From Irish reality TV shows such as Fade Street and Operation Transformation, to global franchises such as Big Brother and Next Top Model, reality TV occupies an increasingly visible place in contemporary transatlantic programming. It has also become a hotly contested site within popular cultural discourses—revealing clues to our collective desires, fears, and anxieties. In its explication of modern social identities, reality TV has shown itself to be crucially dependent on notions of gender, seeking to expose the limits of gendered identity and complicating the borders between the 'real' and 'constructed' self, both on screen and off.
MODALITIES OF BEING AGAINST
Fabio Akcelrud Durao (Literary Theory, Unicamp)
Rachel Price (Spanish-Portuguese, Princeton)
Paulo Moreira (Spanish-Portuguese, Yale)
The 2012 LASA Congress will be dedicated to the bicentennial of national independence in most of the countries in Latin America. The aim of this panel is to generate a forum of discussion and theoretical intervention between and within musical discourse and questions of identity. How does music and its components, such as sounds and silences, promote or interfere with the creation of "national unities"? Are "samba", "tango" and "salsa" inclusive genres of collective identities? And if this is the case, what kinds of dissonances should we consider in order to gain a more profound understanding of these acoustic events?
This special issue of TOPIA seeks contributions (articles, offerings, review essays and book reviews) that reflect on the contemporary university and its discontents. Fifteen years after the publication of Bill Readings' seminal book The University in Ruins and in the wake of the UK government's new austerity budget, Nick Couldry and Angela McRobbie proclaim the death of the English university. In Italy students demonstrating against the Bologna Process protect themselves from police with giant books.
Abstracts are invited for a proposed panel on "Literature and Social Networks in Mid-Tudor England" at the 2011 Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) Meeting in Fort Worth, October 27-30. For more details on the conference, see http://www.sixteenthcentury.org/conference.shtml
Papers could investigate any aspect of the topic, including political, theoretical or bibliographical issues related to literature and specific or generalized social networks during the period.
AVANCA | CINEMA 2011
International Conference Cinema – Art. Technology, Communication
Date: 20 to 24 July 2011
Place: Avanca – Portugal
Call for papers until 31 March 2011
The excellent ambiance experienced in July 2010 is the best invitation to come back in 2011 for the conference that links perspectives, singularities and historical references to a creative, mental and expositive avalanche particular of the research and development world.
Cinema is the aggregator pole where paths are open to several exhibitions and debates, aiming to provide a privileged space for sharing the most innovative thing that's done in the world.
Translation in Latin America | Latin America in Translation
This panel will explore the politics and poetics of translation in Latin America over the past two centuries. We welcome interventions in Spanish or English that address: the role of translation in the establishment and development of literary traditions in Latin America, translation and the global dynamics of cultural exchange, Latin American literature in translation, or the literary representation of any or all of these processes. Accepted papers will be circulated among panel participants one week before the conference; presentations should last 15-20 minutes each and will be followed by a roundtable discussion.
I am soliciting previously unpublished articles or essays for an edited collection on the topic of representations of speech and language disorders in literature, film, and popular culture. At present, there is a growing interest in the field of Medical Humanities regarding the portrayal of conditions like stuttering, aphasia, mutism, etc. Recent works like The King's Speech, Rocket Science, and Diving Bell and the Butterfly also speak to the growing concern in contemporary popular culture over the status of the Self in relation to language loss and language breakdown.
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The First International Workshop on Privacy, Security and Trust in Mobile and Wireless Systems (MobiPST 2011) in conjunction with ICCCN 2011.
Maui, Hawaii, July 31 or August 4 (TBD), 2011
Submit a single work of creative nonfiction, with a maximum length of 600 words. The subject should be a story about love– the presence, absence, complications, hesitations, headlong rush into, etc. The best essays will focus on a specific event or experience and explore its larger implications and meanings. Winner will receive publication on the back page of Iris: A Magazine for Thinking Young Women and a two-year subscription. Entry Fee: $10. Please contact email@example.com for more details or visit http://iris.virginia.edu/2011/02/iris-call-for-submissions/
This panel invites papers that explore the connections between disgust and Victorian culture, particularly the role of disgust in the affective fashioning of normative or transgressive identities. Functioning as a visceral reaction to filth or as moral abhorrence toward the socially unacceptable, disgust routinely functioned to distance the middle-classes from lower-class individuals, practices, and spaces. The Victorian subject is not only constituted through the repression of the low and the disgusting but is also transformed in the very act of encountering the abject.
We invite proposals for papers, readings and other performances from scholars, writers and artists to be delivered in the 2011 Helsinki Poetics Conference.
9-10 September 2011
Tremough Campus, Cornwall
Keynote Speaker: Professor Niyi Osundare (University of Ibadan/University of New Orleans)
Second keynote: TBA
This conference is intended to provide a forum for those teaching and researching in Humanities disciplines to explore the current state of global knowledge economies. The title, echoing the title of Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large, signals our focus on the relation between universities, global economies and local identities.
CALL FOR PAPERS "ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS" Issue 9/2011 - with the theme "MASKS"
(Each issue of ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS is organized around a theme and it comprises scholarly articles written in Romanian, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Examples of themes we have explored in the past: Orient - Occident; Identity and Otherness; Exoduses; Power; Centre and Periphery; Rational - Irrational; Smile and Laughter; Other Worlds.)
The traveller is a liminal figure who, in transcending geographical boundaries, also challenges ideas of space and self.
Travelling Identities is an interdisciplinary symposium which considers the relationship between travel and identity through the examination of a broad range of historical periods, geographical areas and travel practices.