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Comparative Caribbeans Nov. 3-5, 2011

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Friday, April 22, 2011 - 10:30am
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Comparative Literature, Emory University, Atlanta

Comparative Caribbeans: an Interdisciplinary Conference*

Emory University, Atlanta GA
November 3-5, 2011

This is why we stay with poetry. And despite our consenting to all the indisputable technologies; despite seeing the political leap that must be managed..., the full load of knowledge to be tamed..., at the bow there is still something we now share: this murmur, cloud or rain or peaceful smoke. …We cry our cry of poetry. Our boats are open, and we sail them for everyone.
– Édouard Glissant

Open Submissions (Poetry, Short Stories, Essays/Creative Non-Fiction, and Artwork) for New Literary Magazine

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Friday, April 22, 2011 - 2:57am
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A Few Lines Magazine
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A Few Lines Magazine is a new literary magazine based in Southern California. We are currently accepting works of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, and artwork for our premier issue. We are a quarterly magazine, and submissions are open all year. To submit, go to www.afewlinesmagazine.com and click on the "submissions" tab. We use "submishmash" as our submission manager, so please direct your work through their program.

Solidarity, Memory and Identity: Interdisciplinary Conference, Gdansk, 20-21 September 2012, abstracts by 30 April 2012

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 6:37pm
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University of Gdansk, Poland; Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Our interdisciplinary conference is going to be devoted to solidarity in all its multiple aspects, in the broadest contexts possible – historical, cultural, artistic, psychological, philosophical. In the age of rapid socio-political changes, with deepening ethic and religious conflicts on one hand, and, on the other hand, a diminishing feeling of identification with the community, there seems to exist a strong necessity for a reflection on the idea of solidarity. It would be difficult to think of a more inspiring place for such a reflection than the city of Gdansk.

Trespassing Nation 29 April 2011 Journal Article

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:17pm
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Trespassing Journal

he inaugural issue of Trespassing Journal focuses on trespassing the nation.
While the civil movements in Middle East react against the abuse of power, the
phenomenology of the nation-state and its authority still remains a contested
issue. Furthermore, with the globalized world economy and culture, and
with the unlimited coverage of digital media and Internet technologies, it has
become harder to define the limits and the boundaries of the national. In this
context, the relationship between art and the nation/national is an intriguing
juncture especially for the works of art that does not fit the national imagination.
What is at stake in producing art works that contest national ideologies in our

Of Bread and Blood: Essays on The Hunger Games Trilogy

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 12:15pm
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Mary Pharr (Florida Southern College) and Leisa A. Clark (University of South Florida)

Twenty-first century culture has a particular focus on re-imagining and popularizing established narrative genres, a reinvestment of canonical material in postmodern clothing. The next step in the postmodern reinvestment of the epic has now been taken. In 2008, the year after the Harry Potter series concluded in print, Suzanne Collins published The Hunger Games, the first novel in a trilogy that not only invokes the complexity of the epic spirit but also convincingly demonstrates the ambiguity of action--any action--within the hellish context of war.

Teaching Unplugged CCCC 2012 (St. Louis)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 11:14am
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Chad Engbers / Calvin College
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Electronic media such as text messages, wikis, and social networking sites are of course changing the ways our students think and write; programs such as Blackboard, WebCT, and Moodle are changing the ways we teach them to write.

Given those facts, however, when does it make good pedagogical sense to turn off the electronics and rely on old school technologies such as pencils, paper, and chalk? Can low-tech teaching offer students productive alternatives to their digital communication habits, or does such pedagogy shelter them, confirming the sense that their writing for a class is separate from their writing in the world?

Manifestos! for Graduate Students and Recent PhDs (M/MLA panel: June 3, 2011)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 10:35am
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Midwest Modern Language Association

As universities adjust to new pressures, the experiences and ideas of graduate students remain largely unheard. This 2011 M/MLA panel aims to create a public forum that uses the manifesto form to address issues facing graduate students and recent PhDs. Rather than an airing of grievances, we seek affirmative manifestos that expose the experiences, declare new approaches, and organize existing networks of graduate students and recent PhDs. Manifestos should be 1,000 words or less, and formal experimentation is encouraged. Submit a 250-word abstract to Maglina Lubovich (mlubovic@css.edu) and Steven Davis (stevdavi@indiana.edu) by June 3, 2011.

[UPDATE] Disability in America --- SAMLA 2011, Atlanta (11/4/11-11/6/11); Deadline May 7

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 7:52am
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Scott St. Pierre, Montgomery College

Proposals are invited for a session on disability and American literature or American Studies at the 2011 South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention in Atlanta, GA. The panel welcomes proposals that analyze any aspect of the topic including fiction, poetry, drama, and film, as well as non-literary materials from all periods. Proposals may interpret "America" and "American" broadly, and panelists are welcome but not required to consider the special convention focus, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World."

By May 1, 2011, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Scott St. Pierre, Montgomery College, at scott.st.pierre@montgomerycollege.edu.

Resistance: Crisis.Creation.Action.Critique, GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar) Interdisciplinary Conference, 9–10 June 2011

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 5:29am
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Goldsmiths, University of London

Confirmed speaker: Alberto Toscano

RESISTANCE comprises the first day of 'Whose University?', a two-day symposium organised by Goldsmiths and Birkbeck, co-hosted by GLITS, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (www.gold.ac.uk/ecl/glits) and InC (www.gold.ac.uk/inc), Research Group in Continental Philosophy, 9–10 June 2011.

Art and Crafts of Bankura

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:57am
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Chitrolekha International Magazine on Art and Design
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Chitrolekha International Magazine on Art and Design
An Online Magazine Dedicated to Exploring the Language of Beauty
Available at www.chitrolekha.com

[Update: May 15] Contemporary Trends in Poetry in English/Translation

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:55am
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Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
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Call for Papers for Volume 3, Number 2
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
ISSN 0975-2935 * www.rupkatha.com

Contemporary Trends in Poetry in English/translations
In the 21st century a perception or rather an apprehension sometimes surfaces that poetry will have a slow death in the techno-consumerist world. But contrary to apprehension poetry has survived and is thriving everywhere—in all forms of print and electronic media. In our next issue of the Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, we would like to explore various aspects of contemporary poetry in English/translations from different parts of the world.

The Summer of Faulkner: Oprah's Book Club, William Faulkner, and 21st Century America

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 3:18pm
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Jaime Harker
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Oprah Winfrey's 2005 announcement of her Book Club's "Summer of Faulkner" was greeted with skepticism, if not derision, by many cultural and literary commentators. The alliance between Oprah and Faulkner was seen a treacherous merger of pop culture schmaltz and modernist complexity. Recent scholarly excavations of the interdependence of highbrow writers with the literary marketplace and popular culture, however, suggest that the Faulkner-Oprah alliance is merely the most recent manifestation of Faulkner's cultural malleability, evident in his successful Hollywood writing, his best-selling Signet pulp reprints, and his career-long commitment to exploring popular genres like detective novels and the gothic.

Southerners in Contemporary Film (5/16/11), SAMLA (11/4/11-11/6/11)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 10:20am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
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This session invites papers on any aspect of southerners as represented in contemporary film. Topics might include (but are not limited to southerners "abroad," "foreigners" in the South, commercialization of southern culture, complications of traditional southern images, the animated South, and developing trends in gender and/or racial representations. We welcome submissions considering independent or popular films. By May 16, 2011, please send 250-word abstracts, institutional affiliations, and contact information via email to Andrew Leiter, Lycoming College, at leiter@lycoming.edu.

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