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[UPDATE] Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:32am
Megan Cannella

2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
Riverside, CA
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

Please submit all proposals through the conference website: www.pamla.org

CFP: Global Diasporas - Spectrality and the Uncanny, PAMLA 10/31-11/2 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:31pm
PAMLA 2014

"Global Diasporas: Spectrality and the Uncanny." PAMLA Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014

This special session has been approved for the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) Conference in Riverside, California from October 31 to November 2, 2014.

We are interested in papers looking at literary texts and cultural productions that examine the relations between diasporas and their homelands and hostlands through various representations of spectres, ghosts, haunting, and uncanny experiences or Gothic settings and plots.

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on the Cultural Influences of Role-Playing Games

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:59pm
Andrew Byers and Francesco Crocco

Since its initial publication in 1974, the iconic role-playing game (RPG) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has spawned hundreds of other analog and digital RPGs, as well as an entirely new industry and subculture. In the last decade, scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum have explored the origins, characteristics, cultures, and player experiences of RPGs. Yet, little scholarly attention has been devoted to the meaningful ways RPGs have shaped and transformed society at large over the past forty years. We are seeking chapters for an upcoming collection of essays that addresses the broader cultural impact, influence, and significance of RPGs (analog or digital). Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture--PAMLA Conference, Riverside CA (10/31-11/2 2014)

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:41pm
Dr. Roland Finger/ Cuesta College

Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture

Call for Papers for a session at the 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014).

The undead have forcefully risen in popular literature and media and targeted the pillars of society—identity, family, religion, and government. Normal life simultaneously loses and acquires value vis-à-vis threats from the undead. This session investigates the significance of the undead within culture, literature, and philosophy.

Please submit paper proposals on undead culture through the PAMLA website (www.pamla.org). The submission deadline is May 15, 2014.

Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange. 41st AAAS Conference in Graz, Austria / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 3:47pm
Austrian Association of American Studies (AAAS)

41st AAAS Conference in Graz, Austria / Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

SPACE ODDITIES
Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange

When we think of American cities, we have a complex (and often contradictory) set of images in mind, possibly encompassing glimpses of the Boston Marathon bombings, postcard motifs of the One World Trade Center, and palm trees on Sunset Boulevard, L.A. In its various shapes and discourses, the American city functions as both a parameter and an expression of the complexities of U.S. social practice. At the same time, it also serves as a prism of overarching social and cultural transformation.

LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY- SCMLA, Austin, Oct 18-22, 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:58am
South Central Modern Language Association- SCMLA

LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY: Open Topic
Chair: Sobia Khan,U of Texas-Dallas and Richland College, sobia.khan@utdallas.edu

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with a brief biographical note. The panel is open to all approaches and topics that relate to literary criticism and theory.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2014.

For more information: http://www.southcentralmla.org/submissions-2014-conference/

CfP Special Issue: Early Career Researchers II

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:53am
Gender Forum

Special Issue - Early Career Researchers II

In order to encourage the next generation of academics, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal GenderForum (http://www.genderforum.org/) has launched its first annual Early Career Researchers Issue in October 2013. Now every October will see an issue that spotlights the work of emerging researchers.

Contributions can be new academic writing composed specifically for this issue, or exceptional, previously unpublished term papers on all topics pertaining to Gender Studies, Feminist Studies and/or Queer Theory.

ENCLS/REELC 6th Biennial Congress: "Longing and Belonging"

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:50am
European Network for Comparative Literature and Comparative Literature Association of Ireland

The congress will take place in two places (2 days each) Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway
Dates: 24-28 August 2015

Urban Studies (MPCA/ACA Oct. 3-5, 2014)

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 2:47am
Megan Cannella

Call for Papers:
URBAN STUDIES
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Exploring JRPG Virtual Worlds

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:39pm
Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures (ISSN 1883-5953)

Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures is an international, open-access interdisciplinary journal, rigorously peer-reviewed and oriented toward advancing new perspectives and understandings of how thought, engagement, and the communication of meanings hinge upon human perception.

The journal encourages new dialogues in communication theory and research by publishing original scholarship from scholars within the international community that explores issues from the interpersonal to mass-marketed, regional to global, academic to corporate, among genders and across time. The journal welcomes innovative theoretical essays and research articles and aims to advance the progressive exchange of ideas.

Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10:17pm
Megan Cannella

Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.

Please submit all proposals through the conference website: www.pamla.org

If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to contact me at: megan.cannella@gmail.com

Diaries and Diary Fiction (MLA 2015)

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:35am
Desiree Henderson

Special Session for 2015 Modern Language Association Conference (Vancouver).

How do "actual" and fictional diaries challenge conventional notions of authorship, audience, reception, plot? Diverse literary traditions, time periods, genres welcome.

250 word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2014 to Desiree Henderson (dhenderson@uta.edu).

[UPDATED] The Prosaic Imaginary: novels and the everyday, 1750-2000

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 4:18am
The University of Sydney

UPDATED CALL FOR PAPERS

The Prosaic Imaginary: novels and the everyday, 1750-2000
July 1-4 2014
University of Sydney

http://novelnetwork.org/

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Maud Ellmann, Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English, Chicago
Associate Professor Julie Park, Vassar
Professor John Plotz, Brandeis

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