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Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 11:33am
Robert Ward, Brown University

We currently have the following books for review for the 2015 edition of the annual.

Harriet Smith (ed.), Autobiography of Mark Twain, vol. 1
Margaretta Jolly, In Love and Struggle: Letters in Contemporary Feminism
Elizabeth Willis (ed.), Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place
Howard R. Wolf, Far Away Places: Lessons in Exile
Judith Coullie (ed.), Selves in Question: interviews on South African Auto/biography
Jacqueline Kolosov, Modigliani's Muse (poetry)
Piri Halasz, A Memoir of Creativity: Abstract Painting, Politics and the Media, 1956-2008

Theorising the Popular fifth international conference

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 11:21am
Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University,
July 30th-July 1st 2014

The Popular Culture research group at Liverpool Hope University welcome papers from academics and graduate students for its fifth annual international conference, 'Theorising the Popular'. Its aim is to demonstrate the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of 'popular' disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within 'traditional' subjects. The group breaks down disciplinary barriers and challenges academic hierarchies.

We would especially welcome papers in the following areas, although we invite proposals from all disciplines:

[UPDATE] (Post)Graduate Travel Grants available for DNS Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV 'Ideas and Enlightenment'

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 6:54am
University of Sydney

The 15th David Nichol Smith Seminar organizing committee is pleased to announce that they will be able to offer a limited number of travel grants to expand postgraduate participation in the 2014 'Ideas and Enlightenment' conference. These are provided through generous funding contributions from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Putting Periodisation to Use Group, and the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney. These scholarships are part of an extended postgraduate program at DNS XV, which will be supported by the newly formed DNS Graduate Caucus. We anticipate that the program will include paired mentoring between junior and senior colleagues at the conference and a professional development workshop.

The mediated society: Living and working with immersive media technologies

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 4:42am
University of Applied Sciences

The mediated society: Living and working with immersive media technologies
Fourth interdisciplinary conference illusion immersion involvement [iiiiv]

The Institute of Immersive Media (ifim) organizes the fourth interdisciplinary conference illusion immersion involvement, October 31 to November 1, 2014, Kiel, Germany. The conference website is:

Indigenous Studies

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:55pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Call for Papers

Indigenous Studies Area - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Indianapolis, IN, Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014.

The area seeks panel and paper proposals that address any aspect of Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Maori, and Sami popular cultures. In addition, the area highly encourages comparative papers between Indigenous and, say, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or African popular cultures. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to the following:

Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Toursim

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 1:03pm
Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Toursim

The call for paper is open for the newly re-established International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Toursim.
Topics include:
Digital business models
Customer centricity and e-branding
Digital society
ICTs in cultural institutions and tourist companies
Mobile solutions: m-commerce, m-entertainment and m-learning
Place marketing
Ubiquitous web
E-book and digital libraries
Digital culture and e-tourism adoption
E-entertainment and info-cultural-tainment
E-tourism, smart tourism, mobile tourism, web 2.0 and web 3.0
Geolocation-based services
Mobile and proximity technologies in travel and tourism
Virtual museums, virtual tours and mixed reality

Modernist Waste Streams (MSA 16 Pittsburg Nov. 6-9)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:16am
Alexander McKee / University of Delaware

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines a "waste stream" as "The total flow of solid waste from homes, businesses, institutions, and manufacturing plants that is recycled, burned, or disposed of in landfills, or segments thereof such as the 'residential waste stream' or the 'recyclable waste stream.'" This panel deploys this term to address the relationship between production, consumption, and waste that existed at the start of the twentieth century. It invites papers from all disciplines that examine modernist attitudes toward waste and abundance.

[update] Submission deadline extended to May 15; Reading Matters, June 11-13, 2014, Interdisciplinary Summer Conference

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:33am
Troy University

Reading Matters
Interdisciplinary Summer Conference
Call for Presentations:
Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to engaged reading organized by Troy University. This interdisciplinary summer conference, "Reading Matters," will take place from June 11 to June 13, 2014, at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.

This conference is an attempt to rethink what it means to read and how we read in our current culture. The topic is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential themes including historical, sociocultural and disciplinary contexts. We welcome any sustained attempt to explore and rethink the various aspects involved in engaged reading.

Sea Narratives: call for essay contributions

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:46am
University of Warwick

Set in the wider context of a turn towards space and mobility, studies of the sea have come to take increasing prominence in the humanities and social sciences. This volume seeks to establish an interdisciplinary exchange on the theme of 'sea narratives', looking at how the sea has figured as an important site in different cultural and geographical contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Update -- Deadline Extended -- Novel-Writing Playwrights and Playwriting Novelists after Beckett: Review of Contemporary Fiction

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 1:52am
Review of Contemporary Fiction

Many of our more experimental contemporary novelists have written occasional plays (Flann O'Brien, Doris Lessing, Dermot Healy, Susan Sontag and Toni Morrison come to mind) – although often times these plays have received scant critical attention from those academics who study their work. Conversely, many contemporary playwrights have written novels which have received scant attention as well (Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Wendy Wasserstein, and Ntozake Shange come to mind).

[UPDATE} The Prosaic Imaginary: novels and the everyday, 1750-2000

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:53pm
University of Sydney

The Prosaic Imaginary: novels and the everyday, 1750-2000
July 1-4 2014
University of Sydney

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Maud Ellmann, Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English, Chicago
Assist. Professor Julie Park, Vassar
Professor John Plotz, Brandeis

Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:26pm
Laura Dubek

Fifty years after the March on Washington, students of American history, literature, and media studies learn about the civil rights movement from (auto)biographies of movement leaders, archival footage of major events, narrative and oral history presented in documentaries such as Eyes on the Prize (PBS), civil rights museums and special exhibits, annual commemorations, and retrospective analyses provided by critical race scholars in response to contemporary events. This edited collection will explore how poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, and filmmakers—at the time and since—have contributed to our understanding of the civil rights movement and its legacy.