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[DEADLINE APPROACHING] CFP: Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:44pm
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.

[Registration Open Now] Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 7:47pm
University of Liverpool

Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance, University of Liverpool, 1-3 July 2015

<<< Last chance to submit abstracts: 30 March 2015 >>>

The conference proceedings will be published as a special issue of the International Journal of Literature and Psychology, and will include a separate edited volume on "silence". Submissions for the proceedings should be received no later than
30 April 2015.

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Race and Revolution (MSA 17)

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 3:30pm
Michael Soto / Trinity University

This panel welcomes papers exploring how creative writers and other cultural actors understood racial identity in light of twentieth-century political revolutions. How, for example, did the Afro-diaspora conceive of "blackness" or "Négritude" in the wake of communist upheavals in the Soviet Union (and later Asia, Latin America, and Africa)? How did Marxist revolutionary regimes make space for or undermine cultural expressions that privileged race ahead of social class? What new aesthetic forms (in poetry, fiction, film, theater, visual art, and music) emerged out of contact between racialized subject positions and revolutionary contexts?

Possible topics include (but are hardly limited to):

L.M. Montgomery and Gender

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 2:30pm
Laura Robinson/ L.M. Montgomery Institute

From Anne's initial iconic and heartrending cry in Anne of Green Gables—"You don't want me because I'm not a boy"—to the pressure on young men to join the war effort in Rilla of Ingleside, and from the houseful of supportive co-eds in Anne of the Island to the tyrannical grandmother in Jane of Lantern Hill, Lucy Maud Montgomery's work highlights gender roles: how formative and deterministic they seem, and yet mutable they may be. Much Montgomery criticism of the past several decades has regarded her work from a feminist and gender studies perspective. Given that Canada is fast approaching the centenary of women's suffrage in the province of Manitoba (1916) and nationally (1918), the twelfth biennial conference hosted by the L.M.

"HEROES IN POPULAR CULTURE" MPCA/ACA Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 1-4, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 1:16pm
Jef Burnham, DePaul University

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Submit to: Submissions.mpcaaca.org

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in media
-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology
-Hero worship
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

A Timely Look at Gertrude Stein Studies

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:57am
PAMLA Conference November 6-8, 2015 (Abstracts due May 15th)

This special session panel is devoted to exploring recent trends in Gertrude Stein studies, a particularly timely focus given the recent profusion of Stein scholarship. Scholarly and popular interest in Gertrude Stein has exploded in recent years, and in the past five years alone Stein studies has generated two successful international museum exhibits, several book-length scholarly studies, numerous scholarly articles, a forthcoming work devoted to teaching Stein, and several new editions of her work.

Midwest MLA 2015 (Columbus, OH) Special Session: Networks and U.S. Ethnic Literature

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 5:10am
Jeehyun Lim

This session explores the relationship between recent sociological discussions on networks and U.S. literature by writers of color. In The Rise of the Network Society, Manuell Castells argues that the last quarter of the twentieth century has seen a social evolution based on developments in computer-mediated communication. While network is certainly not a new term and different kinds of networks have been important in many societies over time, Castells sees networks enabled by micro-electronics based digital communication as playing a central role in social organization and social relations in the network society.

Cosmopolitanism/Women Writers/Biography

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:17am
University of Queensland

Studies of the global, the transnational, the cross-cultural and the postcolonial have (re-)emerged in recent years as part of a broader interest in the ways we speak to each other across and within boundaries of space and time. The term "cosmopolitan" is one that can be used to capture the divergent meanings raised by these in different contexts – "in its wide and wavering nets," Carol Breckenridge has argued, cosmopolitanism "catches something of our need to ground our sense of mutuality in conditions of mutability, and to learn to live tenaciously in terrains of historic and cultural transition" (Cosmopolitanism).

UPDATE 4th BAKEA Symposium 7-8-9 October 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 6:06pm
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium

BAKEA Symposium is open to all participants from the fields of English Language and Literature, American Culture and Literature, French and German Language and Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies.

[UPDATE] Jaws 40th Anniversary Symposium 17 June 2015. Deadline 31 March 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 5:12pm
Professor Ian Hunter, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited for a One-Day Symposium to mark the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg's JAWS.

The Symposium takes place on Wednesday 17 June 2015 from 10.00 - 6.00 in HA 0.08 at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

The Symposium is part of the Faculty of Technology Research Seminar Series and is hosted at the Leicester Media School by The Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and The Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Keynote speakers include Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University) and Nigel Morris (Lincoln University).

2015 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, Television Area — 10/1/15-10/4/15

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:07pm
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

2015 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference

October 1-4, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2015 conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

MMLA Illustrated Text Special Session: CFP Due April 5, 2015

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:27am
Midwest Modern Language Association

Christopher Martiniano, Chair | Adam T Sonstegard, Secretary

The Illustrated Texts session welcomes papers as well as innovative or even illustrative presentations that interrogate the concept of illustration broadly construed. In addition to proposals that explore traditionally illustrated texts, this panel also invites proposals that question the illustrative nature of much of our own work. Does illustration "light up, clear up, or elucidate" our text as its etymology suggests or is it operating differently?

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