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[REMINDER] ACLA 2016 - "Literary (De)Formations"

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:53pm
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ACLA 2016: American Comparative Literature Association

In her recent study, The Forms of the Affects (2014), Eugenie Brinkema announces, "We may well be at the beginning of what will eventually be called the twenty-first century 'return to form' in the humanities" (39). Brinkema marks MLQ's special issue, "Reading for Form" (2000), which was later published as a collection of essays under the same name (2006), both edited by Susan J. Wolfson and Marshall Brown, as the beginning of this return to form. Meredith Martin's The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930 (2012) and Derek Attridge's Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry (2013), to name only two of the many recent publications that address form, seem to support Brinkema's claim.

Deadline extended to Nov.1st for special sessions: Med/Ren Conf. Apr 7-9, 2016

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:10pm
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Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought
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Deadline for special session proposals/abstracts has been extended to Nov. 1st.

We invite 300-word abstracts/proposals treating of any aspect of medieval and renaissance culture or thought. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, history, architecture, literature, linguistics, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.

The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, April 7-9, 2016.

Come and join this exciting gathering of scholars celebrating all things medieval and renaissance!

Cheers!
Dr. Darci Hill

Send all inquiries and proposals to:
dr.darci.hill@gmail.com

Film Theory and Aesthetics 2016

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:02pm
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Southwest Popular/American Culture Association February 10-13, 2016, Albuquerque, NM USA
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Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until November 1, 2015. Listed below are possible topics; other topics in the area are also welcome:
▪ Precinema, Early, and Silent cinema aesthetics
▪ Definitions of periodicity: aesthetic, chronologic, theoretical
▪ Nontheatrical, industrial, and educational film
▪ Montage and Editing: Practice as Theory
▪ History of Cinematography: Visual Effects from Silent to CGI
▪ Spectatorship and Scopophilia
▪ Auteur Theory
▪ Genre Film & Genre Theory
▪ Third Cinema and Indigenous Filmmaking
▪ Theory & Aesthetics of Representation (Race, Gender, Culture)

Deadline extended to Nov. 1st for special sessions for the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:55am
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Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought
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The deadline for Special Sessions has been extended to November 1st for the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. Send all proposals for a special session to the conference director, Dr. Darci Hill at
dr.darci.hill@gmail.com.

We invite 250-word proposals on all aspects of medieval and renaissance culture and thought from all disciplines. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, architecture, literature, linguistics, history, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.

Cheers!
Dr. Darci Hill

dr.darci.hill@gmail.com
936-294-1473

Edith Wharton and Religion; 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:42am
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Edith Wharton Society
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Wharton and Religion

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton's writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim, skim@judsonu.edu.   

Special Session: Creative Writing inspired by All Things Medieval DL: Nov 1st

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:30am
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Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

Abstracts are invited for creative writing related to the medieval period. Please submit your 250- to 300-word proposal for your short story, poem, or novel excerpt set during the Middle Ages or addressing topics unique to the medieval period, including contemporary works inspired in some way by medieval ideas. Attach to your abstract a 100-word excerpt of your proposed creative work.

Deadline for proposals: Nov. 1, 2015.
Send proposals and excerpts for this special session on creative writing to the Conference Director, Dr. Darci Hill, or to the Special Session Coordinator, Reina Shay Broussard. Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by December 15, 2015.

CFP [UPDATE] - Visionary Texts, Past and Present: (Re)visionings and (Re)imaginings

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:26am
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Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought
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"The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and reimagines the world." — Malcolm Gladwell

"It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is." — Aldous Huxley

Philosophers, poets, and artists in every era have revisioned and reimagined the world in ways that have inspired historical transformations. Visionary texts – whether they reach proleptically into an imagined future, analeptically reconsider the past, or urgently re-envision the present – have offered us alternative possibilities of understanding who and where we are.

Papers on Language and Literature: Call for Special Issue Proposals

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:10am
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PLL: Papers on Language and Literature
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Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to

Digital Humanities

Film

Literary Translation

Print Culture

PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors' schedule.

Bad Trips May 26-29, 2016; Abstracts cue December 15, 2015

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:44am
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Society for the Study of American Travel Writing
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BAD Trips CFP
SATW ALA 2016

In travel writing, what is there to tell if everything goes according to plan? Shouldn't we grant that travel writing is to some extent dependent upon the frustrated expectations of the writing traveller, because they simultaneously reveal the distinctiveness of the visited place as well as the writer's preconceptions and as often misconceptions? That is, don't the worst trips, or the worst experiences of good trips, make for the best travel writing?

[UPDATE] - Deadline Extended - OCTAVIA E. BUTLER: CELEBRATING LETTERS, LIFE, and LEGACY - February 26-28, 2016

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:17am
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Octavia E. Butler Society

February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 26-28, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.

On the Footsteps of Dwarves: Different Readings of a Mythical Figure in Popular Culture (15.10.2015) [REMINDER]

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:47am
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Dr. Feryal Cubukcu, Dr. Sabine Planka

Today more than ever fairy tales permeate pop culture, literature,
music, fine arts, opera, ballet and cinema. Speaking of the history of
stories and especially fairy-tales, we may say that the Pot of Soup, the
Cauldron of Story, has always been boiling for centuries. Dwarves have
always been a recurring image and a character from the fairy tales to
the novels.
Mythology itself presents dwarves not only as treasurekeepers and
remarkable workers, but calling them gnome, kobold, bogey, brownie or
leprechaun. Zealous, sharp and small in statue they are often shown as
counterparts to the inane giant. The possible dualistic arrangement

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