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Being More than Ambivalent Towards Race: Class in Contemporary African American Literature

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Monday, February 27, 2012 - 12:10am
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In keeping with the theme of "Debt" for the 2012 Midwestern MLA conference, this panel is interested in the class implications that contemporary African American literature offers its readership. Since the first letters written in African American literature, money has had a central place in claims for independence, subjectivity, and resistance. How has this understanding of subjectivity and resistance changed in a late twentieth/ twenty-first century context? To what extent is contemporary African American literature invested in the American dream of financial well being that characterized earlier writing?

MLA 2013 Revolutionary Exhanges: Women's Networks (Boston, Jan 3-6, 2013)

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Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:19pm
Tonya Moutray

Seeking papers that explore national and transnational exchanges between women during the French Revolutionary wars. Topics may include their modes and networks of communication and/or collaboration, the cultural reception or representation of migrating or refugee women, boundary crossings, identity construction, women's political agency and/or public engagement. Please submit a one-page abstract by 21 March 2012.

The Erotics of Post Project (from MLA 2012)

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Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 7:05pm
Carmen Derkson

"But between the past which no longer is and the future which is not yet, this moment when [we] exist is nothing" –from de Beauvoir's _The Ethics of Ambiguity_

Seeking essay proposals for a book on The Erotics of 'Post': Reparation, Practice, Theory. At the recent MLA 2012 conference (Seattle), I sought essays engaged with poetics, subjectivities, especially feminisms, and the eroticism of post—its implicit delays, lingering temporal modalities, and totalizing narratives—for my panel "Re-Fashioning the Poetics of 'Post'; Or, How to Imagine Beyond Postmodernism." Successful proposals will grapple with the current interdisciplinary manifestations of "post" while positing a working practice or approach for contemporary theory in the present.

GRAMMA: Journal of Theory and Criticism Issue Number 21 (2013): "The History and Future of the 19th-Century Book"

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Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 3:22pm
Editors of the issue: Maria Schoina and Andrew Stauffer

In the period between 1740 to 1850, the systematization of the entire process of making and selling books through a network of printers, publishers, booksellers, writers, readers, and critics led to the evolution of the book trade into a profit-making machine. The resulting professionalization and commodification of literature created not only professional authors and critics, making authorship itself undergo significant change, but set up an entirely new way of conceiving of reading, writing, and selling literary materials. The changing nature of books, media, information and communication defined the literary culture of the period and was central to the establishment of national identity.

The British Empire in Literature and Film RMMLA Oct. 2012 (due March 1)

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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:08am
Cynthia Drake / Rocky Mountain MLA

Special Topics panel for the Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boulder, Colorado. Ocotober 4-6, 2012.
This session explores ways that the Empire has been represented, valorized, and critiqued. How has the Empire informed culture production and how have literature and film influenced popular opinions about the Empire?
250-word abstract and bio to:cynthia.drake@colorado.edu by March 1.
Conference website: http://rmmla.wsu.edu/default.asp

Call for Submissions: Monsters and the Monstrous,Volume 2, Number 1, Special Issue on Monstrous Memory

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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 8:46am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Journal Announcement and Call for Submissions

Monsters and the Monstrous
Volume 2, Number 1, Special Issue on Monstrous Memory

The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of
articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms
of submission on the following or related themes:

Monstrous Memory.

1st Global Conference: Immersive Worlds and Transmedia Narratives

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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 5:24am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Immersive Worlds and Transmedia Narratives

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

* The Novel
* The Film
* The Television Series
* The Graphic Novel
* The Facebook Page
* The Tweets
* The Fan-Sites
* The Video Game
* The You-Tube Clips
* The Smart Phone
* The Convention
* The Theme Park
* The Merchandising

[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

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.

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