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The Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in Contemporary American Literature and Culture, June 20-22, 2013

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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 7:10am
American Studies Leipzig and the Chair of North American Literature at TU Dresden

The Poetics of Politics: Textuality and Social Relevance in
Contemporary American Literature and Culture

Leipzig University, June 20-22, 2013

Contemporary American literature has rediscovered politics. As scholars
who proclaim an end of postmodernism, a post-postmodern turn, maintain,
literature around the turn of the millennium has broken with the
'narcissist' playfulness of postmodernism and demonstrates a rekindled
interest in addressing issues of social concern, an interest that it
pursues by literary strategies nonetheless deeply shaped by postmodern
aesthetics.

Jameson's Spatial Dialectic as Global Positioning System (ACLA 2013: April 4-7, Toronto)

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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 3:23am
Koonyong Kim

Michel Foucault once remarked that "I believe that the anxiety of our era has to do fundamentally with space, no doubt a great deal more than with time." Indeed, there is a strong sense in which space has become one of the most privileged loci of economic, social, and cultural production in the age of globalization. Though many contemporary thinkers have addressed this postmodern "spatial turn," Fredric Jameson's theoretical discourse is remarkable for its insistence on space as a cultural dominant in the world today.

'The Victorian Environment', AVSA, University of Melbourne, 6-8 Feb 2013

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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 2:38am
Australasian Victorian Studies Association

With the pressures of industrialism and the clustering of workers in urban centres, the Victorians were acutely aware that their environment was changing. Torn between nostalgia for a countryside that was in jeopardy and exhilaration at the rapidity with which their surroundings altered, Victorian literature and culture reflects a world undergoing radical change. Colonization and assisted emigration schemes expanded the scope of the environment still further, pushing the boundaries of the home environment on an unprecedented scale. These untamed physical environments enabled new freedoms, but also posed hostile challenges that invited attempts to control the natural world.

[UPDATE] Essay Collection: Mexican Horror Films

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 5:53pm
Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings Rendón

Proposals are sought for an edited collection on Mexican Horror Films, a collection that explores the historic and/or cultural relevancy of theatrically released Mexican horror films. This collection is slated to be published by a well-established American press with a long history of publishing on horror and fantasy films. The editor seeks essays on each of the following films that explore why they are important and enduring. The term "Mexican horror film" applies to those cinematic works that were produced/directed in Mexico or whose major creative force is of Mexican origin. The "horror" element of each film can be gore, the supernatural, monsters, suspense, etc.

Dark Nature: Ecocriticism and the Gothic (ASLE 2013, May 28-June 1, 2013)

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 5:06pm
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Panel for the 2013 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Conference
May 28-June 1, 2013, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Panel Title: Dark Nature: Ecocriticism and the Gothic

Vocal Positioning: Mapping the Fictional Voice - ACLA, Toronto - April 4-7, 2013

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 4:06pm
Elizabeth Alsop, Western Kentucky University and Leah Anderst, Queensborough Community College

Call for Papers - Vocal Positioning: Mapping the Fictional Voice
American Comparative Literature Association
April 4-7, 2013
University of Toronto, Canada
Paper Proposal Deadline: Saturday, November 1, 2013 - 10am EST

The University of St. Francis 23rd Annual English Language and Literature Conference

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 2:00pm
University of St. Francis English Department

The University of St. Francis is currently seeking paper submissions for its 23rd annual English Language and Literature Conference. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit work for inclusion in conference presentations.

The conference will take place on campus in Joliet, Illinois on March 23rd, 2012. Susanna Childress, an award winning poet, and Alicia, a short story writer and novelist whose book Towelhead was turned into a major motion picture by director Alan Ball, will be key note speakers at the conference.

That night of the conference the student thespians at the University of St. Francis will perform the spring musical.

CFP-The Sixties--PCA/ACA National Conference-Nov. 30 Deadline

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 1:05pm
Deborah Carmichael, Area Chair

CFP: The Sixties: The culture, the movements, and the Summer of Love

The PCA/ACA National Conference will be held March 27-30, 2013 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C.

Deadline for proposal submissions is November 30, 2012.

The Sixties Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions on any aspect of the decade. Topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:

The Bahamas at 40: Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 1:04pm
The College of The Bahamas

The Bahamas at 40: Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future
THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS
Nassau, The Bahamas
June 12th-14th, 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
The College of The Bahamas, School of Social Sciences, is pleased to announce a conference in recognition of the fortieth anniversary of Bahamian independence. The aim of the conference is to examine the context and construction of the Bahamian nation; investigate the challenges emerging in the post-independence period; discuss contemporary social, cultural, economic and political issues that have emerged since 1973; and explore future prospects for nation building and development.
Abstracts

The Crime Comics of Ed Brubaker (12/10/12; PCA/ACA 3/27/13-3/30/13)

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:49pm
Terrence Wandtke / Popular Culture Association

Panel Title: "The Crime Comics of Ed Brubaker"

Deadline for submissions: December 10, 2012

Perhaps most famous as the man who killed Captain America, Ed Brubaker has blended superhero and crime comics conventions in works like Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, and Daredevil. More recently, he has won popular and critical acclaim for his modern (and sometimes postmodern) crime series, Criminal.

The Crime Comics of Frank Miller (12/10/12; PCA/ACA 3/27/13-3/30/13)

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:47pm
Terrence Wandtke / Popular Culture Association

Panel Title: "The Crime Comics of Frank Miller"

Deadline for submissions: December 10, 2012

Often cited as a creator responsible for bringing a gritty aesthetic to superhero comics, Frank Miller is also a creator responsible for bringing crime comics back to the forefront of the comics industry. With Sin City (and others), Miller reinstated many conventional (and politically incorrect) aspects of the crime genre while pushing the artistic boundaries of comics at the same time.

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