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[UPDATE] Adoption and Culture: Building Communities, Changing Discourses 27-29 October 2016, Minneapolis, MN

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:11am
Sixth Biennial Conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

Keynote speakers: Lorraine Dusky, Margaret Jacobs, and Deann Borshay Liem, introducing her new film, _Geographies of Kinship_. Also staged readings by Mu Performing Arts tracing twenty years of adoption theater in the Twin Cities.

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown Hotel, 27-29 October 2016

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or 75-minute panels (Q&A included) that:

[UPDATE] 'Failure' - Excursions Journal (extended deadline: 1st April 2016)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:10am
Excursions Journal

We have extended the deadline for submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Failure' - the new deadline for submissions is 1st April 2016.

Details can be found below. This information is also available at

EXCURSIONS JOURNAL 7:1
Call for Papers: 'Failure'
Extended Deadline: 1 April 2016

'A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.' - Gertrude Stein, Four in America

'Under certain circumstances failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world.' - Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure

Queer Cinema (Publication date: Fall 2016) [UPDATE]

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 6:19am
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Ever since the momentous success of Ang Lee's western-drama Brokeback Mountain, queer film has increasingly reached the mainstream. Brokeback Mountain was followed by a considerable amount of Hollywood productions that focused on representations of queer issues and characters such as Milk, A Single Man, The Imitation Game and, as the youngest addition to the list, Stonewall. The latter is directed by Roland Emmerich, a filmmaker who is usually known for blockbusters like Independence Day. The fact that both star directors and casts have entered the production of critically and commercially successful queer film-making is indicative of its mainstream potential and a growing target audience.

Australia–South Asia: Contestations and Remonstrances (University of Liège, 26-28 January 2017)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 3:09am
European Association for Studies of Australia/University of Liège

This literary and cultural studies conference, to be held at the University of Liège under the auspices of the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) and the local post-colonial studies centre CEREP, will seek to draw attention to the multifarious encounters which have occurred between South Asia and Australia from the nineteenth century to modern times.

-Death, Violence, and Religion in Nineteenth Century American Fiction

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:56pm
MLA 2017

We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

· the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

· the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

· death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

· the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

Call for Papers for Critical Race Theory Conference at Yale Law School - Due 3/7

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:57pm
Critical Race Theory Conference at Yale Law School

CALL FOR PAPERS
2016 Yale Law School Critical Race Theory Conference
Hosted by Yale Law School

Saturday April 9th, 2016
at Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut

Deadline for submission: March 7th, 2016
Acceptance notification: March 14th, 2016

The Directors of the 2016 Yale Law School Critical Race Theory Conference invite paper submissions on any topic in Critical Race Theory for its emerging scholars workshop. We invite papers on any theme, period, and location.

2016 Permanent Section: English II: English Literature1800-1900

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 5:15pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

This year the Midwest Modern Language Association's 58th Annual Convention will take place at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri, November 10-13, 2016

Call for Publication: Essays in Virtual Dark Tourism (May 1, 2016)

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 4:05pm
Kathryn N. McDaniel

Call for Publication: Essays in Virtual Dark Tourism

"Call it a pilgrimage, perhaps." --C.L. Moore, Vintage Season

Dark Tourism studies are expanding as scholars, largely from public history fields, have become interested in the phenomenon of thanatourism: people's fascination with traveling to places that have witnessed death or that recreate sites of calamity, war, and destruction. Ranging from the comical to the profoundly moving, these sites connect people to the past in tangible ways through objects, spaces, exhibits, and dramatic recreation.

Comparative Literature Permanent Section

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 2:54pm
Midwest MLA 2016

The border is a liminal space, made ambiguous by the dualities that it encompasses: it unites and separates, opens up and closes off, includes and excludes. The border exists to define one space in opposition to another, yet often functions as a meeting-point, a place of exchange, of mixing, and of hybridity and cross-fertilization. That porousness, on a large scale, can unleash complex processes of de-territorialization and re-territorialization of perspectives, of identities, of cultures and histories.

CFP: It's HBO: Life After Legacy! Edited Collection.

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:51pm
Victoria McCollum and Giuliana Monteverde


It's HBO! Life After Legacy: Reading HBO's New and Original Voices (Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Power)

It's HBO! Life After Legacy (2018) will examine, not HBO's legacy shows, but its current programming, bringing together an international group of media and cultural studies scholars to offer an in-depth look at issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and power behind HBO's new and original voices.

Discourses of Belonging

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:38pm
Special Session: MLA 2017 Convention

This panel proposes to study the shifting registers of geographic identity post-1960s. Submissions for any language dealing with post-1960s literature are welcome. Panelists may consider-

+localized metaphoricities
+affective landscapes
+policed memoryscapes
+transiting bodies
+perimeters of exile

Please send your 300-word abstract along with a short bio-note (of 50 words) by 12 March 2016 to Rupsa Banerjee (banerjeerupsa07@gmail.com).

