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2015 MPCA/ACA Urban Studies Panel

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:26am
MPCA/ACA/ Megan Cannella - Urban Studies Area Chair

Call for Papers:
Urban Studies
2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 October 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Address: 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100
Deadline: April 30, 2015


Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:22am
4th BAKEA International Western Cultural and Literary Studies Symposium


This symposium aims to discuss the themes of humour, comedy, comedy and tragedy, comedy hero, humour and ideology in western culture and literature, as well as the influence of these themes on contemporary literary forms. The concepts of humour and literature will be discussed in the framework of humour and culture, humour and psychoanalysis, humour and philosophy, humour and ideology, humour and media, humour and history, humour and language, humour and linguistics, humour and semiotics. The BAKEA symposium welcomes researchers from the fields of English, American, French, German and other Western Language and Literary Studies as well as interdisciplinary and comparative literary studies.

Aesthetics of of Science in American Lit.- M/MLA Columbus Nov. 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:01pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In recognition of the Midwest MLA's 2015 conference theme, "Arts & Sciences," The American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that explore the interface of scientific and aesthetic discourse in American literary texts produced after 1870. Possible topics include but are certainly not limited to: literary models derived from scientific models or vice-versa, the aestheticization of science and/or technology, the scientist as literary character, novelistic/poetic/dramatic depictions of scientific discovery, the cultural hegemony of the sciences, author as scientist and scientist as author. Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief academic bio by April 5th to panel chair, Dr.

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.