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[UPDATE] The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:13am
Maia Gil'Adi and John Ribo

Conference: The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference. Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and the Will of Literature.

Dates: 23-25 April, 2015

Panel Title: ¿Queer Brown Futures?: Utopia & Apocalypse in Latina/o Speculative Fiction.

¿Queer Brown Futures?: Utopia & Apocalypse in Latina/o Speculative Fiction

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:08am
Maia Gil'Adi and John Ribo

José Esteban Muñoz's Cruising Utopia opens with an epigraph from Oscar Wilde: "A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth glancing at." For Wilde, utopia is vital because it sets the course of human progress like a future destination humanity strives for but never reaches. Similarly, Muñoz reformulates queerness—and might we add brownness?—as utopian, as futurity, as potentiality, as that which lets us feel the limits of the here and now in order to dream better possibilities.

Piers Plowman in Seattle 23-26 July 2015

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:50am
International Piers Plowman Society

The International Piers Plowman Society announces the Sixth International Piers Plowman Conference, to be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, 23-26 July 2015. All presenters must be members of the Society (see PayPal link on home page to sign up.)

Please send abstracts of ca. 250 words or panel proposals by 1 October 2014 to IPPSinSeattle2015@gmail.com . Panel proposals should include a brief explanation of the topic and brief abstracts of the papers to be considered.

Wrath of God: The Cinema of Klaus Kinski

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:18am
Matthew Edwards UWE

This is a call for papers, for a new anthology tentatively titled Wrath of God: The films of Klaus Kinski.

The collection looks to bring together a series of essays (interviews with filmmakers, will be welcome) on one of cinema's truly volatile sons. Particular emphasis on Kinski's more exploitive roles and obscure gems. Essays on Kinski/Herzog will be welcome, though only one essay per film will be included in the collection.

I'm looking for critical and scholarly essays that discuss individual Kinski films or the man himself.

I have currently received essays on the following films:

Venus in Furs

The Second Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 4:58am

Euroacademia cordially invites you to

The Second Euroacademia International Conference
'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

to be held in Florence, Italy
Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi

17 – 18 October 2014

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 8th of September 2014

Conference description:

call for papers Persian Literary Studies Journal, volume 3, issues 4 and 5, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 2:09am
Farideh Pourgiv/ Shiraz University

The editor is currently seeking scholarly articles for the volume 3, issues 3 & 4 of Persian Literary Studies Journal 2014, a joint publication of Shiraz University and Iran Academy of Literary Criticism. This is an academic peer-reviewed open access journal designed to explore a wide range of issues of current concern to those working in the field of Persian Literature around the world, including classical and modern literature which will be published twice each year.
Manuscripts (text, quotations, and endnotes) should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words following the MLA Style Sheet, 6th edition. Please send manuscript submissions through http://plsj.shirazu.ac.ir.

Edited Collection: Singing Death

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 8:51pm
Helen Hickey, Helen Dell/ University of Melbourne, Australia

The editors are in preliminary negotiations with Ashgate Press for a collection of essays provisionally entitled 'Singing Death' and we would like to invite chapter proposals for this project. 'Singing Death' arises out of a day-long symposium and concert combined, generously supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. This took place at the University of Melbourne, 17th August, 2013: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/media/89722/singing-death_poster_web...

[Update] The Generative Literature Project

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:43pm
The Generative Literature Project/Hybrid Pedagogy

The Generative Literature Project is calling for the participation of two additional Creative Writing/Digital Writing faculty from campuses across the United States to participate in the creation of a transmedia generative digital novel.

This project will take place during Fall Semester 2014, and will involve students and faculty in writing a minimum of one class assignment, one faculty character sketch, and a collaborative analysis of the main character's motive and alibi.

Students and faculty may also wish to create artifacts via social media and blogging, and participate in project "Tweet-Ups" and Google Hangouts as the project progresses. All project writing will be completed by November 1, 2014.

Languages on Trial: Translation and the Law, NeMLA, 30 April - 3 May, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:11pm
Oisín Keohane (University of Toronto) and Ian Fleishman (University of Pennsylvania)

In appealing to the law, one must appeal to language. This raises the question of what kind of appeal to language can be made before the law, and in what ways the law depends on language. Consider Socrates in Plato's "Apology" for instance, pleading to his fellow Athenians to treat him as a stranger, to act as if he were a foreigner, an outsider, one ignorant of the 'native tongue' spoken in Athens. One might highlight how this Socratic 'as if' introduces narrativity and fiction into the very core of legal thought, a narrativity and fiction that the law is both troubled by and which it nevertheless frequently utilizes.

UPDATE: "Race, Gender, and Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century," CFP Deadline: September 1, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 1:24pm
Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) Conference, February 13-14, 2015, San Luis Obispo, California

We invite submissions from all disciplines exploring any aspect of race, gender, or empire in the late seventeenth through early nineteenth centuries. Topics might include the formation of racial categories and ideologies; changing constructions of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality; the shaping of the empire abroad and national identity at home; trans-national and cross-cultural encounters; exploration and scientific expeditions; indigenous religions and missionary activity; global commodity exchange; slavery and abolition; influences between the metropole and the colony; classifications of the civilized and savage; colonial projects and post-colonial critiques; and the era's connections to classical empire and modern imperialism.

CFP Reminder: The New Materialisms - Issue 19, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:42am
FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.

[UPDATE] CFP: Early American Animal Studies, SEA-OIEAHC, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:58pm
Society of Early Americanists - Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture

Call for Proposals (DEADLINE EXTENDED):
SEA-ASLE Roundtable in Early American Animal Studies
SEA-OIEAHC Conference, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015

In recent years, Animal Studies has gained increasing prominence among literature scholars, particularly among those working in the environmental humanities. This roundtable invites early American considerations of non-human animals, broadly conceived. We welcome papers that examine literary or visual texts as well as material artifacts.

CFP: Paradoxa, "The Futures Industry," 10/01/2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:55pm

Paradoxa: Call for Papers: "The Futures Industry"

More than thirty years ago, Fredric Jameson suggested in "Progress versus Utopia" (1982) that, far from providing us with blueprints of the future, the function of science fiction was to dramatize our inability to imagine a future distinct from the capitalist present. Much of his work since, including his "genealogy of the future" in Valences of the Dialectic has focused on the importance of speculative fiction for working through the difficulties of utopian thinking in a context thoroughly saturated by capitalist thinking.