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Bodies that Sell: Commodification and Cultural Marketplaces

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:49pm
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University of Massachusetts-Amherst (English Graduate Organization)

We make assumptions based on bodies all the time: what bodies are
normative, strange, dangerous, fragile, familiar, foreign, and so on. The bodies we see are always-already constructed and commodified within various cultural marketplaces. Bodies function as currencies, some of which have more cultural capital than others. This cultural capital lends visibility to some bodies, while rendering others invisible.

Culture and Environment- University of Akron 2015 Regional Conference

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 5:01pm
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Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars (SAGES)

CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
SAGES Third Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference
The University of Akron
Student Union
March 5, 2015

The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars is pleased to announce a call for papers for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on March 5, 2015. We welcome creative writers and scholars from various disciplines to discuss the theme, "Culture and Environment." This free conference is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

We invite scholarship and reflection addressing one or more elements of culture and environment, while simultaneously exploring the relationship(s) between these forces.

Call for Papers/ Projects - ATHLETICISM (Deadline: 1/30/15)

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 2:49pm
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Drain Magazine
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The word 'athletic' derives from the Greek, athlēō ('compete for a prize'). In this schema, the 'prize' is the thing competed for, but this can be defined in many ways: as a gift, a kiss, a drop of blood, or a ribbon. We are often told that the prize is not important but participation is. The athlete models subjectivity, the body, desire, social relations, matter and chance in order to achieve a measure of success, recognition, mastery, the deferral of death and emptiness, a place in history, an apotheosis of self-love, among other things.

Provocation as Art. Scandal, Shock and Sexuality in Contemporary Visual Culture, 2nd Ekphrasis Conference 28-29 May, 2015

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 11:48am
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Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Theater and Television, Department of Cinema and Media, Cluj, Romania

The Faculty of Theater and Television of the Babeș-Bolyai University is announcing the Call for Papers for the Annual Cinema and Visual Culture Studies Conference held May 25-29 2015. This 2015 conference is designed to discuss the irreverent nature of art, cinema and visual production in various media environments. The purpose of the conference is to deal with the various obstructions of the creative spirit, both in the context of the passivity of the consumer society and in a highly censored and politically correct environment. Often art is vilified, accused of blasphemy and obscenity, threatened with violence, prosecuted and even imprisoned, yet the function of art has to be a source for scandal and provocation.

[Reminder] Cannibalism in Fiction panel for ASLE 2015

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:47am
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Assoc. for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conf. 2015
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November 30th deadline

What Lies Beneath the Clothes of Culture? Cannibalism in Fiction

From ancient Greek myths to 21st century post-apocalyptic novels, cannibalism abounds, forcing us to reconsider easy binaries of self and other or civilized "us" and a savage "them." As Maggie Kilgour argues in From Communion to Cannibalism, incorporation—the most basic example of which is eating—"depends upon and enforces an absolute division between inside and outside; but in the act itself that opposition disappears, dissolving the structure it appears to produce" (4). What, then, when the food being eaten is human flesh?

Teaching John Dos Passos: Round Table Discussion

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:22am
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John Dos Passos Society

At the 2015 American Literature Association conference held in Boston, MA, May 21-25, the John Dos Passos Society will hold a teaching round table. This is an open-topic call for 5-8 minute papers focused on bringing Dos Passos's writing into the classroom. Participants may choose to focus on undergraduate or graduate classes; university, community college, or high school settings; writing, literature, theory, or comparative literature classes; etc.

300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan (vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu) or the John Dos Passos Society (JDPSociety@gmail.com) by January 1, 2015.

Utopia & the End of the City 1-4 July 2015, Newcastle UK

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:58am
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Utopian Studies Society (Europe)

"Man ceased to be a wild animal only when he built the first wall" (Yevgeny Zamyatin, We).

The End of the City can be understood in at least three ways: as its boundary, as its demise, or as a question about its purpose.

Age of Alterity: Age of the Other

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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:37pm
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Cultural Studies Association Working Group on Critical Pedagogy

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Cultural Studies Association Working Group on Critical Pedagogy

13th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association, May 21-24, 2015

Riverside Convention Center, Riverside California (Greater Los Angeles)

Theme: "Another University is Possible: Praxis, Activism, and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy"

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