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The Dynamics of Exchange: Translation and the Exportation of Culture

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:56pm
New England Modern Languages Association

This roundtable session will consider literary texts as cultural commodities that can be exported through translation. How do various economic, political, and social forces affect how a literary text is translated and received? The discussion will be in dialogue with recent debates about world literature and translation theory. We will consider studies of translations into English or from English into other languages from any period. Abstracts of no more than 500 words to Antonio Ochoa and to Victoria Livingstone by September 30th.

[UPDATE] DIACRITICS: More than Global

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:24pm
diacritics: A review of contemporary criticism

diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "More than Global," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. "Humanists" may be facing an urgent task, or the discontinuous writing of what Susan Buck-Morss recently named a non-synthetic but "syncretic" take on world history and cultures. In this mini-series, we would like to bypass comparison, and go "more than global," in connecting discrete texts, phenomena, periods, images, languages, places—without unifying them. While certainly keeping in view the discourse of the social sciences, we seek to underscore the specificity of literary, critical, and philosophical thought in any sound attempt at reflecting on what "global" could mean anew.

[UPDATE] DIACRITICS: Thinking with the Sciences

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:21pm
diacritics: A review of contemporary criticism

diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "Thinking with the Sciences," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. We believe it is now time for scholars in the humanities and the literary disciplines to think with the sciences (and not against, or instead of them). Our title also suggests that epistemology is necessary but not sufficient; and that the promotion of an ancillary use of philosophy and the arts as illustrations or aesthetic adornments for "scientific knowledge" is not what matters. We welcome bold, broad, interdisciplinary, and theoretically sophisticated submissions that could be of relevance to this series.

Cinephilia/Cinephobia: New Mediations of Desire and Disgust | Nov. 9-11, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:45pm
University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)

Cinephilia/Cinephobia: New Mediations of Desire and Disgust
University of Pittsburgh, November 9-11, 2012
Hosted by the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)
Deadline: June 15, 2012

Keynote by Christian Keathley, Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. Keathley is author of Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees (Indiana University Press, 2006), and currently at work on a book titled The Mystery of Otto Preminger, under contract with IU Press.

[UPDATE] FRENZY! November 9-10, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 1:24pm
York University English Graduate Students' Association

York University 2012 English Graduate Students' Association Colloquium:

November 9-10, 2012

Prophecies of a 2012 end of days; Black Friday at Wal-Mart; Howard Beale in Network inciting viewers to scream "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" From mass hysteria to individual neuroses, the elusive nature of frenzy lends itself to dramatically different conceptualizations across the disciplines.

Southern Appalachian Culture Series October 12-13, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:01pm
Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina is accepting presentation submissions for its biannual Southern Appalachian Culture Series, an interdisciplinary conference to be held October 12-13, 2012. This year will feature presentations on Cherokee culture, although we also invite and encourage other papers that deal with any aspect of Southern Appalachian culture, literature, or tradition. The conference is part of a symposium which will offer concurrent sessions of presentations by writers and scholars, including graduate and undergraduate students, and prominent Cherokee scholar and storyteller, Freeman Owle.
Possible presentations on Southern Appalachia include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Teaching Food - Deadline 7-31-12

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:54am
Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

The editors seek jargon-free articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words) and items for an occasional feature, "The Material Culture of Teaching," that explore the uses of food in all pedagogical contexts and disciplinary perspectives.

The availability of food has shaped civilizations, motivated explorations, trade and imperialism, and has prompted technological advances. From iconic representations, to unease over the state of the current global food system, to culinary fads or concerns for health, food is at the forefront of public and personal debates, and it has become a powerful site of analysis in the practice of teaching.

Edited Collection: Challenger Unbound (Revaluating Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger Narratives)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:46am
Dr. Jonathan Cranfield (University of Kent) and Prof. Helene Machinal (University of Brest)

Habitually characterised as a late-appearing variant upon the Victorian Quest Romance, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" (1912) in fact marked the beginning of the author's prolonged investigation of science, ideology and belief under the inhibiting constraints of early twentieth-century modernity. The narratives span from 1912 to 1929 and this new collection will be dedicated to re-evaluating the narratives, their author, the wider culture that he inhabited and the legacy of his work for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We are interested in work that treats the texts either directly or tangentially through other aspects of Conan Doyle's life and thought.

Call for Essays: Circulations of Religion and Medicine in North American Culture [Abstracts due July 15, 2012]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:04am
Ashley Reed and Kelly Bezio

As twenty-first-century critics we are inclined to think of medicine and religion as oppositional disciplines with incompatible approaches to the world. The "secularization thesis," promulgated in the work of Max Weber and other early-twentieth-century sociologists, has positioned scientific objectivity as replacing religious superstition, with medicine "switching sides" from a spiritual discourse controlled by ministers and shamans to a scientific one produced by doctors and researchers. But this relatively new thesis elides how, as anthropologist Linda L.

Edited Collection CfP: Pedagogies of the End: Teaching and Knowledge at the Fin de Siècle; Deadline: August 1, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:53am
Daniel Bivona (Arizona State University), Helena Gurfinkel (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

Edited Collection CfP: Pedagogies of the End: Teaching and Knowledge at the Fin de Siècle

Co-Editors: Dan Bivona, Arizona State University, and Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

500-word abstracts and 1-paragraph bios to and by August 1st, 2012.

Lex-ICON Conference , Mulhouse-Basel, June 7-10th, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:43am
Jennifer K Dick / Université de Haute-Alsace

Lex-ICON :
Traiter l'image comme un texte/
Traiter le texte comme une image
Lex-ICON : Treating image as text & text as image

Colloque international
Université de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse
7-10 juin 2012

Co-organisé par Jennifer K Dick (UHA/ILLE), Océane Delleaux
(UHA/CREM/Edith), Éric Suchère (École Supérieure d'Art et Design de SaintÉtienne),
Didier Girard (UHA/ILLE), Jean-Robert Gerard (UHA/ILLE)
et Fréderique Toudoire-Surlapierre (UHA/ILLE)

Assistantes d'organisation : Claire McKeown, Anne Raimondo et Caroline Adam

Boyish Reading and Writing

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 8:26am
Jonathan A. Allan, NeMLA

Call for Papers

Boyish Reading and Writing

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Boyish Reading and Writing

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick in her paper 'How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay: The War on Effeminate Boys,' noted, 'the gay movement has never been quick to attend to issues of effeminate boys.' Indeed, Sedgwick's paper and Carol Mavor's *Reading Boyishly: Roland Barthes, J. M. Barries, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Marcel Proust, and D. W. Winnicott* (2007) serve as the impetus, at least in part, for this seminar.