Papers are invited for one or more panels that explore relationships between the broad genre of sf and utopia and the broad category of metaphysical thought and belief. Historical or theoretical approaches from any discipline are welcome. Papers that touch on the theme of this year's conference—civil rights, social justice, and the Midwest—are especially encouraged.
The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature, 14-16 July 2011, London Notre Dame Centre, UK.
Plenary lecturers will include: Julia Reinhard Lupton (UC Irvine) and John Schad (Lancaster University).
Other participants include: Jo Carruthers (Bristol University), Paul Contino (Pepperdine University), John Cox (Hope College), Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), Mark Eaton (Azusa Pacific University), Peter Hawkins (Yale University), Emma Mason (Warwick University) and Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame).
Southern American Studies Association 2011
February 17-19, 2011
The South and Sexuality
This panel seeks to examine the tensions and intersections among postumanisms, technology/biotechnology, and the rhetoric of fear. Considering new technologies and biotechnologies, which have enabled us to create novel and never-before-seen forms of life - from genetically modified foods to biotic art - is non-human agency something to fear? How is such fear disseminated/consumed and how has it changed the relationship between technology and human or non-human agents? What can new (bio)technologies tell us about non-human agency? How have new technologies changed conceptualizations of "liberal humanism"? How are artists/writers responding to these questions?
Local Culture seeks the submission of undergraduate essays for its upcoming edition. Submission length should range from 1,500 to 8,000 words (approximately 5 to 20 pages, double-spaced).
This conference will bring together medievalists with scholars and theorists working in later periods in the humanities in order to collectively take up the broad question of what happens "after the end," by which we mean after the end of the affair, the end of the world, and everything in between. After gender, sex, love, the family, the nation-state, the body, the human, language, truth, feeling, reason, ethics, modernity, politics, religion, God, the nation-state, secularism, liberalism, the humanities, the university, teleology, progress, history, historicism, narrative, meaning, the individual, singularity, theory, practice, what else is there?
Reminder - Deadline for Abstracts - May 14th, 2010.
It has been frequently noted that New York School poetry is not only full of references to painting, music, dance, film, and theater, but that the poets of the first and subsequent generations regularly worked with artists in other fields to create unique collaborative texts. Ranging from theater projects to visual poetry, from films to musical scores, and including work in other hybrid genres, the New York School has explored the possibilities of collaboration like no other group of American poets. The present volume seeks essays on an array of New York School collaborative texts and contexts.
Call for papers: "Screening Cultural Diversity"