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ACLA 2016: Pedagogy, in Theory

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 12:02pm
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Carolyn Laubender/ Duke University
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As two of the three famous "hermeneutics of suspicion", Marxism and psychoanalysis both have an important but conflicted relationship with the work of education. As Lenin writes in 1918, "Marxism educates the vanguard of the proletariat which is capable of assuming power … of being the teacher, the guide, the leader of all the laboring and exploited people" (The State of the Revolution). Less than twenty years later, Freud will pessimistically reflect on the state of the psychoanalytic "cure", saying that "it almost appears that the analyst's work might be the third of those 'impossible' professions in which, even before you begin, you can be sure you will fall short of complete success.

[UPDATE] Call for Paper: Special Issue of Tamkang Review on "Problematizing East Asia" (Deadline extended to September 6)

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 7:37am
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"Problematizing East Asia" / Special Issue of Tamkang Review
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I. Guest Editors

Yen-bin Chiou, (Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Hung-chiung Li, (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

II. Theme

A CRITICAL COMPANION TO TIM BURTON (Abstr. by 30 September)

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 6:29am
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Prof. Adam Barkman and Dr. Antonio Sanna

Tim Burton is certainly one of the most popular directors of contemporary Hollywood. His oeuvre includes blockbuster films such as Batman (1989), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Alice in Wonderland (2010) as well as less profitable– but still highly recognizable - films such as Ed Wood (1994). His work with stop motion, evident in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) and the recent Frankenweenie (2013) has further popularized and updated a technique that has been fundamental in cinema since the silent era.

Looking for Public Humanities Pieces on "America"

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:55pm
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'Merica Magazine: for the unlikely patriot......
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It is our contention that a magazine like this has needed to exist for a while. There needs to be a home for the complicated patriot, the unlikely patriot.The sociologist Robert Bellah believed that the United States had a civil religion that was to be contrasted with that of other nations. If that's true – and we think it is – then this is a magazine for the agnostics. What can one say? America seems like a pretty good idea – we should try it some time.

To get what we're up to check out our website at mericamagazine.org (that's "Merica," not "America," lest you accidentally go to the other - though excellent - magazine of that name). Check out especially the "About" section and the "Submission" section for a fuller idea of our concept.

Perry, Politics, and Propaganda

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 8:16pm
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NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
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Tyler Perry has become an African-American cultural icon through his stage plays, films, sitcoms, and now, primetime dramas. As such, his works have come under scrutiny for their representations of the African-American family unit as well as representations of race, class, and gender. Though Perry has an avid fan base, all do not agree with the ways in which his "art" functions culturally within the African-American psyche. W.E. B. DuBois states in his 1926 article which was published in The Crisis, "I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.

ICAS Conference in Arts and Science 13th - 14th November 2015

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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 4:49am
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Southern Regional College
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ICAS conference
Interdisciplinary Conference in Arts and Science
Theme: Memory
Venue: Southern Regional College, Newry, Northern Ireland
Date: 13th- 14th November 2015
The School of Academic Studies and Applied Science at Southern Regional College calls for papers for a two day interdisciplinary conference on Memory.

Key note speakers: Prof. Nigel Fabb, University of Strathclyde

The Russians Abroad: Russian Literature in Recent French and English Fiction

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:43pm
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University of Mannheim, Germany

If measured by their impact on French and English novelists, Russian authors surely take pride of place among the writers of the world. Adapting Fyodor Dostoevsky's famous quote "We have all come out of Gogol's 'Overcoat'", it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that some of the most notable French and English authors are deeply indebted to Russian literature. From the late 19th century in particular, Russian literature has heavily influenced a plethora of French and English novelists in a variety of ways.

CFP: "A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice" (Edited collection)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:57am
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Stephen Ahern
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Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.

Crisis: Imaginations and Representations of an Oft-Quoted Notion (LMU Munich 2016 Graduate Conference - CfP Oct 31 2015)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:55am
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Sarah Earnshaw/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Languagetalks 2016: Graduate Conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

IBZ Munich, 24th to 26th February 2016

Graduate School of Language and Literature

Crisis: Imaginations and Representations of an Oft-Quoted Notion

Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02/10/15) - A Postgraduate and Early Career Rersearcher Colloquium

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:03am
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University of Birmingham, UK

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

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