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"Black or "All": An Atlanta University Center Multidisciplinary Discussion on the Black Lives Matter Movement

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:38am
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Morehouse College

Abstract Submission Deadline for Students, Faculty, and Staff: March 16, 2016

The Morehouse College English Department in collaboration with the Office of the Provost invites all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Tenth Annual Symposium to be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Call for Papers

CFP: International Screendance Conference (France, April 2016) - Death and the Moving Image

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 8:29am
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International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy

The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for short papers to be presented during the festival's fourth annual Screendance Conference to be held April 28-30, 2016. This year the conference will be dedicated to the theme: Les Danses Macabres: Death and the Moving Image. The conference is an international place of meeting for artists, scholars, curators, students and others interested in exploring the movement and choreography of moving images. The conference is composed of screenings, round tables, and moderated panel presentations. Select papers will be considered for a future publication of screendance essays.

[UPDATE] 23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:29am
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Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
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23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work

5-6 April 2016
METU Culture and Convention Centre
Ankara, Turkey

Department of Foreign Language Education,
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

Contact person: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dürrin Alpakın Martinez-Caro

Contact email: bnc2016@metu.edu.tr

"23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work" is a two-day conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 5-6 April 2016. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Agatha Christie's life and work.

Special issue: Spatialities and Colonial Legacies/Locations in Postcolonial Literature

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:23am
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Bristol

Special issue: Spatialities and Colonial Legacies/Locations in Postcolonial Literature

Space has been a central concern of postcolonial studies since the 1978 publication of Said's Orientalism and its exposition of the 'imaginative geographies' of colonial conquest. As Said, citing Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, writes, 'space acquires emotional and even rational sense by a kind of poetic process, whereby the vacant or anonymous reaches of distance are converted into meaning for us here' (54), indicating the potency of the imperial imaginary in the constitution of a broader conception of space in all of its workings.

Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:08am
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Blossom N.Fondo and Adamu Pangmeshi

It is an undeniable fact that indeed literature has moved from the realm of mere entertainment to one of commitment. Any survey of contemporary literature proves more than ever before that there can be no talk of "arts for art's sake". Hardly any writer who wishes to be taken seriously writes for the sake of writing or to entertain his readers. Entertainment has rapidly given way to commitment and today writers are interested in appraising the world in which they live and write and thereby imagine a better world for humankind. This has infused a political dimension into literature such that it is mainly concerned with a critique of the society. Thus literature today has come to occupy an important position as political discourse.

The Postcolonial Turn: Critical Essays on the postcolonial intervention in Literary Genres, approaches and criticism

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:04am
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The University of Maroua, Editors Prof. Edward O. Ako Dr Blossom N. Fondo, foreverblossom@gmail.com
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Postcolonial theory has been engaged in uncovering and castigating the legacies of the colonial contact on the colonized. This has seen a lot of discussions on postcolonial theory which focus on the material effects of colonialism such as the identity crisis occasioned by the loss of culture, the new boundaries created by colonialism and which continue to have far-reaching effects decades after the formal demise of colonialism, and the gross exploitation and humiliation of the colonized which has resulted in the inferiority complex and a loss of self- esteem. Postcolonial theory in a general sense therefore often involves the response of the colonized to the cultural and human consequences of colonial control.

Texts, Contexts, and Subtexts: Charlotte Perkins Gilman in her Time

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 11:16pm
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American Literature Association (ALA) - Gilman Society
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Texts, Contexts, and Subtexts: Charlotte Perkins Gilman in Her Time

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's articles, letters, papers, and library underscore a central quality of her diverse and prolific career: her works were deeply engaged with the social and scientific milieus of her time. An avid reader, enthusiastic learner, and active member within her own intellectual communities, Gilman often reached out to those whose work she admired – as well as to those whose work she found lacking. Through her lectures, publications, and correspondence, Gilman impacted a broad cross-section of scholarly and literary discourses.

The Waggle magazine - Call for Creative Submissions - closes 15 December 2015

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 11:09pm
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the Waggle magazine

We are presently seeking submissions of art, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for our third issue! We will also consider reviews of non-mainstream books and music. Frankly, if it's well-written, we want to read it; if it's visually intriguing, we want to see it.

In the covering e-mail, please include the author or artist's name, contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), and a brief (2-4 sentence) bio. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please notify us if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Deadline for submissions for the next issue is 15 December 2015. (Please feel free to keep sending us wondrous creations beyond that date!)

Guidelines

Reminder of upcoming deadline (December 15) for submission to Panel on ​​Print, Public Readership, and Alternative Literary Mode

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 8:15pm
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University of Alberta
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What: ​​Panel on ​​Print, Public Readership, and Alternative Literary Modernities​ ​
Where: ​​​​CCLA @ Congress 2016 in Calgary, Canada
When: ​​May 28 to 30, 2016
How:​ ​Submit an abstract ​to rasoul@ualberta.ca by December 15, 2015.​​
​​What happens after the panel: Select papers will be considered for publication in ​a ​scholarly outlet subject to peer review.
​​More info: Check out the ​​CFP below/attached or click here and here! Or just write to rasoul@ualberta.ca

CFP for panel at CCLA

SCL: Experimental Literature (ALA 27th Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 2016); due January 15

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 7:57pm
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Society for Contemporary Literature

The Society for Contemporary Literature, a group dedicated to the study of literature of the last 25 years, invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Literature Assoc. We encourage scholars to think broadly about culture, experimentation, and their relationships to contemporary literature. In the past 25 years, experimentation in literature has seen a diverse and dramatic boom. Literature sees experiment by way of form, structure, context, theme, and modes of mediation.

Society for Contemporary Literature Gen Panel (ALA 27th Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 2016); due January 15

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 7:55pm
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Society for Contemporary Literature

The Society for Contemporary Literature, a group dedicated to the study of literature of the last 25 years, invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Literature Assoc. This panel seeks to explore the trends in literature of the past 25 years, including but not limited to

Metafiction
Genre
Periodization
Canonization
Genre-blending
Aesthetics
Culture, class, and/or citizenship
Transnationality/translation
Temporality

Home (Alone): An Interrogation of the Familiar, Transitory Space, and the Contours of the Self; April 1-2, 2016; Albuquerque, NM

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 6:45pm
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Dept. of Foreign Languages, University of New Mexico

Eighth Annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

April 1-2, 2016

Home (Alone): An Interrogation of the Familiar, Transitory space, and the Contours of the Self

Keynote lecture to be delivered by: (TBA)

CFP Lolita at 60

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 12:38pm
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French Vladimir Nabokov Society

It has been sixty years since Lolita first appeared in its green-clad double volume in 1955 in Paris, published by Maurice Girodias (Olympia Press). During those six decades, the nymphet that Nabokov carved out of American poshlust made her way through all the clichés of magazines and tabloids, but also through the history of literature and the history of language (one can now look up the noun "Lolita" in dictionaries). Lolita also shaped a very specific way of being a reader, mainly because of its intertextual layering which plays with the stereotypes of Romantic poetry and detective novels, and because of its very unique narrative stance and traps.

Teaching Graphic Novels in English and Literature Courses

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 10:21am
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Dr. Alissa Burger
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In the last couple of decades, comics and graphic novels have made their way into a wide variety of classrooms, from science to the humanities. As Robert G. Weiner and Carrye Kay Syma argue in 'Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art,' "It is no longer a question of whether sequential art should be used in educational settings, but rather how to use it and for what purpose" (1).

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