Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.
Languagetalks 2016: Graduate Conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
IBZ Munich, 24th to 26th February 2016
Graduate School of Language and Literature
Crisis: Imaginations and Representations of an Oft-Quoted Notion
Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?
Emory University and Kennesaw State University
cordially invite you to submit your proposals for seminars, roundtables, and panels
African Literature Association 2016 Conference
Justice and Human Dignity in Africa
and the African Diaspora
Venues: Marriott Marquis and National Center for Civil and Human Rights in
Atlanta, Georgia. USA.
April 6-9, 2016
Conference website: http://ala2016.com
Media and Surveillance
Since its inception, surveillance studies has confronted questions of control and governance, accounting for a variety of technological assemblages like CCTV and tracking devices and their relationships to state politics, cultural identity, and new spatial imaginaries. In today's era of social media, internet tracking and corporate data mining, increased airport and border control, and major government data breaches, scholars are prompted to reconsider the relationship between surveillance and our everyday uses of media.
CALL FOR PAPERS
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
"Literary Journalism: Telling the Untold Stories"
The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-11)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Faculdade de Comunicação Social
Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
19-21 May 2016
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 19-21 May 2016. The conference will be held at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Call for Papers
The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, USA
8-9 April 2016
The dispositif of the moving and projected image, defying its ossification under the weight of seventies-era apparatus theory, has returned to prominence. Screen architectures and moving-image installations have characterized a large-scale reconfiguration and reimagination of the dispositifs of cinema in the decades leading from the late twentieth into the early twenty-first century. The architecture of the moving and projected image has been at the center of this renewed focus on the dispositif.
Panel CFP: Media, Ecology, and New Materialism
SCMS Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
March 30-April 3, 2016
Individual proposals due: Aug 5, 2015
Now in its eighth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 5-6 February 2016. Topics may include but are not limited to: