The PEW Research Center found that "91% of American adults own a cell phone." As a result, devices such as the cell phone (or smartphone or tablet) have found an important place in education both inside and outside of the classroom; although, usage outside of telephone conversations (i.e. texting, or apps) decreases. Only about 60% of these users access the internet, while only 50% use apps, and 21% use their phones to participate in video calls/chats. The literacy skills associated with these tools is also on the rise as more individuals utilize them not just recreationally, but also in their education and work experience. Cell phones are just one example of the, many technological tools that are being used for educational purposes.
The Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) will hold its 56th Annual Convention in Detroit, MI at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton from November 13th-16th, 2014. The informal convention theme is "The Lives of Cites."
As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.
The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:
Mississippi State University
Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer
October 20-21, 2014
This year marks the 50th-anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project, which began in Mississippi on June 15, 1964. The Mississippi Project established fifty "Freedom Schools" and registered over twelve hundred African Americans to vote. African American Studies and Mississippi State University invite scholars and students to come to the conference to give papers, present posters or any creative expression on any aspect of the freedom project.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Facing the Unknown: Anonymity in the History of Art
The 40th Annual Cleveland Symposium
Friday, October 24, 2014
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Now in its 40th year, the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Museum of Art Joint Graduate Program in Art History & Museum Studies invites submissions from all areas of art history for the annual Cleveland Symposium.
English Forum: Journal of the Department of English, Gauhati University
CALL FOR PAPERS.
Cities have the ability to set standards, enforce conformity, and dispense punishment to those living in or around urban areas. This ability creates a distinct physical and psychological urban environment. This session will examine how city structures create urban environments and how they are represented in young adult literature. How do these cities act as a unit? How does young adult literature portray cities and their effects on the environment and characters? How do these urban environments affect character development? Papers might address topics such as the development of urban environments, the role of nature in urban environments, or the effects of urban environments on characters and development in young adult literature.
FINDING SAFE HARBOR: CREATING PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION AND STUDENT SUCCESS
Hosts: Community College of Baltimore County
Howard Community College
Montgomery Community College
Prince George's Community College
Speakers: Gish Jen, Taylor Mali
The edited volume titled 'Disability in World Film Contexts' has received initial interest from Yoram Allon of renowned film publisher Wallflower Press (now part of Columbia UP). Contributions are invited in the form of chapters that focus on an individual film or films from a specific national, regional or linguistic context. Such contributions should be of one of two types: 1) essays in the film studies or humanities traditions that give equal weight to the formal properties of cinema and the theme of disability understood in a broadly social context, or 2) anthropological, sociological or geographical approaches to disability as portrayed on film giving more weight to extra-filmic context.
Seeking papers for the Travel Writing permanent section panel for the 2014 MMLA conference in Detroit. The overall conference theme is "The Lives of Cities." This panel will focus on travel writing and the urban experience.
From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.
"For the dramatically inclined, love is everything that the Corinthians quote from the Bible says it is. For the cynically inclined, love is measured in patterns of behaviour. For the scientific mind, there might be a solution in the colourful images of the brain as captured by an MRI machine.
Is subculture a universal category that discloses itself in similar ways, irrespective of differences in historical moments or cultural geographies? Or is subculture inextricably linked to these specificities? This edited volume seeks to engage these questions (amongst others) through a particular scope. Specifically, in what ways can the humanities helped us to understand subcultures during three distinct eras: the Lost Generation, the 1960s and today's digital age?
The American Humor Studies Association/Mark Twain Circle Quadrennial Conference 2014 seeks additional papers for the following panels:
-- Hollywood cinema and American humor
-- Humor in the American novel
-- American humor in new media formats
The conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans from December 4-7, 2014. The Four Points Sheraton will provide a conference rate, and participants and attendees are highly encouraged to stay at the hotel.
Due to the short turnaround, please send 100-word proposals to Pete Kunze at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 13. Decisions will be made by Monday, June 16. Inquiries welcome.
College Literacy and Learning is a Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association (IRA) and meets once a year at
the International Reading Association's national convention.
The College Literacy and Learning Special Interest Group has four primary purposes:
1. To provide for an exchange of ideas and techniques with regard to teaching methods and evaluation of students' literacy
and learning in two and four-year colleges and universities, as well as the evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs, textbooks, and teaching materials.
2. To propose and encourage the adoption of certain specific qualifications for the teachers of college literacy and learning programs.