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PAMLA 2016; Nov 11-13; panel on Cinematic Libraries

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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:44am
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association
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Libraries and archives play key roles in a surprisingly diverse group of films and television shows. Scenes in libraries often revolve around research and learning, and appear more frequently in certain genres: horror, school, and mystery. The function of such heterotopic sites of knowledge is much more diverse than that, however. Libraries and archives have been sites of adventure (Indiana Jones and Last Crusade, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, & The Librarian), safety (The Day After Tomorrow), and beauty (What Dreams May Come & Beauty and the Beast), as well as passion (Atonement), triumph (The Shawshenk Redemption), social leveling (My Fair Lady & The Breakfast Club), and revelation (The Book Thief).

Second CFP for Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 10:52pm
full name / name of organization: 
De La Salle University, Department of Literature

Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance is an international peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge articles in the areas and intersections of Literary, Cultural, and Performance Studies. We especially welcome articles that will inaugurate new and dynamic directions for scholarly inquiry on the literary and cultural production of the Asian region. Further, in our commitment to diversity and to multicultural dialogue, we welcome contributions that may potentially be relevant to the concerns of the region from various national and cultural backgrounds. The journal is supported by a distinguished editorial board that represents the journal's scholarly depth and geographic scope.

[UPDATE] MMLA Permanent Section - Collectives, Communities, and Print Culture

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:26pm
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MMLA 2016
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This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we (re)conceive solidarity or community through the literary? This panel can engage with but is not limited to the following topics: literary criticism, critical theory (including theories of affect), aesthetics, propaganda, literary texts, and print culture more broadly.

#IntellectualActivistMovement(s): Reconnecting University Scholarship and Community Action (CFP Deadline: 5/31)

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 1:21pm
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Language, Literacy and Culture Program (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

It has been more than 50 years since the beginning of an intense period of socio-political action around issues of race, gender, and class in the U.S. and beyond.  Once again, in 2016, we find ourselves in a moment of burgeoning activism around the unfinished work of earlier movements. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), we offer this conference as an opportunity to look back as we look forward. Please join us at this 2nd LLC Graduate Student Conference, an all-day event on October 1st, 2016.

[UPDATE] Critical Thinking and Writing in the Age of Globalization - Deadline Extended to 6/1/2016

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 12:14pm
full name / name of organization: 
Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing

Paul.Pasquaretta@quinnipiac.edu
Globalization, understood as the expanding integration of economic, cultural, political, technological and social activities on a worldwide scale, presents challenges, opportunities, and crises, which can involve emerging literacies and changing modes of thought. How might critical thinking and writing pedagogies shape and/or be shaped by this growing complexity?

Double Helix welcomes the submission of work that both explores linkages of critical thinking and writing and considers how that work might contribute to, and perhaps to some extent define, the role of the university in the context of globalization.

The Readerly (submissions in English welcome) 25 June 2016

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:45am
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Formes Poétiques Contemporaines
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Formes Poétiques Contemporaines

FPC 12 THE READERLY

Recently we have talked a great deal of unreadability, it seemed time to revisit the optimistic side of the question…

- Here we approach, I tell my teacher, a considerable objection that I want to put to you…Obscurity!

- It is, indeed, equally dangerous, he answers me, whether obscurity derives from the deficiencies of the reader, or those of the poet… but to elude the task altogether would be cheating.

--Stéphane Mallarmé, "An Interview with Jules Huret," 1891

The SOCIAL

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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 1:41pm
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Arts Administration @ Boston University
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THE SOCIAL is the International Association for Visual Culture biennial conference that will take place at Boston University. IAVC2016@Boston invites papers, presentations, interventions, collaborations, and events from researchers, artists, academics, curators, and activists on post- democracy, post-society, anger, violence, future visions, crisis, zombie democracies, social media, neo-slavery, post-capitalism, post-data, social evolution, revolution, actionism, post-state, interventionism, cannibalizing corporativism, post- colonialism, economic vampirism, neo-serfs, globalized thievery, art activism, red art, insurrectional art and social exploitation.

