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The Politics of Fantasy in XX-XXI Century Latin American/Peninsular Literature and Cultural Studies

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 8:02am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association(SAMLA)

Phallogocentric discourse minimizes imagination, confabulation and fantasy as a matter for women and children, but fantasy is powerful, liberating and, therefore, dangerous to those who fear change. The purpose of this session is to rescue fantasy and confront the legalistic yoke of reason. Presentations in English and in Spanish are welcome. Send submissions to

[REMINDER] Calls for Edited Collection: Ethnic Perspectives on Ethnic Literatures: A Contemporary Critical and Theoretical Reade

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 9:30pm
Editors J. Stephen Pearson and Carrie Louise Sheffield

Inspired by Simon Ortiz's "Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism" and Jace Weaver, Craig Womack, and Robert Allen Warrior's American Indian Literary Nationalism, this collection will be a site for emerging as well as well-known ethnic critics and theorists to illustrate where they see their respective fields heading and construct perspectives outside of western ideologies. This collection will include 5 key areas: African American, Asian American, Latin American, Native American, and Arabic American literature and criticism. The first four areas represent the larger areas of ethnic studies in the academy today and will provide a necessary counter-point to the predominantly western (i.e.

Theorizing the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art (Prospective Volume): AUG 1 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:45pm
Alison Heney, ACLA Sem./Edited Volume

Theorizing the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art
(Prospective Volume)

Editor: Dr. Alison Heney, SUNY Empire State College
Xipe Projects, Curator and Assistant Director

Deadline for Article Submission: August 1, 2012

As a result of our very successful 2012 ACLA panel this past March, essays are now being solicited for an edited volume on the topic of the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art.
The volume is intended to be interdisciplinary and transnational in scope. Submissions of interest will not have been published elsewhere. Comparative studies are welcome.

Teaching How We Read Now (abstract due 9/4/12)

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:32pm
NeMLA Boston, March 21-24, 2013

Teaching How We Read Now

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Show and Tell: A Roundtable of Comic Book and Graphic Novel Creators (Resumes due September 30)

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 2:45pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This event hosts artists from a wide spectrum of roles as related to the creation of comic books and graphic novels. This roundtable welcomes participants from around the world and regardless of genre, medium, or years of experience. Artists in the roundtable should bring visual materials to facilitate discussion with a diverse audience of students, professors, and overall fans of this art form.

Submit resumes by September 30, 2012, to Derek McGrath at SUNY Stony Brook (

44th Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
March 21 to 24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Hosted by Tufts University

Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching the Graphic Novel (Abstracts due September 30)

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 2:41pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel works towards understanding and adding to emerging pedagogies of the graphic novel and other forms of illustrated works. What do these visual texts change about how we approach the classroom? Possible topics include but are not limited to adaptation and teaching across mediums and disciplines; the graphic novel as literature; approaches to visuality as composition; and the limits of genre and medium.

Submit 250- to 500-word proposals by September 30, 2012, to Joel Simundich ( and Derek McGrath (

[UPDATE] Second Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico Symposium Oct. 5-6, 2012 University of Arizona, Tucson/CFP 7/15/12

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 1:48pm
Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico Symposium

Building on the success of the inaugural Hidden Cinema Symposium in 2011, we seek to further explore how amateur, scientific, educational, and independent films have portrayed the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico. We wish to cultivate a more comprehensive understanding of the Southwest's and Mexico's cinematic past by showcasing and analyzing the ways the region has been imagined in "hidden" and lesser-known films produced by non-Hollywood and amateur filmmakers.

Spectacles of Alienation: Deconstructing the Theatrical in Contemporary Culture (deadline 9/30/2012)

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 12:28pm
NeMLA (March 21-24, 2013)

This panel explores the tension between the theatrical and the anti-theatrical in contemporary culture. From the increasing ubiquity of performance art in mainstream theatre to the public spectacle of the political protest, this panel solicits papers that asks what role theatre plays in a world that blurs the boundaries between social ritual and performative fiction. We welcome papers that address political performance as well as studies of aesthetic practice in modern theatre. Send abstracts of less than 250 words to by September 30, 2012.

International Conference "Report from the Pop Line: On the Life and Afterlife of Popular": 3-4 December 2012, Lisbon

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 11:58am
Catholic University of Portugal

CECC – The Research Centre for Communication and Culture announces:
3rd Graduate Conference in Culture Studies
December 3-4, 2012
Faculty of Human Sciences – Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon

Report from the Pop Line: On the Life and Afterlife of Popular

The concept of the popular, or popular culture for that matter, has never ceased to be an ambivalent one. Although it has come to occupy a particular place under the spotlight over the past decades within the broad study of culture, such apparently privileged position has not deprived it of the manifold ambiguities, complexities or misconceptions that have often involved its general understanding.