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Childhood and Hybridity in the Literature and Film of Indian Diaspora (Deadline 15/04/2013)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:54am
PAMLA 2013 (November 1-3 at Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego)

This panel will explore issues of childhood and hybridity in the fiction and film of Indian diaspora, looking at how childhood is represented and/or constructed at the moment of cross-cultural encounter. How are childhood and identity represented in texts or films whose child characters straddle geographical and cultural worlds?

The special theme for the 2013 PAMLA conference is "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture."

Email questions or queries to: 11sg28@queensu.ca

Please submit a 250-word abstract and 50-word bio via PAMLA's online submission form at: http://www.pamla.org/2013/

Deadline: April 15, 2013

FINAL CALL--COUld you please post this asap? March 4 The Return of the Text: A conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading

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Monday, February 25, 2013 - 9:21pm
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum

The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading, Sept. 26-28, 2013
full name / name of organization:
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum
contact email:
gurleyja@lemoyne.edu
Keynote Speakers: Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Mitchell Breitwieser, English, U.C. Berkeley Charles Mathewes, Religion, University of Virginia Steven Justice, English, U.C. Berkeley Albrecht Diem, History, Syracuse University ---with a special reading and group discussion of Finnegan's Wake led by John Bishop

lemoyne.edu/ReturnoftheTextConference

"Making Meaning in Modern Drama" [SAMLA Nov. 8-10] Abstracts by 5/31

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Monday, February 25, 2013 - 4:28pm
Taylor Roosevelt / American University

SAMLA 2013 Conference
Conference Theme: "Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds"
November 8-10, 2013
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

MLA Januray 2014

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Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:31pm
Jennifer Ballengee

We invite submissions of abstracts from a range of periods and regions for the following Special Session Proposal for MLA 2014 in Chicago:

Epic, Tragedy, and Community
Special Session

How do the memorializing practices instituted in epic and tragedy from any period or region contribute to constituting communities and negotiating ethical relations?

250 word abstract by 15 March 2013; Jennifer R. Ballengee (jballeng@towson.edu) and Erin Fehskens (efehskens@towson.edu).

1930s American Activist Literature

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Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:11pm
MLA Special Session, Chicago (Jan. 9-12, 2014)

Depression-era writers responded to the vulnerabilities exposed by economic crisis, social unrest, and environmental catastrophe with artistry motivated by activism. Whether promoting proletariatism or advocating on behalf of women, people of color, and immigrants, revitalizing realism or advancing regionalism, writers leveraged language and literature as a tool to raise political consciousness and bring about social change. While comparisons between our current "economic slump" and the Great Depression are rife, the merits of activist literature from this era have been forgotten or perhaps omitted.

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History

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Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 11:50am
Dr Rachel Douglas

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History
International conference to be held at the International Slavery Museum and the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 27–28 October 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

[UPDATE] Deadline extension: The Arts of Attention Conference, Budapest, Hungary (Mar. 31, 2013)

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Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:47am
Károli Gáspár University

Attention is increasingly regarded by cognitive scientists and evolutionary anthropologists as a faculty whose development in human animals is constitutive of what it means to be human. This conference invites papers on (1) the ways in which literary texts encode this faculty (tropologically, discoursively, narratologically, ideologically), and/or (2) the ways in which theories of reading have recognized or underestimated the arts and techniques of attention. We particularly invite contributions developing or dismissing the suggestion that literature offers privileged insight into the function of attention as a possibility condition for the imagination, for agency, and for community formation.

[UPDATE] The Place of Literature: Fictional Geographies and Literary Constructions of Space (deadline extended until Mar. 7)

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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:49pm
Southern Methodist University English Department (Graduate)

[UPDATE] The Place of Literature: Fictional Geographies and Literary Constructions of Space ($125 award for the best essay)
full name / name of organization:
Southern Methodist University's English Department (Graduate Students)
contact email:
smugradconference@gmail.com
Describing Kokovoko, the mysterious island home of Queequeg in Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael states, "It is not down in any map; true places never are." The idea of "place" has haunted and inspired the literary imaginations of countless writers and readers. This conference panel seeks papers that explore the significance of space, place, and geography in literature.
Possible paper topics include:

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