At a time when the current global financial crisis is prompting profound reassessments of economic models, practices and transnational relationships, how can postcolonial studies inform our understanding of relations between local cultures and global capital? This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the relationships between postcolonialism and economic structures, historicising crisis as well as engaging with contemporary concerns. How might we situate present economic relations within longer (post)colonial histories of capitalism, deprivation, debt and dependency? How do moments of crisis interrelate with ongoing economic struggles outside the west?
Thomas R. Dunlap provocatively argues, in his book Faith in Nature, that environmentalism can be interpreted "as an expression of the human impulse toward religion," defining religion, with William James, as the "belief that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto" (4-5). In a similar fashion, Lawrence Buell suggests, in an essay for the collection There Before Us (ed. Roger Lundin), that, "however much religion is repressed or theorized out of existence by western intellectual discourse, its resources will still be needed and called upon not just to dramatize but also to conceptualize humankind's relation to the nonhuman" (235).
Dear Graduate Program Directors, Administrators, and Grad Students:
Following is an announcement for the Eighth Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference. Please distribute this and the following CFP to any students who may be interested in submitting an abstract.
Critical Explorations of the Sword and Sandal Film – Call for Papers
Since its premiere on January 5, 2009, the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Being Erica has delighted fans in its native Canada and gained a considerable following as a syndicated export in a number of other countries, including Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At the same time, the program seems to have confounded many media critics. On one hand, precious little "writing" about the program actually exists despite its swift release to DVD (usually a sign of both popularity and potential profitability—both typically strong indicators of media interest as well as scholarly pursuit).
The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for a panel at the 2011 ALA in Boston that deal with any and all issues related to teaching Howells in the classroom. What has succeeded? What obstacles do you face? We are especially interested in presentations that offer insights into teaching Howells to undergraduate students and/or with such mega-anthologies as the Heath and Norton. Also important are presentations exploring the use of the vast resources of the media and the Internet.
Please submit your 200-250 word abstract and a current CV (or any inquiries) to Lance Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 7, 2010.
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ
Deadline: September 15, 2010
In the early 1980's cinema began an ongoing relationship with a new young medium: the internet. Since the early depictions of hackers like Flynn in Tron (1982) and David in War Games (1983), as the technology has become ubiquitous in homes and in places of work, the internet has achieved increasing prominence in a variety of film genres. Internet films have been used as a locus for philosophizing about human nature (The Matrix (1999)) and as a method of contemporizing remakes (You've Got Mail (1998)); they have been integrated into existing genres (Weird Science (1985), Fear Dot Com (2002), Chat Room (2010)), and have reflected on the business of the internet in documentary (startup.com (2001)) and feature length films (The Social Network (2010).
The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies invites submissions of original research papers, abstracts for research in progress and proposals for panels on Literary Journalism for the IALJS annual convention on 12-14 May 2011. The conference will be held at the Département des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (SIC) at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium.
CFP: Popular Culture and the Classroom
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association & PCA/ACA Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference Hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Papers (panelists) needed to examine role of popular culture in today's classrooms (which includes secondary classrooms or college classrooms) at the Southwest and Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (meeting with the PCA/ACA) April 20-23, 2011 in San Antonio, TX.