Papers on any aspect of the television show Breaking Bad are welcome. Topics may include the treatment of narcotics, violence, landscape, regionalism, Southwestern culture, organized crime, transnationalism, domesticity, gender, the workplace, neoliberalism, or genre. Papers might answer the questions: How does Breaking Bad portray the American family? How can it be situated in the emerging tradition of shows like The Sopranos and The Wire that survey contemporary American life? Submit 300-word abstracts by March 15, 2012.
This session welcomes proposals for papers that examine early modern drama through the lens of gender, queer, sexuality, or feminist studies. Please send 250 word abstracts to Emily King at Emily.King@tufts.edu by March 10, 2012.
Special session explores political dimensions of literary form in the material and cultural context of transpacific exchange; how are the aesthetics of various genres (fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, memoir, poetry, etc) differentially implicated and utilized within the historical terrain of the transpacific? Attention to texts in various Pacific Rim languages welcome.
CFP for Panel on Queer Modernism/Modernism Queered: This panel is based on last year's cancelled seminar, "Rethinking Modernism and Sexuality."
Explores the "dynamic and performative process of dialogic engagement" (Katherine Lawson) as a collaborative, compositional methodology. Possible topics: synchronic vs. diachronic imitatio; conversational circles (interpersonal or intertextual); cognitive models. Please send 250-word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Deadline: 3/15/12.
How will national cultures survive in the digital age? Will they be subsumed in the centripetal pull of global monoculture? Or will counter-currents and hybrid combinations thrive in a transmedia world? 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of RTÉ TV – Ireland's public television network charged with broadcasting the nation to itself: 'a window and mirror to an evolving nation'. This year also sees the end of analogue television transmission in Ireland, marking another milestone in the nation's switchover to digital. Beyond technological advances, this switch from existing communication models to convergent networks may well have a far-reaching impact on the idea of the nation as a finite and highly centralized construct.
Seeking papers for a panel exploring the interconnections of aesthetic and economic debt. What exactly does the trope of "literary debt" owe to the economic mind? Are economic narratives, e.g.- the narrative of money as "value itself," indebted to aesthetic principles?
Papers welcome on topics such as the post-collapse relevance of Harold Bloom's theory of literary influence, Marc Shell's deconstructions of the "Art & Money" binary, and Christian Marazzi's notion of the increasingly "linguistic" nature of capital.
Send 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2012 to Mark Schiebe, CUNY Graduate Center (firstname.lastname@example.org)
With the advent of New Modernist Studies came a call to rethink the assumption that modernist aesthetic innovations are "first produced in the great culture capitals of Europe and the United States and then exported to…colonies and postcolonial nations … where they exist in diluted and imitative form as 'trickle down' effects" (Friedman). However, the modernisms of Canada and Australia remain marginalized within modernist studies, and only preliminary work has been done in response to this call. Re-examining Commonwealth modernisms through the lens of New Modernist Studies has the potential to reconfigure them not as belated and mimetic, but as distinctive and localized modernisms that emerge in response to their specific cultures and geographies.
Graham Greene in the 21st Century [MLA 2013, Boston]; deadline March 1, 2012
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This panel situates Graham Greene (an increasingly extracanonical figure) in the current literary landscape.
Topics are open. Some possibilities include coloniality, gender, travel, religion, genre, adaptations, or pop culture vs. literary fiction. Submissions on his fiction, film screenplays, travel writing, autobiography, or other works are welcome. Send 1-page abstract and CV to Heather McHale at email@example.com by March 15, 2012.
FLOOR: Poetics of Everyday Critique
We are writing to announce the first manifestation of FLOOR gathering together a group of works from a range of media, all of which address forms of criticality inherent to art practice. As the extended name suggests, we are interested in using the framework of the "everyday" to expand notions of what is counted as art while at the same time making specific cases for art's value, function, and endurance in our variously endangered world.
In November 2011, Woman's Weekly celebrated its 100 year birthday by including a reproduction of the first issue inside the centenary edition. A month later, US Vogue launched a digital archive containing every page published since 1892. These events remind us of the rich history which lies behind titles that continue to grace the shelves marked 'women's magazines' on both sides of the Atlantic. Academics, especially feminist scholars, have long explored this history and the relationship between women and the journals that target them, but in recent years this interest appears to have declined.
Faces of Feminism and local writers' group Kill Your Darlings are seeking original, fiction work or critical essays that engage or challenges the role of imagination in literary work. Themes could include: the effect of stereotypes on character development, literature as a vehicle to new futures, imagination as key to dismantling systems of oppression, the race/class/gender of the author as delimiting or expanding ways in which the work is read, feminism and womanism realized in literature, etc. Anyone may submit.
All submissions must be received no later than Friday, March 2nd and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders(3rd Annual)
Theme: "Re-Imagining the New World(s)"
Dates: April 20th & 21st, 2012
Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Keynote Speakers: Donald Pease, Dartmouth College
William V. Spanos, Binghamton University
Chapter proposals for an international collection on Scopophilia, Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Phallus, Sexualities and the Politics of the Gaze. Topics under consideration include:
* Voyeuristic spectatorship and readership in contemporary cinema, television, art, literature, advertising and popular communications.
* Phallic delights, phallic traumas.
* Provoking and provocative texts and textures.
* Scenes, sins, senses, sensations and sensational spectacles.
* Perilous corporeality, physicality and embodiment.
* Sensational adaptations and transferred sensations.
* The politics of striptease cultures.
* Self exposure and exhibitionism as artistic device.
The 54th Annual M/MLA Convention will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza from November 8-11, 2012. The 2012 informal convention theme is "Debt."