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Woody @ 100: Woody Guthrie's Legacy to Working Men and Women

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 5:10pm
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Penn State University

Call for papers
Woody Guthrie at 100: Woody's Legacy to Working Men and Women
A Conference and Concerts at Penn State
The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family and
the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the centennial celebrations
of Guthrie's life and work. The year-long celebration will include a
host of concerts, programs, and events taking place throughout the
country. Penn State is one of four universities that will host those
events, and we seek papers for an interdisciplinary conference
devoted to Woody Guthrie and his legacy.
The conference on September 7–9, 2012, will include performances
on the evenings of Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8.

"Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile in the Writings of Langston Hughes" (November 9-12, 2012)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 2:06pm
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The Langston Hughes Society (Special Session at South Atlantic Modern Language Associaton Convention-Durham, NC)
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The Langston Hughes Society welcomes papers for a special session on "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile in the Writings of Langston Hughes." We are seeking papers that examine Langston Hughes's writings within the context of the special session topic. Please email a one page typed abstract, a biographical profile, and contact information to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at sharon.jones@wright.edu by June 1, 2012. Any accepted presenter must join the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and The Langston Hughes Society. Accepted presenters will be notified of the deadline for joining SAMLA and the Langston Hughes Society.

[Update] New Theme Added/Deadline Extended Perceptions of Masculinity: Challenges to the Indian Male

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 1:57pm
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University of the Arts London/ University of East London
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Masculinities research has evolved considerably over the past three decades. Feminist studies have demonstrated how patriarchy functioned by oppressing women. Masculinity studies however demonstrate men not just as a homogenous group but revealing instead a diversity of masculinities.

In line with the latest trends within masculinity scholarship, this collection shall deal with representations of masculinities in Indian culture, in general, and literary and visual representations, in particular. The aim of this collection is twofold. On the one hand, it focuses on studies that question traditionally normative representations of Indian masculinities. On the other, it seeks to highlight new alternative representations of manhood.

Philologist: Journal for Language, Literary and Cultural Studies (Issue No 5)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 11:27am
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University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Philology
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We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the third issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.

Papers should be a maximum of 7.000 words, and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).

Philologist: Journal for Language, Literary and Cultural Studies

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 11:24am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Philology
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We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the third issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.

Papers should be a maximum of 10.000 words, and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).

Papers in Word format, using Times New Roman 12 font, with 1.5 line spacing, should be sent to the following email addresses:

"Mapping Real-and-Imagined Places," MLA 2013 (deadline 10 March '12)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:58am
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Robert T. Tally Jr.
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Dickens's London, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, Tolkien's Middle-earth, Mieville's Bas-Lag ... Whether endeavoring to present a realistic picture of a well known geographical locale or projecting a purely fantastic otherworld, narrative fiction frequently maps the "real-and-imagined" spaces (as Edward Soja has labeled them) of our world. This panel will explore such literary cartography or geocriticism in works of realism, fantasy, or other. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Robert T. Tally Jr. at robert.tally@txstate.edu by March 10, 2012.

[UPDATED] "'Riddled with Epiphanies': DeLillo, New York"

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:04am
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College of Mount Saint Vincent & Don DeLillo Society

Call for Papers

"'Riddled with Epiphanies': DeLillo, New York"
A Literary Conference Based on Conversation
College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale (Bronx) New York. April 20-21, 2012

Deadline for Paper & Panel Proposals: February 28, 2012

Our format will reprise that of the first DeLillo Conference held in 1998. We will make papers available to participants, presenters will summarize their work, and about half of the panel will be devoted to conversation among all the attendees.
For information: Contact Dr. Jacqueline Zubeck: jackie.zubeck@mountsaintvincent.edu

The Comedic DeLillo

[UPDATE] Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 8:50pm
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Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013
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Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction (Special Session proposal for MLA 2013 Boston, MA)
Increasingly important to the world economy as an engine of growth, the dynamic region of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea) has for decades figured prominently in world media for its critical geopolitical position. But how has East Asia's emergence onto the world stage been reflected in late 20th-century English-language literature? This panel invites papers on recent Anglophone fiction set in East Asia; please send abstract of 1-2 pp along with a current c.v. to Mary Goodwin (profgood@hotmail.com) by 15 March 2012.

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Call for papers Popular Culture - Niagara Falls May 10-12, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:47pm
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Popular Culture Association of Canada
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The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

[UPDATE] Call for Proposals Extended—Graduate Student Symposium on Communication

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:40pm
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School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University

"Communication in the 21st Century: Intercultural Communication"
1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5 – Noon, Friday, April 6, 2012

The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University welcomes proposals from graduate students in any discipline for a two-day symposium (from 1:00 p.m. Thursday to noon on Friday) exploring all facets of communication. This year, the theme of the symposium is "Intercultural Communication" broadly defined.

Children's Literature from the Commonwealth of Nations 15/5/12; 30/6/12

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:13pm
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Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature / IBBY
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We invite submissions for a Special Issue of Bookbird in conjunction with the Commonwealth Education Trust (CET). The CET has promoted education, literacy and literature throughout the member states of the Commonwealth of Nations for 125 years. Their work has much in common with IBBY. Papers are invited on the literatures of Commonwealth countries, as well as on literacy education, the development of the imagination and critical thinking through reading, and other practical uses of literature. Papers of 4000 words are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• National identity in literature for children and teens
• Literacy programmes which incorporate children's literature

MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord: a 21st century look at the New England Transcendentalists"

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:01pm
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Stacey Lee Donohue
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{Modern Language Association Convention, Jan 3-6, 2013 in Boston]

MLA 2013: "Re-visioning Concord: a 21st century look at the New England Transcendentalists"

We are interested in 10 minute focused presentations on new approaches (readings, interpretations, pedagogies) to the New England Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts, Fuller, Hawthorne, et al.).

The Community College Humanities Association is an Affiliate member of the Modern Language Association, and this is our guaranteed session. While we encourage community college faculty to send proposals, all proposals are welcome.

Submission requirements: 250 word abstracts.

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2012.

RMMLA, 11-13 October 2012, Boulder, Colorado: Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature through Travel and Off-campus Study

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:55pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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With ever more emphasis being placed on study abroad and service learning opportunities for students, many of us are designing our own faculty-led adventures with students as we engage in experiential learning outside the classroom. Some questions to consider might include what constitutes a successful travel experience, what strategies we emply to assure that all participants are as engaged as possible, and how we evaluate student learning in a travel context.

The session "Practical Approaches to Teaching Literature through Travel and Off-campus Study" welcomes proposals for 15-20 minute presentations on faculty-led study of literature and culture in a travel context.

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