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¿Queer Brown Futures?: Utopia & Apocalypse in Latina/o Speculative Fiction

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:08am
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Maia Gil'Adi and John Ribo
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José Esteban Muñoz's Cruising Utopia opens with an epigraph from Oscar Wilde: "A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth glancing at." For Wilde, utopia is vital because it sets the course of human progress like a future destination humanity strives for but never reaches. Similarly, Muñoz reformulates queerness—and might we add brownness?—as utopian, as futurity, as potentiality, as that which lets us feel the limits of the here and now in order to dream better possibilities.

The Second Euroacademia International Conference 'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 4:58am
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Euroacademia

Euroacademia cordially invites you to

The Second Euroacademia International Conference
'Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities'

to be held in Florence, Italy
Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi

17 – 18 October 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 8th of September 2014

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Edited Collection: Singing Death

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 8:51pm
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Helen Hickey, Helen Dell/ University of Melbourne, Australia

The editors are in preliminary negotiations with Ashgate Press for a collection of essays provisionally entitled 'Singing Death' and we would like to invite chapter proposals for this project. 'Singing Death' arises out of a day-long symposium and concert combined, generously supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. This took place at the University of Melbourne, 17th August, 2013: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/media/89722/singing-death_poster_web...

[Update] The Generative Literature Project

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:43pm
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The Generative Literature Project/Hybrid Pedagogy

The Generative Literature Project is calling for the participation of two additional Creative Writing/Digital Writing faculty from campuses across the United States to participate in the creation of a transmedia generative digital novel.

This project will take place during Fall Semester 2014, and will involve students and faculty in writing a minimum of one class assignment, one faculty character sketch, and a collaborative analysis of the main character's motive and alibi.

Students and faculty may also wish to create artifacts via social media and blogging, and participate in project "Tweet-Ups" and Google Hangouts as the project progresses. All project writing will be completed by November 1, 2014.

Languages on Trial: Translation and the Law, NeMLA, 30 April - 3 May, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:11pm
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Oisín Keohane (University of Toronto) and Ian Fleishman (University of Pennsylvania)

In appealing to the law, one must appeal to language. This raises the question of what kind of appeal to language can be made before the law, and in what ways the law depends on language. Consider Socrates in Plato's "Apology" for instance, pleading to his fellow Athenians to treat him as a stranger, to act as if he were a foreigner, an outsider, one ignorant of the 'native tongue' spoken in Athens. One might highlight how this Socratic 'as if' introduces narrativity and fiction into the very core of legal thought, a narrativity and fiction that the law is both troubled by and which it nevertheless frequently utilizes.

UPDATE: "Race, Gender, and Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century," CFP Deadline: September 1, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 1:24pm
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Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) Conference, February 13-14, 2015, San Luis Obispo, California
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We invite submissions from all disciplines exploring any aspect of race, gender, or empire in the late seventeenth through early nineteenth centuries. Topics might include the formation of racial categories and ideologies; changing constructions of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality; the shaping of the empire abroad and national identity at home; trans-national and cross-cultural encounters; exploration and scientific expeditions; indigenous religions and missionary activity; global commodity exchange; slavery and abolition; influences between the metropole and the colony; classifications of the civilized and savage; colonial projects and post-colonial critiques; and the era's connections to classical empire and modern imperialism.

CFP Reminder: The New Materialisms - Issue 19, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:42am
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FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
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The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.

CFP: Paradoxa, "The Futures Industry," 10/01/2014

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:55pm
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Paradoxa
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Paradoxa: Call for Papers: "The Futures Industry"

More than thirty years ago, Fredric Jameson suggested in "Progress versus Utopia" (1982) that, far from providing us with blueprints of the future, the function of science fiction was to dramatize our inability to imagine a future distinct from the capitalist present. Much of his work since, including his "genealogy of the future" in Valences of the Dialectic has focused on the importance of speculative fiction for working through the difficulties of utopian thinking in a context thoroughly saturated by capitalist thinking.

CFP: "Horror," Southwest PCA/ACA, Albuquerque, February 11-14, 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:48pm
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Southwest PCA/ACA
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"HORROR"

36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center on February 11-14, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The area chair for Horror at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, digital and online as well as general culture. Given the strong showing of work on horror cinema in recent years, we hope to continue this tradition, but also to diversify into new and unconventional areas, especially with the addition in the last two years of roundtable sessions on a variety of popular topics.

Victorian Bodies, April 10-11, 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 1:07pm
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Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
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VICTORIAN BODIES: An International Conference
Hosted by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
The Manteo lakeside resort, Kelowna, British Columbia
Conference dates: April 10-11, 2015
Publication Workshop: April 9 and 12, 2015

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2015 conference, "Victorian Bodies." The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of the body. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies' enduring interest in the body and embodiment, and we look forward to exploring ways in which Victorians engaged with aesthetic, scientific, economic, and moral distinctions among bodies.

being | intimate | political, Jean-Luc Nancy

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:37am
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University of Athens – French Institute of Greece – University of Cyprus – University Bordeaux Montaigne

being | intimate | political, Jean-Luc Nancy

International Conference
Athens, 4-5 March 2015

University of Athens – French Institute of Greece –
University of Cyprus – University Bordeaux Montaigne

Dealing with Change: Unconventional Reading in Early Modern Europe

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:26am
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NeMLA 2015
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The European continent witnessed widespread transformation between 1500 and 1700. This panel will explore the role of literature as a driving force behind this time of social innovation and cultural turmoil. Possible topics: the interplay between orthodoxy and heterodoxy; the re-appraisal of magical literature and its dialectic with empiricism; the re-interpretation of folklore and popular beliefs; the role of the printing market in the circulation of unorthodox texts; the raison d'état underpinning the birth of national states.

Organizers: Erika Mazzer and Fabio Battista

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