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The Famished Road: Ben Okri's Imaginary Homelands - deadline for submissions: 20 October 2012

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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 12:09am
full name / name of organization: 
Vanessa Guignery / Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

This collection of essays, which will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Britain, will focus on Ben Okri's Booker prize-winning novel The Famished Road in order to try and offer new perspectives, a little more than twenty years after its publication. Contributors are welcome to adopt a variety of approaches that will illuminate the main themes, narrative strategies, literary traditions, modes of writing, generic traits and any other component of the novel. All papers are to be in English and will be peer-reviewed. Papers should be around 7000 words (40 000 to 50 000 signs, spaces included).

Please send an abstract (300 words) along with a short biography (200 words).
Contact Vanessa Guignery to be sent the stylesheet.

The Politics of Violence in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 10:34pm
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Monica Filimon and Henry Tarco-Carrera/NEMLA 2013

This panel will examine the social, moral, and aesthetic implications of violence as it has been conceptualized in post-2000 Latin American cinema. What role does violence play in today's communities? How and why does violence cross national borders? Is violence always transgressive or can it be legitimated? What are the moral connotations of the consumption of violent films? Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Henry Tarco-Carrera at henrytar@buffalo.edu and Monica Filimon at mefilimon@yahoo.com. Deadline: September 30, 2012

Communities Re-imagined in Postmodern Texts

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 10:27pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2013 Boston Conference
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[UPDATE] This panel seeks papers to examine the ways that particular postmodern texts (such as Midnight's Children), which initially served to subvert foundational fictions in diverse societies, have become canonical in the ways these communities are now imagined. Why have these texts become canonical and how does that impact our readings of them? How are these texts read within their own communities? How have these re-imaginings altered the master narratives of these communities? Please send 200-300 word abstracts and a brief biography to Kenneth Sammond, ksammond@fdu.edu by September 30, 2012.

Diesis Call for Articles-- Submission Deadline Oct 15

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 10:06pm
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Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identity

Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identity Call for Articles
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identity is now accepting submissions for our third volume! The diesis, or double dagger, indicates a footnote or point of reference, and our third issue will focus on these footnotes or reference points in literary identity. Therefore, we encourage articles concerning any form of literary identity, regardless of genre, movement, subject, or theoretical lens. In this issue, we seek to consider the questions of how and why we interpret, understand, and utilize literary identity, and welcome submissions that take these ideas as their impetus.

NeMLA session: "'Ni fondamentalistes ni extrémistes': Islam in French Hip-Hop" (March 21-24, 2013; deadline Sept 30, 2012))

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 9:19pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference
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This panel explores French hip-hop's engagement with Islam in order to understand its ethnic, cultural, and political significance to youth of immigrant origin in France. While scholarship on French rap music has focused chiefly on constructions of ethnic and racial identity, the question of Islam in French rap remains underexplored. This panel seeks to address this gap in coverage by analyzing how rappers—for example, Abd al Malik, Médine, Rhoff, Diam's, and Kery James—reclaim Muslim identities in their works and refute the binary and essentialist interpretations of Islam imposed on them. Such analyses encourage a pluralistic view of Muslim identities in French public life.

The Tripod Cat Journal Announces First Call for Submissions

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 6:21pm
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The Tripod Cat Journal
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The Tripod Cat Journal is an audio content literary journal publishing essays, poems, short stories, book chapters and serialized fiction, and non-fiction, rants and raves, interviews and reviews. We release audio-format, creative content in the original author's voice through syndication services like iTunes, Zune, Stitcher, and on our website.
The Tripod Cat Journal seeks to publish the best new work by promising and established writers, always using the most modern technologies available.

Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the Construction of the American Horror Canon [Update]

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 3:24pm
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Dr. Jonas Prida/ College of St. Joseph
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There is little doubt as to the importance that H.P. Lovecraft has played in the development of American horror. Additionally, the pulp magazine Weird Tales, which published much of Lovecraft's fiction, is consistently recognized as a seminal publication for eerie and horrific texts. With these two givens in mind, we are looking for paper proposals that explore the way that Lovecraft and/or Weird Tales helped construct the American horror canon or the American horrific aesthetic. Papers will be presented at the College of St. Joseph's popular culture conference, held April 12-13th, 2013.

Potential paper topics [this list should not be seen as limiting]:

Edited Collection on Wes Anderson

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 12:16pm
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Pete Kunze (Louisiana State University)

I seek proposals for original critical essays on the films of Wes Anderson to be included in a possible edited collection.

Caribbean Sessions at NeMLA (3/21-24/13; deadline 9/30)

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 10:37am
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Northeast.mla@gmail.com
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The NeMLA Board and Tufts University are pleased to announce that Dionne Brand will be the keynote speaker; her presentation is accompanied by 11 Caribbean sessions now accepting abstracts.

Born in Trinidad, Dionne Brand is a renowned Canadian poet, novelist, and essayist. Her writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice, including particularly issues of gender and race.

NeMLA is particularly delighted to welcome Dionne Brand as part of our long standing commitment to Caribbean Literatures. 2013 Caribbean sessions:

Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 3:13am
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Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality
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Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. JMMS papers address historical and contemporary phenomena as well as speculative essays about future spiritualities.

JMMS always welcomes submissions; it also considers republishing articles that are not available elsewhere on the Internet, such as chapters from edited collections.

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