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MLA 2013: McSweeney's and Contemporary Reading (3/15 deadline)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 10:39am
Jackie O'Dell

This panel seeks papers that explore the literary output, authors, genres, publication practices, or publics associated with Dave Eggers's McSweeney's books and magazines. How does the imprint's contemporary readerships and its publication practices influence or chafe against reading practices in the academy or popular culture? Does it suggest larger trends in the direction of contemporary fiction? What does the McSweeney's network reveal about the state of "serious literature" and the profession of academic reading?

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to jackie.o_dell@tufts.edu by March 15, 2012.

[UPDATE] Short Fiction in Short

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 9:25am
Modern Language Association (MLA), Boston 2013

UPDATE: Non-American Short Fiction will also be considered. Please see the original CFP below.

Short Fiction in Short
A Panel at MLA (Boston) 2013

The Corporate Archive / MLA session proposal Boston 2013

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 9:23am
Leigh Claire La Berge

The Corporate Archive

This panel explores corporate archives and aesthetics, broadly conceived. Topics might include: brand-names, models, studio-film; any literary or visual aesthetic immanent to the corporation is welcome. 200-word abstracts to lclaberge@gmail.com by 3/15/2012.

3rd Global Conference: Making Sense Of: Suffering (November 2012, Salzburg, Austria)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 8:57am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Suffering

Tuesday 13th November – Thursday 15th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore if, or to what extent, meaning can be found in suffering. During the course of living our lives, we are invariably forced to stop and question why we suffer – be it through illness, pain, loss, grief or the multitude of distressing circumstances which we encounter. Problems arise in a variety of contexts and due to a bewildering variety of conditions. And because our lives are constant streams of experience, the nature of suffering and consequently the 'meaning' of such suffering continually varies and changes.

2012 Conference: The State/Republic of Theory (10-13 June 2012)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 4:38am
South African Society for General Literary Studies (SAVAL)

Papers are invited for the 2012 Conference, The State/Republic of Theory.

In the wake of the after theory wave it is necessary to reconsider what theory in or of literature means and what it can contribute to our knowledge, both nationally and globally. New trends, like cognitive theory, mediality, trauma theory and digital humanities are emerging. Comparison of literatures and cultures is under scrutiny. The aim of the conference therefore is to take stock of the present state of literary theory and comparative literature (particularly in Africa and South Africa).

2012 Conference: The State/Republic of Theory (10-13 June 2012)

updated: 
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 4:33am
South African Society for General Literary Studies (SAVAL)

Papers are invited for the 2012 Conference, The State/Republic of Theory.

In the wake of the after theory wave it is necessary to reconsider what theory in or of literature means and what it can contribute to our knowledge, both nationally and globally. New trends, like cognitive theory, mediality, trauma theory and digital humanities are emerging. Comparison of literatures and cultures is under scrutiny. The aim of the conference therefore is to take stock of the present state of literary theory and comparative literature (particularly in Africa and South Africa).

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Trespassing Genre

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 3:14am
Trespassing Journal

The second issue of the Trespassing Journal focuses on the concept of genre and the ways its definition and conceptualization as a method of classifying literary and artistic works have presented stimulating difficulties. If genre is broadly defined as a set of conventions that define a text, then we must assume that trespassing a genre's limits has always been fundamental to its definition. As such, the search for a "pure" example of any genre would be futile. Nevertheless, genre has a functional utility that cannot be ignored. It is used as a powerful marketing tool for cultural products. The mere mention of a genre has the power to secure the popularity of the work in question, a fact confirmed by the success of fantasy and mystery genres.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: Call for Papers, International Conference on Children's Literature: The Child in the Book

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 2:03am
Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association and English Department of Soochow University

Children's literature as a field of academic study has grown steadily in Taiwan over the past several years. Many other Asian nations have also seen a concerted interest in both the production and criticism of literature for young people. This interest has given rise to the creation of the Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association (TLRCA), a distinctly Taiwanese organization in the process of formation that is dedicated to the study of children's and young adult literature.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: Call for Papers, International Conference on Children's Literature: The Child in the Book

updated: 
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 2:02am
Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association and English Department of Soochow University

Children's literature as a field of academic study has grown steadily in Taiwan over the past several years. Many other Asian nations have also seen a concerted interest in both the production and criticism of literature for young people. This interest has given rise to the creation of the Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association (TLRCA), a distinctly Taiwanese organization in the process of formation that is dedicated to the study of children's and young adult literature.

Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies July 20, 2012

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 12:44am
Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies online journal

Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies
is currently accepting articles for our 2013 issue.

This is a general issue open to all high-quality essays that focus on Asian American Literature in a way that would be useful for our broad readership of both students and teachers. We are especially interested in essays that provide insights into the teaching of various kinds of Asian American literature and culture.

MSA 14 (Oct. 18-21, 2012)--Proposed Panel on Modernism and Psychology [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 9:20pm
Jen Spitzer and Meg Hammond / New York University

We are looking for a third contributor to round out a proposed panel on modernism and psychology for the 2012 Modernist Studies Association conference in Las Vegas. Papers on the panel will either explore the role(s) that psychological theories and practice played in the creation of modernist art or use recent psychology to illuminate some aspect of modernism. Although we are particularly interested in papers that treat schools of psychology other than Freudian psychoanalysis (such as behaviorism, social psychology, cognitive psychology, or self psychology), we also welcome papers that examine non-orthodox Freudian approaches. We especially hope to see proposals for papers on visual art, film, theater, or architecture.

From Wall Street to Main Street: The Regional Politics of Occupying (an edited collection, April 1)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:03pm
Todd Comer and Nathan Crook

Broad messages, complicated political positions, and blurred generational and class lines characterize and problematize the Occupy Wall Street movement. As if its connection to the Canadian magazine Adbusters were not enough, this "U.S." movement's clearest and most original position may be its denial of position. Beyond "We are the 99%"—a general position against greed and inequality—the "movement" remains difficult to categorize in terms of the red/blue politics of the United States. The picture becomes even more complicated at the regional level where clear, defining symbols of nationalist power and capital are absent.

Literary Landscapes of the New West (RMMLA Convention, October 11-13, 2012, Boulder, CO)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:00pm
Dr. Charlotte Quinney

The American West as landscape, myth, and symbol has played a central role in the development of national identity and the American literary canon. Geographically and conceptually, however, its parameters have been repeatedly redefined. Associated with motion, revision, metamorphosis, and cultural difference, the contemporary literary perception of the West is one which imaginatively plays upon Frederick Jackson Turner's tenets of shifting borders, progressive perspectives, and mutating identities. For this panel, I am seeking proposals that chart new ground by examining contemporary texts which challenge established aesthetic and ideological approaches to the American West. These might include:

PAMLA '12 Special Session: Articulations of Home in Literatures of Migrancy

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 7:17pm
Diviani Chaudhuri/ Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Papers are sought for an approved PAMLA special session panel: Articulations of Home in Literatures of Migrancy.

This session seeks papers that investigate articulations of home in literatures of diaspora, migration, immigration, exile, and dislocation. How do these literatures of movement construct home both as place as well as metaphor? How do these articulations negotiate with nation, community, memory, belonging and identity? How does the house and the domestic space function as a site of nostalgia, transformative nationalism and resistance in literatures that deal with statelessness and refugeehood?

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