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Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays on the Television Series 15 April / 1 June 2016

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 2:04pm
Scott F. Stoddart, Ph. D.

The BBC television series Downton Abbey, developed and produced by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, has become a cultural barometer with American viewers harkening back to the days when televised serial dramas ruled the airwaves. Its recent series finale was one of the most-watched in television history.

Exploring Downton Abbey is a collection of scholarly essays that interrogate this cultural phenomenon – the essays challenge readers to explore how and why this British television serial about life upstairs and downstairs in a British, turn-of-the-century manor home resonates with American audiences.

Literature's Animals Postgraduate Conference 18th May 2016

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:26am
University of Bristol Department of English

Call for Papers
Literature's Animals Postgraduate Conference

As part of a two-week series of events on the subject of animal studies, Bristol University's Department of English is organising a postgraduate conference.

Pacific Coast Philology: Essay Submissions Welcome

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:48pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Pacific Coast Philology, the journal of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), publishes peer-reviewed essays of interest to scholars in the classical and modern languages, literatures, and cultures. We publish two annual issues. The regular issue contains articles (5000-8000 words) and book reviews. The next regular issue will appear in early spring 2017. The editor, Roswitha Burwick (rburwick@scrippscollege.edu), invites you to submit your articles for consideration. Since readers normally take 3-6 months to assess your work, we recommend that you submit your work now so that we can include your essays and book reviews in the 2017 regular issue.

Update: Deadline Extended for the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies, Sept 16-18, 2016

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:25pm
Midwest Conference on British Studies

The abstract submission deadline for the 63rd annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies has been extended to April 4, 2016. This year's meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder, and the plenary address will be given by Ian Archer of the University of Oxford.

The MWCBS Program Committee will consider individual abstracts as well as proposals for complete sessions (of three participants) and roundtables (of four participants). Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts and are invited to apply for travel funds to the conference and for graduate paper prizes for presentations given at the meeting.

MMLA American Literature 1 Panel

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 3:04pm
Shawna Rushford-Spence/ MMLA

With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts.

call for papers Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies Call for Papers

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 4:28pm
Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies Call for Papers

The Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (ISSN 2356-5926) invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, anthropology, business studies, communication studies, criminology, cross-cultural studies, development studies, economics, education, ethics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, literature, discourse studies, performing arts (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women and gender studies, queer studies etc…for the March 2016 Issue (Volume One, Issue two).
Manuscripts Submission Deadline: April 20, 2016.
Issue Publication Date: April 2016.

[REMINDER] Bridging the Divide: Literature and Science Postgraduate Conference - 3rd June 2016

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:50pm
University of Kent

Bridging the Divide: Literature and Science

3rd June 2016 hosted at the University of Kent

Organised by the Universities of Kent and Sussex

Keynote speaker: Dr Pamela Thurschwell - Sussex

'Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing' - Thomas Huxley

The relationship between literature and science has been a perennial subject of debate. Is there a divide between these two fields, or are they in fact two sides of one thing? The Universities of Kent and Sussex present a one-day conference aimed at interrogating discourses around this subject.

3/20/16 - MLA 2017 - Queer(ing) Kinship in the Nineteenth Century

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 10:08am
Talia Vestri Croan and Shannon Draucker / Boston University

Special Session proposed for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia

Queer(ing) Kinship in the Nineteenth Century

How do Romantic and Victorian writers imagine alternative social networks and queer affective relations?

Please send a 300-word abstract plus CV by 20 March 2016 to Talia Vestri Croan (tmvcroan@bu.edu) and Shannon Draucker (sdraucke@bu.edu).

Call for Papers Portals Spring 2016 (EXTENDED 3/21 Deadline)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 8:01pm
SFSU Comparative Literature Student Association

Call for Papers

Portals, Spring 2016, Volume 13

From memory and imagination, to the forgotten, the future, intergalactic, the idea of the self, mirrors, orality and performance, literature bleeds into an endless number of different spaces. For the upcoming 2016 volume, Portals is seeking papers that explore dimensions of time and space in diverse literary and linguistic traditions.

The San Francisco State University Comparative Literature Student Association invites you to submit original critical essays and short creative fiction of a comparative or critical nature. Papers that engage the theme of time and space will be featured prominently, though all will be considered.

Extended Submission Deadline: March 21st, 2016

Wreck Park Journal is Accepting Essays and Reviews for Summer Issue

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 5:15pm
Wreck Park Journal

WRECK PARK: A Journal of Interesting Fictions, Interested Criticism

Wreck Park is an international journal run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.

CFP: Celebrating Communities of Practice in Digital Humanities | #DF16RU | 4/15/16 |Rice U 9/22-24/16

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 9:14am
Spencer Keralis / Digital Frontiers

In celebration of its Fifth Anniversary, Digital Frontiers invites members of the digital humanities community to submit proposals sharing their passions as they engage in digital endeavors. Proposals that discuss how digital researchers situate themselves within this community of practice will be especially welcomed. http://digital-frontiers.org/conference/2016/info/call-proposals

Digital Frontiers 2016 | September 22-24, 2016 | Rice University, Houston, Texas | Keynote Speakers: Roopika Risam (Salem State) & Patrick Meier (Digital Humanitarians)

Second Call for Papers: "Rereading Myths at the Beginnings of the 21st Century"

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:04am
Hyperion University, Bucharest / Hypercultura - Journal

Date: the 9th of June, 2016
Venue: The Faculty of Social, Humanistic and Natural Sciences, Department of "Letters and Foreign Languages"; Str. Calea Călăraşilor, nr. 169, Bucharest, Romania

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ana Gonzalez-Rivas – Fernandez - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – via Skype

After the Visual Turn: Boundaries of Print Culture

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Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:24pm
Lisa Chinn/ Emory University

What can sound studies tell us about the printed word? What kinds of intersections exist between sound and print modes of reproduction? What has visual culture taught us about print culture, and how are we now going beyond the visual to understand the printed word?

