Because of his early silence on the issue, when Jacques Derrida is pressed concerning "the materialist text" in Positions (1971), his response might seem enigmatic: If "matter in this general economy designates . . . radical alterity," then "what [he] write[s] can be considered 'materialist.'" Far from absent, materiality will have been silently at work in Derrida, perhaps, from the beginning and in general.
Writing in 1978, founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term permaculture—a portmanteau compounding and eliding "permanent agriculture"—to signify a design ethics suitable to an imminently low-energy future. In the intervening years, "permaculture" has become a truly global movement, inspiring home gardeners and farmers, intentional communities and design courses, and artists and activists, coming to refer more broadly to all aspects of culture, and referring as much to an ethics of life and the living as to principles of conscientious and efficient design.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 10 – 13, 2015 Call for Papers - 45th Annual Meeting
Civilizational Values at the Crossroads
Civilizations cannot be properly studied or compared without examining their basic value systems. But what exactly are values? How are they exemplified across civilizations? Do values even exist? Are they relative or absolute? Are "decline" and "progress" relative terms? Are there universal values? Possible topics include:
Values in Crisis
• Do we now live in a Nihilistic Age? What does this mean?
• Values in transition.
• "Civilization and its' Discontents"
Call for Papers: Annual Meeting of the Taiwan STS Association
Hosts: Taiwan STS Association and Academia Sinica
Dates: 26-28 March 2015
Venue: Conference I, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei
Theme: Normal vs. Abnormal: Have We Ever Been Normal?
Keynote Speakers: Elaine Scarry (Harvard) & Rosanna Warren (U of Chicago)
Deadline Extended to 30 September
If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.
We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please follow the 2009 updated MLA style.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by at least two scholars in the field.
Copyright for published articles remains with the author.
Formed in 1975 by members such as Joanne Burgess, Patricia Morley, Donald Smith, and André Vanasse, ACQL is celebrating its fortieth year in 2015. Like many of its related institutions, ACQL was founded in an era when state policies supporting official bilingualism were newly born and when postcolonial and other contemporary theory was only beginning to exert an effect on the fields of Canadian and Quebec literary studies. Much has changed in forty years.
We welcome proposals for 10-minute roundtable presentations on "Technology and Society: Shifting Identities and Digital Worlds" for the upcoming Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario (April 30-May 3, 2015).
Particularly welcome are papers about the intersections of digital technology and constructions of identity and difference, including gender, race and ethnicity, class, nation, disability, and sexuality. Papers should focus on contemporary culture, literature, or art.
The artist's book & materiality — working title
Kunstlicht, volume. 36 (2015) no. 1
Deadline proposals: 17 October 2014
Publication: Spring 2015
THIS IS AN UPDATED CFP WITH AN EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS. WE HAVE RECEIVED HIGH QUALITY SUBMISSIONS THUS FAR, BUT REQUIRE MORE TO COMPLETE THE COLLECTION
Charlie Brooker has one of the most distinctive styles in contemporary television. He has gained critical and commercial success in both fiction and non-fiction programmes, notably A Touch of Cloth, the Black Mirror collection and his 'Wipe' series. His distinguished style of blending comedy and cynicism underpin his work, and his dystopian narratives engage with some of the most pressing issues in the contemporary world.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 7TH NOVEMBER 2014
Recent critiques of the idea of the "Victorian" have included attention to both space and time, challenging both the temporal imperatives that follow, perhaps fetishistically, the contours of Victoria's reign, and the geographical isolation of a culture (or set of cultures) in which people went to war or opted for diplomacy; traded (or refused to trade) objects and ideas; translated and plagiarized the works of other cultures; embarked on journeys to discover rivers, love, self, or God; produced and abandoned formal and informal empires.
The conference aims at investigating the theoretical and practical dimensions of community, in connection with contingency and in light of Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology.
IAFOR and Its Institutional Partners are excited to announce the Second European Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy. Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience the UK. Join a global academic community.
ECERP2015 Conference Theme: "Power"
Power, used or abused, conceptually brings together several central philosophical questions of ethics and religion. What is power? What conditions make its exercise legitimate? How is illegitimate use to be defined? Is power itself, as some have claimed, neutral? Can its exercise ever be neutral? Can there be an unconscious use or abuse of power? If so, how does it function?