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Perpetual Passing Away: History as Eternal Catastrophe in Walter Benjamin (ACLA)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:03pm
Edward S. Cutler (Brigham Young University),Maria Mercedes Andrade (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

Brushing against the redemptive political and theological promise many critics discover in Walter Benjamin, our seminar will investigate the complex figuration of time across his early and later work. "History decays into images, not stories," he proposes in The Arcades Project, a complimentary insight to his earlier assertion in The Origin of German Tragic Drama, that allegory introduces "the decisive category of time" in contrast to the ontological promise that inheres in the symbolic mode. For Benjamin, allegory eschews any eschatological fulfillment wherein "destruction is idealized and . . . nature is fleetingly revealed in the light of redemption." Rather, allegory gathers its iconic significance in the worldly subjection to death.

CFP-"Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:47pm
Special Issue of International Journal of Iberian Studies guest edited by Benjamin Fraser

Call For Papers/CFP
International Journal of Iberian Studies
Eds. Georgina Blakeley & Fernando León Solís

Special Issue on
"Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"
Guest edited by Benjamin Fraser

This special issue of the International Journal of Iberian Studies—titled "Reading the Spanish City: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies"—is conceived as a response to the growing interest in what are two complementary subfields of Hispanic Studies: Urban Studies and Cultural Studies.

Comparative Poetics (seminar at ACLA 2012, Brown University, March 29-April 1, 2012)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:46am
Omaar Hena (Wake Forest University), Nathan Suhr-Sytsma (Yale University)

Comparative Poetics: Disruption and Continuity

"We need to understand colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected consequences, […] for it is these disruptive forces that principally shape the history and diffusion of languages." How might this claim by Stephen Greenblatt in Rethinking Literary History serve to dislocate conventional geographies and periodizations of twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry?

Forms of Life: Literature, Politics, Aesthetics

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:46am
The Department of Comparative Literature Binghamton University

Forms of Life: Literature, Politics, Aesthetics
The Department of Comparative Literature
Binghamton University
March 2nd-3rd 2012

Call for Creative Nonfiction, CEA Conference, March 29-31, 2012

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:38am
College English Association

CALL FOR PAPERS, CEA 2012 | BORDERS

College English Association 43rd Annual Conference
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street
Richmond, Virginia 

804.344.7000

Submission deadline: November 1, 2011
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BORDERS: Call for Creative Nonfiction

Call for Papers: Diagnosing the Tube: Reality TV, Medicine, and Science

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:29pm
Dr. Jullie Anne Taddeo and Dr. Ken Dvorak

The editors of The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History are collecting submissions for their follow-up anthology, tentatively titled Diagnosing the Tube: Reality TV, Medicine, and Science.
The science and practice of medicine has always been contested by the non-expert. For example, as medicine became professionalized in the 19th century, doctors tried to push out midwives, "quacks," and the lay person in general; impressing the public with medical degrees, Latin terminology, and the practice of anatomy, physicians established professional credibility for themselves. But lay persons continued to battle doctors and scientists for control over the body—with folk remedies, phrenology, mesmerism, and freak shows.

UPDATE Submission deadline December 1

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:19pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers: Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment
33rd Annual Conference:
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Cultural Association

February 8 - 11, 2012 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011
For details and information please go to: http://www.swtxpca.org

Panels are now being formed for presentations regarding Literature, Ecocriticism and the Environment. Specific areas might include:

Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts—McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 4:40pm
Department of English/Texas Southern University

Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts—An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Spring 2012 – 14th Annual McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Department of English at Texas Southern University will host the Fourteenth Annual Interdisciplinary McCleary Symposium, April 12-13, 2012, Houston, Texas.

The general topic for the presentations is "Asian & African Diaspora Literature, History, and Arts."

CFP: MAMA Annual Conference, Kansas State University, Feb. 25, 2012

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 4:25pm
Mid America Medieval Association

MAMA invites papers on all aspects of medieval literature, history, art, and culture are welcome, especially those that address the conference theme of "Encountering the Other."

The theme may be broadly construed as: encounters between East and West; encounters between different faiths/nations/cultural groups; "encounters" between post-medieval writers/scholars/film-makers with the Middle Ages; pedagogical papers on teaching the Middle Ages as Other; etc. etc.

We welcome twenty-minute papers on the conference topic, Encountering the Other, or any medieval topic. (Proposals for sessions - 3 papers, with or without a chairperson - are also welcome.)

Deadline for submission of 1-page abstracts: December 15, 2011

Canadian and Quebec Literatures in a Global Context, May 26-28 2012, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:52pm
Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures / L'association des littératures canadiennes et québecoises

Canadian and Quebec Literatures in a Global Context
Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures Annual Conference
May 26-28, 2012
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, Ontario

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CFP Into the Deep: Monstrous Creatures, Alien Worlds, Toulouse, France, June 14-15 2012

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:44pm
Explora, University of Toulouse

Into the Deep: Monstrous Creatures, Alien Worlds

Explora International Conference
14–15 June 2012
Toulouse Natural History Museum

At a time when the hope of finding water on other planets dwindles, the beauty of the earth is more and more considered to lie in its wondrous seas and oceans. Yet true access to the world of the sea has long been denied to humans, and it seems to be gained at the very moment when it is being endangered. This conference proposes to reflect upon the evolution of scientific and literary representations of oceans and underwater ecosystems in the past two centuries, trying to sketch a brief history of oceanography and its literary and artistic representations.

CFP: Visions & Voices of Childhood Grad Conference @ Rutgers-Camden (May 21-22, 2011)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 1:23pm
Theresa Murzyn/ Rutgers-Camden

Visions and Voices of Childhood: A Graduate Student Conference
Department of Childhood Studies
Rutgers University - Camden

The Rutgers University-Camden Childhood Studies Graduate Student
Organization (GSO) invites submissions for paper presentations for its
second formal graduate student conference to be held May 21-22, 2012
on the Camden, NJ campus. Graduate students from all disciplines who
are engaged in research relating to children and childhood are
encouraged to submit proposals.

Adaptations

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:31pm
University of Pennsylvania Graduate Humanities Forum

The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its twelfth annual conference: "Adaptations." This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at the Penn Humanities Forum, in conjunction with its 2011-2012 theme, "Adaptations." Our keynote speaker is Dr. Rey Chow.

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