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John Dos Passos, or, Modern Life-Writing (SAMLA. Nov 9-11, 2012. Durham, NC)

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 8:35pm
John Dos Passos Society

John Dos Passos's works consistently register the modernist and late-modernist historical moment—often drawing heavily on the autobiographical, if not exactly working within the conventions of memoir. The Camera Eye passages of the U.S.A. trilogy, the variations on memoir in his travel narratives, the fictionalized autobiography of Adventures of a Young Man or Chosen Country—Dos Passos's career exhibits an sustained interest in autobiographical and semi-autobiographical writing. This panel seeks to explore Dos Passos's works in the framework of the SAMLA conference theme, "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile." What is the role of subjective experience in Dos Passos's text, and in modernist writing?

Theorizing the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art (Prospective Volume): AUG 1 2012

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:45pm
Alison Heney, ACLA Sem./Edited Volume

Theorizing the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art
(Prospective Volume)

Editor: Dr. Alison Heney, SUNY Empire State College
Xipe Projects, Curator and Assistant Director

Deadline for Article Submission: August 1, 2012

As a result of our very successful 2012 ACLA panel this past March, essays are now being solicited for an edited volume on the topic of the Fantastic in Twentieth Century Art.
The volume is intended to be interdisciplinary and transnational in scope. Submissions of interest will not have been published elsewhere. Comparative studies are welcome.

NEMLA; Critical Representations of Marriage

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:32pm
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference 2013: Critical Representations of Marriage

Panel titled Critical Representations of Marriage
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Teaching How We Read Now (abstract due 9/4/12)

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:32pm
NeMLA Boston, March 21-24, 2013

Teaching How We Read Now

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

UPDATE:Bruce Springsteen: Songs of Conscience onThe Rising, Magic, and Wreckin' Ball

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:12pm
Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association Durham NC 11/9111/12

As a voice for his baby boom generation Bruce Springsteen has been the conscience of Rock n' Roll for Forty Years, especially in three of his last four albums: The Rising (2002 is an expiatory reflection/meditation on the tragedy of 9/11; Magic (2007) is an indictment of the Bush Administration's rush to war and torture, and Wreckin' Ball (2012) is an angry denunciation of Wall Street Greed and indifference to working class Americans. Art, to be the most evocative for the audience, works best when it becomes a mirror in which an audience may become conscious of what their own feelings really are. These are impressionistic songs that were not didactic narratives of events but emotional outcomes of what the events meant to people.

Wallace Stevens and Material Culture

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 3:23pm
The Wallace Stevens Society

Call for papers: Wallace Stevens and Material Culture

Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 (Feb. 21-23, 2013; Louisville, KY)

Show and Tell: A Roundtable of Comic Book and Graphic Novel Creators (Resumes due September 30)

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 2:45pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This event hosts artists from a wide spectrum of roles as related to the creation of comic books and graphic novels. This roundtable welcomes participants from around the world and regardless of genre, medium, or years of experience. Artists in the roundtable should bring visual materials to facilitate discussion with a diverse audience of students, professors, and overall fans of this art form.

Submit resumes by September 30, 2012, to Derek McGrath at SUNY Stony Brook (derek.mcgrath@stonybrook.edu).

44th Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
March 21 to 24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Hosted by Tufts University

Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching the Graphic Novel (Abstracts due September 30)

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 2:41pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel works towards understanding and adding to emerging pedagogies of the graphic novel and other forms of illustrated works. What do these visual texts change about how we approach the classroom? Possible topics include but are not limited to adaptation and teaching across mediums and disciplines; the graphic novel as literature; approaches to visuality as composition; and the limits of genre and medium.

Submit 250- to 500-word proposals by September 30, 2012, to Joel Simundich (joel_simundich@brown.edu) and Derek McGrath (derek.mcgrath@stonybrook.edu).

[UPDATE] Second Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico Symposium Oct. 5-6, 2012 University of Arizona, Tucson/CFP 7/15/12

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 1:48pm
Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico Symposium

Building on the success of the inaugural Hidden Cinema Symposium in 2011, we seek to further explore how amateur, scientific, educational, and independent films have portrayed the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico. We wish to cultivate a more comprehensive understanding of the Southwest's and Mexico's cinematic past by showcasing and analyzing the ways the region has been imagined in "hidden" and lesser-known films produced by non-Hollywood and amateur filmmakers.

Class and Culture in Contemporary Crime Fiction

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 12:57pm
Julie H. Kim / Northeastern Illinois University

I have received a contract for a volume of critical/scholarly essays--currently titled Class and Culture in Contemporary Crime Fiction--from McFarland & Company. Through the same press I published in 2005 an edited volume on detective fiction titled Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story and another in 2012 titled Murdering Miss Marple: Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the New Golden Age of Women's Crime Fiction. (This third volume, on class, will round out the trilogy of critical studies on detective fiction: race, gender, class.)

Please submit your abstract (250 words) and a brief cv by August 1, 2012, to be considered for this collection.

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Spectacles of Alienation: Deconstructing the Theatrical in Contemporary Culture (deadline 9/30/2012)

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 12:28pm
NeMLA (March 21-24, 2013)

This panel explores the tension between the theatrical and the anti-theatrical in contemporary culture. From the increasing ubiquity of performance art in mainstream theatre to the public spectacle of the political protest, this panel solicits papers that asks what role theatre plays in a world that blurs the boundaries between social ritual and performative fiction. We welcome papers that address political performance as well as studies of aesthetic practice in modern theatre. Send abstracts of less than 250 words to LGeddes@adelphi.edu by September 30, 2012.

International Conference "Report from the Pop Line: On the Life and Afterlife of Popular": 3-4 December 2012, Lisbon

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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 11:58am
Catholic University of Portugal

CECC – The Research Centre for Communication and Culture announces:
3rd Graduate Conference in Culture Studies
December 3-4, 2012
Faculty of Human Sciences – Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon

Report from the Pop Line: On the Life and Afterlife of Popular

The concept of the popular, or popular culture for that matter, has never ceased to be an ambivalent one. Although it has come to occupy a particular place under the spotlight over the past decades within the broad study of culture, such apparently privileged position has not deprived it of the manifold ambiguities, complexities or misconceptions that have often involved its general understanding.

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