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A New Political Ecology

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:17pm
Esra Atamer

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)

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:35pm
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)

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:35pm

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

Criterion Forum: (Meta) Critiques of "Transnational American Studies"

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:01pm
Brigham Young University

For its 2012 issue, Criterion (an undergraduate and master's level student journal) anticipates reserving space for up to four essays exploring issues that relate to transnational American studies. To provoke thoughts on this topic, Dr. Jared Hickman of Johns Hopkins University has provided a prompt, "(Meta) Critiques of 'Transnational American Studies'." Authors should not attempt to address all of the issues raised by Dr. Hickman; rather, Criterion hopes this prompt will serve as a springboard for creative and well-focused essays on relevant issues and texts.

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

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 12:30pm
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.

Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2012 Call for Papers

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 1:09am
Ole Miss English Graduate Program

The 18th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2012 Faulkner Conference will be available at

Modernism, Catastrophe, and Cultural Memory (seminar for ACLA conference, 3/29/12-4/1/12

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:03pm
Joshua Beall

Modernist writing is often marked by the specter of decisive, even catastrophic rupture. But rupture is not equally catastrophic for everybody, and not everybody remembers catastrophe in the same way. Because of nationality, social class, regional affiliation and numerous other factors, events that form a historical rupture are received and remembered differently.

Sports and Nationalism in Latin America

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 8:54pm
Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste

Call for Contributions

Sports and Nationalism in Latin America

Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste, Robert McKee Irwin, and Juan Poblete (Editors)

Material Cultures in the Space Between, 1914-1945, 14-16 June 2012, proposals due 28 Nov 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 8:41pm
The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945

Call for Papers
Material Cultures in the Space Between, 1914-1945

Proposals requested for the 14th Annual Conference of
The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
June 14-16, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Professor Elaine Freedgood, English Department,
New York University

The 14th annual Space Between Society Conference invites proposals that consider questions and problems related to the study of material cultures in the years 1914-1945. Please send abstracts (no more than 300 words) along with a short biographical statement to Tamar Katz and Claire Buck at by 28 November 2011.

Call for Articles for Frame a journal of Visual and Material Culture 15 Nov 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:10pm
FRAME: a journal of visual and material culture

Call for Papers: Deadline 15 November, 2011.

Send all submissions electronically in .doc or .docx format to

The editors of Frame invite scholarly submissions from a variety of disciplines that engage with visual and/or material culture using unique methodologies. We are particularly attracted to scholarly work that transverses traditional disciplinary boundaries and uses fresh approaches.