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The Russians Abroad: Russian Literature in Recent French and English Fiction

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:43pm
University of Mannheim, Germany

If measured by their impact on French and English novelists, Russian authors surely take pride of place among the writers of the world. Adapting Fyodor Dostoevsky's famous quote "We have all come out of Gogol's 'Overcoat'", it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that some of the most notable French and English authors are deeply indebted to Russian literature. From the late 19th century in particular, Russian literature has heavily influenced a plethora of French and English novelists in a variety of ways.

CFP: "A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice" (Edited collection)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:57am
Stephen Ahern

Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.

Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02/10/15) - A Postgraduate and Early Career Rersearcher Colloquium

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:03am
University of Birmingham, UK

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

CFP: 42nd Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (April 6-9, 2016)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:54am
African Literature Association

Emory University and Kennesaw State University
cordially invite you to submit your proposals for seminars, roundtables, and panels
at the
African Literature Association 2016 Conference

Justice and Human Dignity in Africa
and the African Diaspora

Venues: Marriott Marquis and National Center for Civil and Human Rights in
Atlanta, Georgia. USA.
April 6-9, 2016
Conference website: http://ala2016.com

[UPDATE] GENDER, RACE, AND TRANSFORMATION, Oct 30th to Nov 1st, 2015, Pacific University, Oregon

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 7:10pm
Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity and Gender & Sexuality Studies 2nd Biennial Conference

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 31ST

Friday, October 30th to Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Pacific University
Hillsboro, Oregon

http://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/centers/center-gender-equity

Our speakers are renowned philosopher, Dr. Lewis Gordon and award-winning poet, Jericho Brown (see more below).

SCMS 2016 Conference Panel: "Media and Surveillance"

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 7:01pm
Society for Cinema & Media Studies 2016, Atlanta, March 30-April 3

Media and Surveillance

Since its inception, surveillance studies has confronted questions of control and governance, accounting for a variety of technological assemblages like CCTV and tracking devices and their relationships to state politics, cultural identity, and new spatial imaginaries. In today's era of social media, internet tracking and corporate data mining, increased airport and border control, and major government data breaches, scholars are prompted to reconsider the relationship between surveillance and our everyday uses of media.

The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-11) 19-21 May 2016

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 6:50pm
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS

International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

"Literary Journalism: Telling the Untold Stories"
The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-11)

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Faculdade de Comunicação Social
Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
19-21 May 2016

The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies invites submissions of original research papers, abstracts for research in progress and proposals for panels on Literary Journalism for the IALJS annual convention on 19-21 May 2016. The conference will be held at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

CFP: Investigating the Woman in Crime Film Narratives and Popular Media (SCMS 2016 Atlanta, GA March 30-April 3)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 6:44pm
Sarah Delahousse

Since the 19th century, the popular press has engaged in sensationalized crime stories involving women as investigators or perpetrators that captivate readers and influence cultural tastes. Cinematic crime narratives subsequently capitalize on these archetypes displayed in the press, resulting in conflicting yet intriguing critical dimensions to the representations of women in film. The female detective figure embodies evolving female progress, and her investigative qualities also permeate multiple genres such as action/adventure films where a female protagonist takes on many of these traits even if she is not specifically identified as a detective.

The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 5:46pm
Jesse Weiner / Hamilton College, Brett M. Rogers / University of Puget Sound, Benjamin Eldon Stevens / Trinity University

Call for Papers
The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, USA
8-9 April 2016

Spaces of Spectatorship: Architectures of the Projected Image

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:04pm
Swagato Chakravorty / Yale University

The dispositif of the moving and projected image, defying its ossification under the weight of seventies-era apparatus theory, has returned to prominence. Screen architectures and moving-image installations have characterized a large-scale reconfiguration and reimagination of the dispositifs of cinema in the decades leading from the late twentieth into the early twenty-first century. The architecture of the moving and projected image has been at the center of this renewed focus on the dispositif.

British Poetry of World War I, Louisville Conference

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 1:25pm
Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900

Roughly a hundred years since the start of World War I, I am seeking abstracts for a possible panel on British war poetry for the 2016 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 in Louisville, KY (http://www.thelousivilleconference.com). The work of British poets, both those who supported the war effort and those who opposed it, offers a varied resource for teaching and scholarship.

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