contact information, school affiliation (if applicable) by midnight on Feb 22nd. Send information to rcostello@mcneese.edu.

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:52am
full name / name of organization: 
Institute for Critical Animal Studies

MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media

Critical disability studies has been a constantly growing field for academic studies. Its intersectional approach is increasingly applied in political and philosophical theorizing. However, very few scholars have paid attention to how disability has been constructed by dominant media institutions in the 21st century. This is true even when scholars focus of the social model of disability since they very often ignore how the social is formed out of the discursive representations that surround society. This collection, designed for publication with McFarland Press, is meant as a correction on this absence.

Wooden O Symposium - August 8-10, 2016

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
Wooden O Symposium / Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival
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The Wooden O Symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States

MLA 2017 Special Session: Monster Studies: Literature, Culture, and Theory (Deadline 3/10/16)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Koenig-Woodyard / University of Toronto

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session on "Monster Studies" for the MLA in Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017. Abstracts are due on Friday, 11 March, 2016, and proposals for special MLA sessions are due on 1 April, 2016. Thus there are two rounds of acceptance: abstracts for a hoped-for panel, and the official acceptance of the panel for the 2017 MLA.

The proposed session will explore and expand the depth and breadth of the emerging field of "Monster Studies." Papers can explore monsters and the monstrous as the primary focus of scholarly inquiry in literary, humanities and cultural studies, and as a secondary focus--that is, as a pedagogical tool or method, for instance, in teaching composition and the humanities.

Utopian/Dystopian Narratives in French and Francophone Women's Writing -- SAMLA 88 (November 4-6, 2016)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:20pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association/Women in French (Affiliated Group)
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SAMLA 88 (November 4-6, 2016) at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL

Utopian/Dystopian Narratives in French and Francophone Women's Writing

This panel welcomes papers focused on the conference theme—"Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?"—as explored in examples of French and francophone women's writing. Please send 250-word abstracts to Adrienne Angelo, Auburn University (ama0002@auburn.edu) by June 3, 2016.

[REMINDER] Oxford English Graduate Conference on 'Progress', 3 June 2016 (deadline: 19 February 2016)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:34am
full name / name of organization: 
Ágota Márton / University of Oxford

OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS

'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)

Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.

CFP: Performance of the Real Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
Performance of the Real Research Theme / University of Otago

CFP: Performance of the Real Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium
An international conference hosted by the 'Performance of the Real Research Theme' at the University of Otago
June 8th – 10th 2016

Keynote speaker: Bree Hadley (Queensland University of Technology)

[UPDATE] Archi-Textuality (Apri 16-17, 2016) - Hosted by CSUN English Department

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:57pm
full name / name of organization: 
AGSE & Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi

The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
April 16-17, 2016
Sponsored by the Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)

"Archi-textuality: Interventions of Text & Textuality in Historical, Economical, Sociopolitical, and Psychological Space"

Norm and Anomaly in Literature, Culture, and Language 19-20 September 2016

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Franciszek Karpiński Institute for Regional Culture and Literary Research, Siedlce POLAND

Norm and anomaly have long constituted a binary opposition whose boundaries are becoming increasingly blurry and open to scrutiny. What precisely does the 'norm' mean? Which political, economic, and social forces play a decisive role in producing the 'norm'? How is the 'norm' endorsed through the construction of the 'anomaly'? And how does the 'anomaly' contest the 'norm'? Can the 'norm' be anomalous when viewed as a discursive practice and a form of ideological control? And can the 'anomaly' be an integral part of the 'norm' without losing its subversive and oppositional character?

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