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Modernism and the Mind Sciences, MSA 17, November 19-22, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 3:12pm
Rebecah Pulsifer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Modernism grew up alongside a range of revolutionary mind sciences. While modernism's engagements with what Nikolas Rose and Joelle Abi-Rached term the "psy disciplines"—including psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry—have captivated literary critics for decades, recent critical inquiry has demonstrated how modernist texts inform or push against contemporary theories of cognition, including embodied and extended cognition. These approaches suggest that modernism's interest in subjectivity continues to inform and/or resist current scientific approaches to the mind.

Edith Wharton Review

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 10:02pm
Edith Wharton Society

The _Edith Wharton Review_ is currently seeking submissions. To be published by Penn State University Press in 2016, the _Edith Wharton Review_ is currently in its thirty-first year of publication and is indexed in the MLA Bibliography. We publish scholarship on Wharton, Wharton and related authors, and Wharton and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century culture, more generally. The journal aims to foster new scholarship as well as established approaches to the author and her work.

Comics and Other Hybrid "How-To's": Art and Didacticism (special session at MMLA 2015, Nov. 12-15, 2015, Columbus OH)

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 5:48pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

Comics and other image-text hybrids—from illuminated manuscripts to commercial lithographs to modern-day flow charts--have been used successfully to communicate information, explain complex or difficult concepts, but also to teach audiences how to perform important, sometimes life-saving, skills or maneuvers. But do image-texts like these count as "art"? Or does the didactic function of these texts disqualify them as art? For example, is a comic showing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver art? What if the text was altered slightly to undercut the imagery in a humorous manner? Why is it that an explicitly didactic function of certain forms of representation, perhaps especially image-texts, render them "artless" to some?

Pastoral Sciences, MMLA (Columbus, OH, Nov. 12-15, 2015)

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 5:15pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

Pastoral Sciences

In 1963's The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx introduces the concept of technological pastoral, a space constructed to join modern industry to the ideals of rural harmony. While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been mobilized in the pursuit of pastoral ideals. Examples of such mobilizations may range from ecosystem management and experiments with closed ecological systems (like biospheres) to theoretical applications such as terraforming. Virtual utopias may provide even another axis of analysis, as might some branches of bionics and bioengineering.

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:37pm
Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton Society Awards 2015-2016

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar

Formerly known as the "Edith Wharton Essay Prize," this award, instituted in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar: advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure=track or full-time appointment for
more than four years.

Islamophobia: The Public Muslim and the Critical Muslim (Special Session)

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 2:22pm
MLA 2016

We are all too familiar with news channels reporting the threat of ISIS and debates around Islam's relevance in the modern world. The daily dose of graphic images of ISIS beheadings reinforces the anathema for Islam and its followers. In such fraught times, anti-Muslim racism reigns. Arun Kundnani contends that "Anti-Muslim racism ... appears as the most recent layer in this longer history, a reworking and recycling of older logics of oppression. From this perspective, Islamophobia, like other forms of racism, should not be seen only as a problem of hate crimes committed by lone extremists.

Sonic Horror

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 11:29am
Horror Studies

CFP: Sonic Horror
"Shh—was that a voice?"