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[UPDATE]**Extended Deadline** DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:39am
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Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

August 19-21, 2016
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)

(UPDATE): CFP: Critiquing Humanism (Deadline: May 15, 2016)

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:19am
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Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry

The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.

CFP Frankenstein and the Fantastic (Themed Session) (6/15/16; NEPCA Keene, NH 10/21-22/16)

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:34pm
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Michael A. Torregrossa / Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair
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FRANKENSTEIN AND THE FANTASTIC
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A THEMED-SESSION OF THE
FANTASTIC (FANTASY, HORROR, AND SCIENCE FICTION) AREA

Visit us at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com

2016 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire
21 and 22 October 2016
Proposals by 15 June 2016

Michael A. Torregrossa
Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair
NEPCAFantastic@gmail.com

CFP Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area (6/15/16; NEPCA Keene, NH 10/21-22/16)

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:22pm
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Michael A Torregrossa / Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair
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SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
NINTH-ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE
FANTASTIC FANTASY, HORROR, AND SCIENCE FICTION) AREA

Visit us at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com

2016 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire
21 and 22 October 2016
Proposals by 15 June 2016

Michael A. Torregrossa
Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair
NEPCAFantastic@gmail.com

GLBTQ Studies @ MAPACA 2016 (Atlantic City, 11/3 thru 11/5)

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 5:28pm
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Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association

The GLBTQ Studies Area of MAPACA welcomes proposals of relevance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Proposals are encouraged on any medium and from any critical, contemporary, historic, or disciplinary perspective. While proposals on any topic are accepted, proposals are especially welcome that speak to the following special panels:

Reimagining Beauty and the Beast - One-day Interdisciplinary Conference - 7th September 2016

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:09pm
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University of Bristol

Reimagining Beauty and the Beast

One-day Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Bristol

7th September 2016

Keynote speakers

Dr. Amy Davis, University of Hull

Prof. James Williams, Royal Holloway University of London

"Since myths can be made to mean an indefinite number of things, it is more fruitful to study what in fact myths have been made to mean." Northrop Frye (1957)

The Sleep of Reason: A theatrical immersion experience by Buero-Vallejo.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 10:17am
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Carmen Ferrero/Moravian College
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The essay analyzes the strategies used by Antonio Buero-Vallejo which make his play a revolutionary experience in the field of theatrical immersion. Based on the last years of one of Spain's most prominent painters, Francisco de Goya, the play takes the audience on a trip to experience his confusion and fear through visual and auditory special effects.

The Scope of Debt in America

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am
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Lehigh Valley Vanguard

"You are not a loan." The organization Strike Debt uses this double entendre to unite debtors nationally.

Americans face a unique problem as usurious lending practices have become a norm, especially for the poorest of citizens, minorities, and students.

Many Americans work to simply pay down a debt that will never go away. Some are going into debt to cover basic needs every month.

Unfortunately, solutions to debt are not as simple as saving money, just not buying with credit, or refusing to take out loans. It is not useful to tell many of those with debt to "just budget their money."

"Financial planning" becomes a distant luxury for those strapped with massive debt.

Signifying Spaces: Theory, Method, Textual Practice, 26-28 September 2016

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 8:09am
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English Philology Institute, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland

Conference website: www.signifyingspaces.wordpress.com

The conference proposes to explore space as a locus and matrix of meaning. We want to consider spatiality as a theoretical concept, methodological tool and an important aspect of textual analysis. The main focus will be on inter- and transdisciplinary work in the humanities but perspectives considering spatiality as a way of bridging the gaps between the humanities and other fields and disciplines are also welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

(De)Minoritization

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:23am
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University of Kairouan - Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences
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The organizers of the first RGPN study day are pleased to invite submissions on aspects of minoritization/deminoritization in language, culture, ethnicity, religion, and politics. This will be a forum for both instructors and postgraduate students to discuss the latest scholarship on the issue.
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[UPDATE] CFP - KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a, "Filth" / An open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by punctum books

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 5:33pm
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KEEP IT DIRTY, vol., a, "Filth" / punctum books

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Filths savor nothing but themselves.

—William Shakespeare, King Lear (1603)
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With this call for content the multimedia journal KEEP IT DIRTY is announcing its new volume, "Filth." The volume, a critical project related to "filth," will be published online at http://keepitdirty.org/a starting December 2015. Submissions of text, audio, still images, video and other formats are welcome, provided they are complete at the time of submission and are somehow related to the concept—or more accurately, the nonconcept—of "filth."

Fairy Tale Sensibilities and Their Sustainability: SAMLA--November 4-6, 2016

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 3:24pm
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Brennan Thomas / Saint Francis University
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For centuries, fairy tales have cultivated and curated audiences' abilities to recognize and empathize with characters' emotions, thereby imparting on audiences moral codes of conduct that serve to sustain established cultural or social systems. Once a system has been changed or dismantled, the stories sustaining it should become obsolete as well. Yet, despite the significant social and political upheavals of the last two centuries, many fairy tales endure. Having been reinvented for changing cultural systems and emerging media, they continue to resonate with audiences and influence their behavior. This panel welcomes papers addressing themes of reinvention, reconfiguration, and resonance as related to the sustainability and sensibilities of fairy tales.

Fragmentary Writing in Contemporary British and American Fiction (Wroclaw, 22-23 Sept. 2017)

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 9:49am
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University of Wrocław and École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
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In 1968, Donald Barthelme had one of his narrators declare: "Fragments are the only forms I trust." The last decades have brought a number of acclaimed novels in Britain and the US that illustrate their authors' interest in fragmentary structures. David Mitchell constructed Cloud Atlas (2005) out of six stories with different settings, characters and generic features. David Markson produced an 800-page-long tetralogy, culminating in The Last Novel (2007), which juxtaposes several thousand succinct anecdotes and quotations with metafictional references to the elusive authorial figure.

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