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Reading Fantasy -- RMMLA, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 6-8 Oct., 2015.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:44pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This Special Topics session will explore English-language fantasy literature, film, and television.Topics may include, but are not limited to: Vampire literature (Twilight, The Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries,) Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Fairy Tales, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Once Upon A Time, etc. Pedagogical and interdisciplinary approaches to English-language fantasy literature are welcome.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2015

Send 200-300 word proposals or inquiries to Mandy Taylor at mjhtaylor@gmail.com.

UPDATE call for papers and creative writing the quint Deadline 25/2/15

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:43pm
the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north

The quint's twenty-sixth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 25 February 2015—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.

Space and Place The Space and Place Project

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:10pm

Space and Place
The Space and Place Project

Thursday 3rd September – Saturday 5th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Picturing Childhood in American Literature and Culture - SAMLA - Nov. 13-15, 2015 - Durham, NC

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:21am
Laura Hakala / SAMLA: Graduate Students' Forum in English

In her recent book about the role of childhood studies in the humanities, Anna Mae Duane writes, "The study of children, often seen as peripheral to the important work of understanding social, political, national, and ethnic structures, allows us to rethink the very foundations underlying these structures." This panel will explore how children play central roles in "social, political, national, and ethnic structures" and consider the ways in which literary representations of childhood participate in this process. When we study child characters and fictional depictions of childhood, what new insights are revealed about social and cultural institutions? How have those roles shifted over time throughout American literature and culture?

[UPDATE] Raymond Williams Now

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 4:38am
Radical Studies Network

30 May 2015

Recent years have witnessed major critical reappraisals of British Cultural Studies and its key figures. This one-day conference, organised by the Greater Manchester-based Radical Studies Network, continues that process through assessment of Raymond Williams' work and legacy.

The event will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Tony Crowley on 'Keywords, Then and Now'. Artist Ruth Beale will present a film of her 30-minute performance, 'Performing Keywords', first performed at the Turner Contemporary, 2013. The day will conclude with a round-table discussion on Raymond Williams and the contemporary Left.

Comparative Literature in India: Contemporary Issues

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 2:10am
Centre for Comparative Literature, UNIVERSITY of HYDERABAD

University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad, Telangana, India – 500046
National Seminar
Comparative Literature in India: Contemporary Issues
18-19 March, 2015


Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 2:03am

International Conference on

Critical Afrocentric Re-Framing of Intellectual Portraits: Contemporary Updates to Traditions of Genius -- October 16-17, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:47am
27th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, Sponsosred by Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) -- Location: The Wyndham-Historic District, Philadelphia, PA,

We seek cutting-edge papers from an international cadre of scholars to introduce intriguing and effective ideas about using the Afrocentric paradigm to update, re-frame, modernize, and re-engage African global intellectual legacies. We are excited about the methods and applications presenters will offer to give contemporary Afrocentric readings of the knowledge and values found in experiential and life narratives from the global African intellectual tradition. Such a collective exploration of the possibilities of discovery and re-discovery of innovation and genius-thought has dynamic potential to inform contemporary strategies for liberation, agency, historical awareness, and ancestral acknowledgment.

MLA Austin 2016 Special Session: More-Than-Human Publics in Nineteenth-Century English Literature

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:50pm
Shun Yin Kiang/ Northeastern University

Possible topics: animal-human encounters, pastoral or colonial representations of ecologies/life words, and narratives and poetics of living in common(s). We especially welcome papers attending to the affective, everyday nature of more-than-huamn encounters and eco-spheres, as invoked/mediated in Romantic poetry and Victorian fiction. The diverse, if diffuse, impact this period's representations of more-than-human publics have on contemporary or subsequent readings of nineteenth-century England and its empire, and, more broadly, on animating new relations/approaches to postcolonial studies, green studies, bio-politics, more-than-humanism, etc., are of particular interest to this panel.

Old and New Media in Puerto Rican Literature and Culture MLA 2016

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 8:31pm
MLA Discussion Group on Puerto Rican Literature and Culture

Old and New Media in Puerto Rican Literature and Culture

Representation, technology, labor, construction of self and community. Mediatic heteroglossia: print, film, animation, graphic novels, digital, artisanal texts. 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu).


Travel Documents & Documentation (MSA 17, Boston, MA, Nov 19-22)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 7:20pm
Nissa Cannon / University of California, Santa Barbara

Despite the ubiquity of the peripatetic figure in the modernist text, the early twentieth century is marked by persistent tensions on the traveller: as technological innovations granted greater mobility, the state moved to restrict motion. By the 1880s, transatlantic steamship crossing, once a weeks-long affair, could be completed in a mere five days, yet the introduction of mandatory passports in the West about 1914 meant the global traveler faced increasing juridical restrictions on their movement. These forces share a common thread: they are structured and made possible by paperwork.

[MLA 2016, Austin] Special Session "Translation, Genre, Politics"

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:10pm
Josephine Hardman / UMass Amherst

MLA special session will investigate the influence of literary translation and adaptation on the development of new genres, forms, and modes of literature.

How do translated texts contribute to already-established literary canons in the receiving culture(s)? What kinds of translational choices do translators make? What is kept and what is lost in the process of translation?

Call for Papers: Imagining the Future Together: Critical Essays on Indigenous Science Fiction

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:55pm
Brian K. Hudson / University of Oklahoma

Call for Papers: Imagining the Future Together: Critical Essays on Indigenous Science Fiction

Paper proposals are now being accepted for a collection of essays potentially to be published for the new imprint at the University of Wales press for critical work on the genre of Indigenous science fiction.

For a good introduction to the genre, see Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction edited by Grace Dillon.