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Representing Ethnic Conflicts in Contemporary Literatures and Films - DEADLINE 2 March 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:03pm
Sreyoshi Sarkar - MLA Annual Convention 2017

This MLA special session panel invites papers that study the representations of ethnic conflicts in contemporary literatures, and films. Possible topics include but are not limited to the politics of form and genre; representations of gendered, class, sexual, and environmental violence; imagined conflict resolutions, in contemporary narratives of ethnic conflict e.g. Biafran war, Sri Lankan civil war, Hindu-Muslim riots in South Asia, and so on. Please submit 250-word abstracts and a short bio to Sreyoshi Sarkar at by 1 March 2016 .

Essay collection: Migration and Modernity 5/15/16

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:36am
Juliet Shields

Call for Essays: Migration and Modernity: the state of being stateless, 1650-1850
We invite contributions for an essay collection on exile, migration, and statelessness in the "middle modern" period (~1650-1850), a time when the consolidation of the nation-state made more visible the movement--sometimes voluntary and sometimes forced--of peoples across and within political and geographical borders.

CFP: Musicologica Olomucensia journal (by 30 April 2016 full papers)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:54am
Musicologica Olomucensia (Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic)

For the upcoming issue of Musicologica Olomucensia (June 2016) we are looking for articles discussing various topics in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies and East European music studies. We welcome internationally relevant topics, or those which may contribute to the promotion of Czech music abroad. Please send your paper (4000–8000 words, including footnotes) to by 30 April 2016.

[REMINDER] Oxford English Graduate Conference on 'Progress', 3 June 2016 (deadline: 19 February 2016)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:34am
Ágota Márton / University of Oxford


'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)

Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.

Call for Conference Papers on Les Danses Macabres & Music

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:58am
International Screendance Conference at Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne

The International Screendance Conference of the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (Univeresity of Burgundy, France) is seeking conference presentations for a panel on the music of Les Danses Macabres (Saint-Saëns, Liszt's "Totentanz", etc.) to accompany a dance film program surrounding the history of Les Danses Macabres.

All topics that examine some aspect of Les Danses Macabres, whether via a global approach or via a specific composition are welcome. Please send a short abstract and bio or C.V. in English to: before February 28.

Theories that Shape Worlds: Teaching Literary and Cultural Theory through Science Fiction

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:48am
RMMLA (Salt Lake City, UT October 6-8, 2016

With Ursula K. Le Guin's departure from "hard science fiction" in the 1960s, worlds began to be created that examined the social, cultural, and philosophical foundations of our own societies. These foundations, which are so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that they often defy nuanced examination, were un-Earthed so that their implication and pervasiveness could be clearly displayed. This session seeks to identify methods for how science fiction can be utilized to teach undergraduate students complex literary and cultural theories and will seek to answer questions such as the following: What works can be used to exemplify Marxism, feminism, affect theory, and others?

CFP: Studies in Visual Art and Communication, vol. 3 no. 1

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 8:04am

Vol3 No1 June 2016

An international initiative group from the academic realm has
established a relatively new (/initiated in 2014/), bi-annual
scientific journal, whose profile is focused on the theory of art and
visual communication, which we want to be indexed as soon as possible
in international databases. We publish articles written in English,
French, Spanish. Articles submitted for publication are subject to a
blind peer-review process
of evaluation.

CFP: Performance of the Real Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:04pm
Performance of the Real Research Theme / University of Otago

CFP: Performance of the Real Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium
An international conference hosted by the 'Performance of the Real Research Theme' at the University of Otago
June 8th – 10th 2016

Keynote speaker: Bree Hadley (Queensland University of Technology)

[UPDATE] Archi-Textuality (Apri 16-17, 2016) - Hosted by CSUN English Department

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:57pm
AGSE & Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi

The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
April 16-17, 2016
Sponsored by the Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)

"Archi-textuality: Interventions of Text & Textuality in Historical, Economical, Sociopolitical, and Psychological Space"

Norm and Anomaly in Literature, Culture, and Language 19-20 September 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:37pm
Franciszek Karpiński Institute for Regional Culture and Literary Research, Siedlce POLAND

Norm and anomaly have long constituted a binary opposition whose boundaries are becoming increasingly blurry and open to scrutiny. What precisely does the 'norm' mean? Which political, economic, and social forces play a decisive role in producing the 'norm'? How is the 'norm' endorsed through the construction of the 'anomaly'? And how does the 'anomaly' contest the 'norm'? Can the 'norm' be anomalous when viewed as a discursive practice and a form of ideological control? And can the 'anomaly' be an integral part of the 'norm' without losing its subversive and oppositional character?

(UPDATE) Final Call for Conference Papers: Uprising: The 6th International Conference of Dance Research Forum Ireland

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 4:52pm
Dance Research Forum Ireland

Date: June 22, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Location: New York University, New York, United States

Wednesday 22nd June to Sunday 26th June, 2016
In Association with New York University
NYU Tisch Department of Dance, NYU Tisch Department of Performance Studies, Steinhardt Dance Education, and Glucksman Ireland House

15 March 2016 Age in Atwood and/or Lessing (MLA 2017)

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:46pm
Margaret Atwood Society

"Boundaries of Life: Ageism and Aging in Works by Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing." This session, co-sponsored by the Margaret Atwood Society and the Doris Lessing Society, is inspired by the 2017 Presidential Theme, "Boundary Conditions." By focusing on ageism and aging in the works of Atwood and Lessing, two of the twentieth century's most prolific and influential women writers, this panel aims to explore the ways these writers depict the passing of time in relation to life experiences and self-consciousness. Some questions papers might answer include: What does it mean to come of age? How do age and the aging process affect how we see ourselves? When and how does one become old? How does age discrimination shape societies and individuals?