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Tragedy and American Drama and Theater: Genre, Mediality, and Ethics - International Conference, June 1 - 3, 2017

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 3:25am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Augsburg, Germany
deadline: 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Confirmed keynote speakers:
David Kornhaber (University of Texas at Austin)
Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg)

Tragedy as a dramatic genre, theatrical practice, and mode of affect is defined by its longevity and rich tradition and has developed into an extraordinarily dynamic genre, firstly as a mode of narration, secondly as a phenomenon of transition and transformation between text and embodied performance that implies the crossing of medial boundaries, and thirdly in a transnational sense that implies the crossing of geographical borders.

Literature: Empowerment through Empathy

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Indiana College English Association
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deadline: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Indiana College English Association 2016 ConferenceLiterature: Empowerment through EmpathyFriday, October 28, 2016Indiana Wesleyan UniversityMarion, Indiana

 

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.  --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird  

CFP Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita (Survey & Collection in Development)

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Ruth Hsu & Pamela Thoma, co-editors/MLA
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deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The deadline for contributing to an MLA volume on Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita is fast approaching! Please complete the survey and propose an essay (submit an abstract) by 1 June 2016 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mlasurvey_yamashita. While the co-editors are excited to add another title devoted to Asian American literature to the MLA Teaching World Literatures series, we enthusiastically welcome all input: from those who have taught a single work by Yamashita only once to those who have regularly taught her works over several years. We want to hear from scholars both in the Americas and beyond.

"Archives and the Management of Sex" at PAMLA Nov. 11-13

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:09am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 2016 (Pasadena, CA)
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deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

This panel will explore how institutions dedicated to the collection, preservation, and circulation of material knowledge manage sexuality. Sex materials create conflicting imperatives for librarians. As one collections curator at the New York Public Library recently told a reporter, "We needed to collect life as it was lived… It was always part of our mandate." Yet librarians at NYPL also had a mandate to protect the mass of pornographic magazines, pulp novels, and fliers they collected by carefully regulating access to them. Until recently, sex materials at NYPL labeled with three stars required supervision. That one example illustrates how sequestration generally determines who can read about sex and under what conditions.

CFP Abstracts: TV Network Execs, Producers, and Performers: Clashes over Television

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:09am
full name / name of organization: 
David Pierson/2016 History and Film Conference
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deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

From imperious TV network executives to “golden gut” programmers, star performers, influential independent producers, broadcast and cable TV mavericks, and auteurist showrunners—all of these individuals have struggled to leave their mark on mainstream and alternative television. From the early pioneering days of network television in the 1940s to the present-day hypercompetitive, multiplatform TV program milieu, these figures have strived to interpret and comprehend public taste in order to produce and distribute programming that satisfies a wide range of audiences, advertisers, and subscribers. 

 

Carson McCullers panel at SAMLA 2016

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Carson McCullers Society and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
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deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

In light of the conference theme of utopia/dystopia, the Carson McCullers Society and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians invite papers that explore the ways in which McCullers’ work presents settings and characters situated and interacting within ideal or imperfect structures and relationships. Further, 2017 will mark McCullers’ 100th birthday, and we might consider how her life and work resonates as we look to this centennial and what it offers to contemporary understandings of utopia/dystopia. Presentations about McCullers and her work that are not directly related to the conference theme are also welcome.

Deadline Extended: 25th Annual English Language and Literatures Conference, Nov. 12th, 2016 (Abstracts due May 31st)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 12:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English and Foreign Languages, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
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deadline: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS
for the 25th Annual English Language and Literatures Conference
to be held at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL on Saturday, November 12, 2016
Featuring poet Roger Reeves as keynote speaker

WALKER PERCY'S UTOPIAS AND DYSTOPIAS

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 3:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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deadline: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Much of Walker Percy’s fiction and non-fiction writing is social commentary. At least two novels - Love in the Ruins and The Thanatos Syndrome - may be called dystopian or post-apocalyptic.  His numerous essays on race relations, on secular materialism, on misguided “self-help” books in a postmodern world seem to indicate that he suspected 20th century America was a dystopia itself.  Additionally, Walker Percy’s personal life included social action in his local community and through the Catholic Church.  Proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?" in Walker Percy’s fiction, non-fiction, or life are welcome.  Send 300-word abstracts, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dr.

WALKER PERCY'S 100TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 3:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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deadline: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

In honor of Walker Percy’s 100th Birthday Anniversary, proposals addressing any topic or area celebrating Walker Percy’s life, his fiction, or his non-fiction are welcome.  Send 300-word abstracts, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dr. Karey Perkins, University of South Carolina - Beaufort, at both kareyp@uscb.edu and kareyperkins@gmail.com by June 7.

Mother Figures and Representations of Motherhood in English-speaking Societies

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:27am
full name / name of organization: 
Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours (France)
deadline: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016

               Alternately celebrated and pilloried, mother figures have been assigned contradictory roles throughout the histories of English-speaking societies. Reflecting the power structures and conflicts of their times, they have been portrayed as pillars of society, providing material and emotional security, and models of sacrifice, or vilified for failing to perpetuate the expected values of individual responsibility and self-control. Nearly a century after winning political emancipation and almost half a century after the historic struggles for sexual emancipation—which yielded unequal results from one country to another—, women in all segments of society in the USA, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth are still regard

Roots at 40: Reflections and Remembrances [Update]

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 10:46am
full name / name of organization: 
Goodwin College
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deadline: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016

In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.

Southern Studies Conference 10-11 Feb. 2017

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 10:44am
full name / name of organization: 
Auburn University at Montgomery
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deadline: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Now in its ninth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 10-11 February 2017. Topics may include but are not limited to:

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