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[UPDATE] Geographies of Home in Ethnic American Women's Literature

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 4:20pm
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2015 NeMLA Conference, Toronto, Apr 30-May 3, 2015
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From Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine to Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera to Toni Morrison's Home, symbolic representations of "home" mediate between the individual and the various geographies of home, both physical and metaphysical. How do literary works employ the tropes of location and dislocation, of belonging and exile, of inside(r) and outside(r), to highlight the complex relationship we have to the "place" that shapes our identities and destinies? We seek papers from any theoretical or critical perspective that interrogate the notion of home and belonging in gendered, aesthetic, political, and/or social dimensions in contemporary ethnic American women's literature.

UPDATE: Women's and Gender Studies Caucus NeMLA (30.9.14; 30.4-3.5.15

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:14am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention

Toronto, Ontario - April 30-May 3, 2015

NeMLA's Women's and Gender Studies Caucus seeks abstracts for the approved panels below – panel descriptions, submission guidelines and the full cfp are available at:
www.nemla.org/convention/2015.html

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

Activist, Professor, or Scholar? Best Practices in Gender Scholarship - Chair: Lisa Day

Alice Munro and the Body - Chair: Alison Arant

Beyond 'Green Gables': L. M. Montgomery's Darker Side - Chair: Laura Robinson

CFP: "Unanswered Questions about Joan of Arc" - 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 14-17, 2015)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:18am
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Stephanie L. Coker / International Joan of Arc Society
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The International Joan of Arc Society is accepting proposals that will investigate some unanswered questions surrounding the life of the French saint. For example, how authentic are the trial records as official documents? The subjective viewpoints of three French copyists, which were later translated into Latin, distance us from the actual historical event. Certain critics examine the trial record as a literary text resulting from the collaboration between Joan and her scribes. The current state of Johannic studies reveals a need to have a better understanding of this "official" document, going deeper in resources such as eyewitness accounts and chronicles to discover more details about the Maid, her life, and her trial.

NEMLA 2015: Oceanic Turns The Politics of Hemispheric American Studies

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 7:20pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association

This roundtable examines the locations, terminologies and methodologies that shape the oceanic turn in contemporary American literary studies. The recent twentieth anniversary of Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic reminds us that an oceanic rather than a national framework has influenced the direction of literary and cultural studies for the last two decades. During this time studies of American, British, and African Diasporic literature have taken a decidedly oceanic turn. Current scholarship reflects renewed interest in the impact of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans on the creation of extra-national literary imaginaries. Yet, despite what we might consider a degree of academic canonization, the oceanic turn remains as slippery as it is suggestive.

CFP REMINDER: Performing Freedom, Troubling Race (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:57pm
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Maleda Belilgne/NeMLA
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46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014

Chaucer and Italian Poetics (NEMLA 2015)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:47pm
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NEMLA

One of the first English readers of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, Chaucer did more than simply translate the poetry of his Italian predecessors. He also interpreted, transformed, and altered what he found in his reading. Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature helped shape his conception of the scope of vernacular authorship and the construction of a literary tradition. This panel seeks papers that focus on the interaction between Chaucer and his Italian sources. We are especially interested in garnering a wide range of critical approaches to the theory and practice of interpreting intertextual relationships.

[UPDATE] Digitizing the Past: Historical Narrative and Media Technology (4/30-5/3, Toronto)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:35pm
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NeMLA
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The question of how novels understand their place in an increasingly diverse media ecology has been widely debated in comparative media studies, with scholars such as Daniel Punday and Katherine Hayles arguing that traditional written narrative forms are forced to re-imagine their strengths in the face of increasingly digitized, non-linear forms. However, these critical perspectives have only begun to address the way that this new media ecology shapes narratives of memory, trauma, and event. This panel seeks to theorize the way historiographic fictions are adapting to new and hybrid media forms of historical memory. How are digital technologies affecting the way we narrate historical events?

BREAKING THE RULES! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions [UPDATE]

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:48pm
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Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is organising its third biannual international graduate conference set to take place at Leiden University on January 29-30, 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference, entitled 'Breaking the Rules: Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions', will focus on the wide range of cultural responses to the violation of laws, traditions and conventions in the political, religious and aesthetic domain.

The Aesthetics and Politics of Irony

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:34pm
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CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture
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Call for articles
Book publication
THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF IRONY

Organizers: Elsa Alves (University of Copenhagen / CECC) and Ana Dinger (CECC, Catholic University of Portugal)

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