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Arts of the Present - October 22-25, 2009 (Deadline April 1, 2009)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 10:16am
A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present

A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Launch Conference: "ASAP 1: Arts of the Present"

October 22-25, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee

Plenaries: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Sianne Ngai, Anton Vidokle

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A.S.A.P. is an international, nonprofit association dedicated to discovering and articulating the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and political identities of the contemporary arts.

[UPDATE]:MLA, Philadelphia 2009: British graphic novels and comics.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 9:54am
Elizabeth Ho

Deadline for abstracts extended until March 20th, 2009.

Abstracts are invited on British graphic novels and comics.

According to the New York Times, Britain finally "embrace(d) the graphic novel" in 2007, supposedly many years behind the rest of the reading world. The British graphic novel industry is perceived to be dwarfed by its American and continental counterparts, despite the success of Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, publishing houses like Jonathan Cape and the patronage of Posy Simmonds by The Guardian. In what ways is it appropriate to talk about a distinctly British tradition of sequential art?

1st Global Conference: Villains and Villainy (19th September-21st September 2009; Oxford, UK)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 5:07am
Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Villains and Villainy

Saturday 19th September - Monday 21st September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
The hero may always get the bad guy but the bad guys always grab our attention first. Bad guys – both male and female – are almost always the more interesting characters in a tale, whether told via song, film, folk-tale, novel, theatre, myth, television (live action or animated), or urban legend. Villains can devise and implement or commit their acts of villainy either by their innate sheer genius or employing the dark arts of black magic.

The Journal of Browning Studies

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 4:28am
Joseph Phelan

The Journal of Browning Studies

The Journal of Browning Studies, the successor to Browning Society Notes, invites contributions on all subjects connected with the life and work of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and their circle. The new journal, which will appear annually, is intended to become the natural home for critical and scholarly work on the poets. As well as articles and reviews, it will also include a 'Brownings Notes and Queries' section correcting or supplementing existing scholarly and biographical information on the poets.

Amity in Early Modern Literature and Culture

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 4:25am
Paraic Finnerty / University of Portsmouth

We are pleased to announce that the third Annual English Literature Symposium at the University of Portsmouth will be on Amity in Early Modern Literature and Culture and will take place on September 17th 2009. We are delighted that Professor Lorna Hutson will be the plenary speaker at this event.

[UPDATE] Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 2:02am
University of California, Riverside

CFP: Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (New deadline - 3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

This call for papers is for a proposed panel at (dis)junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 16th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference, which will be held on April 3-4, 2009. This year's theme is "Brave New Worlds."

[UPDATE] CFP: Mark Helprin's Worlds (grad) (3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 1:59am
University of California, Riverside

UPDATE: Mark Helprin's Worlds (grad) (new submission deadline - 3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

This call for papers is for a proposed panel at (dis)junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 16th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference, which will be held on April 3-4, 2009. This year's theme is "Brave New Worlds."

[UPDATE] Illustrating Literary Worlds (grad) (3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 1:56am
University of California, Riverside

[UPDATE]: Illustrating Literary Worlds. New submission deadline: 3/11/2009.

This call for papers is for a proposed panel at (dis)junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 16th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference, which will be held on April 3-4, 2009. This year's theme is "Brave New Worlds."

LOST(grad) (EXTENDED 03/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 11:48pm
Gretchen Bartels

LOST
Contributors are invited to submit critical works on any aspect of the television show Lost. Potential topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Lost and philosophy
The epistemology of the flashback
Issues of loss, parental or otherwise
Allusion
Online Communities
Insular representations of the world

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be emailed to Gretchen Bartels (g.bartels@gmail.com) by March 11, 2009. Please include the abstract in the text of the email (no attachments). Indicate any audio/visual needs you may have.

RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION (grad) (EXTENDED 03/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 11:45pm
Gretchen Bartels

RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION
Contributors are invited to submit critical works on any aspect of rhetoric and composition. Potential topics may include but are not limited to the following:
Writing Pedagogy
Writing across the Disciplines (WAC) / Writing in the Disciplines (WID)
Post-process theory
Writing Centers
Visual Rhetoric
Political Rhetoric
Aristotelian Rhetoric
Plato and Rhetoric

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be emailed to Gretchen Bartels (g.bartels@gmail.com) by March 11, 2009. Please include the abstract in the text of the email (no attachments). Indicate any audio/visual needs you may have.

The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization’ Conference

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:17pm
University of Otago

The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization’ Conference

24-26 June, 2009

Organised by the Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Keynote Speakers: Professor Robert J.C. Young, New York University; Professor Graham Huggan, University of Leeds; Associate Professor Susie O’Brien, McMaster University

UPDATE - 30 June 2009

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:12pm
artciencia.com

CALL FOR PAPERS AND ARTWORKS / PORTFOLIO
Deadline: 30 June 2009
The purpose of the electronic journal, artciencia.com, Revista de Arte,
Ciencia e Comunicacao (www.artciencia.com), is to explore the
relationship between art, science and communication through articles and
essays, reviews, thesis, interviews and artworks, including film,
painting, literature, performance, video art, and other. The editorial
board encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners. Texts may
be written in one and/or two of the following languages: Portuguese, English,
French, Spanish and Italian.

