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Midwest PCA/ACA Conference Otaku Studies Area

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:55pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Call for Papers:
2013 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2013
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, A Doubletree by Hilton
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Otaku are a group of fans devoted to Japanese animation, graphic arts, couture, and other cultural products and activities. These groups regularly populate hundreds of conventions across the US and Canada each year that often exceed 25,000 in attendance. This group has been part of the American cultural landscape since the release of Astro Boy in 1963 and they're still going strong today.

JNZL PRIZE for New Zealand Literary Studies. Closes June 30 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:37pm
Journal of New Zealand Literature

The Journal of New Zealand Literature hosts an annual Prize for new work in New Zealand Literary Studies.

The Prize is open to graduate students and to emerging researchers who have completed their PhDs within the last three years.

There is a cash prize.

The winning essay will be published in the Journal of New Zealand Literature.

The prize is open internationally.

Entries will be judged anonymously by majority decision of the JNZL International Advisory Board.

The judging panel reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.

Non-winning essays may be considered for publication in the usual way.

Poetry and the Dictionary - 15 June 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 4:47pm
Dr Andrew Blades, St Peter's College, Oxford

This symposium will be held at St Peter's College, Oxford, on 15
June, 2013, with a view to opening up and exploring connections
between poetry and the dictionary. Proposals for papers on any
aspect of this relation are now invited – discussions of
ambiguity, dialect, etymology, and translation, for instance, or
considerations of specific poems, poets, and dictionaries. The
focus will be on the twentieth century, but proposals for papers
treating other periods will also be welcome. Proposals of 300
words, for papers of 20 minutes, should be sent to the
organisers, at proposals@poetryandthedictionary.com, by the

York Spring Festival of New Music 2013: Music, Technology and Imagination

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 3:05pm
University of York

Call for Papers

Sunday 12 May
University of York, UK

Music, Technology and Imagination

About the Festival

The York Spring Festival is a five-day Festival focusing on new music in all of its forms, running 8th-12th May. Full details can be found on the Festival website: www.yorkspringfestival.co.uk

Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for a session at the University of York Department of Music May 12 2013.

We invite presentations from postgraduate students of up to 20 minutes concerning the interplay of music, technology and imagination.

[UPDATE] Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (Apr 19-20, 2013)

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:44pm
Binghamton University - English Department

**Deadline extended to March 11, 2013**

Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (4th Annual)

Conference Theme: "Historicizing Difference in Globalized Subjectivities"

Dates: April 19th & 20th, 2013

Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Keynote Speaker: Branka Arsic, Columbia University

New Journal: Practical Issues in Language and Literacy

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:06pm
Steve Raynie / Gordon State College

Practical Issues in Language and Literacy (PILL), a new online annual journal, seeks submissions for its inaugural edition slated for June 2014. PILL is especially interested in publishing action research in English/Language Arts pedagogy that applies to both high students and early college students. It welcomes scholarly efforts from instructors at both the high school and college level.

Submission Guidelines:

Videogames and Mental Health MLA Convention 2014

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:39pm
Toby Smethurst

Videogames and Mental Health

15-minute presentations are invited for a special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, Chicago IL., 9-12 January 2014.


Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:26pm
Department of English Language and Literature, Istanbul University, Istanbul - Turkey

Madness is a concept of relativity, types and degrees alongside being a state and experience with its own realities. Even though primarily it refers to the field and science of psychiatry and psychology, it has leaked into everything human. Literature, embracing everything human and also being regarded as a field or activity not ordinary, normal or sane, has explored the states of "madness" for ages. Melancholia, hedonism, materialism, utopias, chemicals or arts- all breed insanity. Artists,scientists and women, among other groups, have been called mad. Some madwomen and madmen have been regarded as heroines and heroes and some heroes and heroines have been tortured as madmen and madwomen.

CFP: Literature and Pornography, March 17, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:20pm
LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

The dust may have begun to settle in the blogosphere, but M. L. James's Fifty Shades of Gray novels continue to dominate the bestseller list, impervious to the literary outrage that greeted their remarkable success. In the wake of this phenomenon, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory invites essays on literary works that flirt with, dabble in, or wholly embrace the pornographic. We are interested in scholarly engagements with the history, theory, and politics of pornography, as well as studies of the popularity, reception, censorship, and "literariness" of texts considered pornographic.

Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:58am
(2013 RMMLA Convention)

Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (2013 RMMLA Convention)
The session "Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean" at the 67th Annual Convention of the RMMLA is devoted to Francophone Literatures, Cultures, and Film of Africa and the Caribbean.
Topics include but are not limited to:
· Sub-Saharan Africa Literature, Culture, and Film
· Colonial and Post-colonial Studies
· Environmental questions in African / Caribbean Literature and film
· African Diaspora
· Maghreb Literature, Culture, and Film
· Creolité, Antillanité
· "Littérature monde"
· Feminist Theory and Women Writers

'Play', BSECS Conference for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers, 1-2 July 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:29am
British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

1-2 July 2013, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual postgraduate and early-career scholars conference provides a forum for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working on all aspects of the history, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. In 2013 our conference will be held at Northumbria University.

We invite proposals for individual papers, for full panels of three papers, and for roundtable sessions addressing any aspect of the long eighteenth century. We would also encourage proposals for workshops and presentations in other innovative formats.

CFP: 2013 International Conference: Migrants and Their Memories (Deadline extended to March 09)

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 9:32am
Research Center for Humanities / National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Scientists recently found that migration was a main factor that shaped human behavior (Don Jones, Nature News). According to John Hines, the most extensive human migration took place in the early Middle Ages, while other large-scale migrations include the Puritan migration, the great Serb migrations, the migrations of the Middle Passage, and the nineteenth and twentieth century migrations of impoverished Europeans to the Americas. Apart from with poverty and religion, migration is also often associated with war; climate change becomes a factor that forces people to become migrants. Migration is a matter of geographic movement (diaspora), but also of human psychology (e.g. un-homing, longing, nostalgia, depression); of human rights (e.g.