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Postcolonial Animality

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:30pm
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Amit R. Baishya, Suvadip Sinha

From one perspective, postcolonial studies and animal studies should be natural allies as both interrogate the shifting limits of the human-animal binary. However, for a variety of reasons, conjunctions between these two fields have only begun fairly recently. On the one hand, the residues of certain versions of humanism (cf.

Minding the Senses, Sensing the Mind, May 20-21, 2016

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:02pm
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English Department, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

"I would I knew his mind." - (Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1.2.33)
"My own mind is my own church." - Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (I.i)
"Where is my mind" – The Pixies
The Department of English at Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus will host its Fourteenth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 20th and Saturday, 21st May. The keynote speaker is Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University, Missouri).

Writing Resistance (Guaranteed panel, MLA 2017, 5-8 January, Philadelphia, PA)

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:11am
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MLA Forum on Transdisciplinary Connections between History and Literature
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The Forum on Transdisciplinary Connections between History and Literature is soliciting papers on the topic of historical approaches to "writing resistance" or "writing rebellion". We construe the topic broadly to encompass the narrative construction of historical incidents of resistance, but also the practice of writing history as a form of resistance, or, in yet another vein, the resistance to historico-literary approaches in our discipline. Papers that problematize the location of historical practice (Global North or South, for example) are also of interest. Furthermore, we welcome papers that address different media, including film and the digital, as well as papers that address material from a broad historical span.

Sleuths, Private Eyes, and Policemen: An International Compendium of the 100 Greatest Literary Detectives

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 5:46am
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Eric Sandberg, University of Oulu
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I am looking for contributors for Sleuths, Private Eyes, and Policemen: An International Compendium of the 100 Greatest Literary Detectives, a new reference work under contract with Rowman & Littlefield for publication in late 2017.

This collection will focus on the investigators who lie at the heart of crime fiction (and who appear with surprising frequency in other genres), and will offer academics and general readers a rigorous, opinionated, and entertaining survey of the key figures in one of our richest literary traditions. The hundred entries will offer broad historical and international coverage, but must be based on books available in English.

[UPDATE] Queer Death, De(con)struction, and Contagion: Affective Rhythms in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:47pm
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University of California, Merced/Queer Theory Symposium Committee

Inaugural Interdisciplinary Queer Studies Symposium University of California, Merced
Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Keynote: Eric A. Stanley, UC Riverside
Eric A. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2015). A coeditor of the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) which won the Prevention for a Safe Society award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Eric's other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, Women and Performance, and TSQ.

Literary History for the Anthropocene - MLA 2017 (Special Session)

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:24pm
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Ted Howell
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In August of this year, based on the recommendation of the Anthropocene Working Group, geologists will vote to determine whether the Anthropocene should be considered an official geological epoch and (if they vote yes) decide when it began. As recent critical discussions of the term have insisted, periodizing the Anthropocene means making an argument about the Anthropocene. An Anthropocene beginning in 1610 is radically different from one that starts in 1784/1800, and the AWG's likely proposal of 1945/1960 paints a dramatically different picture of the Anthropocene compared to the c. 1800 timeline that has to date received the most attention.

AAL Annual Conference: Literature and Technology

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:09pm
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Western Sydney University

11-13 July 2016, Western Sydney University

Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin), Dr. Rachel Franks (State Library of NSW), Prof. Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne), and Prof. Kerry Mallan (QUT).

SAMLA 88: Modern Drama

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:38pm
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Aaron Botwick / The Graduate Center, CUNY

This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome.

By May 10, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at abotwick@gradcenter.cuny.edu

PAMLA 2016 Special Session Panel--Pasadena, CA

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:48pm
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference 2016

This panel is devoted to the porous, permeable body in Romantic and Victorian Literature and seeks to better understand the boundaries of identity constructed in the bodies of texts from these periods and the bodies of readers. This panel will intervene both in conceptions of disembodied Romantic imaginings and in ideas of fixed, stable identity that may seem to mark these periods. By making the body and its interactions with space central to these discussions, we hope to demonstrate the ways in which boundaries of identity are fluid, undefined, and open to reinterpretation at the same time that they are intensely visceral.

Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children's Literature proposal due April 4, 2016

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 4:51pm
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Danielle Russell

Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.
Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do you children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.

Urban Ekphrasis (SCMLA Dallas, November 3-5, 2016) Abstracts due 2/20

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:47pm
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Proposed Special Session, South Central Modern Language Association
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This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at anne.keefe@unt.edu by February 20, 2016.

MLA 2017 Special Session: Monster Studies: Literature, Culture, and Theory (Deadline 3/10/16)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 2:41pm
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Chris Koenig-Woodyard / University of Toronto

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session on "Monster Studies" for the MLA in Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017. Abstracts are due on Friday, 11 March, 2016, and proposals for special MLA sessions are due on 1 April, 2016. Thus there are two rounds of acceptance: abstracts for a hoped-for panel, and the official acceptance of the panel for the 2017 MLA.

The proposed session will explore and expand the depth and breadth of the emerging field of "Monster Studies." Papers can explore monsters and the monstrous as the primary focus of scholarly inquiry in literary, humanities and cultural studies, and as a secondary focus--that is, as a pedagogical tool or method, for instance, in teaching composition and the humanities.

Essay collection: Migration and Modernity 5/15/16

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:36am
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Juliet Shields
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Call for Essays: Migration and Modernity: the state of being stateless, 1650-1850
We invite contributions for an essay collection on exile, migration, and statelessness in the "middle modern" period (~1650-1850), a time when the consolidation of the nation-state made more visible the movement--sometimes voluntary and sometimes forced--of peoples across and within political and geographical borders.

[REMINDER] Oxford English Graduate Conference on 'Progress', 3 June 2016 (deadline: 19 February 2016)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:34am
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Ágota Márton / University of Oxford

OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS

'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)

Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.

[UPDATE] Archi-Textuality (Apri 16-17, 2016) - Hosted by CSUN English Department

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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:57pm
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AGSE & Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi

The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
April 16-17, 2016
Sponsored by the Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)

"Archi-textuality: Interventions of Text & Textuality in Historical, Economical, Sociopolitical, and Psychological Space"

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