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Fire Stories (Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 4-5 December 2013) Lit studies, History, Art HIstory

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 9:28pm
The University of Melbourne

'Fire Stories' is a cross-disciplinary conference that will take place at the University of Melbourne, Australia December 4-6, 2013.

Keynote speakers are Danielle Clode (Flinders University), Bill Gammage (ANU), Alan Krell (CoFA, UNSW) and Pablo Mukherjee (University of Warwick).

Abstracts may be sent to fire-stories@unimelb.edu.au.

Victorian Inhumanities (NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 6:16pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the cultural history of the nonhuman in the long nineteenth century. We invite papers that unpack historical ideas of the nonhuman or of the species barrier, especially in relation to disciplinary divisions in the arts and sciences occurring over the course of the nineteenth century. Proposals might focus on canonical cultural documents or more scientific forms like lectures, natural histories, anthropological studies, and so on. Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to jmmil@eden.rutgers.edu by September 30, 2013.

Please include with your abstract:

--Name and Affiliation
--Email address
--A/V requirements

Late 20th Century Literary and Cinematic Representations of Slavery

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 5:21pm
Northeast Modern Language Association: 45th Annual Convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Quentin Tarantino's movie *Django Unchained,* has been polarizing since its 2012 release. Critics and audiences alike have commented on the overuse of the n-word and the extended scenes of hyperviolence that pepper the film. This last theme is the focus for our panel, especially in light of the artistic renderings of slavery since the 1960s Black Power Movement. After the 1960s, visual and textual representations of violence have shifted to become more vivid and grotesque; *Django Unchained* is the latest in a long line of late twentieth century films that explore the bloodiness of slavery. Other notable examples include *Goodbye Uncle Tom*, *Mandingo,* *Amistad,* and the television series *Roots*.

Teaching African American Literature in the Age of Obama

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 5:18pm
Northeast Modern Language Association: 45th Annual Convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

In 2011, Kenneth Warren made the provocative assertion that African American literature is now a dead genre; it grew out of the Jim Crow era when writers were explicitly engaged with representing black humanity. With the advances of the Civil Rights movement, the goals of this genre of literature are now antiquated. Warren's logic could be read as an extension of the current "post-race" mentality, which assumes that the ascendancy of President Obama is tantamount to the end of race in America. However, the real issue is the influence of post-race on the teaching of African American literature. This genre is still being produced, in part because race remains pertinent.

Brains, Maps and Rhythms: Knowledge and Experience in (Bio)political Orders, 16-18 April 2014

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 11:01am
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis

Geographical, political, neurological, and ontological orders shape the distribution of power, and vice versa. The 2014 ASCA international conference will bring scholars together to debate knowledge and experience as well as their mediation and formation. By that we mean both knowledge and experience of the global dispensation of power and their place and status within that dispensation.

[UPDATE] Post-9/11 Narratives of American Im/Emigration (NeMLA 2014)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 10:30am
Northeast MLA

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

How is the reality of post-9/11 America being captured in contemporary immigrant stories? Are contemporary authors telling stories of American immigration, exile, or both simultaneously? This panel seeks to elucidate the ways in which 9/11 and its lingering aftermath is figured in recent immigrant fiction while examining themes and trends emerging in this growing body of literature. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (preferably MSWord or PDF attachments) to Katie Daily-Bruckner, dailym@bc.edu.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Special Journal Issue Corporealities

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 8:59am
Word and Text

Call for Papers: Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, III, 2 (2013)
Corporealities: Body Limits

Public Religion and Issues of Homosexuality in Contemporary Africa

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 6:15am
Dr Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds

—Call for Papers—

Public Religion and Issues of Homosexuality in Contemporary Africa

edited by
Ezra Chitando (University of Zimbabwe) & Adriaan van Klinken (University of Leeds)