Infra-thin is Marcel Duchamp's word for measuring the almost imperceptible margins of difference between two seemingly identical items. Infra-thin measures the all but immeasurable interstice between two things or ideas as they transition into and between one to the other, the passage between sense and non-sense, and the delay or deferral of these passages between the senses themselves.
In his book "Crip Theory," Robert McRuer theorizes how the notion of "compulsory able-bodiedness, which in a sense produces disability, is thoroughly interwoven with the system of compulsory heterosexuality that produces queerness: that, in fact, compulsory heterosexuality is contingent on compulsory able-bodiedness, and vice versa" (p. 2). The conference panel that I propose deploys this intersecting theoretical framework in order to "crip" Chinese cinemas, thus examining the cinematic representations and discourses of disabilities and disability identities, and their relationship to genders and sexualities.
Essays are being solicited for an edited volume on the topic of trains, modernity and cultural production. The volume is intended to be interdisciplinary and transnational in scope, likely covering areas such as Europe, South and East Asia, Latin America and more, and spanning the period of the mid-to-late nineteenth century to the present day. Submissions of interest will not have been published elsewhere, and will deal with railroads, trains, subways, etc. from a perspective grounded in cultural studies or cultural history, either incorporating an analysis of cultural artifacts or dealing with train travel in a more theoretical sense in a specific regional, urban or area context. Comparative studies are also welcome.
Proposed Panel: Gus Van Sant
Organizer: Justin Horton, Georgia State University
Respondent: Nick Davis, Northwestern University
Interfictions Zero: The Virtual Anthology of Interstitial Writing and Original Essays, to be edited by Delia Sherman and Helen Pilinovsky, will be published online by the Interstitial Arts Foundation in late 2010.
What Is Interstitial Writing?
Interstitial writing breaks rules, ignores boundaries, cross-pollinates the fields of literature, and helps them grow and develop. It's about working between, across, through, and at the edges and borders of literary genres. It occurs in the cracks between other movements, terms, and definitions. Interstitiality isn't a genre, but many interstitial pieces serve as the seeds of new genres and sub-genres.
PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Papers for a panel on digital adaptation during the EGO Conference Humanities in the Digital Age
October 22-23, 2010, Macomb, Illinois
EGO site: http://www.wiu.edu/ego/conference/2010/
Adaptations have long taken advantage of emergent forms to extend, re-tell, and appropriate previous literary works. The very nature of adaptations is to re-interpret previous texts into new iterations, often in the guise of these emergent forms, whether the printed book, the novel, films, or the internet. This panel seeks to consider the manifestation of adaptations in digital forms and to pose questions such as:
The 2011 Western Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature (hosted by Vanguard University of Southern California) invites proposals for scholarly or creative panels, interdisciplinary sessions, round tables, or individual fifteen to twenty-minute presentations on the interface between literary studies and Christianity. Special consideration will be given to papers relating to the conference theme, "transformative journeys."
This panel explores Serbian Film post-1999 and the NATO bombings that marked the end to a decade of wars throughout the former Yugoslavia. Since then, Serbian films may not have received the same international attention as those released during the wars, perhaps because the former Yugoslav Republics and the Balkans no longer hold the same perverse fascination in the Western imaginary. Yet, the last decade has produced the most disturbing and challenging films since the Yugoslav "Black Wave" cinemas of the 1960s. Prospective panelists are invited to submit proposals on recent Serbian film in relation to topics including but not limited to:
· The NATO bombings
· The overthrow of Slobodan Milošević and his subsequent Hague trial
Extended Deadline: New date September 10
World Literary Review
Premiere issue: Multi-Cultural Voices in Literature, History, and the Arts of the 1920's