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Twentieth-Century Women Writers and the Formalist Turn (MLA 2017); 3/14

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 2:41pm
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Doris Lessing Society

Special session for the 2017 MLA Convention. This panel proposes to ask, how will the "formalist turn" in literary studies affect or shape the interpretation of, and new scholarly work on, twentieth-century women writers? Has it already? 300-word abstract, brief bio to Cornelius Collins by March 14.

Teaching Doris Lessing in the Twenty-First Century (MLA 2017); 3/14

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 2:37pm
full name / name of organization: 
Doris Lessing Society

Guaranteed session for the 2017 MLA Convention. Given the changes in post-secondary education since Lessing's canonization in the US academy with novels like The Golden Notebook, what do we teach when we teach Doris Lessing now, and how (and to whom) do we teach? Potential for roundtable format. 250-word abstract, brief bio to Cornelius Collins (corneliuscollins@rocketmail.com) by 14 March. Inquiries welcome.

Cripping Keywords [abstracts due March 15]

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:46pm
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TC Forum on Disability Studies for the MLA
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Influenced by factors as varied as Raymond Williams' vocabulary of culture in Keywords (1976) and contemporary Ignite talks, keywords-based collaborations have proliferated in recent MLA Conventions. Keyword sessions on Digital Pedagogy (2016), Disability Studies (2015), Queer Studies (2015), Medical Humanities (2016), Middle English (2014), and Prismatic Ecology (2014), among others, have addressed the state of their respective fields by using keywords as their structuring devices.

Speculative Fiction--SAMLA--November 4-6, 2016

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Mary Ann Gareis Speculative Fiction Association
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Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together under this category is that there is some "unrealistic" element. Whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic technological development, works that fall in this category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to H. P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, culture, economics, and more.

[Update] CFP: deadline is now 2/15 for Encountering the Unexpected

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:35am
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Syracuse University Religion Graduate Organization

The Call for Papers Deadline has been extended to: February 15, 2016 for Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia, a
Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference
March 25th and 26th, 2016

We invite all interested graduate students to submit a proposal to the Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference entitled
Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia scheduled to take place on March 25th and 26th, 2016 in the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.

I Prefer Not To: Anti-Work Politics in American Literature and Culture (MLA 2017: Philadelphia)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:06am
full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer Hagen Forsberg

Revolution. Rebellion. Protest. Radicalism. Anarchism. The refusal to work in American literature and culture has been called by many names. This special session aims to examine how a refusal to work—rather than a Protestant work ethic—has been a foundational concept in the development of America.

DIS/EASE: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:27am
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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)

Metal in Strange Places: Aural, Emotional, Tactile, Visual

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:04am
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University of Dayton
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October 20-22, 2016
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1520, USA

In recent years Metal Studies conferences have examined the business of metal, metal's cultural impact, metal and communal experience, and popular culture and metal, to name a few. As Metal Studies expands. more and more themes and topics need to be researched by scholars around the world.

Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Critical Essays on American Horror Story

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:02am
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Cameron Williams and Leverett Butts / University of North Georgia

American Horror Story is an anthology horror series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The series comprises five seasons—Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel—each self-contained, featuring a different storyline, characters, setting, and time period. The series, which has garnered acclaim from critics and from its devoted audience, has been lauded for how it blends (and bends) elements of the horror genre with true events in American history, as well as for its exceptional recurring cast. AHS has also received praise—and some criticism—for how it tackles sensitive topics like sexuality and race. The series is campy, graphic, and excessive; it revels in being transgressive.

MLA Special Session Proposal: New Approaches to Existentialism and the Absurd (5–8 January 2017, Philadelphia)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:49am
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Modern Languages Association
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This panel will explore new approaches to the study of the existentialist and absurdist movements in the 20th century.  We invite proposals for papers that rethink these movements in light of recent scholarship related to gender, race, ecology, transnationalism, and immigration. We welcome papers that rethink issues at the heart of these two movements: the category of the Other, the search for meaning in the world and its environment, freedom and oppression, the political and the private. We are also interested in how these movements have been in dialogue with each other.

New Voices in Jewish-American Literature (Proposals Due 3/18)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:26am
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Open Library of the Humanities

The retirement of Philip Roth in 2012 signifies a definite break with the past, the silencing of one of the last living links with the Jewish generation that dominated post-war American literary culture (Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Isaac Bashevis Singer et al.). This does not, however, mean the end of Jewish-American literature. Recent years have rather shown the remarkable tenacity of Jewish-American writing: its enduring ability to grapple with contemporary society's pivotal issues along with its power to initiate new critical debates.

MOSF Journal of Science Fiction (Vol. 1, No. 2)

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 6:36am
full name / name of organization: 
Monica Louzon / Museum of Science Fiction

We are soliciting manuscripts to be featured in Vol. I, No. 2 of Museum of Science Fiction's Journal of Science Fiction (MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, http://publish.lib.umd.edu/scifi/index). The inaugural issue was released on January 26, 2016, and Vol. I, No. 2 will be published by May 31, 2016. Manuscripts for Vol. I, No. 2 are due by March 25, 2016.

[UPDATE] Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment 1500-1750

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:49am
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Birmingham Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies

During the early modern period, national identity was increasingly defined by the dynamic between people and the environment they populated. While many still longed for the pastoral ideal of Britain as the 'Eden of Europe', the looming threat of pollution, natural disaster, resource depletion, and urbanisation beset the thoughts of contemporary writers, theologians, and politicians. Though it had been long held that the environment had an observable influence on the fortunes of a nation and the character of its citizens, the inhabitants of early modern Britain now became gradually conscious of their impact on the natural world.

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