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UPDATE: [African-American] ACLA 2009: The Invention of Human Rights in the Nineteenth-Century Novel ( due 11/3/08; 3/26/09)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 2:38pm
Keridiana Chez

Transnational Humanity: The Invention of Human Rights through the
Nineteenth-Century Novel

This ACLA seminar will explore the transatlantic invention of human
rights, and the construction of the multivalent discourse of "humanity,"
through the nineteenth-century novel. Novels have participated in
directing and redirecting the discourse of the "human"â€"the human as closed
system, as biopolitical species-being unit, as rational individualâ€"by
charting interiorities that are deemed to constitute a "human."

UPDATE: [African-American] SW/TX PCA/ACA Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, Collections

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 10:51pm
Elizabeth Festa

Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, Collections
30th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture
Feb 25-28, 2009
Hyatt Regency
Albuquerque, New Mexico

We are inviting submissions for papers focusing on African-American
culture and collecting practice/collections. All proposals that
intersect with these areas are welcome.

Scholars, artists, curators, and other professionals are encouraged to
participate. Graduate students are welcome, with award opportunities for
the best graduate papers. Please visit the organization website for more
information about this conference.

CFP: [African-American] 9th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 10:42pm
Raquel Baker

9th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
April 3-5, 2009

Love, Loss and Empire
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the
intersections among critical and creative approaches to writing both
within and beyond the academy. This year’s conference will examine the
imbrication of affect and empire and will explore the ways in which
affect blurs the lines between presence, absence, past, present, future,
coloniality, postcoloniality and other liminal or ephemeral textual and
identity positions within the increasingly globalized experience of our
present moment.

UPDATE: [African-American] Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: Faking It! Production, Knowledge, Authenticity

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 1:31pm
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference


Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: Faking It! Production,
Knowledge, Authenticity

The fourth annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks submissions for “Faking It!
Production, Knowledge, Authenticity,” a graduate student conference to be
held February 20-22, 2009, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century
Studies and its 2007-09 research theme “Past Knowing.”

CFP: [African-American] Rhetorics of Plague: Early / Modern Trajectories of Biohazard

Friday, October 24, 2008 - 12:51am
Helene Scheck

The threat of biological catastropheâ€"including that by AIDS, ebola, irreversible global warming,
avian influenza, and species extinctionâ€"may seem the specific and daunting provenance of late
20th- and early 21st â€"century life, but it has in fact been a crucial part of history since ancient
times. It is important to remember, for instance, that starting in the 14th century and extending
well into the 18th, the bubonic plague (as the Black Death) ultimately took the lives of at least
35% of the entire population in Europe, as well as nearly that much in central Asia, killing an
estimated total of 75 million people. Given these numbers, it could be argued that premodern

CFP: [African-American] Essay Collection on Suzan-Lori Parks

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 1:56pm
Gregory Leon Miller

Call for Submissions for an Essay Collection on Suzan-Lori Parks

All proposals will receive serious consideration, but essays based on any
of the following themes or theoretical perspectives are especially welcome:
performance theory and/or practice
African-American drama
stage vs. page
cultural studies
gender and sexuality
tradition and modernity/postmodernity
experimental / popular

Please submit abstracts or essays, along with a brief CV, by December 15,
2008 to Greg Miller at: <>. Completed essays will be
due June 2009.