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ACLA: Breaking Languages, Broken Subjects (New Orleans 1-4 April 2010; abstract by 11/21)

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 1:48pm
American Comparative Literature Association

The "breakage" of language, and the breakdown of communication that may ensue from this breakage, marks the borderlines between personal, social and cultural difference, but the defamiliarization and fragmentation of the self that this breakage may effect can also produce new visions of the self/other relationship and new communicative possibilities. The poet John Hollander begins a poem with the line, "nothing makes something happen." Language's failures and silences have been used as a starting place for epistemological possibility and recovery in literature from pre- to post-modernity, and are a main emphasis of writers as diverse as George Herbert, Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, Dionne Brand, and Judith Butler.

UPDATE: CFP Albuquerque and Ecocriticism

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 8:42am
SW/TX Popular Culture Association

The 31th Annual Meeting of the SW/TX Popular Culture Assoc./ACA
February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Conference Website:

Graduate Student Awards The SWPCA offers numerous graduate student awards and the Rollins Book Award prize for our authors. Graduate students are encouraged to submit too these awards.

Train Trip All aboard to Santa Fe Sign up is limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. See the Web page under Local Activities (also a new feature with restaurants and activities):

CFP: International Association for Philosophy and Literature

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 1:14am
International Association for Philosophy and Literature

Call for Papers and Proposed Sessions
34th Annual Conference
The International Association for Philosophy and Literature
to be held at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada,
24-30 May 2010
Topic: CULTURES OF DIFFERENCES: national / indigenous / historical

For submissions and more information, please visit
Deadline for Submissions: 30 November 2009.

[UPDATE] Visual Arts in the 21st Century

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 8:47am
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

In the wake of the digital revolution and globalisation policies the whole world is witnessing formation of certain conditions which are having and will continue to have tremendous impact on the production, reproduction, access, dissemination and appreciation of visual arts. While the old art forms and artworks are being revisited and reproduced in wholly new ways and for a variety of purposes, new types in the forms of digital arts are surfacing not only on the internet but also every place of our visual culture. The place and workplace of the artist also has undergone a radical change.

Paths of Progress (?)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 12:36am
California State University, Northridge - Associated Graduate Students of English

In historical periods of intense political unrest or in calls for social reformation, the written word has encompassed the energy and fervor of such revolutionary moments. From the political pamphlets distributed during the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution that marked a monumental shift in the United States and around the world in regards to labor laws and technological advancements, the idea of "progress" and pushing social expectations forward into a new mode of thought has permeated our culture for centuries. However, as scholars sit in the 21st century and contemplate the social reforms of the past, how do we recognize this notion of "progress"?

Health, Embodiment, and Visual Culture: Engaging Publics and Pedagogies (conference; proposals due Jan 15, 2010)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 10:17pm
Sarah Brophy and Jancie Hladki, McMaster University

Conference: "Health, Embodiment, and Visual Culture: Engaging Publics and Pedagogies"

November 19-20, 2010
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Conference Co-Chairs:
Sarah Brophy, Associate Professor, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
Janice Hladki, Associate Professor, School of the Arts, McMaster University