Science and Fiction: "Posthumanism Today" (4/15/09; MMLA; 11/12-15/09)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:08pm
Todd Comer

This year's Science and Fiction panel at M/MLA will consider representations of the posthuman. Of particular interest will be papers that consider the posthuman from the standpoint of biotechnologies and their impact on our thinking of what it means to be human. One concrete way of considering this issue is to imagine Frankenstein's monster in the 21st century. The monster did its best to escape its constructedness and assert a semblance of humanity. Is it possible for any body—human or machine, real or fictional, sane or insane—to do the same today? If not, where does that leave "humanity"? Please send 250 word abstracts to Todd Comer, Defiance College (tcomer@defiance.edu), or D.

Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity SAMLA Atlanta GA Nov. 6-8 2009

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 7:12pm
Stephen Gallagher

This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?) homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Some possible perspectives are literary, sociological, artistic, or historical, and interdisciplinary approaches are always welcome. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict panelists but rather to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian protagonist
- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, Raeleans, etc)
- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
- when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the Christian Right

"The Arts of Democracy" (Deadline June 1, 2009)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 3:53pm
SOUNDINGS: An Interdisciplinary Journal

It is often assumed that the arts, and particularly the fine arts, create and sustain the kinds of social distinctions that are antithetical to true democracy. This is the claim advanced by Pierre Bourdieu's influential Distinction where he argues that what appear to be innocent differences in aesthetic tastes are, in fact, the markers of class identity that enforce social hierarchy. However, there is a countervaling tradition, represented most famously by John Dewey, that insists that the arts are necessary to the health and longevity of democratic culture, and many contemporary artists and theorists are devoted to developing an aesthetic that participates in the development of democratic ideals.

Human-Animal Relation (Journal Issue; August 1, 2009)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 2:43pm
Lynn Worsham/JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Poltiics

CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue of JAC

In the context of the widespread intoxication with digital technology, JAC plans a special issue that reconsiders what Jacques Derrida calls "the question of the animal." As we become persuaded by the ways in which "human being" and human existence are forever altered by digital technologies, the animal question continues to reassert itself, challenging us to develop a more rigorous understanding of the
myriad ways in which nonhuman animals historically have served to define what it means to be "human."

Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics (3/19/09; MLA '09)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:16pm
Swati Rana, MLA Graduate Student Caucus

CFP: "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics"
A Panel of the Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2009

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites current graduate students to submit proposals for a panel discussion entitled "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics" at the 2009 MLA annual meeting from December 27 to December 30 in Philadelphia.

[UPDATE] CFP: Eudora Welty Society Panel, SCMLA Baton Rouge, 10/2009

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 11:50am
Eudora Welty Society

UPDATE: The deadline for paper proposals has been extended to March 25, 2009.

The Eudora Welty Society invites proposals for its session at the South Central Modern Language Association convention, to be held in Baton Rouge, October 29-31. Papers on any topic are welcome, but especially so are those that engage Welty's life, career, or work in reference to the conference theme, "Displacements/Continuities." Email inquiries or 500-word abstracts to kordonowy@virginia.edu by 15 March 2009.

Contemporary Issues: Literature and Culture since 1980

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 5:27am
The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World and The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. (MELOW and MELUS-India)

The MELUS-MELOW conference of 2010 proposes to debate upon issues focused in art, literature and culture since 1980. In addition to recent developments related to gender, class, race and ethnicity, contributors are encouraged to explore topical issues such as ecology, the new economic order, technical advancement, and hyper-reality. 250-word abstracts of papers related to the theme in these areas are invited. The focus will be American Literature / World Literatures.
The following sub-headings may be considered:

[UPDATE] Digital Worlds for (dis)junctions

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:47am
(dis)junctions

Contributors are invited to submit critical works that consider digital worlds. In keeping with this year's conference theme, this panel is interested in how users interact with these constructed environments. How do virtual worlds complicate notions of embodiment and identity? How do users participate in the creation of digital worlds? How do they effect our perceptions of the so-called real world? Possible topics (though contributors are not limited to these) may include:

On-line games
Fan communities
Avatars
Gender
Relationship Formation
Mythology and history in game worlds
Role-playing in digital environments
Digital world creation and design

"Historicizing Globalization" - College Art Association - February 2010, Chicago

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 9:02pm
Kirsty Robertson and Erin Morton

Please circulate widely.
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Call for Papers

College Art Association
98th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, February 10 -- Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Chicago
http://conference.collegeart.org/2010

Session: "Historicizing Globalization: Studying the Visual in the Age of Three Worlds"

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