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The Beautiful Body and Its Discontents

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 2:09pm
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NEMLA

The fit body is thus the conspicuous product of the late-capitalist work ethic. It is the body as the focal point of an industry of self-care, a book of personal narrative upon which is inscribed the extent to which you have won at the game of contemporary life. Each hard-fought-for, shiny ripple of muscle is forever bound up in two economies—one of production, and one of desire. (Alang, 'Must Fit Bodies Be the Product of Hard Work?')

[UPDATE] Call for Papers: Film Theory and Aesthetics 2015 Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 1:10pm
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Jennifer Jenkins/ Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (36th Annual)
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Call for Papers: Film Theory and Aesthetics
2015 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (36th Annual)
Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture
February 11-14, 2015 Hyatt Regency Downtown/ Albuquerque, NM, USA

¿Queer Brown Futures?: Utopia & Apocalypse in Latina/o Speculative Fiction

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:08am
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Maia Gil'Adi and John Ribo
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José Esteban Muñoz's Cruising Utopia opens with an epigraph from Oscar Wilde: "A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth glancing at." For Wilde, utopia is vital because it sets the course of human progress like a future destination humanity strives for but never reaches. Similarly, Muñoz reformulates queerness—and might we add brownness?—as utopian, as futurity, as potentiality, as that which lets us feel the limits of the here and now in order to dream better possibilities.

The Second Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 4:58am
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Euroacademia

Euroacademia cordially invites you to

The Second Euroacademia International Conference
'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

to be held in Florence, Italy
Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi

17 – 18 October 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 8th of September 2014

Conference description:

[Update] The Generative Literature Project

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:43pm
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The Generative Literature Project/Hybrid Pedagogy

The Generative Literature Project is calling for the participation of two additional Creative Writing/Digital Writing faculty from campuses across the United States to participate in the creation of a transmedia generative digital novel.

This project will take place during Fall Semester 2014, and will involve students and faculty in writing a minimum of one class assignment, one faculty character sketch, and a collaborative analysis of the main character's motive and alibi.

Students and faculty may also wish to create artifacts via social media and blogging, and participate in project "Tweet-Ups" and Google Hangouts as the project progresses. All project writing will be completed by November 1, 2014.

Languages on Trial: Translation and the Law, NeMLA, 30 April - 3 May, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:11pm
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Oisín Keohane (University of Toronto) and Ian Fleishman (University of Pennsylvania)

In appealing to the law, one must appeal to language. This raises the question of what kind of appeal to language can be made before the law, and in what ways the law depends on language. Consider Socrates in Plato's "Apology" for instance, pleading to his fellow Athenians to treat him as a stranger, to act as if he were a foreigner, an outsider, one ignorant of the 'native tongue' spoken in Athens. One might highlight how this Socratic 'as if' introduces narrativity and fiction into the very core of legal thought, a narrativity and fiction that the law is both troubled by and which it nevertheless frequently utilizes.

CFP Reminder: The New Materialisms - Issue 19, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:42am
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FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
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The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.

[UPDATE] CFP: Early American Animal Studies, SEA-OIEAHC, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:58pm
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Society of Early Americanists - Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture
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Call for Proposals (DEADLINE EXTENDED):
SEA-ASLE Roundtable in Early American Animal Studies
SEA-OIEAHC Conference, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015

In recent years, Animal Studies has gained increasing prominence among literature scholars, particularly among those working in the environmental humanities. This roundtable invites early American considerations of non-human animals, broadly conceived. We welcome papers that examine literary or visual texts as well as material artifacts.

CFP: Paradoxa, "The Futures Industry," 10/01/2014

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:55pm
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Paradoxa
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Paradoxa: Call for Papers: "The Futures Industry"

More than thirty years ago, Fredric Jameson suggested in "Progress versus Utopia" (1982) that, far from providing us with blueprints of the future, the function of science fiction was to dramatize our inability to imagine a future distinct from the capitalist present. Much of his work since, including his "genealogy of the future" in Valences of the Dialectic has focused on the importance of speculative fiction for working through the difficulties of utopian thinking in a context thoroughly saturated by capitalist thinking.

CFP: "Horror," Southwest PCA/ACA, Albuquerque, February 11-14, 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:48pm
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Southwest PCA/ACA
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CALL FOR PAPERS

"HORROR"

36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center on February 11-14, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The area chair for Horror at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, digital and online as well as general culture. Given the strong showing of work on horror cinema in recent years, we hope to continue this tradition, but also to diversify into new and unconventional areas, especially with the addition in the last two years of roundtable sessions on a variety of popular topics.

Urban Pests, Ecology, and Social Justice (NeMLA 2015, April 30-May 3, Toronto)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:50pm
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Matthew Lambert/NeMLA
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From the major urban parks of the 19th Century—like Central Park in New York and City Park in New Orleans—to today's plethora of urban gardens, American city planners and residents have attempted to introduce "nature" into the "artificial" space of major cities. But what about those living creatures often ignored in such idyllic visions: rats, bugs, pigeons, and others "pests"? What about the weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk and in vacant lots? Why privilege the former kind of nature and not the latter? Furthermore, how has this distinction between two kinds of nature been used to justify the pollution of animal, plant, and human communities in urban settings with dangerous chemicals?

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