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MARGARET ATWOOD : NEW CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:02am
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Somdatta Mandal, Department of English, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, India.
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Pencraft International, a leading scholarly publishing house in India is going to bring out a volume entitled Margaret Atwood: Critical Perspectives (New Orientation Series) and invites submissions for the same. Essays should be primarily focused on the work of Margaret Atwood – on her poetry, fiction, children's writing, non-fiction, political essays, ecological writings. They might focus on individual texts or on issues exemplified in a group of texts.

Hybrid Irelands: March 29-31, 2012 (Abstracts due November 15th, 2011)

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 5:33am
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Hybrid Irelands: At Culture’s Edge / University of Notre Dame / Keough-Naughton Institute
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Hybrid Irelands: At Culture's Edge (Abstracts due November 15th, 2011)

A Graduate-Student Conference Exploring the Relationship between Hybridity and Irish Literature

Place: University of Notre Dame
Date: March 29-31, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Terry Eagleton (University of Lancaster, University of Notre Dame)
David Lloyd (University of Southern California)
Clair Wills (Queen Mary, University of London)
Poetry Reading: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Medbh McGuckian (tentative) (Queen's University, Belfast)

[UPDATE] Enunciating the End: The Apocalypse, Textual Futures, and What Comes Next

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:45pm
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Concordia English Graduate Colloquium

Apocalyptic prophecies and futurist narratives have always had a special place in culture, from Y2K fervor to the periodically updated Rapture to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012. In addition to the "real" end-of-the-world predictions, and perhaps in response to them, our literature and pop culture has spawned innumerable fictions of a future unaccounted for. This unknown future folds back upon our past through historical representations of colonialism's reconfiguration of territory, ownership, and identity. In the present, our cultural climate seems to speak to the end of the material world as we have come to understand it, as we transcend print-based media and move up into the digital media cloud.

[UPDATE] Ethnic Lit & Religion at MELUS 2012 (April 19-22)

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 9:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
J. Stephen Pearson, U of Tennessee
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Submissions are still being accepted for two panels on Ethnic Literature and Religion for the next MELUS conference: one on religious transnationalism and one on Eastern religions.

1) Eastern Religions in Ethnic U.S. Literatures

Papers should discuss depictions of or references to Eastern religious traditions (e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, etc.) in ethnic U.S. texts.

Topics of interest include (but are certainly not limited to):

MUSIC AND PROPAGANDA IN THE SHORT TWENTIETH CENTURY - 18-20 May 2012, Pistoia ITALY

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 6:52pm
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Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca/Pistoia (http://www.luigiboccherini.org) and the Association "Amici di Groppoli" of Pistoia, in association with the University of Granada (I+D+I HAR2010-17968. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion de España), is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium "Music and Propaganda in the Short Twentieth Century", to be held in Pistoia, Palazzo dei Vescovi, from Friday 18 until Sunday 20 May 2012. This project aims to study the relationships between music and propaganda in twentieth-century Europe, devoting particular attention to Germany, the Iberian Peninsula and Italy.

AlterNative Calls for Papers for 2012 Issues: Deadline December 1st 2011

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 6:05pm
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AlterNative: an International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Call for Papers: Volume 8, 2012

AlterNative is now accepting submissions for its first issue for 2012. AlterNative is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly that aims to present research and analysis from indigenous worldviews and perspectives.

Submissions should relate to the themes of the journal:

• Origins
• Place
• Peoples
• Power

• Community
• Culture
• Traditional and oral history
• Heritage
• Colonialism
• Intervention
• Development
• Self-determination

AlterNative particularly encourages indigenous scholars to contribute submissions. Specialists and practitioners working on indigenous issues are also welcome.

