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[Reminder] Performing Freedom, Troubling Race (Abstract deadline 9/30)

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:28pm
Maleda Belilgne/NeMLA

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014

"Rethinking Poe's Sublime," Poe Studies panel, ALA in Boston, May 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:43pm
Poe Studies Association

Poe abandoned his proposed Tales of the Folio Club sometime after 1835, but still wanted to issue a collected edition of his prose fiction. Dropping the literary club motif, he combined the original tales with additional items from the Southern Literary Messenger. This new collection of 25 stories became Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). What choices informed Poe's decisions about what to include? To what extent does the term "grotesque"—especially as it relates to Poe's notions of the sublime—function as a defining characteristic of the two volumes' contents? Papers are invited on specific tales as well as on Poe's discussions of the sublime and/or the grotesque in his reviews, miscellaneous writings, and poetic treatises.

Orson Welles: A Centennial Celebration and Symposium, April 29-May 2, 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:50pm
Indiana University Cinema

Indiana University plans an academic symposium welcoming scholars, archivists, filmmakers, and others interested in celebrating the centennial of Orson Welles's birth. The event will be held April 29-May 2, 2015 on the beautiful Bloomington, Indiana campus and hosted by Indiana University's newly established Media School; the Indiana University Libraries (including the Lilly Library, home of the Orson Welles Papers, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive); and Indiana University Cinema, which has earned an international reputation for the high quality of its facilities and programming.

Romantic and Victorian Echoes: A Transatlantic Exchange

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:04pm
Dewey W. Hall, Northeast MLA Conference 2015

This panel applies a transnational approach, which is interested in links between British Romantic and Victorian authors with American writers such as (but not limited to) William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wordsworth and Henry David Thoreau, etc. Papers will focus on how British writers influenced the form, content, and sensibility of American writers.

Theodore Dreiser Panels at American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 21-24, 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 5:01pm
International Theodore Dreiser Society

The International Theodore Dreiser Society will sponsor two panels at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA on May 21-24, 2015.

Panel One: Open Topic
• Papers are invited on any topic concerning Dreiser.

Panel Two: Dreiser and Gender
• Papers are invited on topics concerning gender and sexuality in Dreiser's life and work. Over the past two decades, gender and sexuality have become particularly crucial issues in Dreiser studies. We welcome papers that contribute to the complex, provocative dialogue about these issues.

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Panelists are not required to be members of the International Theodore Dreiser Society.

Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:44pm
Dewey W. Hall, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Romantic Ecocriticism:
Origins and Legacies
Dewey W. Hall, Editor
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Call for Papers

Romantic Ecocriticism invites article length papers that examine the influence of cultural factors on seminal writers from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For example, William Wordsworth read Gilbert White's The Natural History of Selborne; Samuel Taylor Coleridge derived metaphors from the lectures by Humphrey Davy; Mary Shelley derived the basis for Frankenstein from the vitalism debate initiated by John Abernathy and William Lawrence.

New Voices 2015 Graduate Student Conference

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:40pm
New Voices

The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2015 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held winter 2015 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and speakers related to our annual theme, which is as follows.

[UPDATE]: What's Law Got to Do With It?: Diasporic Literature Post-9/11

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:24pm
Justine Dymond/Northeast Modern Language Association

In her 2010 collection of essays, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, the Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat writes, "There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously, and Albert Camus, like the poet Osip Mandelstam, suggests that it is creating as a revolt against silence, creating when both the creation and the reception, the writing and the reading, are dangerous undertakings, disobedience to a directive" (11). This session focuses on the literature of diasporic communities that disobey legal directives and constructions of personhood, citizenship and immigrant status in the post-9/11 era.

CFP - Edited Collection on Marvel Cinematic Universe - Phase 1

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:30pm
Dr. Kristin Barton

As one of the biggest and most successful film franchises of all time, Marvel's approach to developing an interconnected film universe has seemingly revolutionized the way superhero films are being made. Creating a shared universe with elements that crossover and interconnect individual films (culminating in perhaps the ultimate "team-up" film, The Avengers), this approach to filmmaking changed the way characters and storylines are developed. Marvel's foresight has resulted in a long-term plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which at this point consists of three distinct phases, each of which is to conclude with an Avengers film.

Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology, NeMLA April 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:27pm
North East Modern Language Association

Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.

Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop FEBRUARY 26 & 27, 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:14pm
South Asia Research Group at York Centre for Asian Research, York University

Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop
FEBRUARY 26 & 27, 2015

Call For Participation
2015 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop: Questions of Method in South Asian Studies

York University, Toronto

Workshop dates: February 26th & 27th, 2015
CFP deadline: October 15, 2014

The Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies (CASAS) Workshop will take place on February 26th and 27th, 2015. CASAS offers a forum for exploring research on and critical discussions about the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Building on previous years, the third annual workshop will provide a space for scholars to share works in progress and engage with new ideas.

2015 PCA ACA National Conference – Business, Money and Office Culture Area

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:41pm
Diana Osborne/ PCA ACA - Business, Money and Offcie Culture Area

The Business, Money, & Office Cultures Area of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations invites papers on the theme of the Businessman as Hero. One of the dominant narrative threads of our era places the successful businessman as the driver of history and the savior of civilization. We welcome proposals that explore how this narrative is propagated–or contested–in the mass media and how the businessman-as-hero scenario plays out in popular culture.
Suggested Topics:
• The Businessman as Rock Star – corporate executives and entrepreneurs as celebrities and "do-gooders"
• Wall Street 2008: "Bailout" or "Heist of the Century" – the "Great Recession" narrative

[UPDATE]: Great Writing Creative Writing Conference (UK) 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:27pm
Great Writing: International Creative Writing Conference - Imperial College, London

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Great Writing
International Creative Writing Conference (UK)

Imperial College, London
Saturday 20 June – Sunday 21 June 2015

Proposals are invited for the 18th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference. Creative or critical presentations are welcome.

In this, the 18th year of the conference, we look to celebrate creative writing in all its forms and to explore topics in creative writing teaching and learning.

Proposals are peer-reviewed. The conference also features the Annual New Writing International Creative Writing Lecture.

theory@buffalo 18: Derrida Matters

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:23pm
State University of New York at Buffalo

Because of his early silence on the issue, when Jacques Derrida is pressed concerning "the materialist text" in Positions (1971), his response might seem enigmatic: If "matter in this general economy designates . . . radical alterity," then "what [he] write[s] can be considered 'materialist.'" Far from absent, materiality will have been silently at work in Derrida, perhaps, from the beginning and in general.