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MUSIC BEHIND BARS: ARTICULATING INCARCERATION AND POPULAR MUSIC

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:22am
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Joseph P. Fisher (The George Washington University); Brian Flota (James Madison University)

Popular music's relationship with incarceration has been a long and complicated one. The musician Lead Belly spent long stretches in prison for murder and other crimes but was eventually turned into a musical legend by folklorists John and Alan Lomax. In 1957, Elvis Presley had a number one hit with the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller composition "Jailhouse Rock," further developing the threat he posed to the mainstream at the time. Country musician Merle Haggard spent two years in San Quentin Prison for an attempted robbery, later to become one of the best-selling country artists of the 20th Century. Johnny Cash performed numerous concerts in prisons, drawing attention the humanity of the prisoners in his audience.

Populating the Irish Stage - Questioning the identity of contemporary Irish theatre (1990s-2014), 27-28 June 2014

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:09am
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University College Cork, Ireland

We are happy to announce the participation of:

Frank McGuinness

Patrick Mason

Louise Lowe

Further announcements to be posted before the deadline of March 22nd.

'We write plays, I feel, in order to populate the stage'. (Thomas Kilroy)

Papers are invited for an international conference to be held at UCC, June 27th-28th, 2014. Coinciding with the Cork Midsummer Festival, the conference will explore the identities of Irish theatre from the Celtic Tiger era to the current economic crisis. It will also offer a fitting opportunity to engage a dialogue between theatre practitioners and academics, notably through a roundtable with established and emerging artists.

Extremist Latinos/as (MLA Vancouver, January 8-11)

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:09am
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Modern Languages Association Annual Conference
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In liberal democracies, it is commonly assumed that because extreme, radical, and marginal politics fall outside of the confines and vocabulary of the political center they, therefore, demonstrate a deficient capacity for rational deliberation. Although this distinction becomes murkier in the spheres of minority politics, the Latina/o political center might be thought of as a demand for cultural affirmation, in response to periods of psychological degradation and institutionalized discrimination. Within Latina/o criticism, some theorists go so far as to represent "Latinidad" as an exemplary political "center" for its perpetual mediation between ethnicities, cultures, geopolitical orders, and forms of life.

MLA 2015 Performing the aging memory (3/15/14)

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:36am
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Age Studies Discussion Group, Valerie Lipscomb
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In light of the 2015 MLA theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory, the Age Studies Discussion Group will propose a special session that considers the intersection of age, performance, and memory. How is remembering-or not remembering–performed or performative? How is the aging self defined by the ability to remember? How is the aging body performed as a site of memory? Consideration of any genre is welcome: memory plays, memoir, film, etc. Send 300-word abstract and CV by March 15 to Valerie Lipscomb, lipscomb@sar.usf.edu Panelists must be MLA members by April 1.

"Mediterranean Visions: Journeys, Itineraries and Cultural Migrations"

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 11:25pm
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Mediterranean Visions College of the Holy Cross - Sant'Anna Institute

This conference intends to focus on the possible perceptions of the journey to/from/around the Mediterranean Sea, moving from an Italian, European and extra-European perspective (with specific reference to the American continent, which is so historically and culturally connected to the Mediterranean heritage and to its explorations), and concentrating moreover on the theme of immigration/emigration to/from the Mediterranean Basin, the result of centuries-old, intercultural exchanges occurring between its shores, as well as the new challenges (social and economic) facing the region from globalized society and from the increasingly urgent democratic requirements of the populations inhabiting it.

Children's Literature from around the World

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:57pm
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SCMLA 2014, Austin, TX
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When we read or watch the news, especially from around the world, it's very easy to forget that children experience the same upheavals as the adults, yet their voices and feelings are frequently ignored or glossed over. This panel proposes to focus on children's literature written for children from different corners of the world that attempt to give them a voice and focuses on their unique experiences as they grow up and try to make sense of their life, their society, and their world.

This proposed special session for SCMLA's 2014 Annual conference invites papers exploring children's or adolescent literature written in English from any country from around the globe.

Kathy Acker in the Classroom (MLA 2015, January 8-11, Vancouver BC)

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 1:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Kevin L. Ferguson / Modern Language Association

This proposed special session will center on the problems and pleasures of teaching Kathy Acker.

Sample topics: pornography, plagiarism/appropriation, visual literature, narrative, childhood, autobiography.

500 word abstract & 150-200 word bio by 15 March 2014.

Participation requires MLA membership by April 1, 2014.

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay (MLA panel; 3/15/14)

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:40pm
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MLA divisions on Black American Literature and Culture & Nonfiction Prose
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Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career welcome, especially in African American essay tradition. 300-word abstract and brief bio by March 15 to bjnorman@loyola.edu

Cosponsored by the MLA divisions on Black American Literature and Culture & Nonfiction Prose.

MLA 15: Narrating Madness and Autism

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:13pm
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Jonathan Gagas
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This non-guaranteed special session invites papers addressing how narratives of psychosis, mood disorders, or autism (in any medium, genre, or period) change our understanding of the ethics and phenomenology of reading, viewing, or listening. I welcome disability studies critiques of concepts of madness or autism, histories of medical or psychological narratives, and philosophy of psychology and psychiatry analyses of cognition, affect, volition, or hermeneutics in narratives of madness or autism conceptualized as real experiences of distress, impairment, and different mental structures. Please submit 350-word abstracts and CVs to Jonathan Gagas, Temple University (jongagas@temple.edu) by March 15, 2014.

Writing Home: Battle Front and Home Front Children's Literature of the First World War

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:16am
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MLA: Nonguaranteed Session in Children's Literature

Children at home dream of war; children in war zones dream of home. War poets such as Robert Service, Wilfred Owen, and Robert Graves were haunted by childhood narratives of home and play, to the point where they were interpreting their own immediate experience through lenses tinted by memory and childish linguistic patterns; novelists such as L.M. Montgomery, Kate Seredy, and Ethel Turner became increasingly obsessed with the identity of place and how war expands (and sometimes explodes) a community's sense of self.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers IJ-ELTS [April – June, 2014 Issue]

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:15am
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International Journal of English Language and Translation Studies
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The IJ-ELTS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Literature and Translation Studies for April-June, 2014 Issue.
Manuscripts submission deadline: 30/04/ 2014
Issue publication date: 07/06/2014
The papers can address issues in/related to the following research disciplines-
1. English Language Teaching
2. Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign/ Second Language
3. English Language Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
4. Teaching English for Specific Purposes/ Academic Purposes
5. Relationship between L1 and L2

WRITING SOUTH AFRICA NOW - South African Literature Colloquium

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 7:01am
full name / name of organization: 
Fai Suthipinittharm and Imke van Heerden, Department of English and Related Literature, The University of York

Writing South Africa Now: Twenty Years On
University of York in association with University of Cambridge

June 7, 2014

Venue: University of York, United Kingdom

CFP deadline: April 15, 2014

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