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[UPDATE] No, Seriously . . . Is It Really Over? African American Literature After Jim Crow

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 12:49pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In his provocative new book, What Was African American Literature? (2011), Kenneth Warren argues that African American literature ended with the legal abrogation of Jim Crow. Viewing the tradition as an historical response to white racism during a specific cultural moment, rather than an ongoing expressive art-form, Warren not only identifies the key reading practices that should govern our critical approach to black literature produced during the first half of the twentieth-century, but he also questions our unwillingness to put the volatile past that this literature hinges upon behind us. Is African American literature, as we know it, really over? What's at stake in such a bold declaration?

Sociability in Great Britain and in France in the Enlightenment

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 7:22am
CEIMA - Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the English-Speaking World

International Conference : « Sociability in Great Britain and in France in the Enlightenment: forms, functions and operational modes". Organised by CEIMA (Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the English-Speaking World)/HCTI (Heritage and Constructions in Texts and Images) EA 4249, University of Western Britanny, UBO, BREST on 8th and 9th March 2012 at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Victor Segalen, Brest (France).

Scale, Media Fields Journal Issue 4

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:17pm
Daniel Reynolds and Meredith Bak, issue co-editors, Media Fields Journal

Media Fields Journal invites critical and artistic submissions on the theme of scale.

"Scale" at once denotes a difference in size, scope, or range, and assures us that such differences can be measured and defined. Media and scale have a long, complex, and ever-changing relationship that raises a number of questions, including:

How does the size of a media object inflect its functions?

What are the effects of "scaling" media up (say, to IMAX screens) or down (e.g., to iPods)?

What is a large-scale production? What is a small-scale production?

What is a "human scale"? How can media represent things that are not on a human scale?

Who works "for scale"?

"The Return of the Repressed? Religion and Culture in Contemporary Europe." (Salzburg, 6/15/11; 7/15/11)

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:54pm
Salzburg Institute of Gordon College

In Europe during the last few years, religion and religiosity have achieved wider acknowledgement as themes of public discussion. Newspapers such as Die Zeit, now publish columns devoted to the phenomenon of religion. Radio and television programs regularly investigate the varying appearances of religion in the contemporary moment. One hears frequently about a "return of religion" or the "post-secular society" (Jürgen Habermas) in which we are said to live. Debates concerning Islam in its various manifestations continue unabated as do discussions about kinds of spirituality that in many cases remain outside the bounds of the established churches.

Call for chapters for an edited book "Internal Migrations. Perspectives from Five Continents"

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:39pm
Jean Valluy, Geneve UNIGE

Call for chapters for an edited book "Internal Migrations. Perspectives from Five Continents"

Deadline for abstract submission: July 10, 2011 , Deadline for final papers: September 10, 2011

An edited volume on internal migrations in the most populated countries is currently being created as a joint initiative of young scholars from the Swiss Universities (Bern University and the University of Geneva) and many european academic institutions, and will be published next year.

Each chapter will be focused on in-depth characteristics of internal migration in one country:

Themes (Table of Contents): General Characteristics of Internal Migrations in:

CFP for new book series, New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:26pm
Ashgate Publishing Company

Ashgate Publishing Company is pleased to announce a new book series:

New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies

Series Editor: Anne J. Cruz, University of Miami

New Hispanisms: Literary and Cultural Studies presents innovative studies that seek to understand how the cultural production of the Hispanic world is generated, disseminated, and consumed. Ranging from the Spanish Middle Ages to modern Spain and Latin America, this series offers a forum for various critical and disciplinary approaches to cultural texts, including literature and other artifacts of Hispanic culture. Queries and proposals for single author volumes and collections of original essays are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of either

Deadline Extended: Film and Video Production 2011 MPCA/ACA CFP

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 3:10pm
Alexandra Hidalgo, Purdue University

CALL FOR PAPERS: Film and Video Production

2011 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 14 - 16, 2011
Milwaukee, WI

Deadline Extension: May 20, 2011

The Film and Video Production area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for our upcoming 2011 Conference.


Friday, May 13, 2011 - 12:30pm
The Rest is History: Ireland, Performance and The Historical Imagination

apologies for cross postings.

Call for Papers for an edited collection:

the rest is history

ireland, performance and the historical imagination

A chronicler who recites events without distinguishing between

major and minor ones acts in accordance with the following

truth: nothing that has ever happened should be regarded as lost for history.

-Walter Benjamin

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

"American Idols and Their Fans: What People Write and Send to Celebrities"

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 12:11pm
Barbara Ryan (National University of Singapore) and Charles Johanningsmeier (University of Nebraska at Omaha)

For a planned book collection of forward-looking essays on how celebrities and their cultural productions are received by different types of readers, viewers, listeners, etc., we are seeking original and informed analyses of letters, e-mails, Facebook and Twitter posts, zines, gifts, chat rooms, or any other ways in which fans express themselves to celebrities. We especially welcome essays that investigate topics not typically represented in scholarly discourse and/or push the boundaries of typical scholarly approaches.

[UPDATE] Animated Realities, Edinburgh College of Art, June 23 - 24, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:09am
Jonathan Murray/Edinburgh College of Art

Dear All,

I wanted to pass on details to you of a two-day conference on animated documentary filmmaking which is being hosted here at Edinburgh College of Art on June 23rd and 24th. A full conference programme and registration details are available @ I hope some of you will be interested and available to take part in this event.

Best wishes,