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The Sacred and the Sexual in South Asian Literature , South Asian Languages and Literatures Discussion Group, MLA Chicago 2014

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:39pm
Indrani Mitra/ Mount St. Mary's University

This Modern Language Association panel invites papers that interrogate gender and the constructions of sexuality in relation to one or more of the religious traditions of South Asia, and their local, regional, historically varied expressions. I envision this panel as a response to the needs of a truly secular culture where serious engagement of religious traditions is the minimum first step to addressing patriarchal and other form of violence in the name of faith. Essays may engage texts in any genre--fiction, poetry, drama, film, and popular culture. Please submit 250 word abstract and short bio by March 15, 2013 to Indrani Mitra (mitra@msmary.edu).

Talking About Pauline Kael

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:28pm
Scarecrow Press, Stephen Ryan, Senior Editor, Arts and Literature

Talking About Pauline Kael(Scarecrow Press essay collection; deadline for abstracts is June 1, 2013; accepted essays due October 15, 2013)

Queering Age (PAMLA, November 1-3, 2013 in San Diego)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:33pm
PAMLA, Emily Mattingly

Queering Age

Temporality has become a hot topic in queer studies. Despite this critical interest in temporality and its relationships to queer bodies, experiences, and communities, age remains an undertheorized identity category.

What does it mean to think about age in queer ways? How do various cultural texts queer age?

Please submit an approximately 500 word abstract to www.pamla.org/2013.

[UPDATE] The Human journal NOW accepts submissions for June 2013 issue

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:01pm
The Human, a journal of humanities, social sciences, and arts

Call for Papers – The Human journal NOW accepts submissions

The Human is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, and postcolonial), classical and modern Turkish literature, drama, sociology, comparative literature, and cultural studies as well as creative works of art such as poems, short stories, and plays.

Please view our submission guidelines here: http://www.humanjournal.org/index.php/submission/guidelines

[UPDATE] The Dada App (MSA 15, August 29 - September 1, Brighton)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:29pm
Merrill Cole / Western Illinois University

What contemporary uses can we make of Dada methods, techniques, innovations, and ideas? Should Dada inform our politics? Can it help to break us out of the postmodern ever-same, or is it the already-been-done, as Peter Bürger'€™s Theory of the Avant-Garde might suggest? Where is the Dada apparatus today?

[UPDATE] MLA 2014: "Jürgen Habermas's Communicative Action & Writing" (Jan 9-12, 2014)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:59pm
Ruben Quesada

The proposed session seeks writers and scholars to reassess the literary, cultural, and sociopolitical import of Jürgen Habermas's The Theory of Communicative Action . Named as one of the most important sociological books of the 20th century, Habermas's enlightening two-volume book concerns the subjective, objective, and intersubjective or social avenues of speech and language. This proposal seeks to address issues of central concern to writing in the digital age—aesthetic and composition—truth, value, and expression.

Submit 250-word abstract due by 4 March 2013.

Jürgen Habermas's Communicative Action & Writing

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:43pm
Ruben Quesada

The proposed session seeks writers and scholars to reassess the literary, cultural, and sociopolitical import of Jürgen Habermas's book, The Theory of Communicative Action . Named as one of the most important sociological books of the 20th century, Habermas's enlightening two-volume book concerns the subjective, objective, and intersubjective or social avenues of speech and language. This proposal seeks to address issues of central concern to writing in the digital age—aesthetic and composition—truth, value, and expression.

Please email 250-word abstracts by 4 March 2013.

Mythology and Popular Culture Area at the MPCA/ACA

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:28pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Call for Papers: MYTHOLOGY and POPULAR CULTURE
2013 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
St. Louis, MO
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2013
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
Deadline for Abstracts: April 30, 2012
Submissions.mpcaaca.org

The Mythology and Popular Culture area of the Midwest PCA invites papers and panels on any aspect of the intersection of myth and popular culture. For example, presenters may wish discuss the role and reconfiguring of religious myth in movies, TV, books or music; alternately, papers may focus on the ways in which popular culture creates new or different mythologies outside of traditional religious discourse.

Writing the Farm: Ecocritical Perspectives on Literature and Agriculture

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:21pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

CFP "Writing the Farm: Ecocritical Perspectives on Literature and Agriculture" at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference--San Diego, CA, November 1-3, 2013.

For the session "Writing the Farm: Ecocritical Perspectives on Literature and Agriculture," we are seeking a variety of papers discussing literary works from any geographic region that deal with "writing the farm" and themes such as sustainable/organic farming, peasant life, farmland development, environment, pollution, animal rights, etc.

Marxism..."That is the Question"

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:49pm
Marxist Literary Group/South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 8-10, 2013

Taking a cue from Shakespeare's Hamlet, this panel focuses on a critical examination of the act or state of calling one's self a Marxist, that is to say, it asks the question, "What does it mean to be a Marxist in the 21st century?" For instance, what are the challenges that arise when reflecting on individual access to digital archives in relation to others who may rely only on printed materials? What are the advantages or disadvantages of Marxist articulations across various media such as print, digital, or film, concerning their selection of viewpoints for defining one's self as "Marxist?" How does "being Marxist" differ across ethnic, gendered, racial, sexual, and religious lines?

Haunting Whiteness: Rhetorics of Whiteness in a 'Post-Racial' Era

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:04pm
Tammie M Kennedy, Joyce Middleton, and Kris Ratcliffee

The editors invite chapter proposals that work with the collection's title, Haunting Whiteness: Rhetorics of Whiteness in a 'Post-Racial' Era. As imagined in this collection, whiteness is an identification, a trope with associated discourses and cultural scripts for thinking and acting. As an identification, whiteness (via its presences and absences) constructs identities for people and texts as well as for cultural events and institutions. As an identification, whiteness functions as Freud describes all identifications: as a ghost, a haunting, which feeds on invisibility, nostalgia, and melancholy.

"English Renaissance Literature," 2013 Meeting of the RMMLA, Vancouver, WA, USA, October 10-12, 2013.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:55pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Twenty-minute papers that address any theme pertaining to English Renaissance Literature. Topics of interest include gender, religious, and race studies in early modern literature. Submit a 300-500 word abstract to Ruben Espinosa at respinosa2@utep.edu. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 10, 2013.

"The Russian Boom Was On": The Inter-Cultural Work of Translation (Nov. 8-10, Atlanta Georgia)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 11:53am
SAMLA 2013 conference

Constance Garnett's 1912 translation of Dostoevsky is credited with sparking the "Russian Fever" in Great Britain, while Russia's entry into the Great War as an ally set off the "Russian Boom." Yet, an increasing fascination with the country, its culture, and its literature dates from the beginning of the 20th century and continues beyond the years of war and revolution.

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