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Remediating Boundaries between Children's Print and Digital Media (MLA, 1/5/17-1/8/17, 3/15)

updated: 
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 4:31am
full name / name of organization: 
Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)
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At the outset of their landmark work, Remediation: Understanding New Media, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin explain the "double logic" of remediation accordingly: "Our culture wants both to multiply its media and to erase all traces of mediation: ideally, it wants to erase its media in the very act of multiplying them." Indeed, our culture is increasingly "hypermediated," even as we see more and more calls for immediacy.

Minding the Senses, Sensing the Mind, May 20-21, 2016

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
English Department, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

"I would I knew his mind." - (Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1.2.33)
"My own mind is my own church." - Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (I.i)
"Where is my mind" – The Pixies
The Department of English at Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus will host its Fourteenth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 20th and Saturday, 21st May. The keynote speaker is Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University, Missouri).

This Rough Magic - Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:53am
full name / name of organization: 
This Rough Magic / www.thisroughmagic.org
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This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Authorship
•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Poetry
•Drama
•Epic
•Nation/Empire/Class
•Economics
•History
•Religion
•Superstition
•Philosophy and Rhetoric
•Race/Ethnicity
•Multi-Culturalism
•Gender
•Sexuality
•Art

[UPDATE] Queer Death, De(con)struction, and Contagion: Affective Rhythms in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of California, Merced/Queer Theory Symposium Committee

Inaugural Interdisciplinary Queer Studies Symposium University of California, Merced
Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Keynote: Eric A. Stanley, UC Riverside
Eric A. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2015). A coeditor of the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) which won the Prevention for a Safe Society award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Eric's other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, Women and Performance, and TSQ.

AAL Annual Conference: Literature and Technology

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
Western Sydney University

11-13 July 2016, Western Sydney University

Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin), Dr. Rachel Franks (State Library of NSW), Prof. Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne), and Prof. Kerry Mallan (QUT).

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)
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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

updated: 
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)

updated: 
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.

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