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Call for papers - international workshop "Beauty: Commons vs. Contests" (24-26 October 2012, University of Antwerp)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 9:18am
University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA)

UCSIA organizes in collaboration with members of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of History of the University of Antwerp the two-day international workshop Beauty: Commons versus Contests from Wednesday 24 until Friday 26 October 2012 at the University of Antwerp.

The programme wants to investigate the way that beauty is being commodified and how it is being negotiated and renegotiated in local and global contexts via magazines, advertisement and television. Moreover it wants to look at the effects of globalizing beauty standards on people's identification and wellbeing.

Papers may address any of the following subtopics:

UK & US Trained Surgeon

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 2:20am
Dr Ashish Davalbhakta

UK & US trained surgeon, board certified cosmetic surgeons, best hospital, internationally accredited surgeons, India, Pune, Maharashtra, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetology, Cosmetic Dentistry, Psychiatry and Beauty therapy

UPDATE

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:59am
James Hogg Society / University of Glasgow School of Critical Studies

2012 James Hogg Conference: Hogg and the Romantics

Call for Papers

The next Biannual James Hogg Conference will be jointly hosted by the James Hogg Society and the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. It will take place at the University of Glasgow from Friday 29 to Saturday 30 June 2012. A trip to Burns country is planned for Sunday 1 July, 2012.

The theme of the Conference will be "Hogg and the Romantics". The Conference will provide an opportunity to explore the nature of Hogg's relationship with other Romantic writers and welcomes, in particular, papers relating to all aspects of Hogg's relationship with Scottish Romanticism.

Ecocriticism panel at RMMLA Oct 11-13, 2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:05am
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Inspired by the growing membership in international chapters of ASLE and the global effects of climate change and social injustice, this panel seeks papers with an international and cross-cultural ecocritical perspective.

Please submit paper proposals by March 1, 2012 to Ali Brox at ali_brox@yahoo.com.

For more information about the RMMLA convention in Boulder, Colorado, please visit: www.rmmla.org

RMMLA Boulder Conference-- Canadian Literature and Film in English

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 11:35pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

200 word proposals are solicited on any aspect of English Canadian literature and film for presentation at the RMMLA conference in Boulder, Colorado, October 11-13, 2012.

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2012

[UPDATE] Debt: Money/Narrative/Belief (August 17-19, 2012)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 9:55pm
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE)

[Update] - We are happy to announce our keynote speakers:
● Glenn Willmott (Queens University), author of Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and Modernist Goods: Primitivism, the Market, and the Gift (University of Toronto Press, 2008);

● Len Diepeveen (Dalhousie University), author of Artworld Prestige: Arguing Cultural Value (co-author Timothy van Laar. Forthcoming, Oxford, 2012) and The Difficulties of Modernism (Routledge, 2003);

Breaking Bad and American Culture (Special Session, MLA Boston 2013)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 9:31pm
Michael Hardy, Rutgers University; Jesse Hoffman, Rutgers University

Papers on any aspect of the television show Breaking Bad are welcome. Topics may include the treatment of narcotics, violence, landscape, regionalism, Southwestern culture, organized crime, transnationalism, domesticity, gender, the workplace, neoliberalism, or genre. Papers might answer the questions: How does Breaking Bad portray the American family? How can it be situated in the emerging tradition of shows like The Sopranos and The Wire that survey contemporary American life? Submit 300-word abstracts by March 15, 2012.

[UPDATE] Politics of Form in the Transpacific - MLA Boston (01/03 - 01/06)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 9:08pm
Modern Language Association - Special Session

Special session explores political dimensions of literary form in the material and cultural context of transpacific exchange; how are the aesthetics of various genres (fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, memoir, poetry, etc) differentially implicated and utilized within the historical terrain of the transpacific? Attention to texts in various Pacific Rim languages welcome.

300-word abstract and c.v. by 03/10 to Steven Yao (syao@hamilton.edu) and Janice Tong (tong14@illinois.edu)

 

Conversational Exchanges in Early Modern England

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 4:36pm
MLA 2013

Explores the "dynamic and performative process of dialogic engagement" (Katherine Lawson) as a collaborative, compositional methodology. Possible topics: synchronic vs. diachronic imitatio; conversational circles (interpersonal or intertextual); cognitive models. Please send 250-word abstracts to kristen.bennett@tufts.edu or dianne.berg@tufts.edu. Deadline: 3/15/12.

Switch: National Culture in the Digital Age CFP - 12-14 October 2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 4:11pm
Huston School of Film & Digital Media

How will national cultures survive in the digital age? Will they be subsumed in the centripetal pull of global monoculture? Or will counter-currents and hybrid combinations thrive in a transmedia world? 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of RTÉ TV – Ireland's public television network charged with broadcasting the nation to itself: 'a window and mirror to an evolving nation'. This year also sees the end of analogue television transmission in Ireland, marking another milestone in the nation's switchover to digital. Beyond technological advances, this switch from existing communication models to convergent networks may well have a far-reaching impact on the idea of the nation as a finite and highly centralized construct.

The Aesthetics of Debt

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 2:00pm
Special Session / MLA 2013 (Boston)

Seeking papers for a panel exploring the interconnections of aesthetic and economic debt. What exactly does the trope of "literary debt" owe to the economic mind? Are economic narratives, e.g.- the narrative of money as "value itself," indebted to aesthetic principles?

Papers welcome on topics such as the post-collapse relevance of Harold Bloom's theory of literary influence, Marc Shell's deconstructions of the "Art & Money" binary, and Christian Marazzi's notion of the increasingly "linguistic" nature of capital.

Send 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2012 to Mark Schiebe, CUNY Graduate Center (mschiebe@gc.cuny.edu)

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