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Midwest PCA-- Southern Lit and Culture

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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 4:59pm
Anne Canavan/ Midwest Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers
The Southern Literature and Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held Oct. 6-9 at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare in Chicago, IL.
The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of Southern literature or popular culture. This includes works by southerners OR about the south. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:
- Literature (either Southern in setting, by author, or theme)
-Television (Justified, Southern reality television shows including Duck Dynasty, etc)
- Film and Theatre
- Religion and Pop Culture

Call for Book Reviewer for The Intimacies of Four Continents, Lisa Lowe 2015 (review due mid-May 2016)

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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 4:10pm
Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal seeks a reviewer to review The Intimacies of Four Continents (Lisa Lowe, 2015). The review will appear in a special issue of the journal focused on The Female American; or, The Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield. Publication is scheduled for late fall 2016. Review length is 750 – 1000 words. The completed review will be due to the editors in mid-May (deadline to be negotiated). The selected reviewer will receive a copy of Lowe's book.

If interested, please reply with one-page c.v. to denise_macneil@redlands.edu.

SPECTRA Journal submissions open for Issue 5.2

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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 1:06pm
SPECTRA (the Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives) Journal

SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal http://spectrajournal.org
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Issue 5.2, Spring 2016
Theme: Crisis & Transformation
Initial abstracts due Friday, April 15, 2016 Full submissions due Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MSA 2016 Panel Proposal: The Commodification of Everyday Life

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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 12:53pm
Andrew Kalaidjian and Steven Pokornowski Seek Panelists for Proposed Panel at Modernist Studies Association Annual Meeting 2016

In "Enlightenment as Mass Deception," Horkheimer and Adorno famously bemoan "the false identity of the general and the particular" produced via mass culture, arguing that there is no escaping the violent generalization of Capital. Furthermore, they argue that regardless of politics, "all mass culture is [aesthetically] identical." The problem, in short, is that culture has been industrialized – in both the sense of its mechanical reproducibility and its production for sale and profit. The rise of the internet and digital culture has only further intensified this trend. Consider: reality television, social media, and so called "gig economy" apps such as Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB serve to both infinitely reproduce and commodify everyday life.

Translating Genre, Language, Power

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Friday, March 25, 2016 - 9:04am
Midwest Modern Language Association

In the Middle Ages, there existed a concept known as translatio studii. Broadly speaking, this term refers to the transfer of cultural knowledge from one language and literature to another, often in the context of political and cultural conquest. These adaptations are often representative of the individual contributing components but manage to create new knowledge through overlap or expanding boundaries of culture, and authority.

In the spirit of translatio studii, this panel seeks to explore the adaptation of texts and concepts across time, language, media, history, gender, and socio-political power structures. All papers from any time period or culture addressing this interweaving and adaptation of meaning via language are welcome.