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UPDATE - Women & Work in Literature

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 4:07pm
Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association

For this special session on Women & Work in Literature at PAMLA, November 6 - 8, 2015, Portland State University, Oregon, we seek 50 word abstracts & 250 word proposals on the following: How do writers represent the work of being women—where "work" is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? Abstracts and proposals are due by May 1, 2015 to Those accepted would need to join PAMLA by June 1, 2015 in order to present at the conference.

Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (2015 RMMLA Convention)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 3:29pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

The 69th Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Convention will be held from October 8-10, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)

The session "Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean" at the 69th 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:

Environmental questions in African /Caribbean Literature, cultures and film
Colonial and Post-colonial Studies
African Diaspora
Creolité, Antillanité
"Littérature monde"
Feminist Theory and Women Writers

Literatures of the African Diaspora and the Other Arts (SAMLA in Athens, GA, Nov 12-15, 2015)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 12:43pm

Award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has just been nominated for a Grammy. Yes, a music award. A sample from her Ted Talk "We Should All Be Feminists" is featured in Beyoncé's hit song "Flawless." Adichie's nomination, a first for a Nigerian writer, is an exciting demonstration of contemporary intersections of the literature of the African Diaspora and other arts. Adichie first gave her talk to a live audience, it later "went viral" on the video sharing platform Youtube (where Beyoncé accessed the work so inspirational to her developing feminist identification), it was initially published via Kindle, and is forthcoming as a paperback.

Suspicious Subjects

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:51am

Papers investigating how the Protestant Reformation affected conceptions and/or representations of the self. Topics might include religious doubt, communal vs. isolated selves, self-awareness, self-distrust, etc. 300 word abstract by 15 March 2015 to Chelsea McKelvey.

The Cultural Life of Suburbs: Global Perspectives (proposed collection of essays)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:35am
Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network (

This edited collection of original scholarly essays directs attention to the relationship between cultural practice and suburban life across diverse global, disciplinary, and historical contexts. Where many previous studies of suburbia have focused on sociological, anthropological, political, or architectural features, this collection is specifically interested in the hitherto hidden part played by culture in shaping our understanding and experience of the suburbs. The aim of the collection is to evaluate culture's role in constructing, mediating or critiquing particular suburban environments and identities.

Seminar "Arts and Literature. Copyrighted", Krakow, Poland, 5-6 June, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:12am
Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Department of Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

Arts and Literature. Copyrighted

Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Department of Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

Date: 5-6 June, 2015

Application deadline: 15 March, 2015


Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:09am

Dear all,
I just wanted to remind you about our International Conference, to take place on March, 12 (Thursday), 2015 - COMMUNITY AND COMMUNICATION FROM A DIACHRONIC AND SYNCHRONIC PERSPECTIVE.
Deadline for proposals: February 20, 2015

Locating Lives: The Inaugural Conference for the IABA Asia-Pacific Chapter 1-4 Dec 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 5:05am
International Auto/Biography Association - Asia- Pacific

Locating Lives: The Inaugural Conference for the IABA Asia-Pacific Chapter.

1st-4th December 2015
Flinders University – City Campus, Adelaide, South Australia.

Conference organisers:

Associate Professor Kate Douglas (Flinders University) and Dr Kylie Cardell (Flinders University) on behalf of the Flinders University Life Narrative Research Group.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Craig Howes (The University of Hawai'i, Manoa) and
Professor Gillian Whitlock (The University of Queensland).

*We will also have two life writing practitioners as keynote speakers (TBA) and further panellists to announce.

Reminder: Special issue of Deleuze Studies "Deleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene." Abstracts due March 1, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:28pm
Hannah Stark, University of Tasmania

Twenty years after his death, Deleuze's thought continues to be mobilised in relation to the most timely and critical problems society faces. We are compelled to consider the philosophical consequences of the irreversible and profound impacts of industrialisation and consumerism on environments at a planetary scale. Theory is starting to reconcile itself with a grim environmental future, and more ambitiously, with the emergence of the Anthropocene as an eternal conceptual horizon. The Anthropocene disrupts thought itself, requiring that we return to the question of the place of the human species in the cosmos: a third Copernican Revolution. It is widely accepted now that the human species is itself a geological force.

Nabokov on Politics

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:13pm
Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In a later preface to Bend Sinister (1947), Vladimir Nabokov claims, "the influence of my epoch on my present book is as negligible as the influence of my books, or at least of this book, on my epoch." The conventional reading of Nabokov as an aesthete who is insistent upon sharp divisions between fictional and political worlds has its principal source in the author's stylization of his own career. Yet this way of reading Nabokov has been complicated through such recent studies as Andrea Pitzer's The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.

CFP "Writing the World Fair, 1851-1900"; proposed special session at MLA 2016 (Austin, TX, 7-10 January 2016)

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 6:17pm
Etienne Charriere, University of Michigan

Papers sought for a planned special session at the 2016 MLA Convention (Austin, TX; 7-10 January 2016). Entitled "Writing the World Fair" this special session proposes to examine literary accounts of nineteenth-century world expositions, from the London Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. Submissions adopting a transnational framework and/or focusing on works outside the Anglo-American tradition are particularly encouraged.

Possible topics may include:

-writers' accounts of visits to world fairs
-world fairs in nineteenth-century fiction
-poetry at/on the world fairs
-relationship between world fairs and world literature