"Crossing Borders as Creating Borders in Twentieth-Century Literature" (ALA, May 24-27, 2012; San Francisco, CA)

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 3:19pm
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American Literature Association
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Frontiers, boundaries, margins, and borders occupy center stage in much recent scholarship. Influenced first by postcolonial theory and now by transnational studies, this paradigm shift has brought about heightened awareness of global interconnectedness and transnational circuits of production, meaning, and migration. For some scholars and public intellectuals, this increasingly globalized world has become marked by a rootless migratory sensibility (Arjun Appadurai) and a flattening of power relations (Thomas Freedman). But as performance artist and cultural critic Guillermo Gómez-Peña has suggested, the experience of crossing borders is not the same for all.

CFP: Consumer Culture and Advertising at SW/TX PCA/ACA 33rd Annual Conference, Feb 8-11, 2012

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 6:58pm
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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
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Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011

Proposals are now being accepted for the Consumer Culture and Advertising area. Presentations on historical or contemporary subjects are welcome. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Comparative Literature Papers for Spring Publication 2012

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 3:50pm
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UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal
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The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal is currently accepting submissions for its spring 2012 issue! We are looking for critical articles with subject matter that falls under the wide banner of Comparative Literature, from international literary trends to literary comparisons between two specific cultures to theoretical literary discourse. Get information and submit at http://ucb-cluj.org

[UPDATE] CSUF Acacia Conference: An Ethical (Re)Orientation

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 3:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
California State University, Fullerton Acacia Group

California State University Fullerton's Acacia Group and Creative Writing Club are looking for thoughtful inter-disciplinary graduate and professional-level papers that engage a work of literature or an aspect of culture through the lens of ethical responsibility and the imperative of human connection. This conference will focus on how various schools of literary theory utilize ethics in their interactions with any period or medium of literature. Additionally, we are accepting creative submissions: short emphatic works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or hybrid text which pertain specifically or tangentially to ethics, not to exceed 2012 words in length. Undergraduates are very welcome to submit as well.

A New Political Ecology: Guattari, Stengers, Latour (ACLA 2012 DUE NOV 15)

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:25pm
full name / name of organization: 
Esra Atamer
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In Three Ecologies (1989), Felix Guattari draws attention to the deterioration of modes of life along with an increasing ecological disequilibrium that threatens the planet. The standardization of behavior and consumerism combined with the mass media effects corresponds to an impoverishment of what Foucault called "savoir-faire." Resonating with this concept, Guattari extends the question to the effects of capitalism's capture that destroys both mental and environmental ecologies. In her suggestive dialog with Guattari, Isabelle Stengers correlates this ontological impoverishment with the emergence of bêtise: the form of capitalist subjectivity.

A New Political Ecology

updated: 
Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Esra Atamer
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In Three Ecologies (1989), Felix Guattari draws attention to the deterioration of modes of life along with an increasing ecological disequilibrium that threatens the planet. The standardization of behavior and consumerism combined with the mass media effects corresponds to an impoverishment of what Foucault called "savoir-faire." Resonating with this concept, Guattari extends the question to the effects of capitalism's capture that destroys both mental and environmental ecologies. In her suggestive dialog with Guattari, Isabelle Stengers correlates this ontological impoverishment with the emergence of bêtise: the form of capitalist subjectivity.

Reshaping Change: The Language and Literature of Opportunity (ACLA 2012)

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:35pm
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American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, March 29 - April 1 2012

Aristotle's Poetics defines complex action in tragedy as a change accompanied by reversal or recognition, or both. Given this definition, is change then not a requirement of literature? Even in the Nouveau Roman, change is provided by an unexpected outlook and by stylistic choices in the writing itself. Change is often and legitimately equated to crisis or catastrophe, but may also be seen as a critical element of Literature–in Aristotle's view inherently so. A literary work develops through change, its interpretation by character or reader, and is thus assumed into or by the narrative. The imagination is fed by change. This seminar investigates how literary works represent change in a way that reinterprets or avoids catastrophe.

CFP: "The Ethnic and Racial Other in Scottish and Irish Writings" (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012; Rochester, NY)

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:35pm
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NeMLA
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Call for Papers: "The Ethnic and Racial Other in Scottish and Irish Writings"

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York, held at Hyatt Regency Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

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