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Sustainable Work, Invisible Class, Unpaid Labor, and Forgotten Culture in American Literature (DUE 6.1.14)

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:28pm
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SAMLA (SOUTH ATLANTIC MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION)
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In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel will investigate the difficulties with sustainable representations of work, class, and labor in American literature. As the predominant American myth of success states that class is but a transitory state, making work, labor, and social class an important part of the literary and academic conversation remains a struggle for scholars interested in these issues. The questions we are interested in posing in this session are: How can scholars emphasize a focus on issues of class, work, and labor in American literature? How can this emphasis be sustained as part of a larger conversation with American literary scholarship?

Football and Communities of Resistance

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 11:07am
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Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities, Manchester Metropolitan University
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The 3rd annual Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC) conference "Football and Communities of Resistance" will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 12th June 2014. There will be an associated event 'Out of Play' hosted by the National Football Museum on Friday 13th June 2014.

Call for Papers

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
full name / name of organization: 
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
full name / name of organization: 
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.

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