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Imagined Others, Invented Voices (ACLA, Toronto, April 4-7, 2013)

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:38pm
Melissa White, Alma College

This seminar seeks papers on instances where specific language suggests, but does not clearly articulate or locate, the voice of "the other." The difficulty of locating or voicing the other can represent itself in the untranslated and untranslatable, borrowed words and imagery, nonsense and puns, or formal strategies that create circular logic and blocked or slipped signification.

Crosshatched Places: Mapping Spatial Complexities; ACLA, Toronto, April 4-7, 2013

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:14pm
American Comparative Literature Association

This panel explores how the trope of "crosshatching"—as elaborated in Mieville's novel, The City and the City, or illustrated by Sergei Larenkov's photography—helps us redraw cognitive maps of contested spaces. Crosshatching, where "two or more worlds inhabit the same territory," illustrates how spaces we live in or move through are palimpsests of differing, often competing, narratives. Consider, for example, riven cities like Berlin or Sarajevo, the Jewish ghetto of Renaissance Venice, the medieval pilgrim's Jerusalem. To negotiate such spaces comfortably, we "unsee" features that might breach the political or cultural truths by which we live.

Creating a Climate for Change: Activism Within and Beyond the Borders of the Classroom

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 11:34am
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)

This panel explores the ways in which scholars within the Environmental Humanities contribute to the fight for earth sustainability and justice through activist approaches in criticism and teaching that transform human behavior and shape societal attitudes. In the humanities we are too often accused of "navel-gazing," of being removed from "real world" issues, but the growing field of the Environmental Humanities itself challenges this misconceived notion. Comprised of teachers and critics from a range of academic institutions, humanist disciplines, and cultural backgrounds, this panel collectively raises questions about how humanist study translates into activism and creates change.

[UPDATE] Across the Shadow Lines: Diasporas in the Age of Transnationalism (ACLA, Toronto, 4/4-4/7/13; deadline, 11/15/12)

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:44am
Sheshalatha Reddy (Howard University); Parama Sarkar (University of Toledo)

As the movement of peoples across state borders, diasporas are both literal and imaginative insofar as they entail the concomitant crossing of cultural forms. Diasporas forge and decimate local communities, call into question the boundaries of the nation-state, and reconfigure international relations. Ideally, they can result in the creation of new modes of social relations by producing opportunities for education and work and also encouraging the cross-fertilization of peoples, ideas, and arts. Yet migration has historically often been the result of forced labor, persecution, war, environmental degradation, decolonization and neo-imperialism, and the unrelenting spread of global capital.

[UPDATE] A New Sense of Place: Travel and Alterity in Southern Literature (Special Topics Panel, LSU Mardi Gras Conference)

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 1:39am
LSU English Graduate Student Association

In her 2011 Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature, scholar Thadious Davis revivifies the idea of place in southern literature. It is such reconsiderations of southern places as dynamic spaces that this panel will explore. The 2013 Mardi Gras Conference theme is "In Momentum: Literature, Travel, and Alterity." (See http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/47987 for the conference-wide CFP.) This timely theme asks for a discussion of notions of place and space, for considerations of how travel and movement, boundedness and freedom, can be considered in terms of literature, art, science, thought.

A New Sense of Place: Travel and Alterity in Southern Literature (Special Topics Panel, 2013 LSU Mardi Gras Conference)

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 1:33am
LSU English Graduate Student Association

In her 2011 Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature, scholar Thadious Davis revivifies the idea of place in southern literature. It is such reconsiderations of southern places as dynamic spaces that this panel will explore. The 2013 Mardi Gras Conference theme is "In Momentum: Literature, Travel, and Alterity." (See http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/47987 for the conference-wide CFP.) This timely theme asks for a discussion of notions of place and space, for considerations of how travel and movement, boundedness and freedom, can be considered in terms of literature, art, science, thought.

POSITIONING HEROISM AND VILLAINY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 3:22pm
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference 2013

POSITIONING HEROISM AND VILLAINY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

Seminar Organizer(s):
Vartan Messier

"It's the plight of all heroes today. In the air, they're terrific. But when they come back to earth, they're weak, poor, and helpless." – Jean Renoir

ACLA 2013 Seminar: Psychologies of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:00pm
Adam Meehan (The University of Arizona

ACLA 2013 (Toronto, ON) – April 5-7, 2013

Seminar: Psychologies of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture

Seminar Leader: Adam Meehan (The University of Arizona)

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2012

Conference Website: http://www.acla.org/acla2013/

Note: You must submit your papers through the ACLA website submission form; you will select the name of this seminar from the drop down menu:

http://acla.org/submit/index.php

Navigating Place and Power

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 11:46am
Duke University Department of History

The Graduate Students of the Duke University Department of History are pleased to invite graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers for Navigating Place and Power, an annual one-day conference at Duke University on Friday, February 15, 2013. This interdisciplinary conference will seek to promote dialogue between scholars of various disciplines in order to uncover the inner workings of how people and groups negotiate systems of power. Papers may engage with various scales of power and explore dimensions of place, from broad transnational networks to the politics of everyday life.

African, Caribbean and African American Popular Culture

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 11:42am
Popular Culture Association

Popular Culture Association is seeking Papers or Panels on any aspect of Africana African, Caribbean and African American Popular Culture

Including (but not limited to): African Traditional Culture, Music (any type or aspect) Dance, Literature (oral and written), the Slave Community, Film, Racism, Photography, Clothing Styles, Africanisms, Culture and Conflict, Cultural Beliefs, Family, Religion or Alternative Spirituality such as Hoodoo, History, Folk medicine, Material Culture, and the Popular Culture of Natural Disasters (such as with hurricane Katrina), Riots or Terrorism & any other areas.

Coastal Plains Graduate Conference: April 5-6, 2013 [UPDATE]

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 11:18am
Coastal Plains Graduate Conference / University of Houston Graduate English Society

Join us for our 3rd Annual Conference
Friday and Saturday April 5-6 2013
at the University of Houston

With Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Rebecca Moore Howard
from Syracuse University
and
Dr. Natalie Houston
from the University of Houston

The 2013 Conference Theme: Revolution

Social and cultural evolution depends on revolution. Society stagnates and decays when people stop reevaluating laws, traditions, and expectations. Sometimes, not just to progress but to survive, we must revolt.

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