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Picturing Childhood in American Literature and Culture - SAMLA - Nov. 13-15, 2015 - Durham, NC

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:21am
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Laura Hakala / SAMLA: Graduate Students' Forum in English

In her recent book about the role of childhood studies in the humanities, Anna Mae Duane writes, "The study of children, often seen as peripheral to the important work of understanding social, political, national, and ethnic structures, allows us to rethink the very foundations underlying these structures." This panel will explore how children play central roles in "social, political, national, and ethnic structures" and consider the ways in which literary representations of childhood participate in this process. When we study child characters and fictional depictions of childhood, what new insights are revealed about social and cultural institutions? How have those roles shifted over time throughout American literature and culture?

[UPDATE] Raymond Williams Now

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 4:38am
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Radical Studies Network

RAYMOND WILLIAMS NOW
30 May 2015

Recent years have witnessed major critical reappraisals of British Cultural Studies and its key figures. This one-day conference, organised by the Greater Manchester-based Radical Studies Network, continues that process through assessment of Raymond Williams' work and legacy.

The event will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Tony Crowley on 'Keywords, Then and Now'. Artist Ruth Beale will present a film of her 30-minute performance, 'Performing Keywords', first performed at the Turner Contemporary, 2013. The day will conclude with a round-table discussion on Raymond Williams and the contemporary Left.

Comparative Literature in India: Contemporary Issues

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 2:10am
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Centre for Comparative Literature, UNIVERSITY of HYDERABAD
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University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad, Telangana, India – 500046
National Seminar
on
Comparative Literature in India: Contemporary Issues
18-19 March, 2015

COMPARING COMPARATIVE LITERATURES

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 2:03am
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DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY

CALL FOR PAPERS
International Conference on
COMPARING COMPARATIVE LITERATURES
DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY

Critical Afrocentric Re-Framing of Intellectual Portraits: Contemporary Updates to Traditions of Genius -- October 16-17, 2015

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:47am
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27th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, Sponsosred by Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) -- Location: The Wyndham-Historic District, Philadelphia, PA,
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We seek cutting-edge papers from an international cadre of scholars to introduce intriguing and effective ideas about using the Afrocentric paradigm to update, re-frame, modernize, and re-engage African global intellectual legacies. We are excited about the methods and applications presenters will offer to give contemporary Afrocentric readings of the knowledge and values found in experiential and life narratives from the global African intellectual tradition. Such a collective exploration of the possibilities of discovery and re-discovery of innovation and genius-thought has dynamic potential to inform contemporary strategies for liberation, agency, historical awareness, and ancestral acknowledgment.

MLA Austin 2016 Special Session: More-Than-Human Publics in Nineteenth-Century English Literature

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:50pm
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Shun Yin Kiang/ Northeastern University

Possible topics: animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life words, and narratives and poetics of living in common(s). We especially welcome papers attending to the affective, everyday nature of more-than-huamn encounters and eco-spheres, as invoked/mediated in Romantic poetry and Victorian fiction. The diverse, if diffuse, impact this period's representations of more-than-human publics have on contemporary or subsequent readings of nineteenth-century England and its empire, and, more broadly, on animating new relations/approaches to postcolonial studies, green studies, bio-politics, more-than-humanism, etc., are of particular interest to this panel.

Old and New Media in Puerto Rican Literature and Culture MLA 2016

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 8:31pm
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MLA Discussion Group on Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
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Old and New Media in Puerto Rican Literature and Culture

Representation, technology, labor, construction of self and community. Mediatic heteroglossia: print, film, animation, graphic novels, digital, artisanal texts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu).

http://www.mla.org/cfp_detail_7850

Travel Documents & Documentation (MSA 17, Boston, MA, Nov 19-22)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 7:20pm
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Nissa Cannon / University of California, Santa Barbara
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Despite the ubiquity of the peripatetic figure in the modernist text, the early twentieth century is marked by persistent tensions on the traveller: as technological innovations granted greater mobility, the state moved to restrict motion. By the 1880s, transatlantic steamship crossing, once a weeks-long affair, could be completed in a mere five days, yet the introduction of mandatory passports in the West about 1914 meant the global traveler faced increasing juridical restrictions on their movement. These forces share a common thread: they are structured and made possible by paperwork.

[MLA 2016, Austin] Special Session "Translation, Genre, Politics"

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:10pm
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Josephine Hardman / UMass Amherst

MLA special session will investigate the influence of literary translation and adaptation on the development of new genres, forms, and modes of literature.

How do translated texts contribute to already-established literary canons in the receiving culture(s)? What kinds of translational choices do translators make? What is kept and what is lost in the process of translation?

Call for Papers: Imagining the Future Together: Critical Essays on Indigenous Science Fiction

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:55pm
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Brian K. Hudson / University of Oklahoma
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Call for Papers: Imagining the Future Together: Critical Essays on Indigenous Science Fiction

Paper proposals are now being accepted for a collection of essays potentially to be published for the new imprint at the University of Wales press for critical work on the genre of Indigenous science fiction.

For a good introduction to the genre, see Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction edited by Grace Dillon.

Victorian Work and Labor Oct. 2-3, 2015

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:43pm
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Victorians Institute
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CALL FOR PAPERS
2015 VICTORIANS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE
VICTORIAN WORK AND LABOR
OCTOBER 2 – 3, 2015
CONVERSE COLLEGE
SPARTANBURG, SC

The concept of personal, as well as societal, industry was essential to the Victorian sense of self. The idea of work as a virtue, a duty, and a privilege was widespread (and sometimes mocked). For the 44th annual meeting of the VICTORIANS INSTITUTE, we invite proposals from a variety of disciplines addressing issues of Victorian work and labor. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

The Politics of Art and Art Scenes in Latin America

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 2:54pm
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Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

Call for papers: The politics of art and art scenes in Latin America

The upcoming issue will examine the political function of art in diverse contexts in Latin America. The issue aims to discuss the implications and consequences of the formation of Latin American contemporary art scenes, with respect to artists' ability to reflect and influence their local political situation, as well as the possibility of cooperation between artists and art scenes across contexts and countries.

We invite contributors from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to submit essays, exhibition reviews or interviews that address the theme "The politics of art and art scenes in Latin America" through a high variety of possible angles.

UPDATE, deadline now Sept. 1, 2015: Playing Offstage: Theatre As a Presence or Factor in the Real World

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 2:42pm
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Professor Sidney Homan, English Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
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Call for Papers (deadline, September 1, 2015)
Playing Offstage: Theatre As a Presence or a Factor in the Real World
I am issuing a call for papers for a collection to be called Playing Offstage: The Theatre As a Presence or Factor in the Real World. I have proposed an edition of some 8-10 essays (along with an introduction). This collection would complement an earlier issue of Comparative Drama I had the privilege of editing: The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years. There the issue was the real-life audience's leaving the house and, as actors, entering the illusory world onstage. Here, the theatre moves offstage and into the larger, everyday world.

Theory and Practice, Society of Fellows, Univ. of Chicago May 8-9, 2015

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 2:31pm
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Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts will host a two-day conference addressing the theme of Theory and Practice. The conference seeks to explore the tenuous relationship between theory and practice in the human and social sciences, and the practical dimensions of theoretical interventions in struggles for political emancipation, institutional structures, and artistic, historical, and scientific movements.
Our keynote speaker will be Danielle S. Allen (UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study).

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