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Sustaining Oneself in Today's Academic Job Market - SAMLA 2014 Nov. 7-9 - Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 10:45pm
Belinda Wheeler

Special Session (Roundtable): 2014 SAMLA Conference (Atlanta, GA)

Today's job market is brutal. The market – starting as early as July and lasting as long as the following June – can be debilitating to one's health (emotional and physical), relationships, scholarship, and teaching. Further problematizing the situation, job seekers are often on the market for more than one year which can lead to fatigue and burnout. Given the exhausting nature of the market, job seekers must have a toolkit to help them survive this trying period.

This roundtable seeks to bring together a diverse range of individuals (different disciplines, backgrounds, appointments, etc.) who have successfully navigated the market in numerous ways.

Conference - Urban Environments in Young Adult Literature panel (Nov. 13-16, 2014)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:33pm
Britni Williams / MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association)

Cities have the ability to set standards, enforce conformity, and dispense punishment to those living in or around urban areas. This ability creates a distinct physical and psychological urban environment. This session will examine how city structures create urban environments and how they are represented in young adult literature. How do these cities act as a unit? How does young adult literature portray cities and their effects on the environment and characters? How do these urban environments affect character development? Papers might address topics such as the development of urban environments, the role of nature in urban environments, or the effects of urban environments on characters and development in young adult literature.

Panel on "Other Entertainments of the Eighteenth-Century Theater", November 6-8, University of Delaware--Deadline June 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 3:52pm
EC/ASECS (East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)

This panel looks beyond the play itself to explore the many other entertainments of the Restoration and eighteenth-century theater – dance, song, farce, pantomime, epilogue, etc. Presentations might analyze these other entertainments in their own right, or consider how they work with one another and with the main entertainment to create the full experience of going to the theater. And of course there were a number of pleasures in the playhouse beyond the scheduled entertainment--as Frances Burney's Mr. Lovell says, "one merely comes to meet one's friends, and shew that one's alive." So, another fruitful topic of discussion might be the entertainment of seeing and being seen, and the various causes of audience inattention to the players.

Disability in World Film Contexts [cfp-edited volume; abstracts by 1 Sept. 2014]

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 3:11pm
Benjamin Fraser

The edited volume titled 'Disability in World Film Contexts' has received initial interest from Yoram Allon of renowned film publisher Wallflower Press (now part of Columbia UP). Contributions are invited in the form of chapters that focus on an individual film or films from a specific national, regional or linguistic context. Such contributions should be of one of two types: 1) essays in the film studies or humanities traditions that give equal weight to the formal properties of cinema and the theme of disability understood in a broadly social context, or 2) anthropological, sociological or geographical approaches to disability as portrayed on film giving more weight to extra-filmic context.

[UPDATE: Deadline Extended to July 1]

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 2:40pm
Natasa Kovacevic, Eastern Michigan University

The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) seeks submissions for an upcoming special issue, "Consensual Empires."

The Health of Cities: MMLA, Detroit, Nov 13-16, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 1:17pm
Emily Waples / MMLA

From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.

Religions, Environments & Popular Culture

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:59am
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

This conference seeks to address the relationship between religion and environment. It will bring together researchers from across the humanities to question the connections between issues of environmental crisis and political religion, and the ways these manifest within popular culture. What is the nature of the intersection between religion and popular culture, and what impact does a human-environment relationship have on this?

Call For Submissions: August,2014 Theme : Big Love, Small Towns; Deadline: 10th July, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:11am
THE FOUR QUARTERS MAGAZINE (http://tfqmagazine.org)

"For the dramatically inclined, love is everything that the Corinthians quote from the Bible says it is. For the cynically inclined, love is measured in patterns of behaviour. For the scientific mind, there might be a solution in the colourful images of the brain as captured by an MRI machine.

[UPDATE] Props and Vessels: Pregnancy, Maternity, and Birth as Objectified Performance

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:12am
American Society for Theatre Research

When blogger Lady Goo Goo Gaga opened a Pottery Barn Kids catalog, she discovered that she is a "very, very bad mother...because I have not once shaped sandwiches into a tic-tac-toe game utilizing carrot shreds and pieces of grapes." The catalog's lunch boxes, displaying an idealized vision of mother's love in comestible form, highlight the way props become an intrinsic part of maternal performance.

[Reminder] The Rhetoric of Waste Panel, SAMLA, November 7-9, Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 6:52am
Iuliu Ratiu, Georgia Tech

"THE RHETORIC OF WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY: Is the rhetoric of waste and sustainability a validation or a critique of neoliberalism? Can we lead less wasteful and more sustainable lives in an era of smart technologies and problem-solving ideology? Can we live off the grid, save the world, and sip fair trade coffee all at the same time? Last but not least, what's the humanistic perspective on empty signifiers such as efficiency, downsizing, outsourcing, sustainable systems, benefits-cost analysis, etc.?

[REMINDER] Don DeLillo (Special Issue of Orbit): abstracts by 30th June 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:10am
Crystal Alberts/University of North Dakota

To mark the 45th anniversary of DeLillo's debut novel and his decades of influence, Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, an open access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon, related authors and adjacent fields, will publish a special issue dedicated to Don DeLillo in 2016.