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DEADLINE EXTENDED **** 7th July 2012, Diasporic Identities and Empire

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 5:32am
SAMLA Conference 2012, Durham North Carolina

Unlike traditional theories on hybridity that consider multicultural infusions, and at times profusions of colonial migrations, postmodern literature illuminates neo-hermeneutics of what Gayatri Spivak calls segregated subalterns, "the lowest strata of the urban subproletariat." This panel is interested in investigating these ideas in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, American, Eurocentric, and Asian literature and thought. The post-Enlightenment text is an unpalatable interjection written by a set of cultural shifters who defy imperial homogeneity, political and economic unions. In Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race, Robert J. C.

CFP for Edited Collection: Unveiling Fashion: Gender, Islam, and Global Modernities (Abstract Deadline: July 31, 2012)

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 8:25pm
Ellorashree Maitra / Nida Sajid

This collection of interdisciplinary essays will trace the historical trajectory of the production, circulation, and consumption of Muslim femininity and fashion from early modernity to the era of transnational globalization. The essays will collectively work through the politics of zenana (feminine) fashion, to unravel how dress and appearance have historically constituted complex, embodied performances of Muslim feminine identity and community in the global arena. Our goal is to investigate the aesthetic and political impact of discourses of modernity in the fashioning of Muslim women's bodies, dress, and lives in multiple geographical sites from the early modern period through the post-9/11 era.

[UPDATE] "Government is Good": Infrastructure in American Literature and Film (CFP) MMLA, November 8-11 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 5:29pm
Michael J. Blouin

Today (as in the past) the role of government is hotly contested; there are debates surrounding the scope of health care reform, libertarian calls for drastic cuts, and urges from both sides of the aisle to "streamline." Concurrently, recent scholars, including notably Bruce Robbins and Michael Rubenstein, have sought to understand better how cultural products help one to negotiate where government should – or should not – go. These literary critics are loosely positioned under the title "government is good." Building from the trend, this panel will seek to examine the complex ways literature and film reflect anxieties and/or hopes concerning topics such as infrastructure, welfare, and more broadly, communal interdependence.

[Call for Responses]: Flow Conference 2012 (7/13/12; 11/1/12-11/3/12)

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 1:15pm
Flow Conference 2012

Call for Responses
FLOW Conference 2012
November 1-3, 2012
The University of Texas at Austin

Deadline for 150-word abstracts: July 13, 2012

Flow Conference 2012 is the 4th biannual conference for, a University of Texas at Austin graduate student-run, online academic journal focusing on television and media culture.

Resistance, Noise and Material : Call for papers, performances, objects and events

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 10:30am
Sender Brocken

Call for submissions

A symposium, performance, exhibition, workshop and gathering to investigate, discuss and speculate on topics specific to or peripheral to Resistance, Noise and Material and their possible relations.

This event will take place in London on Thursday 4th August 2012.

Contributions are invited which include any or all of the following: conventional or unconventional academic papers and presentations; performances of/and/or recordings; visual interpretations; participatory events; and other explorations of the themes of noise, materials, and resistance.

Time and space can be made available prior to the event for projects which are developed in situ.

"By the Author of David Simple": New Approaches to Sarah Fielding (ASECS; April 4-7 Cleveland, OH)

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 3:11am
Stephanie Harper Recine / California State University, Northridge

Just past her 300th birthday, the popularity of Sarah Fielding is increasing; yet, her life and writing tend to be overshadowed by the critical reception of her brother, Henry. This panel seeks to advance the conversation surrounding Sarah Fielding, especially as it relates to new approaches on themes of gender, nature, and trauma in her work. Furthermore, papers which focus on teaching Fielding are encouraged.

SCMS Panel: Communal Interactions with Cyber Connectivity Outside the Home

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 5:17pm

Regarding the academic discourse on what particular space the internet inhabits in our everyday lives, there seems to be two divergent camps which continually widen an increasingly difficult to bridge chasm. On one side there is the idea that the websites, blogs and forums that make up the web produce their own unique kind of "social space, one that fruitfully confounds the ordering conventions of our physical space" (Saco, 2002. Also see Nakamura, 2007). While another perspective claims that the internet and new media technologies we consume within a physical space are only experienced as a redundant "translation of all existing media into numerical data accessible through computers" (Manovich, 20, 2001. Also see Hilderbrand 2007).

[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Friendship and States of Debt in Early Modern English Literature (Midwest MLA 2012)

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 3:13pm
Andrew Kranzman / Michigan State University

This panel examines how discourses of friendship intersect with 'states of debt' in early modern literature and culture. The valence of the term 'state' invokes an array of social relations, conditions, and practices that are doubly compounded through the addition of the term 'debt.' For instance, while 'state' may refer to community, nation, condition, or communicative practices, 'debt' conjures notions of obligation, affective and/or economic bonds, social contracts, oaths, and acts of incorporation or release. Likewise, the connotative richness of 'friend'/'friendship' underscores a variety of intimate, social, and political relationships and responsibilities situated in overlapping networks of kinship, community, and nation.

Collections and Collecting Practices as Sites of Transformation, Adaptation and Exchange (deadline for submission: July 8, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 1:44pm
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society Conference (Oct.18-22, 2012. Abbotsford, BC, Canada)

This panel interrogates the ways in which the production, circulation, and dissemination of art, objects, and knowledge were mediated by processes of translation and transmission within early modern Europe. We invite papers that consider the ways in which these processes defined the collecting practices of courtly patrons and other collectors, such as merchants, physicians, antiquarians, alchemists, and natural historians. Within this context, translation (as a creative act of adaptation, transformation, and reinterpretation) could function to facilitate the transfer of discoveries—both artistic and epistemological.