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CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 6:44pm
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Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

EGSO Conference: Transaction [KEYNOTE UPDATE]

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 4:55pm
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University at Albany, English Graduate Student Organization
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University at Albany 12th Annual EGSO Conference: Transaction
March 28-29, 2014

Keynote Speakers: Anna McCarthy (NYU) and Myung Mi Kim (University at Buffalo, SUNY)

CFP American Circuits, American Secrets Sept 2014 Banff, Canada

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:33pm
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University of Alberta / Canadian Association of American Studies

According to a top-secret 2009 National Security Agency report leaked by now infamous former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden, approximately one third of all international telephone calls, and more than ninety-nine per cent of all internet traffic, are routed through the United States. At once a multi-media communications hub, a global waystation of cultural exchange, a nation of dynamic mobilities, and a synonym for commodity capitalism, "America" cannot be disarticulated from the very concept of circulation. But any movement through, and by, America conceals as much as it produces--otherwise, Snowden's disclosures themselves would be insignificant.

Theory and (Stand-up) Comedy

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:31pm
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CR: The New Centennial Review
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Essays are invited for a special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review, that consider the relation of comedy and theory, especially in relation to contemporary stand-up comedy.

Is it possible to theorize humor and comedy in a new way? Or, to put the question differently, is our moment marked by a certain unmistakable conjuncture of theory and comedy?

New Directions in Sherlock

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 12:45pm
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Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present, Department of English, UCL
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CFP: New Directions in Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present
Friday, April 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (BST)
Department of English, UCL

UPDATE Extended Deadline (Feb 15)--Herman Melville's Poetic (Dis)continuities ALA May 22-25, 2014

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:20am
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The Melville Society / ALA
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Herman Melville's poetry and poetic career can be characterized as distinctly lacking in continuity. Not only does his turn to poetry signal a dramatic shift in his life's work, his poems and collections typically defy patterns of continuum—poems embedded into prose pieces, collections strikingly departing from each other thematically and stylistically, publication ambitions and relationships to readers inconsistent and nebulous. Within individual poems, too, we witness Melville's stylistic and philosophical fissions, abrasions, and reversals.

Modernist Studies Association: Nov. 6-9, 2014 / Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:47am
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Modernist Studies Association
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The annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association will be held at the historic Omni William Penn hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014. Hosted by Duquesne University and co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Featuring plenary addresses by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Meta DuEwa Jones, Colin MacCabe, David Trotter, and Laura Marcus.

We invite proposals for panels, seminars, roundtables, and digital exhibits; deadlines are included in the link below, between Feb. 28 and May 9 depending on the proposed format.

http://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/msa16/cfp.html

[Update] Post-9/11 Literature and Media (abstracts due January 31st)

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:12am
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Paul Petrovic
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I seek proposed chapters for a collection of essays tackling emergent post-9/11 literature and media. An academic publisher has already expressed interest in this collection.

While several books already exist that cover post-9/11 literature, they typically camp out on the usual suspects (Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Jonathan Safran Foer, Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass). In contrast, the primary aim of this collection is to broaden that coverage by gathering together articles on newer fiction and examining how these diverse texts complicate and expand upon the initial wave of post-9/11 media.

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference, July 4, 2014, Lancaster, UK

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:23am
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Lancaster University’s department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,
July 4, 2014

Lancaster University's department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.

Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.

SCMLA Session: "Black Nationalisms" (abstracts due 3/31)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 4:12pm
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South Central Modern Language Association
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BLACK NATIONALISMS

This is a regular session sponsored by the African American Literature Studies group within the SCMLA. For this year's panel, the group invites papers that examine racial solidarity as it is envisioned, advocated, challenged, or otherwise reflected upon within African American literature from any period.

The 2014 SCMLA Annual Convention will be held on October 18-22 in Austin, TX. Abstracts for the "Black Nationalisms" session should be 250-300 words and must be submitted via email attachment by March 31. Please email submissions to mchooper@pvamu.edu.

M. Clay Hooper
Assistant Professor of English
Prairie View A&M University

Literatures of the North American West (MLA, Vancouver, 2015)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 3:09pm
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Elisabeth Bayley/Western Literature Association
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Affiliate Organization Session of the Western Literature Association

In continuation of the Western Literature Association 2014 conference theme, we welcome any papers on the literatures of the North American West: possible topics include, border crossings broadly interpreted, first nations/Native American writing, depictions of the cowgirl/cowboy, the storyteller, and settings/ecocritical depictions or interpretations of western writing.

Please send a 300 word abstract to Elisabeth Bayley at wlamla2015@gmail.com

Deadline for Submission is March 7, 2014

Researching Performance For / By/ With Young People


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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:51pm
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Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association Canadienne de la Recherche Théâtrale Conference

Child, baby, girl, boy, youth, juvenile, adolescent, young adult, young people are all age-bounded categories, laden with assumptions about who does and does not belong to them. They often suggest a state of becoming and borders to cross on the way to something else – usually adulthood. Those categories profoundly colour the way that artists produce work, institutions engage with young audiences and young performers, and influence the way we as scholars engage with our own research about and with young people within the context of theatre and performance studies.

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