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Revisiting Tex(x)ture in Literature

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 3:30pm
Rasmus R. Simonsen/ACCUTE

In an essay titled "Outing Texture" Renu Bora distinguishes between texture as "the surface resonance or quality of an object or material" and texxture (two x's) as "the stuffness of material structure." Put differently, we can say that texxture denotes the historicity of texture. In Eve Sedgwick's rendering of Bora's concept, texxture is thought to be "the kind of texture that is dense with offered information about how, substantially, historically, materially, it came into being." We might then ask: how does the dialectic of texture/texxture influence literary productions and their reception?

Call for Papers: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-SWTXPCA 2012 Feb-8-11

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 2:26pm
Rob Weiner/Texas Tech University

Call for Papers: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-SWTXPCA 2012

Please make plans to attend our 33rd Annual Conference
February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102
Tel: +1 505 842 1234 or 888-421-1442
http://www.swtxpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: December 1st 2011

The SW/TX PCA/ACA area chair invites papers on Comics, Graphic Novels and Popular Culture.

Any Aspect of Comics and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered.

RUST BELT (Great Lakes/ Great Books)

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 2:19pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

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Seminar Session at NeMLA 2012 (Rochester) considers 'Rust Belt' as place/condition/plotline. Session examines literary responses to urban centers, presupposing industrial stagnation & political intransigence (Cleveland Rochester Toronto Detroit/Windsor Duluth) Looks to fiction by Wideman, Susan Power, Ondaatje, Jeffery Allen, M. Attwood, Eugenides, Alex Shakar. Asks how writers define Rust Belt? 'Region?' 'Local epic?' 'Workshop of the Nation?' or 'Republic's Slop Sink?' Have its writers produced 'last books of 20th century?' 300-500 words & bio or questions to:

M. Antonucci (mantonucci@keene.edu) by September 25, 2011.

[UPDATE] Representing Eire: Ideology in Irish Cinema from John Ford to John Carney, NeMLA March 15-18, 2012

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 1:32pm
NeMLA

While the Abbey Theatre is perhaps the most familiar public context through which the nationalistic and aesthetic struggle to shape an identity for a (post)colonial Ireland was formed, expatriate Irish used the bourgeoning film industry to represent Ireland from an international perspective. Recent commercial successes have ranged from the international co-production of The Wind That Shakes the Barley, winning British director Ken Loach a Palme d'Or, to the Dublin grassroots construction of John Carney's Oscar-winning Once, but awards aside, a tension still exists between the Ireland of filming destination and the Ireland of film origination.

UPDATE: CFP - Disability Studies and Virginia Woolf - Panel for the 22nd Annual Conference on Woolf (2012)

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:51pm
Sherri Foster, Washington College

CFP - Disability Studies and Virginia Woolf - Panel for the 22nd Annual Conference on Woolf (2012) contact email: sfoster2@washcoll.edu This panel seeks 20-minute papers that examine representations of disability in Woolf's writings or use her work to think about the relationship between disability and literary modernism or literary studies more generally. It is a special panel for "Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf", the 22nd Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf to be held from 7-10 June 2012 at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Updated Deadline for Abstracts: September 25, 2011 Please send a 250-word abstract as a Word attachment.

Representations of Disability in Science Fiction (essay collection, book) Proposals due: Nov. 18/11

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:57am
Dr. Kathryn Allan

Contributions are invited for an essay collection on the representations of disability and the disabled body in science fiction. Technology is often characterized as a cure for the disabled body – one that either elides or exacerbates corporeal difference. From block buster films and televised space operas to cyberpunk and hard SF, disabled bodies are often modified and supported by technological interventions. How are dis/ability, medical "breakthroughs," (bio) technologies, and the body theorized, materialized, and politicized in science fiction? This collection is particularly interested in the ways dis/abled bodies challenge normative discourses of ability, generate novel spaces of embodiment, and proliferate new understandings of human being.

UPDATE: Modernist Manhattan

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:41am
New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology's 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference:
MODERNIST MANHATTAN
March 2, 2012
NYIT's Manhattan Campus
16 W. 61st St. (12th Floor Auditorium)

The plenary speaker for this conference will be Marshall Berman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY.

Bryan Waterman, Associate Professor of English at New York University, will give an introductory presentation for the conference.

UPDATE: Modernist Manhattan

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:35am
New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology's 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference:
MODERNIST MANHATTAN
March 2, 2012
NYIT's Manhattan Campus
16 W. 61st St. (12th Floor Auditorium)
The confirmed plenary speaker for this conference will be Marshall Berman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY.
Bryan Waterman, Associate Professor of English at New York University, will give an introductory presentation for the conference.

CFP for U.S. Studies Online: The BAAS Postgraduate Journal, Deadline Extended to 10/5

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:10am
U.S. Studies Online: The BAAS Postgraduate Journal

CALL FOR PAPERS
U.S. Studies Online: The BAAS Postgraduate Journal
Deadline Extended to 10/5/2011

U.S. Studies Online has extended the deadline for submissions to its Autumn/Winter 2011 issue to October 5th.

Now in its 10th year of publication, U.S. Studies Online has an established reputation as the postgraduate journal for the British Association for American Studies (BAAS). This peer-reviewed online journal enables postgraduate students at British and international universities to have their work published in a high-quality refereed environment at a time when the opportunity for postgraduates to publish in American Studies paper journals is becoming increasingly limited.

Shakespeare in Performance, May 4-6 2012 (1/31/12 deadline)

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:39am
University of Maine at Farmington

Shakespeare in Performance
University of Maine at Farmington May 4-6 2012
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2012

Shakespeare and performance in all its expressions, with a focus on the tragedies. This includes stage and screen adaptations, but we are also especially interested in papers and proposals for workshops, demonstrations, and non-traditional presentations on previously under-examined Shakespearean performance (musical scores, ballet, puppetry, street theater, digitization, hybridization, and so forth). Papers engaging the intertextualities of play, performance, and reception, source and script, and that are sensitive to the multiplicity of competing interpretations are also encouraged.

CFP: Horror.SW/TX PCAACA.Albuquerque 2.8-12.2012

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 8:04am
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

CALL FOR PAPERS

"HORROR"

33rd Annual Conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center on February 8—11, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Call for Journeys

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 8:02am
Academic Quarter

Documenting human patterns of mobility is a key element in the travelers' social anatomy. The distinctive dialectic process between the traveler and the foreign has led to processes of identity formation from Homer to the present day. The result of these dialectic processes has over time resulted in both substantial images of identification, imaginary, and xenophobic images.

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