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Call for Papers for a New Series of Online Articles: "The End of Heterosexuality?"

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 7:55pm
The Qouch (www.theqouch.com)

The Qouch is now accepting submissions for an on-going series of articles on the theme "The End of Heterosexuality?"

Recently, social critics and scholars have proposed the idea that advances in queer rights and visibility could bring "the end of heterosexuality" (or at least as we know it).

In Gaga Feminism, Jack Halberstam takes account of how concepts of family and human relations have shifted as of late:

ROBERT FROST REVIEW CFP SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 6:34pm
Robert Frost Review

The Robert Frost Review is planning a special double issue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of both A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914). The Robert Frost Review welcomes all articles on any aspect of the poems, history, or reception of either or both books. Please send electronic attachments of manuscripts no longer than 5,000 words in MLA style before July 2014 to jonathan.barron@usm.edu for full consideration.

2014 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 4:49pm
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation

Call for Papers / Call for Speakers

2014 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

July 3 - July 6
Anime Expo 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA)
www.anime-expo.org

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marc Steinberg (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014

Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) represent one of the major contributions that Japan has made to global visual and popular culture. Indeed, for many people, their first - and sometimes only - contact with Japanese culture at all is through Japanese visual culture.

Sustainability and Population

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:41pm
MLA 2015

"Sustainability and Population," MLA 2015, Special Session

This panel invites papers that examine the intersections of "sustainability" and "population" in literature. Papers may consider how race, demography, biopolitics, fertility, economics, agriculture, and spatial distribution help clarify, illuminate, and evaluate "sustainability"---what literary critics have deemed a thorny and vague concept in the past few years. Papers from any time period are welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts to Abby Goode (alg9@rice.edu) by 15 March 2014.

[UPDATE] Modernism, Weather, and Climate (SCMLA Panel; Abstracts due 2/22

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:33pm
Dan Colson

This panel seeks papers about the significance of weather and/or climate in modern literature. Open to a wide range of topics (including American, British, and world literatures) and approaches. Submissions might address (but certainly are not limited to):

CFP: "Mass media, public opinion and its transformations in the 21st century" (Journal Issue, deadline, June 15 2014)

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:09pm
Trans-pasando Fronteras (ISSN 2248-7212 | ISSN-e 2322-9152) / Universidad Icesi (Cali, Colombia)

-----ENGLISH With this proposal, Mass media, public opinion and its transformations in the XXI century,the journal Trans-pasando Fronteras (ISSN 2248-7212 | ISSN-e 2322-9152) seeks to promote reflection over the role played by public opinion in the contemporary society, its changes in terms of social and political definition, like its governmental(essential in decision-making) and international scope (influencing the social and cultural reality of other countries, either to spread new ideas and perspectives, or to impose new political or cultural practices, as the soft-power).We invite you to address this issue from a transdisciplinary perspective with the intention of studying the importance of public opinion on issues such

Celebrity Encounters: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America, July 4-5, 2014

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 2:01pm
University of Portsmouth

Building on recent scholarship that has demonstrated that the discourses, practices and conditions associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century celebrity culture were already in place in America and Europe by the end of the eighteenth century, this conference explores the transatlantic dimensions of nineteenth-century constructions of fame and fandom. It considers the ways transatlantic celebrity affected relationships between, and the identities of, celebrities and fans, and facilitated a questioning of geographically located notions of identity, race, gender and class.

Sustainable Work, Invisible Class, Unpaid Labor, and Forgotten Culture in American Literature (DUE 6.1.14)

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:28pm
SAMLA (SOUTH ATLANTIC MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION)

In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel will investigate the difficulties with sustainable representations of work, class, and labor in American literature. As the predominant American myth of success states that class is but a transitory state, making work, labor, and social class an important part of the literary and academic conversation remains a struggle for scholars interested in these issues. The questions we are interested in posing in this session are: How can scholars emphasize a focus on issues of class, work, and labor in American literature? How can this emphasis be sustained as part of a larger conversation with American literary scholarship?

Football and Communities of Resistance

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 11:07am
Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities, Manchester Metropolitan University

The 3rd annual Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC) conference "Football and Communities of Resistance" will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 12th June 2014. There will be an associated event 'Out of Play' hosted by the National Football Museum on Friday 13th June 2014.

Call for Papers

MUSIC BEHIND BARS: ARTICULATING INCARCERATION AND POPULAR MUSIC

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:22am
Joseph P. Fisher (The George Washington University); Brian Flota (James Madison University)

Popular music's relationship with incarceration has been a long and complicated one. The musician Lead Belly spent long stretches in prison for murder and other crimes but was eventually turned into a musical legend by folklorists John and Alan Lomax. In 1957, Elvis Presley had a number one hit with the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller composition "Jailhouse Rock," further developing the threat he posed to the mainstream at the time. Country musician Merle Haggard spent two years in San Quentin Prison for an attempted robbery, later to become one of the best-selling country artists of the 20th Century. Johnny Cash performed numerous concerts in prisons, drawing attention the humanity of the prisoners in his audience.

Populating the Irish Stage - Questioning the identity of contemporary Irish theatre (1990s-2014), 27-28 June 2014

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:09am
University College Cork, Ireland

We are happy to announce the participation of:

Frank McGuinness

Patrick Mason

Louise Lowe

Further announcements to be posted before the deadline of March 22nd.

'We write plays, I feel, in order to populate the stage'. (Thomas Kilroy)

Papers are invited for an international conference to be held at UCC, June 27th-28th, 2014. Coinciding with the Cork Midsummer Festival, the conference will explore the identities of Irish theatre from the Celtic Tiger era to the current economic crisis. It will also offer a fitting opportunity to engage a dialogue between theatre practitioners and academics, notably through a roundtable with established and emerging artists.

Extremist Latinos/as (MLA Vancouver, January 8-11)

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:09am
Modern Languages Association Annual Conference

In liberal democracies, it is commonly assumed that because extreme, radical, and marginal politics fall outside of the confines and vocabulary of the political center they, therefore, demonstrate a deficient capacity for rational deliberation. Although this distinction becomes murkier in the spheres of minority politics, the Latina/o political center might be thought of as a demand for cultural affirmation, in response to periods of psychological degradation and institutionalized discrimination. Within Latina/o criticism, some theorists go so far as to represent "Latinidad" as an exemplary political "center" for its perpetual mediation between ethnicities, cultures, geopolitical orders, and forms of life.

MLA 2015 Performing the aging memory (3/15/14)

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:36am
Age Studies Discussion Group, Valerie Lipscomb

In light of the 2015 MLA theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory, the Age Studies Discussion Group will propose a special session that considers the intersection of age, performance, and memory. How is remembering-or not remembering–performed or performative? How is the aging self defined by the ability to remember? How is the aging body performed as a site of memory? Consideration of any genre is welcome: memory plays, memoir, film, etc. Send 300-word abstract and CV by March 15 to Valerie Lipscomb, lipscomb@sar.usf.edu Panelists must be MLA members by April 1.