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Hyperaesthetic Culture

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 5:41pm

We live in a competitive sensory environment. The marketing of consumer goods continually appeals to taste, touch, vision, hearing, and smell, compelling other practices to engage our senses in what David Howes describes as a 'hyperaesthetic culture'. This environment is saturated with alluring and intense sense experience that proliferates as technologies such as ultrasonography, satellites and computer applications provide access to things previously beyond human perception. Bodies are cultivated to be aesthetically appealing and optimally available to the senses for commercial, medical and security purposes.

Video Games as Text; Text as Play

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 5:19pm
University of Wyoming Department of English

Video Games as Text; Texts as Play

The University of Wyoming is accepting abstracts for its upcoming graduate student conference: Video Games as Text; Texts as Play. The conference will be held the second weekend of April, Thursday the 12th to Saturday the 14th. Abstracts will be due by January 15th. Our keynote speaker will be Judd Ruggill, Assistant Professor, Arizona State.

-ality call for submissions

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7:20am
-ality fiction journal

-ality is a new electronic fiction publication. We are looking for submissions from all authors that relate to any of the -ality words: reality, equality, spirituality, sexuality, corporeality, and so on.

The journal is edited by two graduates from the State University of New York at Binghamton, joined by Richard Burian, a scholar in linguistics and language who hails from Australia, taught in Hungary, and now resides in Canada.

We ask for fiction submissions of no more than 8,500 words, or three 1,000 word flash fiction submissions. Our reading period opens September 1st and ends December 15th for the first issue. Our Spring reading period opens February 1st and closes April 15th.


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 9:13pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

Update: NeMLA March 15-18, 2012: The Literary response to war – What is it worth?

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 7:54pm
Jeffery C. Blanchard / Northeast Modern Language Association

Deadline fast approaching! September 30, 2011. This panel will seek to address the role Modern and contemporary literature play during wartime and whether or not they provide a culturally valuable response to conflict. As we move further into the 21st century, and our wars deepen as well, the need to examine our representations of war in literature become more important. Wartime generates a need for many things, but is literature one of them? In a world where science and the military dominate by taking swift, concrete actions during war, it is critical for our discipline to consider the significance of wartime literature and its potential value as a medium of response. Does literature facilitate recovery from trauma?

Call For Papers--Imaginatio et Ratio

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 6:15pm
Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Art and Theology

Imaginatio et Ratio is an E-journal focusing on the arts and theology. Imaginatio et Ratio was started in the hopes that it could serve a growing community of artists and thinkers and strives to present accessible but high quality art, literature and theology/philosophy--as well as news/events, interviews and book, film, art and music reviews. We are looking for contributions for the inaugural issue of the journal.
Submission Guidelines:
In general, we welcome the submission of essays/articles, interviews, reviews (book, film, music, art), creative writing, and art that attempts to engage Christian theology in some fashion.
Style and Format:

Revisiting Tex(x)ture in Literature

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

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

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)

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


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 ( by September 25, 2011.

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

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 1:32pm

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)

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: 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

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.