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Useful Media: Industrial, Educational, Institutional

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 11:47am
The Velvet Light Trap / University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Velvet Light Trap
Call for Papers: Issue 72

Useful Media: Industrial, Educational, Institutional

Submission deadline: September 15, 2012

Space (Deadline: October 1, 2012)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 11:26am
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies

This issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, dedicated to space, invites articles that investigate the way that spaces are defined, used, experienced, occupied, altered, constructed, or destroyed. These spaces can be physical, virtual or imaginary in nature.

Thunderbolts, Routers, and Ruffians: Early Modern Bullies and Bullying, Panel, NeMLA Conference, March 21-24, 2013, Boston, MA

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:34am
Northeast Modern Language Association

In the last ten years bullies have gained serious attention as cyber-bullies have inflicted emotional damage so serious that some victims have resorted to suicide to escape their tormenters. Mid- to late-twentieth-century popular depictions of bullies paint them in a different light, mythologizing these figures as threatening in appearance, but ultimately harmless. These images show bullies' power as rooted in language—their toughness is constructed in tough talk. Confronting bullies is portrayed as a rite-of-passage from childhood to adulthood: once bullies' victims openly expose their tormentors' cowardice, they render them impotent.

CFP: "Making Sacrifices": Visions of Sacrifice in European Culture (University of Salzburg, Austria; July 31, 2012)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 8:32am
Salzburg Institute of Gordon College/University of Salzburg, Austria

Much like Italian premier Mario Monti did at the beginning of December, politicians are increasingly calling on citizens to make sacrifices for the future of their countries. Such public invocations of sacrifice place politicians and their constituents in a state of tension at least partly because of the difficult and often contradictory connotations of sacrifice. Sacrifice, a concept of religious provenance deeply embedded in European culture, can mean to offer for destruction and to make amends, to hurt and to heal, make whole, or sacred. Such oppositions at the heart of sacrifice make it a dangerous and much-fraught concept, as well as a fruitful and powerful one in numerous spheres of culture.

1st Global Conference: Transmedia Narratives

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 2:31am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Transmedia Narratives

Tuesday 13th November – Thursday 15th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Presentations:

[UPDATE] Cinema in Crisis, October 17-19, 2012, San Francisco. Deadline for Submission June 15,2012

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:17pm
Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA)

The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University is proud to announce its 14th annual Fall Conference: "Cinema in Crisis."

Crisis: a vitally important or decisive stage in the progress of anything; a turning-point; also, a state of affairs in which a decisive change for better or worse is imminent; now applied esp. to times of difficulty, insecurity, and suspense in politics or commerce [OED Online].

Occupy the Globe: Capitalist Culture in Early Modern English Drama (NeMLA, March 21-24, 2013; abstracts by Sept. 30, 2012))

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 5:26pm
Katherine Gillen / Northeast Modern Language Association

In the fall of 2011, activists claiming to represent the 99% occupied Zuccotti Park in New York City's financial district. The Occupy movement raised questions about the distribution of wealth in the United States and the world, the influence of money in politics, and the nature of public space in a capitalist society.

Women in Leadership in Philosophy and Psychology

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 5:06pm
Society for the Study of Women Philosophers

Call for Papers
for special sessions at the annual meetings of the
American Philosophical Association

Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930)
Women in Leadership in Philosophy and Psychology

at the sesquicentennial of Calkins' birth

Sponsored by

Society for the Study of Women Philosophers
Committee on the Status of Women, American Philosophical Association
Society for the Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association
Society for the History of Psychology, American Psychological Association

SAMLA 2012: Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 4:43pm
Comparative Literature Division

We are seeking proposals for the Comparative Literature regular session at this year's South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Durham, NC from November 9 to 11.


Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

As Lionel Trilling once noted, justifying art by the pleasures it gives has fallen into disrepute since the 18th century. Wordsworth already registers this defensive posture in his Lyrical Ballads preface when he asks that the "necessity of producing immediate pleasure [not] be considered as a degradation of the Poet's art," but rather that artists pay "homage … to the grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which [man] knows, and feels, and lives, and moves."

Network Anxieties: Reading the Contemporary Novel (NEMLA panel, March 21-24, BOSTON)

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 3:00pm

Since the early 1990's, the internet has increasingly influenced how cultural texts are read and disseminated. This media shift has transformed long-held notions of publicness, authority, and the archive. For media scholar Lisa Gitelman, media history is about nothing less than the 'experience of meaning' (18), an experience that the web has changed by 'eschew[ing] the punctual logic of more conventional public discourse' (144). This panel enters ongoing debates about the internet's influence on literature, critics, and their publics, exploring how new media's social network shapes fiction and the critical reading practices that make sense of it.

Call for Submissions: Celebrity in Canada

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 2:43pm
Lorraine York & Katja Lee

Wayne Gretzky. Celine Dion. Rick Mercer. David Suzuki. Pierre Trudeau.

The list goes on and goes way back. Celebrity culture in Canada, although vastly under-estimated, continues to be a massive cultural and economic force to be reckoned with and such a reckoning is long overdue. This proposed edited collection seeks to uncover how celebrity operates in Canada when Canadian subjects, institutions, media, audiences and/or industries are involved.

A Man's Got to Do What a Man's Got to Do: Obligations of Masculinity and Maleness, MMLA Cincinnati Nov. 8-11, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:54pm
Niall Nance-Carroll / Midwest Modern Language Association

Papers exploring gendered notions of indebtedness and entitlement, culturally connected to maleness and masculinity.

Please submit 300 word abstracts by June 4th to Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, Please include the abstract in the body of the message rather than as an attachment.

Chair: Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University,