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CFP: Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:10pm
Tanya Jones, M.Ed & Chris Stoneley

Abstracts are being welcomed for a proposed collection examining the toy as hero. Toys, a celebrated part of childhood and often key figures in children's imaginative play, have a fantastic history of heroism in print and on film. Open to examinations of literature, comics, and film, the collection seeks to be a repository of original essays that analyze the roles toys play as protectors of the child(ren) they love, as heroes of their own stories, or as champions for the greater good.
Possible pieces for consideration:
The Stuff of Legend
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Nutcracker
Calvin and Hobbes
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Toy Story
Toys in the Attic

The Edwidge Danticat Society- MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) Conference, April 9-12, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 9:28pm
The Edwidge Danticat Society

The MELUS conference (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) will be held April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA.

The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for its inaugural panel at the 29th Annual MELUS Conference. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures" we welcome papers that analyze Edwidge Danticat's work (activist, fiction, film, non-fiction) in relationship to immigration arrivals and departures, including presentations that seek to address, but are not limited to: citizenship rulings, detention, mobility, and transportation. The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15 -minute presentations, possible topics include:

Panel "Proliferating Minoritized Bodies & Knowledges in the University," Cultural Studies Association, Riverside May 21-4, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 6:03pm
(Women & Queer) of Color Critique Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association

Cultural Studies Association, "Another University Is Possible: Praxis, Activism, and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy"

Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, Greater Los Angeles Area, California, 21-24 May, 2015

"Proliferating Minoritized Bodies and Knowledges in the University"

An Argumentative Definition Research Essay: Benign or Malignant, Which Gray Matters?

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:42pm
Ashlee Eileen Chmielewski

I have written an argumentative definition paper about benign brain tumors. In the paper I state that malignant brain tumors are not more dangerous than benign brain tumors. In my body paragraphs I explain why benign brain tumors are dangerous by comparing their damaging effects to a malignant brain tumor's. In addition, I also show that the brain is a sensitive area, which is why benign brain tumors are so dangerous. The purpose of my essay is to show my readers that benign brain tumors are just as dangerous as malignant brain tumors.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Society Panels at ALA 2015; May 21-24, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:33pm
Paul Laurence Dunbar Society

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA on May 21-24, 2015.

There is also an upcoming NEH Summer Institute on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History in July 2015. Applications are due by March 2, 2015; please see www.creativelearningfactorydunbar.org for more information.

Session 1: Teaching Dunbar


Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:02pm
Found Footage Magazine

Found Footage Magazine is an independent semi-annual publication distributed worldwide and printed both in English and Spanish. It offers theoretical, analytical and informative contents to Found Footage filmmaking.

In view of the absence of a periodical forum for the divulgation of critical thought, arises FFM as the first journal devoted to Found Footage technique, including all its manifestations: Appropriation Cinema, Compilation Film, Recycled Cinema, Collage Film, Mash-up, Archival Cinema…

Maroons, Indigenous Peoples, and Indigeneity

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:27pm
Charles Town International Maroon Conference

Maroons, Indigenous Peoples, and Indigeneity
June 19-23, 2015
Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

The Seventh Charles Town International Maroon Conference invites papers that explore the relationships between place and tradition in Indigenous and Maroon communities around the globe.

Theatre Arts Journal: Studies in Scenography and Performance (TAJ) (Deadline: March 31, 2015)

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:21am
Tel-Aviv University

Theatre Arts Journal: Studies in Scenography and Performance (www.taj.tau.ac.il ) invites submissions on the following topics:

- Edward Gordon Craig's legacy: a reassessment

- representation in scenography, within the larger political, social, and aesthetic context, in the past as in the present

- the connections between the various visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, computing design, etc.) and the stage in the past and in the present, as well as the formal, conceptual, and epistemological contributions and limitations that such connections entail

Ernest J. Gaines Society Sessions 2015 American Literature Association Conference Boston, Massachusetts May 21-24, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:19am
Matthew Teutsch/ University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Ernest J. Gaines Society invites proposals for papers on any aspect of the work of Ernest J. Gaines for the Gaines Society's sessions at the American Literature Association Annual Conference. Please send a proposal (300 to 500 words) and a short CV to Marcia Gaudet at mgaudet@louisiana.edu by January 15, 2015. All relevant proposals will be considered. For more information on the society, please see the Ernest J. Gaines Center's website ernestgaines.louisiana.edu.

The Rise of the New Negro Woman: "Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives," and the Harlem Renaissance Experience

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:19am
Christopher Allen Varlack, UMBC

Traditionally, women writers of the Harlem Renaissance era from Nella Larsen to Jessie Redmon Fauset to Marita Bonner, among others, have been under-represented in criticism both past and present. The concept of the New Negro, after all, was gendered male, excluding the value role that women writers would play in not only challenging the pervasive color line but in calling increased attention to the depths of African-American experience that, as Zora Neale Hurston posits, white publishers would not print.