Austen and Masculinity

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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 9:54am
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Michael Kramp/Lehigh University
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I seek contributions for an edited collection on Jane Austen and masculinity. This peer-reviewed collection aims to include essays that address Austen's treatment of men and masculinity within the context of ongoing feminist, queer, and gender studies scholarship on her writings. Potential contributors could focus on such issues as: Austen's fictional depiction of historical challenges and expectations for men (including her treatment of violence, soldiers, imperialism, militarism, or class conflict), her representation of male sexuality and the male body, the function of men within families (including their roles as husbands, brothers, and/or fathers), the deployment of patriarchy in her stories, and many additional topics.

(UPDATE) Registration Open: The Matter of Resistance Conference, University of Warwick, April 29, 2016

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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 8:20am
full name / name of organization: 
Sourit Bhattacharya/University of Warwick

Registration is now open for the 'The Matter of Resistance' conference at The University of Warwick, April 29, 2016, which brings together scholars, artists, and academics from around the globe, in ranging fields, to present work on the matter and materiality of 'resistance' and 'resistance studies'. Students from any university are given free-admission with student-ID (without refreshments), and can register on the site for free as well, while all other attendees can register for £10, for food, drink and wine throughout the day. Please see the programme and speaker information below, and visit the website for more details:

UPDATE: Registration open: Mood - Aesthetic, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 7:36am
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Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick

Registration is now open for Mood - Aesthetic, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives, a two-day conference taking place at the University of Warwick on 6th and 7th May 2016. This interdisciplinary event explores the concept of mood from a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literary studies, musicology, sociology, socionomics, film studies and art. In addition to a series of panels and keynote lectures, the programme comprises a reading and an exhibition.

Autofiction in English

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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 5:37am
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Dr Hywel Dix, Bournemouth University, UK
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Since the term was coined by Serge Doubrovsky in 1971, autofiction has become established as a recognisable genre within the French literary pantheon. Over the same period, it has attracted increasing critical and theoretical scrutiny so that it has developed into a dynamic field of scholarly research in France. Indeed, the increase and variety of autofiction scholarship has had the effect of placing the characteristics of the genre itself in question.

Cultural Intertexts issue 5/ 2016

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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 1:57am
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Cultural Intertexts - Academic Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies
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CULTURAL INTERTEXTS, academic journal of Literature and Cultural Studies, ISSN 2393-0624, E-ISSN 2393-1078, edited by the Department of English, Faculty of Letters, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Romania, with the support of the Doctoral School of Socio-Humanities and the Research Centre Interface Research of the Original and Translated Text – Cognitive and Communicative Dimensions of the Message, invites proposals of original articles, related to the general theme of the journal.
This year's issue focuses on Textual Representations of Cultural Politics
The editors will consider for publication papers which tackle, among others:
- (literary) text, pretext and context;
- history and his story;
- women's voices;

[UPDATE - DEADLINE EXTENSION] States of the Book

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:28pm
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Adam Karr / Department of English and Philosophy, West Point
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The Department of English and Philosophy at West Point will host an interdisciplinary symposium to consider the relation of the material text to the formation and function of states and state-like structures. In particular, we seek to investigate the methods and effects of state and institutional manipulation of textual materialities to create, control, or shape responses. We welcome abstracts that consider texts from the oral ancient to the digital contemporary.

Keynote speaker: Michael F. Suarez, S.J. (University Professor and Director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, Member of the National Council on the Humanities).

'Gothic Afterlives: Mutations, Histories, and Returns', Biennial GANZA Conference, 23-24 January 2017

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:49pm
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Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA)
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The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) welcomes papers for its third biennial conference, to be held at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, on 23-24 January 2017.
The conference will be organised in the spirit of the Association.

GANZA is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together scholars, students, teachers and professionals from a number of Gothic disciplines, including literature, film, music, television, fashion, architecture, and other popular culture forms. It is the aim of the Association to not only place a focus on Australasian Gothic scholarship, but also to build international links with the wider Gothic community as a whole.

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