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[Deadline Extended] MLA 2017 Special Session: Nonhumans in Twentieth-Century British Children's Fiction

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:55am
Shun Y. Kiang / Bunker Hill Community College

Animals, fairies, and toys, and their relation to concepts of childhood or the child, fill the pages of British children's fiction in the twentieth century. While childhood was often portrayed in the Victorian period as that of "vulnerability and victimization . . . a comparatively brief, difficult step on the path to adulthood" (Gavin and Humphries), literary representations of childhood from the Edwardian period onward emphasize less on the child's proper relation to the adult world, but more on his or her ability/willingness to cultivate affective ties with a host of nonhuman others, as represented in such works as E. Nesbit's "Five Children and It," J. M.

Special Issue (2017) of 'The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies' (periodical culture)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:33am
The Wyndham Lewis Society

Wyndham Lewis's centrality in the 'little magazine' and periodical cultures of the early twentieth century is well established. In addition to editing several journals himself - 'BLAST', 'The Tyro', and 'The Enemy' - Lewis contributed to 'The English Review', 'The New Age', 'The Tramp', 'The Egoist', 'The Little Review', 'Art and Letters', 'The Athenaeum', and 'The Criterion', among many others. This volume of 'JWLS' seeks 7-10,000-word essays that will expand our understanding of Lewis's contributions to these publications and the social, artistic, bibliographic, and economic networks from which they are inseparable. All submissions should try to engage with the most recent relevant scholarship. Suggested topics include:

Extraneous (Deadline for abstracts April 15, 2016)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:12am
University of North Carolina

thresholds is a forthcoming creative/critical online journal co-edited by Fran McDonald and Whitney Trettien. The journal's platform, currently under development, bears witness to the dynamic processes that constitute reading and writing by way of a split-screen digital architecture. On the left hand side, we publish short scholarly essays. On the right we publish the various text fragments, images, audio and video clips that inspired the author and propelled the corresponding work. For more information about thresholds please visit www.openthresholds.org.

[UPDATE] Adoption and Culture: Building Communities, Changing Discourses 27-29 October 2016, Minneapolis, MN

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:11am
Sixth Biennial Conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

Keynote speakers: Lorraine Dusky, Margaret Jacobs, and Deann Borshay Liem, introducing her new film, _Geographies of Kinship_. Also staged readings by Mu Performing Arts tracing twenty years of adoption theater in the Twin Cities.

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown Hotel, 27-29 October 2016

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or 75-minute panels (Q&A included) that:

[UPDATE] 'Failure' - Excursions Journal (extended deadline: 1st April 2016)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:10am
Excursions Journal

We have extended the deadline for submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Failure' - the new deadline for submissions is 1st April 2016.

Details can be found below. This information is also available at

EXCURSIONS JOURNAL 7:1
Call for Papers: 'Failure'
Extended Deadline: 1 April 2016

'A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.' - Gertrude Stein, Four in America

'Under certain circumstances failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world.' - Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure

Queer Cinema (Publication date: Fall 2016) [UPDATE]

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 6:19am
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Ever since the momentous success of Ang Lee's western-drama Brokeback Mountain, queer film has increasingly reached the mainstream. Brokeback Mountain was followed by a considerable amount of Hollywood productions that focused on representations of queer issues and characters such as Milk, A Single Man, The Imitation Game and, as the youngest addition to the list, Stonewall. The latter is directed by Roland Emmerich, a filmmaker who is usually known for blockbusters like Independence Day. The fact that both star directors and casts have entered the production of critically and commercially successful queer film-making is indicative of its mainstream potential and a growing target audience.

Australia–South Asia: Contestations and Remonstrances (University of Liège, 26-28 January 2017)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 3:09am
European Association for Studies of Australia/University of Liège

This literary and cultural studies conference, to be held at the University of Liège under the auspices of the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) and the local post-colonial studies centre CEREP, will seek to draw attention to the multifarious encounters which have occurred between South Asia and Australia from the nineteenth century to modern times.

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