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"Rough Music": Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:44am
Southern Methodist University English Graduate Students

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan's readings of classical, literary, and philosophical texts as "a case of violent appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context." And yet, he argues, "this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking 'effect of truth'" and "a shattering new insight."

ASLE-UKI Conference 6-9 Sept 2012 CFP 'Composting Culture' at University of Worcester UK

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 7:40am
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment - UK and Ireland

Composting Culture: Literature, Nature, Popular Culture, Science
ASLE-UKI – the UK-Ireland branch of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment – invites proposals for its 2012 biennial conference. The conference will take place between Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 September, 2012 at the University of Worcester, supported by the university's Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts.

David Jones: Culture & Artifice, 30-31 March 2012

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 5:10pm
Washington Adventist University Honors Program & Department of English

This interdisciplinary conference on the work of the poet and artist David Jones (1895-1974) seeks to explore Jones's cultural theory, and how his creative works confront the concerns of modern culture through artifice. The topic allows for an investigation of Jones's entire output, including his wood and copper engravings, paintings and drawings, poetry, essays, and painted inscriptions. An exhibition of Jones's major book illustrations will accompany this conference, and any proposals on this aspect of his work will be of particular interest. Submit twenty minute paper proposals (250 words max.) by January 15, 2012 to:

ETHOS/ PATHOS/ LOGOS The Sense and Place of Persuasiveness in Linguistic, Literary and Philosophical Discourse

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 8:05am
University of Ploiesti

In his Rhetoric, Aristotle defined the act of persuasion as the interaction between three elements: ethos (Greek for 'character', which designated the image of the self built by the orator to inspire trustworthiness and credibility), pathos (the arousing of emotions in one's audience), and logos (referring both to discourse and reason). While these notions have remained conceptual cornerstones in major intellectual endeavours of western thought, ethos in particular developed in a distinctly different direction (from the individual to the collective or national) in the nineteenth century, from Hegel's understanding of the German word for 'ethics', Sittlichkeit, as what binds the members of a community to a place.

Copyright and Intellectual Property Area, PCA/ACA; Boston, 11-14 Apr 2012; Deadline 15 Dec 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 7:42am
Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

CALL FOR PAPERS: Copyright and Intellectual Property Area
PCA/ACA 2012: Boston, 11-14 April 2012.

With the rise of the digital era and the technological maelstrom that spawned it, the nature of recorded communication has shifted drastically, putting industrial-strength copying and distribution tools in the hands of consumers. This shift highlights the changing relationships between consumers, producers, artists, and business. The Copyright and Intellectual Property area seeks to foster an interdisciplinary discussion about the tumultuous cultural battle raging over how we understand the production and distribution of knowledge. We seek to include presentations both scholarly and practical.

Possible topics could include:

James Joyce's International Impact on Literature

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 2:56am
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

English Department of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University together with James Joyce Association of Georgia will host a two-day conference to celebrate the 130th anniversary of James Joyce's birth and 90th anniversary from the first publication of Ulysses.

The conference dedicated to the study of James Joyce's international impact on literature will be held at Tbilisi State University, Georgia on 2-3 February, 2012.

We propose discussion of the following broad themes in contemporary and historical perspective, but we also welcome proposals for the conference with a different focus which nevertheless – importantly – transgress disciplinary boundaries:

Call for Abstracts (February 29, 2012): Anthology on the FANTASTIC IN HOLOCAUST LITERATURE

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 12:10am
Judith B. Kerman (Mayapple Press) and John Edgar Browning (SUNY-Buffalo)

Call for Submissions: Anthology on the FANTASTIC IN HOLOCAUST LITERATURE


Judith B. Kerman
Publisher, Mayapple Press
Professor Emerita of English, Saginaw Valley State University

John Edgar Browning
Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow
and Ph.D. student (American Studies), State University of New York at Buffalo

Aesthetics in the Belly of the Beast: Reading American Carceral Art. Deadline: December 31, 2011.

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 9:30pm
Doran Larson. Hamilton College.

"Aesthetics in the Belly of the Beast: Reading American Carceral Art," is a panel to be proposed for the 2012 American Studies Associate Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rica.

Seeking a third paper for a panel on art--literary, visual, sound, etc.--created by incarcerated Americans or people detained on American territory. Please send:
# Individual Paper Title (maximum of 15 words per title. Do not begin the title with quotes or other characters.)
# Paper Abstract (maximum of 500 words per abstract)
# Individual Author information including: first name, last name, affiliation, e-mail address, and one page vitae.

Call for Abstracts-The Joker-Book collection

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:25pm
Rob Weiner Texas Tech University

Call for Abstracts

The Joker: Critical Essays on the Clown Prince of Crime

Robert Moses Peaslee & Robert G. Weiner, Editors

"Nobody panics when things are going according to plan, even if the plan is horrifying."

-- The Joker (Heath Ledger), The Dark Knight (2008)

Silent Film-CFP Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Assocation meeting 2012

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:22pm
Southwest Popular Culture Assocation 2012 meeting

Call for Papers: Silent Film 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
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 Area Chair for Silent Film is seeking papers and presentations on ANY aspect of Silent Film.
Some topics to consider:
German Expressionism
Portrayal of Gender