This is a proposal for a special session at the MLA conference 2017. Selection at this stage does not ensure the acceptance of the session at the conference.

Science Vs. Spirituality in 21st Century Literature CFP

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:50am
Science Vs. Spirituality

A monographic volume on Science Vs. Spirituality.

Papers are invited to discuss a wide range of issues concerning Science Vs. Spirituality in poetry, novels, autobiographical works, etc.

Essays should be 7,000-8,500 words, including all quotations and bibliographic references, and should follow the MLA Style Manual (7th edition) for internal citation and Works Cited.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 March 2016
Notification of acceptance: 10 April 2016
The final date for submitting articles: 30 June 2016.

Please send your abstract to: spiritualityvsscience@gmail.com

egocentrism and anthropocentrism in language and discoruse, 30-31 March 2017

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:42am
Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France)

This conference seeks to investigate the linguistic manifestations of egocentrism and anthropocentrism. While the existence of these two related, though distinct, phenomena is well established, the aim is to understand more specifically the extent of their influence on the structuring and interpretation of language and discourse, taking into account a wide range of languages and genres (political speech, computer-mediated communication, press articles, advertising, novels, letters, [auto]biographies, etc).

Senectus Mundi, Dream Visions, and Apocalypse - SAMLA 2016 - Nov 4-6, 2016

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:16am
Peter Steffensen/Georgia State University

To coincide with the conference theme of Utopia/Dystopia, this panel welcomes submissions concerning literature related to the medieval concept of the Senectus Mundi (the world grown old), dream visions, and apocalyptic imagery in general. Submissions unconcerned with these ideas will be considered, but priority will be given to submissions concerning the aforementioned concepts. Example topics include Chaucer's dream visions, Confessio Amantis, The Dream of the Rood, Piers Plowman, and Wulfstan's sermons.

By May 6 please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Peter Steffensen, Georgia State University, at psteffensen1@gsu.edu.

Midwest Modern Language Association, English After 1900 Permanent Session

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:06am
Midwest Modern Language Association

CFP: Midwest Modern Language Association, English III: English after 1900

The Midwest Modern Language Association English III: English after 1900 session invites essays for its session at the upcoming November 10-13, 2016 conference in St. Louis, MO.

The theme for the conference is "Border States." We encourage papers that consider this topic literally or figuratively. This approach lends itself not only to location but also to movement like immigration, and, additionally, states of otherness in its interpretation. Papers may address fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama.

Art and Economics in American Literature MMLA "Border States" St. Louis, Missouri November 10-13, 2016

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:06am
Midwest Modern Language Association

In recognition of this year's conference theme, "Border States," the American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that are interested in questioning, criticizing, re-arranging, or otherwise complicating the seemingly irreconcilable disciplinary borders between economics and the arts in American Literature after the Civil War. How might the "dismal science" of economics inform our understanding of American literature, and likewise, how might our understanding of American literature and the arts affect how we think about economic life, homo economicus, future or utopian economics, etc?
Possible questions for consideration include:

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing): Call for Submissions

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:40am
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/reserach/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For the month of March we will start receiving submissions from March 1, 2016, ending on March 14, 2016.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

On-going CFP Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 6:08am
Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) is

- devoted to literary, historical, film and cultural studies of the English-speaking world
- an international scholarly journal with an international audience available at major research centers and libraries throughout the world
- the oldest continuously published Central European scholarly journal in its field
- published twice a year by the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary.

"Coming to Terms with Film-Philosophy" Conference and Masterclass with Alain Badiou, Toronto, Canada May 16-17, 2016

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:29pm
York University and TIFF Bell Lightbox

Although it has established itself as a sub-discipline or hybrid of film and philosophy in various European formations, film-philosophy is relatively new to North American cinema and media studies. As one of the first in North America to nominate itself under its auspices, this conference explores the mobilization of philosophical discourses and projects relative to the modern event of cinema. More specifically, we seek papers that address the origins of film-philosophy, in addition to its current manifestations and future potentialities.

Trespassing on Boundaries with Women's Archives (MLA 2017)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:25pm
J. Ashley Foster and Margaret Galvan

CFP: Trespassing on Boundaries with Women's Archives (MLA 2017)

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Teaching Central/Eastern Europe and Its Communist Past (Deadline Update)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 8:04pm
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017

Central & Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and with Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller's 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the way these countries (past and present) contribute to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? How and what should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?

Urban Studies Area - Call for Papers

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 5:02pm
Megan Cannella/MPCA/ACA

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
Modern Language Association (MLA) Philadelphia, PA, January 2017

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

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