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Let's Talk About Translation: A Body of Translation Theory and Female Desire in Brossard's Mauve Desert

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:04pm
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Nicole Brossard's Mauve Desert is a feminist intertext, which Susanne Lotbiniére-Harwood's Re-Belle Et Infidéle states: "Is a body of text written in the feminine by feminists rereading and rewriting what other feminists have written and spoken" (126). Throughout history, the privatized female semantic space inhibited the bilingual nature of the woman and her ability to speak in both the dominant, masculine language system and her own muted tongue, which, in turn, allows her to succeed in the art of translation.

Intertextuality and the "Rape" of Miranda: The Tempest and Eastwords

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:04pm
Ramapo College of New Jersey

James E. Portar states, "not infrequently books speak of books. Not infrequently, and perhaps ever always, texts refer to other texts and in fact rely on them for their meaning." In my paper, I wish to explore intertextuality—how writers draw ceaselessly from the past, highlighting the transience and fragility in their own narrative, and how the mere rendering in two stories of analogous setting, characters, and plot, can change meanings inexorably. Specifically, I will analyze Shakespeare's "The Tempest" alongside its 21st century counterpart "Eastwords" by Kalyan Ray.

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (abstracts due June 1)

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 2:27pm
Lisa Nevarez/Siena College

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (Abstracts due June 1, 2012).

Vampires are showing up with increasing frequency in the college classroom, and there are emerging an increasing number of courses solely devoted to the Undead. This edited volume intends to offer pedagogical tools for those who teach—and who would like to teach—vampire literature. The collection aspires to draw from a diverse range of teaching approaches, ranging from theoretical framing of vampire literature to teaching vampire literature in the writing classroom.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

BHAGVAD-GITA: Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 1:35pm

BHAGVAD-GITA; Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.

Contributions are invited from scholars and writers from any discipline across the world for an Anthology of Essays on BHAGVAD-GITA to be published this year by an Indian publisher of international repute. The essays must focus on the contemporary relevance of the philosophical thought contained in this time-honoured text. The essays may include the following issues, but may take up other significant issues as well:

Object Theatre Issue of The Puppet Notebook

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 9:07am
Shaun May, Puppet Notebook & Central School of Speech and Drama

Everyday objects are increasingly being animated by performers in contemporary theatre, community arts and puppet shows but very little has been written about object theatre as a separate discipline. This issue of the Puppet Notebook will provide a platform for discussion about what object theatre is, its relationship to puppetry and its history. 

TV Area - MAPACA - June 15th abstract due date

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:58pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

The MAPACA television area seeks to investigate the relationship between television and our lives. How do we define our culture, relationships, and our self-knowledge according to the images and structure provided by the medium of television? Are we being provided rigorous information to help the individual be a productive citizen in a society? Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers? Is television's role to challenge or pacify? What is reality and fiction? Can we expect programming which examines the issues of our complex lives; or must information be made reductive in order to appeal to an average? How does television represent or modify economic, institutional, and cultural norms?

Call for Book Chapter Proposals – Defining Urban Fantasy (DEADLINE abstracts due by September 1, 2012)

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:53pm
Jamie Dessart , Ph.D., Waynesburg University

Despite many of the covers that picture chicks in black leather with tramp stamps, urban fantasy as a best-selling genre is much more complex than just unicorns in a big city. With authors like Anita Black, Jim Butcher, and Kim Harrison, urban fantasy accounts for a large number of fantasy titles sold. Through examination of various aspects of the genre of urban fantasy, this book will open a dialogue that encourages thoughtful definitions. Essays for this collection can cover the genre as a whole, themes, characteristics, and/or specific authors. This collection is intended for publication in the McFarland Press series on critical studies in science fiction and fantasy and is intended for a broad audience.

Sexuality/Erotica - MAPACA Conference, Pittsburgh - November 1-3, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:37pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

The area of Sexuality and Erotica invites papers that address any aspect of human sexual experience and erotica in any form (literary, artistic -- visual, musical, dance, theatrical, photographic). Topics include, but are not limited to:

*Sexuality in art—values, expectations and implications
*Sociological, cultural and/or political implications of sexual attitudes in American culture
*Beliefs and practices of specific ethnic, religious and/or cultural groups
*Sex negativity/sex positivity, acceptance/rejection
*Education about sexuality
*Non-normative sexual practices and their representation in popular culture
*Erotica, pornography and definitions

Abstracts due June 15, 2012

[UPDATE:FINAL LIST OF SPEAKERS] Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:28pm
The Nomadikon Centre, University of Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA

CFP for international conference on images, space, and acts of "seeing": The Nomadikon Centre, University of Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for the 6th Nomadikon Meeting: "Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images." The Conference will be held Sept. 27-29, 2012 on The College St. Rose campus in Albany, New York. The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, with "seeing" suggesting but certainly not limited to physical sight, but inclusive of an embodied "seeing." The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.

MAPACA - Theatre/Dance/Performance Studies - Conference in Pittsburgh, November 1-3

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:06pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

We welcome submissions for presentations and panels relating to theatre, dance, and performance in popular culture, including theatrical productions; dramatic text and playwriting; modes of performance; actors and acting; theatre and dance history; non-traditional performance; political theatre; and performance as seen in ritual and everyday life.

The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAPACA) is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multidisciplinary manifestations. We welcome proposals for presentations and panel discussions from established academics and scholars, graduate students in the field, or independent scholars.