This MLA 2017 panel will examine conception, production, and dissemination of the printed word with and beyond the visual, including intermediality or sound studies. 250-word abstract by 15 March 2016; Lisa Chinn lisa.marie.chinn@gmail.com

Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis--Call for Video and Short Essays

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Monday, March 14, 2016 - 11:23am
Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis / Ohio University

At Parlour, we accept Growl Posts, video lectures, and video presentations on a rolling basis. These types of content need not relate to the theme of an upcoming issue.

A Growl Post is a short essay responding to a text using few, if any, secondary sources. Named for John Jarndyce's "Growlery" in Dickens' Bleak House, the Growlery is a space to express and ruminate on issues "unsuitable" for the parlour. However, Growls do not need to exclusively express "ill humour." Funny, edgy, witty, dark—Growls may contemplate or approach a text from any perspective. Growl Posts should follow current MLA guidelines and be approximately 1500-2500 words in length.

CFP: Fourth Annual FANS Conference

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Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:33pm
Fandom and Neomedia Studies Association

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We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Fourth Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 4 and 5 June 2016. Our keynote this year will be a joint presentation by Angela Drummond-Matthews and Debbie Scally of , respectively. It is also our privilege to host Dr. Ryosuke Watanabe, Executive Director of the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University, who will be presenting on the international scholarship opportunities his university offers for students as well as programs to partner with schools in Europe, Canada, and across the US. PLUS! We are working on a surprise guest group of industry professionals to add to the range and interest of our conference.

MLA 2017 Special Session - "Teeming Masses in the Transatlantic Imagination"

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 5:02pm
MLA 2017 Special Session Proposal

We are seeking proposals for a special session at the MLA 2017 conference. Our proposed session, "Teeming Masses in the Transatlantic Imagination," will consider literary explorations of crowds, immigration, uprisings, and/or social welfare in the transatlantic exchange, medieval to modern. We invite perspectives representing diverse fields and theoretical approaches, with possible subtopics including but not restricted to nationalism, taxation and reactions to it, democratic societies, populism, labor, and policing.

"Archives and the Management of Sex" at PAMLA Nov. 11-13

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 4:52pm
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association 2016 (Pasadena, CA)

This panel will explore how institutions dedicated to the collection, preservation, and circulation of material knowledge manage sexuality. Sex materials create conflicting imperatives for librarians. As one collections curator at the New York Public Library recently told a reporter, "We needed to collect life as it was lived… It was always part of our mandate." Yet librarians at NYPL also had a mandate to protect the mass of pornographic magazines, pulp novels, and fliers they collected by carefully regulating access to them. Until recently, sex materials at NYPL labeled with three stars required supervision. That one example illustrates how sequestration generally determines who can read about sex and under what conditions.

Call for papers American Journal of Social Science Studies R&d ​

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 3:11pm
Antony Miller

American Journal of Social Science Studies R&D
http://jrsdjournal.wix.com/jsss

American Journal of Social Science Studies R&D understands the importance of social science study for the betterment of the society and for the better understanding of the human behavior, that's why it is providing a platform to all the researchers of all over the world to publish and share their valuable information in any field of social sciences.

[UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE] The English Language Conference: "First Contact"

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 2:21pm
California State Dominguez Hills English Graduate Association

The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.

Area of Whedon Studies - MPCA 2016 Conference: October 6 - 9, 2016

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 1:56pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

We welcome proposals on any aspect of Whedon's television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); his films (Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes, The Avengers: Age of Ultron); his comics (e.g. Fray; Astonishing X-Men; Runaways; Sugarshock!; Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Nine, and Ten; Angel: After the Fall; Angel & Faith Season Nine and Ten; Serenity: Those Left Behind; Serenity: Better Days; The Shepherd's Tale ); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators.

CFP- Estrema: Interdisciplinary Review for the Humanities, 9th issue Fall 2016, Deadline 31st May

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 7:25am
Estrema: Interdisciplinary Review for the Humanities

estrema: Interdisciplinary Review for the Humanities is an on-line publication of the Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC) of the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (FLUL). Its exclusive goal is to publish the papers of both undergraduate and graduate students. Giving its interdisciplinary character, estrema accepts works from several areas of studies such as (but not limited to):

Linguistics

Literature

Music

Cinema

Theology

Philosophy

History

Visual arts

All papers will be subjected to a double blind peer review process.

Deadline for submissions: May 31st, 2016.

Theme: non-thematic.

British Fantasy Society Journal 16

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
The British Fantasy Society

BFS Journal 16 is due out in June/July.

The journal is a mix of articles and is keen to accept submissions from people who want to write about fantasy, horror and science fiction. Our focus is primarily the former, but our readers have interests across all three genres.

Academic articles for the BFS Journal should be between 2500 and 6000 words. We prefer nearer the former, as this is about the size of a conference paper. References in the text should be (Author, Date of Edition) with a full publication listing for the bibliography given for each article at the end. Please don't use footnotes in your submissions.

"Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents," 3-8 December 2016, deadline 15 June 2016

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 1:33pm
Ben P. Robertson / Troy University

CFP: "Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents"
Mobile, AL, USA, 3-8 December 2016

Abstracts are invited for a conference on literature and the sea, broadly defined. Proposed papers may focus on the literature of any country and any literary period, but please keep in mind that the conference language will be English. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

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