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Fifth International Symposium on European Languages in East Asia: Crises, Changes, and Chances: The European Conundrum

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 11:09pm
European Languages Division, Department of Foreign LAnguages, National Taiwan University

Fifth International Symposium on European Languages in East Asia

Crises, Changes, and Chances: The European Conundrum

Taipei, October 24-25, 2014

As Europe finds itself engulfed in a long-lasting socio-economic crisis, the languages of Europe have tracked the developments by changing, innovating, and adapting to the new circumstances. In this year's Symposium we would like to examine the role that language in all its manifestations (i.e. linguistic system, literature, public discourse, language teaching) has played both in the current and in past periods of crisis in Europe. In the next few paragraphs we will try to provide an outline of the particular areas we suggest the submitted papers address.

"Reading Arabic Poetics in America: Colonialism, Tanslation, and the Sociality of Form"

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:49pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

What are the stakes of reading arabic poetics in america at the present historical and political moment? How does the reading of arabic poetics--and of arabic texts considered in the broadest possible sense--relate to the legacies of colonialism, on the one hand, and the demand for and fact of translation, on the other? What is the relation between translation--within and between the arabic language(s) and others--and social and political practices of form? Submission form may be found at: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas. Due: May 15.

Catharine Macaulay Prize for Graduate Student Papers (ASECS)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:23pm
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Women's Caucus

The Catharine Macaulay Prize
NEW Deadline for submission: May 31, 2014

The Catharine Macaulay Prize is an annual award made by the Women's Caucus of ASECS for the best graduate student paper on a feminist or gender studies subject presented at the ASECS Annual Meeting or at any of the regional meetings during the academic year. In addition to special recognition, the prize carries a cash award of $350.

To be eligible for the prize, papers must advance understanding of gender dynamics, women's experience, and/or women's contributions to eighteenth-century culture, or offer a feminist analysis of any aspect of eighteenth-century culture and/or society.

Scandinavian Literature and Culture

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 6:30pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

Presiding Officer:
Marlene Broemer, Clackamas Community College

English Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century--PAMLA 2014 Standing Session deadline 5/15 (Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 5:32pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 112th Annual Conference (Riverside, CA)

Please consider submitting a proposal on any aspect of English literature and culture in the long nineteenth century for this standing session.

Submission Deadline: May 15

Proposals must be submitted via the PAMLA website (http://www.pamla.org/2014).

For questions about the session, please contact Jane J. Lee at csudh.edu.

The 2014 PAMLA conference will be held Friday, October 31st through Sunday, November 2nd at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California.

Edited Collection: TV Geniuses (Abstracts Due June 1)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 5:04pm
Ashley Carlson

A major publisher has shown interest in a collection of essays focused on the portrayal of genius in contemporary television. Genius characters are present in many of today's top television series, such as House, Bones, Sherlock, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, The Bing Bang Theory, and Numb3rs. The characters in these shows provide an interesting lens for considering how intelligence is understood and constructed in our society, particularly in terms of the social and psychological impact of genius. They also lend themselves to readings addressing race, class, and gender.

Comics and Graphic Narratives

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:51pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference (PAMLA)

Looking for submissions for the PAMLA Conference October 31st-November 2nd, in Riverside, CA. Please submit paper proposals on any aspect of comics or graphic narratives by May 15th, 2014 via the conference link: http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals. I'm strongly encouraging all presenters to include visual material in their presentations, by utilizing Powerpoint, Prezi, or some other presentation platform. Also, since the conference takes place on Halloween, presenters are invited to find ways to connect their presentations to the theme "Familiar Spirits," though this is not required.

Sustaining Circum-Atlantic Movements in African-American Literature: SAMLA (7-9 Nov. 2014)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:30pm
SAMLA: African-American Literature

This panel invites papers that examine circum-Atlantic movement and cultures in contemporary African-American literature. Although earlier works (such as Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse and Alice Walker's The Color Purple) have produced a wealth of discussions about exchanges between US, Caribbean, and African places and cultures, we are especially interested in essays that address how recent African-American works have sustained, portrayed, and/or problematized depictions of circum-Atlantic cultural exchanges and movements. By June 1, 2014, please submit a 250-500 word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Amy K. King, University of Mississippi, at amykatherineking at gmail.com.

Stand-Up Comedy and American Culture -- AHSA (New Orleans, 12/4-12/7)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 2:56pm
Peter C. Kunze, University at Albany, SUNY

I'm looking for two or three presenters to help round out a panel on stand-up comedy and American culture for the American Humor Studies Association/Mark Twain Circle Quadrennial Conference. The conference will take place at the Four Points Sheraton French Quarter on Bourbon Street from 12/4 to 12/7.

My own paper is on Louis C.K., so I welcome fellow presenters interested in American stand-up comedy. Due to a tight time frame, please send a 50-100 word proposal to me at pkunze@albany.edu by May 15. Inquiries welcome.

Twenty-First-Century American Poetry (10/31-11/2/14; UPDATE

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 2:05pm
PAMLA/Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Papers on 21st century American poets, poetics, and trends, including but not limited to poetic hybridity, unoriginality (found text, appropriation), socio-political engagement, the procedural, or neoconfessional.

Please submit an abstract and brief bio by 5/15.

Marx and Sustainability / SAMLA 86 [Deadline JUNE 10, 2014]

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 2:02pm
Marxist Literary Group

Problems that we now call "ecological" were part of proletarian misery that Marx knew and described well: malnutrition, polluted air and water, noise, a degenerating environment, and overpopulation. In stating that these problems cannot be reduced to natural laws, but rather attributed to flaws in the capitalist society, Marx argues that the inability of capitalism to utilize natural resources effectively offers an excellent opportunity for nationalization of the land. This panel will focus on how these ecological problems can affect labor, production, and the agricultural system. How does the mismanagement of natural resources affect social conditions? Do the present social relations of capitalism stand in the way of agricultural progress?

Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games - PAMLA (October 31 to November 2, 2014)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 1:25pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Video games are ripe for cultural, literary, and game studies, but the fraught relationship they have had with the academy and internal debates, like that between ludologists and narratologists, has hampered their potential. This panel invites papers that wish to take up these methodologies to analyze video games in general, specific games, or uses of virtual reality as a metaphor in popular culture in relation to textual, pedagogical and institutional potentialities. Papers that focus on issues of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, environment, disability, transhistorical concepts of gaming/virtual reality, etc. are welcomed and encouraged.

UPDATE Death Studies panel MPCA/ACA

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:36pm
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

The deadline for paper submissions has been extended until May 15. Any papers about death and other perimortem topics are welcome.

For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal: mpcaaca.org