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Young Adult Literature and the Postsecular [Update]

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:14am
full name / name of organization: 
Jacob Stratman
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deadline: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

I am interested in collecting essays that explore religious belief and practice in contemporary young adult fiction (written after 2001).  There are several questions that each chapter will address:  How are the religious experiences of teenagers expressed in contemporary young adult literature?  What is the relationship between the characters’ religious beliefs/values and their interactions with parents, their friends, their schools, and their societies (real and fantastic)?  How do young adult authors use religious texts, traditions, and beliefs to add layers of meaning to their characters, settings, and plots?  How does contemporary young adult literature place itself into the larger conversation regarding the postsecular? 

Tennessee Williams Annual Review accepting submissions for 2017 issue

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:10am
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Tennessee Williams Annual Review
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deadline: 
Monday, August 1, 2016

The Tennessee Williams Annual Review invites academic writing on all aspects of the Williams oeuvre, including his plays, poetry, prose, and correspondence. Studies of the productions of his plays and technical analyses of stagecraft and institutional issues are welcome, as is work on present-day productions of recently discovered and newly edited texts. The journal also routinely publishes brief texts that emerge from the ongoing examination of his literary records. Of particular interest is the history of the reception of Williams’s work and public persona in the postwar Broadway renaissance and in the period roughly from 1940 to 1980, along with scholarship on the lasting effects of Williams’s work on the cinema.

Call for Papers: PAMLA 2016 Rhetorical Approaches to Literature

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:10am
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Friday, June 10, 2016

We invite submissions for the Rhetorical Approaches to Literature panel, a standing session of the annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference. The 2016 PAMLA Conference will be held at the Westin Pasadena from Friday-Sunday, November 11-13, 2016, in Pasadena, California.

This year's conference theme is "Archives, Libraries, Properties." However, papers on any topics related to literature from a rhetorical analysis and perspective are welcome.

Paper proposals must be made to our online system, which requires a PAMLA website user account for access. Click on "Online Proposal Submission Form" on this page:

[UPDATE] PAMLA 2016: American Queerness after 1945- Due 6/10/16

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Grant Palmer/Pacific Ancient and Modern Langauge Association
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deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS
American Queerness after 1945
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
114th Annual Conference
November 11-13, 2016
Pasadena, California

What new valences of power and politics have arisen in queer literature since the Lavender Scare? What are the consequences of rendering the private as public? What are its legacies for the contemporary? This panel welcomes a broad range of approaches to these topics within American Literature since 1945.

Interdisciplinary Humanities: The Sciences and the Humanities in Connection

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:31am
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NeMLA 2017 Annual Convention, Baltimore, March 23-26, 2017 (Johns Hopkins University)
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deadline: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

This session aims to gather scientists, people in the professions (Business, Social Work, etc), and scholars in the Humanities to discuss the value of a formation in the Humanities for their specific fields. The debate aims to explore how careers in the Humanities (Languages, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.) inform current trends and concrete needs in the sciences, and the professions.

 

Paper Title: 100 words max.

Paper Abstract: 300 words max.

Submit online: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html  

 

Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the United States: Cultural Fluency in the Global Era

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:31am
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NeMLA 2017 Annual Convention, Baltimore, March 23-26, 2017 (Johns Hopkins University)
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deadline: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

This session aims to further a scholarly debate on the reality of multilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States in the context of a globalized market led by the United States. The tragic events of 9/11 brought to the public discussion the United States’ inability to communicate with and comprehend other cultures and other languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged even at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.

Social Inequality in America: Debates Around _The Wire_

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:31am
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NeMLA 2017 Annual Convention, Baltimore, March 23-26, 2017 (Johns Hopkins University)
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deadline: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

 The popular HBO TV series, The Wire (2002-2008), created and mainly written by former Baltimore police reporter David Simons, comprehends over 60 episodes broadcast in 5 seasons. The TV series has been addressed by main newspapers such as The New York Times, and The Guardian (UK). Pop culture media have rated it as “the best show ever broadcast on American television” (Slate),  “the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years” (Vulture),  “the greatest TV show of all time” (Complex, Pop Culture).

CFP: Film and the Suburbs - Collection (contracted)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:31am
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Filmurbia: Cinema and the Suburbs
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deadline: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chapter Sought

The editors of a new book on cinema from the suburbs seek a chapter relating to film and architecture in the suburbs, or cinema and the industry of cinema in the suburbs, or a related topic.

This book is already contracted and due for completion in the next few months, so a chapter that is already written or draws from research already undertaken would be most likely, but all ideas are welcome

 

The Editors can be contacted at editors@suburbanfilm.net

 

 

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

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:31am
full name / name of organization: 
Jay N. Shelat -- SAMLA 88
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deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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.

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) -- 27th Annual Conference – Atlantic City, NJ

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:08am
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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

26th Annual Conference

November 3-5, 2016

Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Hotel

 

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

 

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

 

Western Area: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:08am
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The 2016 FILM&HISTORY Conference
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deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Are there really no Sundays west of St. Louis and is there no god west of Fort Smith? Representing a set of assumptions about the American Character, progress, law, order, and the conquest of nature, conflicts concerning the ideal and themes of redemption figure prominently in Westerns.  On the Western’s frontier, figures of power and subversion abound—lawmen and outlaws, gamblers and gunmen, cavalry wives and soiled doves, the Indian chiefs and buffalo scouts.

Through a Glass Darkly: Utopia/Dystopia and the Avant-garde [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:05am
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South Atlantic Modern Languages Association (Jacksonville, FL, November 4-6, 2016)
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deadline: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Marxist critics from Adorno to Fredric Jameson have emphasized the revolutionary potential of modernism in its effort to project viable alternatives to capitalism. Indeed, one of the central goals of avant-garde artistic production is the radical break from existing norms, with experimentation serving as a means of liberation from artistic values and institutions deemed both oppressive and outmoded. But it is also, to varying degrees, a rhetoric of reform.

Utopia and Dystopia in 'Cannibal' Literature of the Black Atlantic

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:05am
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA 88
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

In The Tropics Bite Back, literary scholar Valérie Loichot highlights Maryse Condé’s urging of Caribbean writers to “bite back” (mordre en retour) at their respective colonial powers. One method, which Condé calls ‘literary cannibalism,’ has been employed by authors throughout the African diaspora. Examples include Zora Neale Hurston’s revisiting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in her short story “Spunk”, Condé’s own Windward Heights, a revision of Charlotte Brönte’s Victorian classic, and Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone.

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