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[UPDATE] CFP: Fourth Annual FANS Conference

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Fandom and Neomedia Studies Association
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We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Fourth Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 4 and 5 June 2016. Our keynote this year will be a joint presentation by Angela Drummond-Matthews and Debbie Scally. It is also our privilege to host Dr. Ryosuke Watanabe, Executive Director of the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University, who will be presenting on the international scholarship opportunities his university offers for students as well as programs to partner with schools in Europe, Canada, and across the US. PLUS! We are working on a surprise guest group of industry professionals to add to the range and interest of our conference.

PAMLA 2016: Young Adult Literature (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 12:27pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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Young adult literature is home to a host of paradoxes. Inscribing the monstrous and yet rapturous, traumatizing and yet electrifying, self-alienated and yet self-conscious experience of adolescence, texts for and about young adults explore rich and radical liminalities. The Young Adult Literature session of PAMLA 2016 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to the vibrant field of YA literature and culture. We welcome engaging, provocative analyses of YA literature and texts (including graphic novels, comic books, video games, and/or films). Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures - PAMLA 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:56am
full name / name of organization: 
Megan Cannella/PAMLA
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Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 11 - 13, 2016
Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures

This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures. One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.

Ten Years Gone: Celebrating the Works of Octavia Butler-- SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2016

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:56pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jay Shelat / South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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This year marks 10 years since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. It is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Patternmaster. Butler was a pioneer in science fiction writing with her groundbreaking integration of race, sexual politics, and religion with traditional elements of the genre. This panel aims to celebrate Butler's life and works by presenting on a variety of topics, particularly the conference's theme of Utopia/Dystopia. Other possible paper topics include a pedagogical study of Butler's work, a theological approach to Butler's most celebrated works (Kindred and the Parable series), and an analysis of Butler's treatment of space and migration throughout her oeuvre.

Redrafting Literary History

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:36am
full name / name of organization: 
Pennsylvania English

Pennsylvania English Call for Papers

Redrafting Literary History

Special Issue on Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Digital Texts as Literature

Deadline: August 1, 2016

{UPDATE] Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children's Literature extended deadline: May 15, 2016

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 3:08pm
full name / name of organization: 
Danielle Russell

Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.

Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.
Papers addressing 20th/21st Century texts are preferred but all submissions will be considered.

Report from the Inside: Essays on Teaching Poetry Behind Bars

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 2:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Randall Horton + Mark Nowak

The editors of Report from the Inside: Essays on Teaching Poetry Behind Bars would like to invite submissions of essays and instructional manuals that offer insights on teaching poetry workshops with incarcerated individuals (either nationally or internationally). We seek essays that engage, critique, and illuminate the prison industrial complex and the longstanding effects of "The New Jim Crow" as it effects creative writing instructors who choose to work behind bars.

Subjected to Play: Locating the Subject in the Promise of Play JUNE 3rd deadline

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 9:29pm
full name / name of organization: 
ZdC First Forum, USC Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference
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As utopian aspirations for new and more participatory media meet the sobering realities of digital labor and the politics of self management, First Forum invites scholars to examine the ways play has shaped the rhetoric of subjectivity within academic and popular contexts as it relates to media production and consumption. The conference will investigate how we as cinema and media critics, teachers, fans, artists and activists are rethinking play and the promise of agency in order to understand how these modes of address interpret subjectivity in a diverse media landscape, how they enforce or destabilize subjective boundaries, and how they define our own identities in the process.

[UPDATE] Wreck Park Journal Summer Issue Submission Deadline Approaching

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 3:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
Wreck Park Journal

Wreck Park is an international journal run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.

[UPDATE]**Extended Deadline** DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:39am
full name / name of organization: 
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

August 19-21, 2016
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)

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