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"Antagonisms." Special issue of The Comparatist

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 12:43pm
The Comparatist

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist

We welcome contributions that examine the representation and staging of antagonism in comparative studies and literary theory. How might one conceive of antagonism today? Why are certain forms of antagonism readily made visible while others remain hidden—or simply disavowed? How does the field of literary studies manage its own antagonism(s)? Is antagonism—antagonistic rivalry between critics—a hindrance to the faithful work of interpretation? Or is it better understood as, or in terms of, the field's engine of change? Topics of interest could include:

Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (2012 RMMLA Convention) Call for Papers- Submission Deadline: March 1, 2012

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 11:40am
Marie Chantale Mofin

The session "Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean" at the 66th Annual Convention of the RMMLA is devoted to Francophone Literatures, Cultures, and Film of Africa and the Caribbean.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Sub-Saharan Africa Literature, Culture, and Film
Colonial and Post-colonial Studies
Environmental questions in African /Caribbean Literature and film
African Diaspora
Maghreb Literature, Culture, and Film
Creolité, Antillanité
"Littérature monde"
Feminist Theory and Women Writers
Migrant Literature
National/Transnational Theory
Oral tradition, etc.

CFP:"Culture Within/Against Empire: Racialization and State Violence in Moments" ASA 2012, November 15-18, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 9:12am
christian ravela

This panel seeks papers that examine the relation between state, culture, and empire in excess of nationalist framings. American studies and related scholarship, particularly in critical ethnic studies, has decentered US national culture, demonstrating the ways in which the material practices of racial slavery, colonial expansion and empire, gendered and racialized labor exploitation, incarceration and permanent war generated and persist as the conditions of possibility for the emancipatory claims of U.S. political modernity.

Call for Papers: "Stranger in a Strange Land" April 28, 2012

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 4:16pm
Graduate Student Conference on Children's and YA Literature, University of British Columbia

Call for Paper Proposals
DEADLINE: March 1, 2012

A Peer Reviewed Graduate Student Conference on Children's and YA Literature and Cultural Texts

With keynote speakers Dr. Elizabeth Marshall and Dr. Sarah Park

The University of British Columbia
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Transforming Objects, 28-29 May 2012, Northumbria University, UK

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 11:48am
Northumbria University

Transforming Objects
28-29 May 2012

Sutherland Building, Northumbria University

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr Sarah Haggarty (Newcastle) and Dr John Holmes (Reading)

This two-day conference invites papers that consider the transformation of objects and the transformations effected by objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Approaches to this theme are welcomed from established scholars and especially from postgraduate students.

Multiplicities: Mapping Identity Through Literature

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 10:17am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Multiplicities: Mapping Identity through Literature
Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference
The Department of English and the Division of Languages and Literature
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
18-19 May, 2012
(Submission deadline 15 March, 2012)
slumadridconference@gmail.com

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ranen Omer-Sherman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Miami.

Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment (Last Call)

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 10:05am
The University of Edinburgh

Deformity is traditionally sanitised and fitted into a structure of normality. The academy tends to obscure the complexity of the sensuous/sensual/sensed body of the deformed subject, and of the questions, anxieties, and denials which surround deformity when it is located within a continuum of sense.

Medical Economics in American Literature: Special Session, MLA 2013, January 3rd-6th 2013 in Boston

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 7:05pm
Modern Language Association (MLA)

Signaled in colonial portrayals of a New World rife with lush resources and intense mortal dangers to contemporary discourses surrounding public healthcare and its monetary costs/benefits---the country's physical and economic "well being" have long been connected in the public psyche. Recognizing the symbolic possibilities behind this connection, American authors frequently used it to explore public and social issues affecting their nation and its citizenry. This panel seeks projects which explore such connections. Essays may pertain to any American literary period or genre. In addition, all cross-disciplinary and/or hemispheric approaches will be considered. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

African Literature Special Session -- 66th Annual RMMLA Convention, Oct. 11-13, 2012; Boulder, CO

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:14am
Keli Rowley/Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.

This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.

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