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Intention and Intentionality (NEMLA April 2011)

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 10:52pm
Josh Gang, Department of English, Rutgers Univ.

Sixty years after the publication of Wimsatt and Beardsley's 'The Intentional Fallacy,' the problem of intention continues to haunt literary criticism. Authorial intention exists--but as literary critics, we don't generally talk about it. Looking to recent work in the history of criticism, literary theory, philosophy, and the history of ideas, this panel asks why this is the case. The theoretical justifications for discounting authorial intention--whether from Wimsatt and Beardsley, Barthes, Foucault, or de Man--have slowly faded into history. But as a practice of criticism and as a practice of teaching literature, that attitude towards intention remains

Collection of essays on African Traditional Religions/African Diasporic Religious belief systems [UPDATE]

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 10:35pm
Cherie Ann Turpin and Anika Cazenave

Proposals are invited for an edited collection of scholarly essays and autobiographical essays on African Traditional Religions/African Diasporic Religious belief systems. The editors of this collection seek to explore the following questions: Who are ATR practitioners? How do they function in African Diasporic communities where Christianity and/or Islam religious practices are expected? Who is out of the "broom closet"? Should they be out of the "broom closet"? How do they define relationships, associations, and/or boundaries with other religious/cultural traditions—and where do boundaries become less certain? What are their intersections with other communities of faith or identity?

Cinema and the Carnivalesque—2011 SCMS Panel in New Orleans (03/10-03/13)

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 5:23pm
Maggie Hennefeld / Brown University

"Carnival is the place for working out, in a concretely sensuous, half-real and half-play-acted form, a new mode of interrelationship between individuals, counterposed to the all-powerful social-hierarchical relationships of everyday life" (Mikhail Bakhtin in Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics).

The comedic and socially transgressive mode that Mikhail Bakhtin defines as "carnivalesque" primarily concerns literary forms of representation. This panel poses the question: what would it mean for the cinematic medium to be carnivalesque?

"'What is bettre than gold?': Economies and Values in the Middle Ages"

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 2:00pm
Columbia University Medieval Guild

The Columbia University Medieval Guild is pleased to announce its 21st annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, "'What is bettre than gold?': Economies and Values in the Middle Ages," taking place on 22 October 2010.

4th International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, Lincoln, UK, 28-30 May 2011

Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 7:44am
Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK

The Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK, is pleased to host the Fourth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts. The conference will be held in Lincoln, UK, from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May 2011. Abstracts (up to 1 page) are invited for papers relating any aspect of consciousness (as defined in a range of disciplines involved with consciousness studies) to any aspect of theatre, performance, literature, music, fine arts, media arts and any sub-genre of those. We also welcome creative work! Please send the abstract to Professor Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 March 2011

[UPDATE] Uncertain Arrivals: Forms of Thought, Life, and Emergence

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 9:33am
Wake Forest University/Department of English

Conference date and location: September 24-25, 2010 at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Extended submission deadline: July 5, 2010

An interdisciplinary national conference exploring the "creative" production that the current economic crisis might provoke. We welcome paper proposals from scholars and/or artists working in any discipline, field, or historical period.

Women and Travel: 2/15/11

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 5:32pm
Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Call for Papers:

Women and Travel
A Special Issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Deadline: February 15, 2011

UPDATE: Graphic Narratives in the Literature Classroom, Chicago Nov 4-7, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 2:50pm
Midwestern Modern Language Association

Increasingly comic books and graphic narratives/novels find their way onto literature syllabi. Recent anthologies such as _Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills,_ edited by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher, and _Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel,_ edited by James Bucky Carter, emphasize the use for such texts in secondary schools. But what are the benefits of teaching comic books and graphic narratives in college? And how do we best go about doing it? This panel seeks papers that discuss the benefits of teaching these new genres in the Literature classroom.

"Jung's Red Book: Confronting the Unconscious through Word and Image," SAMLA (November 5-7, 2010)

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 1:40pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association, session sponsored by the Society for Critical Exchange

In 1913, at a moment of personal and professional crisis, Jung began recording a series of visions and fantasies in what would become an extended "confrontation with the unconscious." The Red Book, newly published last year after decades kept under a shroud of family secrecy, is rife with all the chaos and horror one might expect an honest accounting of the unplumbed depths of the human psyche to contain. The book has another striking feature as well, however: it is visually stunning. Comprised of flowing calligraphic text illuminated by richly colored and densely symbolic images, it is on its own terms an aesthetic object of great precision and beauty.

Video Stores - Call for Projects (Submissions due August 15, 2010)

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:55am
Media Fields Journal

Media Fields Journal

Inaugural Issue: Video Stores

Call for Papers / Projects:
Please submit by August 15, 2010

This special issue pays overdue attention to the space of the video store as a site of inquiry for media and cultural studies.
We seek a wide range of works (medium–length essays of 1500–2500 words, digital art projects, audio/video interviews) that explore the significance of video stores — how they have (or have not) figured in film and media cultures, histories, and theories. In short this issue of Media Fields seeks contributions that write the video store into film and media studies.