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Medieval Futures

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:02pm
36th Annual Conference of the Illinois Medieval Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Illinois Medieval Association welcomes individual proposals and complete sessions that engage with this year’s conference theme, “Medieval Futures,” from a range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and temporal perspectives.  Paper proposals might consider, for example:

  • Medieval perspectives of futurity within religious and literary contexts, including interrogations of prophecy and eschatology;

  • The ways in which medieval individuals or regions planned for the future (i.e. urban design, military strategy, crusade proposals, logistics, economic sustainability, etc.);

Narrative Theories of Violence: From the Political to the Racial Unconscious

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:02pm
ACLA
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 22, 2019

From Fredric Jameson’s The Political Unconscious (1981)to Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark (1992), theories of narrative so often double as theories of violence, the one theory reciprocally informing the other. For Jameson, the Marxian violence of exploitation central to the long history of capitalism can be interpreted from the internal dynamics of narrative form: just as capitalism works to repress the true reality of its oppressive mechanisms, narratives work to repress the true reality of History itself (that being, the grand narrative of class struggle).

Friendship: Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:51am
Progressive Connexions
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 4, 2019

Few relationships are as significant as our friendships. The Buddha was once asked by his cousin, Ananda, “Is friendship part of the path?” The Buddha’s response, “No Ananda, friendship is the whole path,” suggesting the momentous power and meaning attributed to friendships. Certainly, close friendships can be as just as important to us as familial bonds. Conversely, the absence of friends can cause feelings of loneliness and isolation. Although the general psychological and biological benefits of friendship have been well documented, the actual experience of friendship is a deeply personal one. Not only do we each have our own views on what friendship means, we each have our own approach to choosing our friends.

Humour: 2nd Global Interdisciplinary Conference

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:51am
Progressive Connexions
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 4, 2019

Humour seems to be an essential feature of human life – ‘the ability to be amused by things, the way in which people see that some things are amusing, or the quality of being amusing’ (Merriam-Webster). It is not just about jokes but a way of looking at the world. Individually, it is beneficial to health, relieving negative energy and invigorating the mind and the body. Socially, it is an indicator of frankness and sociability. Economically, it generates communication, improves teamwork and increases efficiency. Politically, it is an important form of protest and disobedience. Historically, it has proven to be a powerful weapon in times of crisis. And it can be wielded negatively, as a weapon or entrée into dark social arenas such as racism or hatred.

2019 Siegel-McDaniel Award for Graduate Research on Philip Roth

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:51am
The Philip Roth Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019

CFP: 2019 Siegel McDaniel Award for Graduate Research on Philip Roth

 

The annual Siegel/McDaniel Award, sponsored by the Philip Roth Society, recognizes high-quality graduate student papers written within the past year on any aspect of Philip Roth’s work.

 

We recommend that faculty encourage their students to submit papers, and we welcome submissions from Roth Society members and non-members alike. 

 

Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font to Maggie McKinley, the Philip Roth Society Program Director, at mmckinle@harpercollege.edu.

The Erotic: 2nd Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:51am
Progressice Connexions
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 4, 2019

Tantalizing, alluring and dangerous all at once, the erotic is one of the many great mysteries of the human experience. It crosses racial, ethnic, social, socio-economic, political, educational and age-related boundaries. It causes intense joy and excruciating pain. And it motivates demonstrations of both love and madness, and everything in between. Fragments of letters between long-separated lovers… carved phalluses and voluptuous stone goddesses… music that makes our hearts yearn for something we cannot name… desire and passion that courses through us at the mention of another… all of this and more informs our lives, shapes our perceptions, and guides our relationships.

Saving the Day for Medievalists: Accessing Medieval-Themed Comics in the Twenty-first Century (Roundtable)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:16am
Michael A Torregrossa / Medieval Comics Project
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Saving the Day for Medievalists: Accessing Medieval-Themed Comics in the Twenty-first Century (Roundtable)

Sponsored by the Medieval Comics Project, an outreach effort of the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

7-10 May 2020

Proposals due by 15 September 2019

 

Visibility of the Invisible: The Idea, Theory, and Ontology of Trace

updated: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:16am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

CFP for NeMLA 2020, March 5-8. Boston, MA Panel Session: Visibility of the Invisible: The Idea, Theory, and Ontology of Trace

This panel invites proposals to examine the notion, theory, idea, and ontology of the trace and the ways in which it can be deployed in literature, critical theory, image studies, art, film, and other media and disciplines. 

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From its rudimentary manifestations as smoke and fire and footprint, to theological significations of the image of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin, the trace, as a visible marker of an absent presence, generates a compelling milieu to meditate on the proliferation of meaning in text and image. 

Backdrops No More: Alternative Visions of Black Girlhood in Afrofuturistic Literature

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:22am
College Language Association (CLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 8, 2019

In 1970, Toni Morrison published The Bluest Eye, which prominently features black female children and adolescents, who she considered to be the “most vulnerable, most undescribed, not taken seriously" characters in literature. Since that time, many authors have paid increased attention to black girls in their works; yet, a great deal of these children and adolescents still commonly exist as backstory or props for more centralized adult characters. However, as Afrofuturism offers broadened representations of and opportunities for African Americans in literature, the genre can also extend fundamental freedoms and alternative realities to black girl characters.

ACLA 2020: "Legal Forms" Seminar (Chicago, March 19-22)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:21am
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 23, 2019

"Legal Forms"

Call for Papers for ACLA 2020 Seminar (Chicago, March 19-22)

Inviting paper abstracts for a proposed seminar for the upcoming American Comparative Literature Association conference, to be held in Chicago, March 19-22, 2020. Submit abstracts by September 23, 2019, via the ACLA website: https://www.acla.org/legal-forms.

Race/Science/Fiction

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:19am
Society for the Study of Southern Literature 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Race/Science/Fiction

 

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