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Urban Studies Area - Call for Papers

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 5:02pm
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Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA
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Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference

Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL
Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Deadline: April 30, 216

The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.

Cultural Studies Issues within the Second World Spaces

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 4:21pm
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Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017
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How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, embraced, or rejected within the spaces of the Second World?

UNT Critical Voices Conference (April 8-10)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 4:20pm
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University of North Texas | Graduate Students in English Association

The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate conference, to be held on April 8-10, 2016. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, rhetoric and composition, English pedagogy, technical communication, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/presentations should last no more than 20 minutes.

Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 3:47pm
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Inter-disciplinary.net

Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events
The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries: 5th Global Meeting

Call for Presentations 2016

Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Sport is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community, a place for meaning-making. Every year sports events are hosted and won by communities and nation-states. Every year people do sports or watch sports in diverse spaces: sports grounds, fields, back streets and parks. But what are the political economies of sports and mega-events: are they sources of corruption? Places for reform? Forces for good?

Cultural Studies Issues within the Second World Spaces

updated: 
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 3:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017
contact email: 

How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, embraced, or rejected within the spaces of the Second World?

MLA special session: Epic Theory and Medieval Literature (deadline: 3/15)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 12:04pm
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Andrea Gazzoni/University of Pennsylvania
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Dear Colleagues,
Please consider submitting an abstract for this special session at the next MLA Annual Convention (Philadelphia, January 5-8 2017).

Epic Theory and Medieval Literature
How can we re-theorize epic as a genre by considering the use/reception of classical epic tradition in Medieval literature (Latin and vernacular)?

Send 300-word abstract and short bio to Andrea Gazzoni (gazzoni@sas.upenn.edu) by March 15.

Acceptance at the call for paper stage is nota guarantee of the session being accepted and running at MLA 2017.

Comedy and intermodernism in fiction by British women authors, 1930-1960

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:59am
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Women: A Cultural Review (provisional publisher)
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Dr Kate Macdonald and Dr Nick Turner invite abstracts for essays for a projected special issue of 'Women: A Cultural Review', which will explore how British women novelists in the period before, during and after the Second World War write comedy. We use the term 'intermodernism' as delineated by contributors to Kristin Bluemel's edited collection of the same name (2009), as a mid-twentieth century literary phenomenon, and welcome essays that discuss the tonal, social and spatial indicators for comedy in fiction by women writers in this period.

'All the World's a Stage: Performing Identity in Everyday Life', a one-day inter-disciplinary conference, 1 July 2016

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:06am
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University of Bristol

One-day inter-disciplinary conference at the University of Bristol, 1st July 2016

Keynote Speakers: Dr Angela McShane, Royal College of Art/ V&A
Dr Eleanor Standley, University of Oxford/ Ashmolean Museum

Call for Papers:

This conference will explore the concept of performance and its role in the construction of individual and communal identities.
From a person's choice of dress in the morning to what they eat at night: When and how should we conceive of such everyday actions as having a role in the performance and construction of identities? How have public acts and rituals been used to construct and contest group identities? And how have the meanings of these performative acts endured or changed over time?  

Collectives, Communities, and American Print Culture

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:37am
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we reconceive solidarity or community through the literary?

'What are we reading?'

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 6:11am
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Thinking Verse
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Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.com) is now inviting contributions for its sixth issue, a special issue entitled 'What are we reading?' We will be publishing essay-reviews on works in poetics published since 2005: either of individual monographs/collections or of several different works around the same topic. We will be happy to field informal queries at thinkingverse@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions, 30 September 2016.

Screening New England: 100 Years of Regional Moving Image History:  17th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 7:44pm
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Northeast Historic Film Archive
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 Screening New England: 100 Years of Regional Moving Image History
 17th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 2016
Proposals Due: April 19, 2016

            The rich amateur and non-theatrical moving image history of New England will be the focus of the 2016 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium. In commemoration of the Alamo Theatre's 100 years of cinematic exhibition and Northeast Historic Film's 30th year as a regional moving image archive, we invite archivists, scholars and technical specialists to explore all aspects of the moving image history of New England. Proposals that utilize the NHF collections are particularly welcome.

MLA 2017- CFP- The Poetry of Photography

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 5:06pm
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Jesse Hoffman / Bryn Mawr College
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"The Poetry of Photography"
Special Session
MLA 2017 Philadelphia

A growing body of scholarship has demonstrated how the history of photography frequently intersects with the development of poetic form. Poets ranging from Lewis Carroll to Natasha Trethewey have focused on the medium. Given the substantial number of poems that engage photography, our panel will explore new directions for thinking about the impact of this technology on literary history and vice versa. Topics may include nineteenth-century poetry, historical poetics, visual culture, cinema, verse forms, theories of photography, translation, ekphrasis, the photobook, or digital humanities.

Collection of Essays on Transgressive Women in Global Speculative Fiction, Film, and Digital Media

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:52pm
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Valerie Guyant/ University of Wisconsin & Kate Aho/ University of Wisconsin

The interconnection of speculative fiction, transgressions against social norms, gender studies, and global perspectives is compelling because speculative fiction allows for a unique approach to social critiques. The worlds that are created in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dystopian futures allow the genre to explore new or imaginative societies, detached from existing or historical social structures. Such an environment of speculation has led many authors to utilize the genre to comment on women's concerns. Many of these works have, understandably been extensively critically examined.

"The readerly" / FPC 12 / 25 June

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:20pm
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Formes Poetiques Contemporaines
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Formes Poétiques Contemporaines

FPC 12 THE READERLY

Recently we have talked a great deal of unreadability, it seemed time to revisit the optimistic side of the question…

- Here we approach, I tell my teacher, a considerable objection that I want to put to you…Obscurity!

- It is, indeed, equally dangerous, he answers me, whether obscurity derives from the deficiencies of the reader, or those of the poet… but to elude the task altogether would be cheating.

--Stéphane Mallarmé, "An Interview with Jules Huret," 1891

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