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'To (Not So) Boldly Go': Science Fiction as Instrument of Colonial Enterprise (Roundtable) NeMLA 2016

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 4:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 17-20, 2016

Both science fiction and postcolonial theory are concerned with troubling normative understandings of movement, diaspora, and hybridity. Indeed, "The Stranger in the Strange Land" is an oppositional trope that is at the heart of both science fiction and historical colonial encounters. The other-worldliness and futurity of science fiction has offered numerous writers an effective (and increasingly popular) medium to critique political, social, and cultural issues, and in many ways presents an ideal literary landscape to interrogate the colonial enterprise. Even so, there is a relative lack of postcolonial voices in the mainstream SF genre. What accounts for this silence?

Conference marking the 40th Anniversary of the television miniseries Roots

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 3:53pm
Goodwin College

In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show's producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many "conversations about race" that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.

Victorians Institute Journal

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 2:40pm
Maria K. Bachman / Don Richard Cox, Co-Editors

The editors of the award-winning Victorians Institute Journal are accepting essay submissions on all aspects of Victorian literature and culture for Volumes 43 and 44. Submissions of 5000-8000 words should be sent electronically in Word format to the Editors at VIJ@mtsu.edu. All essays should follow Chicago manuscript style.
For more information about the journal, visit the VIJ website at: http://victorian.utk.edu

Still Searching for Nella Larsen / NeMLA Hartford CT, 17-20 March 2016

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 2:14pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The year 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Nella Larsen. In spite of the modest size of her œuvre and her early departure from the scene, by all accounts she ranks as one of the leading writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Well regarded during her brief literary career and for a few years thereafter, her works—like their creator—nevertheless slipped into obscurity. In 1986, Deborah McDowell's publication of a new edition of Larsen's two novels was a key element in sparking a revival of interest that took hold in the 1990s and has continued to this day.

CFP: Black Performing Arts (PCA/ACA National Conference, Seattle, March 21-25 2016)

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 1:56pm
Michael Borshuk and Jonafa Banbury

Call For Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers

DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

The Black Performing Arts Area provides a scholarly forum to share and disseminate research pertaining to the Black performing and visual arts. Broadly defined, the area focuses on all forms of performing and visual arts, including jazz, blues, gospel, hip hop, rhythm and blues, Caribbean music, dance, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and acting, in the mainstream marketplace.

The Science of Affect in American Literature and Culture, (NeMLA, Hartford, CT March 17-20 2016, abstracts due Sept 30)

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 1:42pm
Allison Siehnel (University at Buffalo) Nicole Zeftel (CUNY Graduate Center) / NeMLA

Patricia Clough has recently identified what she calls an "affective turn" in fields across the humanities and social sciences, which reimagine the place of emotion and the body within the political, economic, and social. Affect is increasingly important to nineteenth-century American studies, as critics like Michael Millner and Christopher Castiglia work to understand how feelings such as sympathy and anxiety helped shape literature and popular culture, as well as our definitions of citizenship more broadly. In addition, this affective turn is present in the sciences: Raffi Khatchadourian's recent investigative piece, "We Know How you Feel: Computers are Learning Emotion and the Business World Can't Wait" in the New Yorker (19 Jan.

Shakespeare's Things

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 1:12pm
ACLA, March 17-20, Cambridge, MA

This seminar invites presentations on the liveliness, actual or apparent sentience, and uncanny autonomy of objects in Shakespeare's plays. The surge of new materialisms across disciplines, including thing theory, actor-network theory, speculative realism, and object-oriented ontology, opens up new possibilities for understanding the latent forcefulness of things—from stage props to statues to dead bodies to coastlines—and the social, economic, and ecological assemblages of human and non-human matter that collude in the creation of Shakespeare's theatrical worlds.

Placing Bilingualism: Bilingualism in Comparative Perspective Seminar at ACLA Annual Meeting

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:55am
Kate Costello/ University of Oxford

Placing Bilingualism: Bilingualism in Comparative Perspective
Seminar at ACLA Annual Meeting
March 17-20, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Submission deadline: September 23

Bilingualism is a phenomenon that unites literary creation across geographic and temporal boundaries. Yet questions about the role of bilingual competencies in literature often remain overlooked. This panel seeks to bring together scholars across disciplines in exploring the place of bilingualism in literary production and the comparative potential of bilingualism in literary criticism.

[UPDATE]: The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers, June 23-24

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:47am
The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers

New Conference Dates: June 23 and 24, 2016

The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers
An international and multidisciplinary conference co-organized by Elisabeth Lamothe, Delphine Letort (University of Maine-Le Mans in France, 3L.AM) and Heather Braun (University of Akron, Ohio), with the support of the regional programme, EnJeu(x).

Université du Mans, June 23rd and 24th, 2016

Feminist Singularities [UPDATE]

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:31am
ACLA 2016: American Comparative Literature Association

Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts

2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.

[UPDATE} Opening for MMLA Panel in Columbus, Ohio--Panelist Needed ASAP!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:17am
MMLA 2015

I have a last minute cancellation for the MMLA panel I am chairing, scheduled for Friday, November 13 at 4:00pm in Columbus, Ohio. The panel is titled Earth's "Human Layer" and Literary Modernism, and the conference theme is Arts and Sciences. In order to get the new presenter's name on the program by the time the book goes to press next week, I need an immediate response if anyone is interested in being on this panel. If interested, please contact me directly with a potential title and brief description of a paper even loosely related to the treatment of the human and/or Earth's systems in literary modernism. Ecocritical or interdisciplinary projects that speak to the conference's theme are also welcome.

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