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Adoption & Discourses of Multiculturalism: Europe, the Americas and the Pacific (Edited Collection)

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 8:09am
Tobias Hübinette, Multicultural Centre (Sweden); Indigo Willing, Griffith University (Australia); Jenny Wills, University of Winnipeg (Canada)

This edited collection will contain critical, interdisciplinary essays addressing the complexity of multicultural identity-making, politics and practices in relation to transnational and transracial adoption. Our collection aims to undo the image of a 'monolithic' Western adoption experience by exploring the particularities and commonalities of diverse adoptive countries, cultures, and contexts. We encourage essays that focus on adoption issues in places with highly contested to under-explored approaches to multiculturalism—including Europe, the Americas and the Pacific.

SEDERI 26 XXVI SEDERI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Commerce, Communities and the Global Early Modern

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 6:30am
Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies

We are pleased to announce that the 26th SEDERI Conference will be held at the Baeza Campus of the International University of Andalucía (UNIA) (Baeza, Jaén, Spain) on 11-13 May 2015. The Conference will explore the globalized nature of the early modern world at large and early modern English texts in particular. Papers addressed to literary representations of trade, mercantilism, the construction of communities, and cross-cultural encounters are especially welcome.
The organizing Committee and SEDERI invite proposals of 20-minute papers on the following topics:
• Early modern England and the early modern world
• Anglo-Iberian and Anglo-Mediterranean relations: Culture, economy and politics

[UPDATE] CFP (MLA 2016) Syntax and Poetry

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 2:16am
Modern Language Association/Linguistic Approaches to Literature Division

CFP (MLA 2016) Syntax and Poetry

How do poets employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect? Papers are invited providing a stylistic exploration of the syntax of poetry. Please send a 300-word abstract by 6 March 2015; to Don Hardy (donhardy@unr.edu).

CFP: Exhibition-Conference on The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie 1965—2015

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11:36pm
Angela Ndalianis, Screen and Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia

New Submission Deadline: 1st March 2015

Keynote Presenters will include Will Brooker, Kingston University London

Coming to Australia in 2015, ACMI presents David Bowie Is, the acclaimed global exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum. As part of this ground-breaking multi-media experience will be the conference, The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie 1965—2015, reflecting upon his cultural and artistic significance through the most important frames.

The conference will be held at the ACMI in Melbourne on the 16th, 17th and 18th July 2015 and will include talks and presentations in the exhibition space.

Call for Submissions – Verge: Studies in Global Asias (Issue 4: Asian Empires & Imperialism), due Aug. 1

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 7:41pm
Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Verge: Studies in Global Asias is a new journal that includes scholarship from scholars in both Asian and Asian American Studies. These two fields have traditionally defined themselves in opposition to one another, with the former focused on an area-studies, nationally and politically oriented approach, and the latter emphasizing epistemological categories, including ethnicity and citizenship, that drew mainly on the history of the United States. The past decade however has seen a series of rapprochements in which, for instance, categories "belonging" to Asian American Studies (ethnicity, race, diaspora) have been applied with increasing success to studies of Asia.

THE REAL AND THE INTERMEDIAL - October 23-24, 2015. International Film and Media Studies Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 12:47pm
Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania

Following up on the themes introduced in our previous conferences dedicated to "film in the post-media age", the "cinema of sensations", "rethinking intermediality in the digital age", and "figurations of intermediality in film", we invite you to address one of the most puzzling phenomena of contemporary media and film: the intertwining of the illusion of reality with effects of intermediality, connecting the experience of a palpable, everyday world with artificiality, abstraction and the awareness of multiple mediations.

Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture [panel proposal] MLA 2016, Austin TX

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11:34am
Modern Language Association

Seeking submissions for a special session for the 2016 Austin MLA convention. Tentative title "Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture." Papers may consider any aspect of Judeo-Islamic relations in literature, culture, rhetoric, film, new media, etc. I would like to put together a panel that considers a range of perspectives, texts, and/or historical periods.

300 word proposals and CVs should be sent to Lindsay Dearinger. Deadline is March 15, 2015. Questions welcome.

The official CFP can be viewed here:
http://www.mla.org/cfp_detail_7791 (requires MLA login)

Literatures of the African Diaspora and the Other Arts

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11:16am
MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States) – at SAMLA Conference, November 12-15, 2015

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.

Call for Papers, Spring/Summer 2015: "Excitable Speech? Radical Discourse and the Limits of Freedom"

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11:15am
The Postcolonialist

It is assumed that in today's mass media, "free speech" is everywhere. We have access to an endless stream of images, words, thoughts and ideas on a daily basis. However, these opinions and pieces of news are filtered through official media outlets (trained journalists, career academics) or independently available through social media, without the benefit—or the detriment, perhaps—of professional vetting, thus raising questions about how "free" our access to information actually is. This means that the framing of news stories is all too often problematic, as a single event may be portrayed in irreconcilable ways by ideologically-motivated purveyors of information.

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