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The Metropolis

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 5:01am
Arena Romanistica - Journal of Romance Studies

Call for Papers

The Metropolis

In its next issue Arena Romanistica wishes to focus on metropolitan cities. In this post-industrial era, new economies and altered migration patterns have transformed the city. To account for this transformation, the notion of metropolis may help us to rethink the urban as a global, modern and intercultural phenomenon. How do film, literature and language reflect these social and cultural changes?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

"Mise-en-Scène: Crime" (special issue)

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 4:32am
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University)

Vol. 38 No. 1 (March 2012)
Submissions due August 15, 2011

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In the beginning was murder. Then came drama: the hair-tearing (or eye-gouging) discovery of one's own overweening hubris, the inconsolable grieving over the loss of the most basic sense of humanity, and, simply, more killing. Indeed, murderers are significant figures in what Erich Auerbach would call "scenes of drama from European literature": Cain, Oedipus, Medea, the parricides in Dante's inferno, and Shakespeare's army of villains. Acts of killing in these literary texts not only contribute to the excitement of the drama, but also make imperative a rethinking of social order, justice, morality, state power, and human-God relations.

Psychopathology and Modernism (MLA 2012; Abstract Deadline 03/15/2011) [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 5:52pm
Adam Meehan / University of Arizona

This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention.

Do the conditions of modernity engender psychopathological behavior? Do the changes wrought by industrialization cause new types of psychological stress? Do they bring about madness? How do characters in modernist fiction and/or poetry react to these changes?

This panel seeks papers that examine pyschopathology in single or multiple works of modernist fiction and/or poetry. While psychopathological tendencies are not unique to (post) industrial society, this panel will investigate how modernity (particularly in the transition from pre-industrial to [post] industrial, rural to urban, etc.) may lead to certain types of psychopathological behavior.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: The American imagetext

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 3:28pm
University of East Anglia, UK

EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS
'To fasten words again to visible things': the American imagetext

A two day conference held by the American Studies department at the University of East Anglia, UK, 18th-19th June 2011

Keynote speakers:
WJT Mitchell:
'The Historical Uncanny:  Phantoms, Doubles, and Repetition in the War on Terror'

Miles Orvell:
'The Talking Picture:  Speech, Silence, and Ventriloquism in the Discourse of Photography'

CFP The Ruins of Modernism (Oct 6-9 2011)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 12:43pm
MSA 13

Given a conference theme of "Structures of Innovation", papers are invited for a panel which will explore ruins and ruination as counter-structures or complementary structures within modernism, with special attention to the intersection of ruins with modernist aesthetics.

Democracy and Difference: The US in Multidisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives. Trento, Italy, October 26-29, 2011

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:38am
Italian Association of North American Studies (AISNA)

The focus is on two keywords of contemporary societies—democracy and difference—to consider topics that are central to American Studies, including race/ethnicity, sex/gender, nationality, religion, language, landscape, migration, law, status, economy, dispossession, and expansion. The goal is to share knowledges and methodologies across disciplines, languages, and national cultures in order to investigate processes of homogenization and differentiation, and to embrace transnational, intercultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives with the aim of fostering cultural dialogue in an interconnected world.

Mourning, Roland Barthes (MLA 2012 Proposed Special Session)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 10:56am
Alina Opreanu / Harvard University / (MLA 2012 in Seattle)

With the recent publication of Roland Barthes' Mourning Diary, we rediscover his greatest loss. How does Barthes rewrite mourning? How do we read his grief?

250-word abstracts by 15 March 2011.

This CFP is for a PROPOSED special session at the 2012 MLA in Seattle. The session is not guaranteed.

African Studies Area

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 1:30am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

AFRICAN STUDIES

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MIDWEST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2011 Milwaukee, WI!

The African Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, WI from Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October, 2011.

The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of popular culture on the African continent.

Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:

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