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[UPDATE] Dramatizing Old Age, NeMLA, Toronto 4/30-5/3

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 9:26pm
Will Youngman

Tobin Siebers in Disability Theory offers what is a central tenet of Disability Studies. The normative body and its full range of function—its ability to work and move—is at best a temporary fiction, one which accidents, disease, or disability might shatter at any moment. Indeed, the notion that the body's wholeness can be diminished by old age is something of a commonplace. Jacques's speech, for example, in As You Like It rehearses the familiar scheme of the Ages of Man, connecting each stage to a part played on stage, with the beginning and the end roles described by their lack of power. But what might early modern English literature challenge about the temporary nature of the normative body?

Call for Papers: African American Literature at CEA 2015

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 6:10pm
College English Association

Call for Papers, CEA 2015 | IMAGINATIONS
46th Annual Conference | March 26-28, 2015 | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, One South Capital Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204, Phone (317)-632-1234; Fax (317) 616-6299
Submission deadline: November 1, 2014 at http://cea-web.org/

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 46th annual conference.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment (11/1/2014, 3/26-28/2015)

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:26pm
Jerry J. Alexander, Ph.D. / College English Association

Call for Papers: Special Topics--Learning Outcomes and Assessment at CEA 2015

Call for Papers, CEA 2015 | IMAGINATIONS

46th Annual Conference | March 26-28, 2015 | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, One South Capital Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204, Phone (317)-632-1234; Fax (317) 616-6299

Submission deadline: November 1, 2014 at http://cea-web.org/

Urban Pests, Ecology, and Social Justice (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:02am
Matthew Lambert/NeMLA

From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?

ACLA 2015 - Compromised Radicals and Failed Revolutions: The Unfinished Politics of the '70s

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:05am
American Comparative Literature Association

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, American writers have begun to return to the political and aesthetic moment of the late 1960s and 1970s. This turn has taken both a domestic and a global perspective: from the recent revival of interest in the Weather Underground as the United States' own stillborn revolutionary moment—we can think of Bill Siegel's 2002 documentary, new novels from Russell Banks and Jay Cantor, and the recent memoirs of David Gilbert, Bill Ayers and Cathy Wilkerson, to name just a few—to a revisiting of 1970s global insurgencies in places such as Italy, India, and South Africa as in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowlands, and Chris Abani's The Secret History of Las Vegas respectively.

The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Call for Papers for Vol. I Issue 2 (Deadline: Nov 15, 2014)

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 6:02am
The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

Call for Papers for Vol. I Issue 2 of The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
(Online ISSN: 2393-9001)

(The issue is divided into two segments - Focus and Feature. Both segments have similar submission guidelines but different themes. Please specify submission category in subject line during submission/inquiry.)