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[UPDATE] NEMLA, March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: "Evil" Children in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 5:30pm
Karen J. Renner / Northern Arizona University

From the possibly possessed Miles and Flora in _The Turn of the Screw_ to the feral children in _Lord of the Flies_ to the demonic Damien in _The Omen_, evil children take on various forms. Some are corrupted by external influences—violent media, abuse, or Satan himself. Others, as the title of William March's 1954 novel suggests, are simply "bad seeds," inheritors of morally deficient genes and rotten to the core from birth. To discuss evil children as a singular trope would thus disregard the variations in their form and function. For this panel, I am seeking papers that address the role that evil children play in literary texts, films, and popular culture. Are they repositories for particular cultural anxieties?

[UPDATE] The Velvet Light Trap #70 - Stocks, Screens, and Servers: The Materiality of Media DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 4:11pm
The Velvet Light Trap, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As culture becomes increasingly digitized—from downloading and streaming videos and music to digital film production and cloud computing—arguments for the "dematerialization" of media are becoming commonplace. However, media have always been, and remain, embedded in and structured by material objects, networks, and practices that constrain their uses and meanings. Any cultural artifact bears traces and consequences of the material conditions of its production, distribution, and reception, whether this be a result of the size and weight of the camera that shot a film's images, the geography of the shipping or cable network through which it was transported or transmitted, or the spaces occupied by physical record or DVD collections.

In Analysis: The Work of Hanif Kureishi

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:22pm
University of Roehampton, London (UK)

The University of Roehampton presents
Friday, 24 and Saturday, 25 February 2012

IN ANALYSIS: THE WORK OF HANIF KUREISHI

Speakers include:

Hanif Kureishi in conversation and reading from Work in Progress

Susie Thomas (author of Hanif Kureishi: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism)

[UPDATED] The 4th Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, February 10-12, 2012

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:19pm
North Carolina State University

The registration deadline for the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing has been extended. The new deadline is Friday, January 20th. See our website for details: https://sites.google.com/site/ncsymposium/registration.

Thanks so much for all of your proposals! Announcements will be going out early this week.

A "NON-PLACE" TO VISIT: Exploring the Employment Practices and Working Conditions that Affect Writing Instructors

[REMINDER] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film - October 1, 2011

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:15pm
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

American Association of Australasian Literary Studies Annual Conference - Toronto - Feb. 17-19, 2012

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:01pm
American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS)

The AAALS calls for papers for its 28th Annual conference to be held in conjunction with ANSZANA in Toronto, ON from February 17 to 19, 2012. As always, the conference will be collegial and open-minded, welcoming papers from many different approaches and contexts. Connections involving any combination of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the US will be welcomed. We also are especially interested in papers on Indigenous Australian literature and Maori literature. Welcome as well will be papers dealing with Patrick White, whose centennial is in 2012 and who is in the midst of an exciting reconsideration.

CFP: Car Culture and the Road

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 1:43pm
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference

Call For Papers
Area: Car Culture and the Road
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference

February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.swtxpca.org

Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center, downtown Albuquerque

Conference Theme: "Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context

Call for Papers Deadline: December 1, 2011
Registration Deadline for Presenters: December 31, 2011

aspeers Calls for Papers by American Studies Students at European Universities by 30 October 2011

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 11:46am
aspeers: emerging voices in american studies

aspeers is the first and currently only peer-reviewed print journal for MA-level American studies scholars in Europe. It is a platform for the best work done by American studies graduate students below the PhD level. It aims to foster academic exchange among young Americanists across Europe, and to thereby advance the field as well as its genuine European perspective on 'America' and its presences and effects around the world. The journal features a general section in addition to a topical one that brings academic and creative works into a dialogue on one common theme.

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 8:10am
Middlesex University

We are commissioning a book chapter on Robert Pirsig and Buddhism for an edited collection of essays to be published by Continuum in 2012.

This will be an exciting and innovative volume examining the reception of Buddhism in British and American literature. Timely and valuable, it will offer an authoritative introduction to how a variety of authors from T.S. Eliot through to Christopher Isherwood and Iris Murdoch engaged with Buddhist thought.

We are looking for a lively well-written piece which demonstrates a knowledgeable and scholarly understanding of both Buddhist thought and Robert Pirsig.

Please send proposals of interest and a 500 word abstract by October 1st 2011 to:

Symposium on European Union, Central Asia, Turkey, Middle East, and Africa December 2011

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:23am
Bosphorus Research Center

Bosporus Research Center is inviting PhD students, academics and any other interested parties to join the symposium on European Union, Turkey, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. This symposium is organized around two broad themes concerning culture and society, and economics and politics. We welcome papers from postgraduates, post-doctorate researchers, independent researchers, diplomats and journalists. Speakers are invited to speak for 15 to 20 minutes on one of the themes listed below.

Venue: School of Oriental & African Studies, Russell Square,

University of London, WC1H 0XG,
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 10am-5pm)

Horror After Psychoanalysis: A Special Issue of _Horror Studies_ (2012)

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:17am
Dale Townshend, University of Stirling.

Psychoanalysis, be it in its orthodox Freudian forms or via the revisionist theories of Lacan, Kristeva and Žižek, has become a dominant critical metalanguage in contemporary accounts of horror. Notions of the unconscious, the uncanny and the abject are firmly entrenched within literary-critical discourse, while much film theory continues to invoke Lacan in its accounts of the cinematic gaze. But, to paraphrase Deleuze and Guattari, has psychoanalysis not caught horror in the noose of an implacable grip?

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