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Critiquing Culture: The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference at George Mason University, Virginia, September 22, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 12:14pm
The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee

Ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars.
Walter Benjamin

Featuring Doug Henwood as Distinguished Keynote Speaker Henwood is editor and publisher of the Left Business Observer, a contributing editor to The Nation, and host of a weekly radio program on KPFA (Berkeley). He is the author of Wall Street, The State of the USA, and After the New Economy.

The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 6th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at George Mason University (Research 1 Building, Room 163) in Fairfax, Virginia.


The Poetry, Philosophy and Art Work of Dieter Leisegang; November 9-11, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 10:29pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This panel seeks presentations which will explore the work of Dieter Leisegang (1942-1973). Leisegang was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and committed suicide at the very young age of 30 years old. During his short life, Leisegang, however, accomplished a great deal. He published nine books of poetry. In his book of poems, Lauter Letzte Worte, he included his own miniature drawings and paintings. Additionally, he translated the literary works of W.H. Auden, Hart Crane and Edvard Kocbek into German and wrote cultural programs for German television. Leisegang was only 27 years old when he received his doctorate degree from the Johann-Wolfgang von Goethe University where he studied German philosophy under the direction of Theodor Adorno and Julius Schaaf.

THATCampCaribe 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 7:26pm
University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez

Come join us in Puerto Rico, November 12-14, for the first THATCamp in the broader Caribbean. We are hoping to bring together librarians and scholars from in and outside of the Caribbean to talk about the future of digital scholarship in and for the Caribbean. We expect to cover five main areas in our 'unconference': Scholarly communications, new media, digital preservation, technology in the classroom and computational methodologies. Our event precedes the ASA conference to be held in San Juan, PR, and we have partnered with them to make it easy for ASA participants to come to Mayagüez.

Let's Talk About Translation: A Body of Translation Theory and Female Desire in Brossard's Mauve Desert

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:04pm
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Nicole Brossard's Mauve Desert is a feminist intertext, which Susanne Lotbiniére-Harwood's Re-Belle Et Infidéle states: "Is a body of text written in the feminine by feminists rereading and rewriting what other feminists have written and spoken" (126). Throughout history, the privatized female semantic space inhibited the bilingual nature of the woman and her ability to speak in both the dominant, masculine language system and her own muted tongue, which, in turn, allows her to succeed in the art of translation.

Intertextuality and the "Rape" of Miranda: The Tempest and Eastwords

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:04pm
Ramapo College of New Jersey

James E. Portar states, "not infrequently books speak of books. Not infrequently, and perhaps ever always, texts refer to other texts and in fact rely on them for their meaning." In my paper, I wish to explore intertextuality—how writers draw ceaselessly from the past, highlighting the transience and fragility in their own narrative, and how the mere rendering in two stories of analogous setting, characters, and plot, can change meanings inexorably. Specifically, I will analyze Shakespeare's "The Tempest" alongside its 21st century counterpart "Eastwords" by Kalyan Ray.

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (abstracts due June 1)

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 2:27pm
Lisa Nevarez/Siena College

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (Abstracts due June 1, 2012).

Vampires are showing up with increasing frequency in the college classroom, and there are emerging an increasing number of courses solely devoted to the Undead. This edited volume intends to offer pedagogical tools for those who teach—and who would like to teach—vampire literature. The collection aspires to draw from a diverse range of teaching approaches, ranging from theoretical framing of vampire literature to teaching vampire literature in the writing classroom.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

BHAGVAD-GITA: Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 1:35pm

BHAGVAD-GITA; Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.

Contributions are invited from scholars and writers from any discipline across the world for an Anthology of Essays on BHAGVAD-GITA to be published this year by an Indian publisher of international repute. The essays must focus on the contemporary relevance of the philosophical thought contained in this time-honoured text. The essays may include the following issues, but may take up other significant issues as well:

Object Theatre Issue of The Puppet Notebook

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 9:07am
Shaun May, Puppet Notebook & Central School of Speech and Drama

Everyday objects are increasingly being animated by performers in contemporary theatre, community arts and puppet shows but very little has been written about object theatre as a separate discipline. This issue of the Puppet Notebook will provide a platform for discussion about what object theatre is, its relationship to puppetry and its history. 

TV Area - MAPACA - June 15th abstract due date

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:58pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

The MAPACA television area seeks to investigate the relationship between television and our lives. How do we define our culture, relationships, and our self-knowledge according to the images and structure provided by the medium of television? Are we being provided rigorous information to help the individual be a productive citizen in a society? Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers? Is television's role to challenge or pacify? What is reality and fiction? Can we expect programming which examines the issues of our complex lives; or must information be made reductive in order to appeal to an average? How does television represent or modify economic, institutional, and cultural norms?

Call for Book Chapter Proposals – Defining Urban Fantasy (DEADLINE abstracts due by September 1, 2012)

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:53pm
Jamie Dessart , Ph.D., Waynesburg University

Despite many of the covers that picture chicks in black leather with tramp stamps, urban fantasy as a best-selling genre is much more complex than just unicorns in a big city. With authors like Anita Black, Jim Butcher, and Kim Harrison, urban fantasy accounts for a large number of fantasy titles sold. Through examination of various aspects of the genre of urban fantasy, this book will open a dialogue that encourages thoughtful definitions. Essays for this collection can cover the genre as a whole, themes, characteristics, and/or specific authors. This collection is intended for publication in the McFarland Press series on critical studies in science fiction and fantasy and is intended for a broad audience.

Sexuality/Erotica - MAPACA Conference, Pittsburgh - November 1-3, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:37pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

The area of Sexuality and Erotica invites papers that address any aspect of human sexual experience and erotica in any form (literary, artistic -- visual, musical, dance, theatrical, photographic). Topics include, but are not limited to:

*Sexuality in art—values, expectations and implications
*Sociological, cultural and/or political implications of sexual attitudes in American culture
*Beliefs and practices of specific ethnic, religious and/or cultural groups
*Sex negativity/sex positivity, acceptance/rejection
*Education about sexuality
*Non-normative sexual practices and their representation in popular culture
*Erotica, pornography and definitions

Abstracts due June 15, 2012