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[UPDATE] MMLA American Literature 1 Panel; abstracts due APRIL 10

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 9:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Shawna Rushford-Spence/ Midwest Modern Language Association

With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.

CFP: E.L. Doctorow for the 21st Century - Essay Collection

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 1:43am
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Michael Wutz (Weber State University), Julian Murphet (UNSW, Australia) & Samuel Dickson

The sad passing of E.L. Doctorow in 2015 marked the completion of one of the richest oeuvres in contemporary American literature. His early novels (including The Book of Daniel (1971), Ragtime (1975), World's Fair (1985) and Billy Bathgate (1989)) are widely celebrated for their unique capacity to unmask the myths of American history and articulate the centrality of narrative in the formation of national self-identity. While these significant accomplishments have received due praise from both scholars and readers from the general public alike, there is a notable lack of serious scholarly attention given to the last 20 years of Doctorow's work.

Utopia, Dystopia, and the Search for Self (SAMLA 88 Nov. 4-7, 2016)

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 5:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Ken Martin, University of North Georgia
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Utopia, Dystopia, and the Search for Self: This panel seeks to explore the relationship between utopia, dystopia, and the journey of self-development or the discovery of Self. By June 1, 2016 please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Ken Martin, University of North Georgia, at kdmartin@ung.edu.

Timescales: An Interdisciplinary Environmental Humanities Conference, October 20-22 2016 (abstracts due May 2)

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 5:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
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Call for Papers:
The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
TIMESCALES

University of Pennsylvania
October 20-22, 2016

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is pleased to announce Timescales, an interdisciplinary environmental humanities conference to be held on October 20-22, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania. Timescales explores the question of temporality in ecological crisis.

[UPDATE] Works in Progress, 7th July

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 4:13pm
full name / name of organization: 
GradCATS / De Montfort University
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Keynote speakers: Professor Julie Sanders, Newcastle University, and Dr Adam Smyth,University of Oxford.
Abstract Deadline: 15th April 2016

All texts and artworks will have at one stage been a work in progress, despite the tendency to value them as cultural artefacts once they are deemed finished and made available for consumption. Redrafting and editing are processes which strive towards a "final" product, meaning their publication often results in the loss or occlusion of multiple ancillary versions. Such materials are important to our understanding of how texts and works are shaped and reshaped, and by whom.

CFP: Long Beach Indie Film, Media and Music Conference (Deadline May 6, 2016)

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:57pm
full name / name of organization: 
Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival
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Celebrating global diversity, the Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival (August 31-September 4,2016) is looking for scholars and entertainment industry professionals to bring their ideas and energy to our 2016 Film, Media and Music Conference.

We invite individual papers and full panels representing any topic (e.g. theory, production, history, criticism, preservation, etc.) related to film, television, music, mass communication, digital media and/or the entertainment industry broadly defined.

[UPDATE] Journal: Language and Semiotic Studies

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 2:33am
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Soochow University
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Language and Semiotic Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal of international scope. Published by Soochow University Press, China, it is an authorized quarterly journal with an independent ISSN (2096-031X) and CN (32-1859/H) granted by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China. With all its contents appearing in English, the journal serves and supports the Chinese Association for Language and Semiotic Studies (founded at Soochow University in 1994) while it reaches out and joins colleagues from all around the world for trans-cultural exchange and inter-disciplinary dialogue.

PAMLA 2016; Nov 11-13; panel on Cinematic Libraries

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:44am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association
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Libraries and archives play key roles in a surprisingly diverse group of films and television shows. Scenes in libraries often revolve around research and learning, and appear more frequently in certain genres: horror, school, and mystery. The function of such heterotopic sites of knowledge is much more diverse than that, however. Libraries and archives have been sites of adventure (Indiana Jones and Last Crusade, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, & The Librarian), safety (The Day After Tomorrow), and beauty (What Dreams May Come & Beauty and the Beast), as well as passion (Atonement), triumph (The Shawshenk Redemption), social leveling (My Fair Lady & The Breakfast Club), and revelation (The Book Thief).

Second CFP for Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 10:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
De La Salle University, Department of Literature

Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance is an international peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge articles in the areas and intersections of Literary, Cultural, and Performance Studies. We especially welcome articles that will inaugurate new and dynamic directions for scholarly inquiry on the literary and cultural production of the Asian region. Further, in our commitment to diversity and to multicultural dialogue, we welcome contributions that may potentially be relevant to the concerns of the region from various national and cultural backgrounds. The journal is supported by a distinguished editorial board that represents the journal's scholarly depth and geographic scope.

[UPDATE] MMLA Permanent Section - Collectives, Communities, and Print Culture

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:26pm
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MMLA 2016
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This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we (re)conceive solidarity or community through the literary? This panel can engage with but is not limited to the following topics: literary criticism, critical theory (including theories of affect), aesthetics, propaganda, literary texts, and print culture more broadly.

#IntellectualActivistMovement(s): Reconnecting University Scholarship and Community Action (CFP Deadline: 5/31)

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 1:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
Language, Literacy and Culture Program (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

It has been more than 50 years since the beginning of an intense period of socio-political action around issues of race, gender, and class in the U.S. and beyond.  Once again, in 2016, we find ourselves in a moment of burgeoning activism around the unfinished work of earlier movements. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), we offer this conference as an opportunity to look back as we look forward. Please join us at this 2nd LLC Graduate Student Conference, an all-day event on October 1st, 2016.

[UPDATE] Critical Thinking and Writing in the Age of Globalization - Deadline Extended to 6/1/2016

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 12:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing

Paul.Pasquaretta@quinnipiac.edu
Globalization, understood as the expanding integration of economic, cultural, political, technological and social activities on a worldwide scale, presents challenges, opportunities, and crises, which can involve emerging literacies and changing modes of thought. How might critical thinking and writing pedagogies shape and/or be shaped by this growing complexity?

Double Helix welcomes the submission of work that both explores linkages of critical thinking and writing and considers how that work might contribute to, and perhaps to some extent define, the role of the university in the context of globalization.

The Readerly (submissions in English welcome) 25 June 2016

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:45am
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Formes Poétiques Contemporaines
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Formes Poétiques Contemporaines

FPC 12 THE READERLY

Recently we have talked a great deal of unreadability, it seemed time to revisit the optimistic side of the question…

- Here we approach, I tell my teacher, a considerable objection that I want to put to you…Obscurity!

- It is, indeed, equally dangerous, he answers me, whether obscurity derives from the deficiencies of the reader, or those of the poet… but to elude the task altogether would be cheating.

--Stéphane Mallarmé, "An Interview with Jules Huret," 1891

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