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Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02/10/15) - A Postgraduate and Early Career Rersearcher Colloquium

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:03am
University of Birmingham, UK

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?

CFP: 42nd Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (April 6-9, 2016)

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:54am
African Literature Association

Emory University and Kennesaw State University
cordially invite you to submit your proposals for seminars, roundtables, and panels
at the
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

SCMS 2016 Conference Panel: "Media and Surveillance"

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 7:01pm
Society for Cinema & Media Studies 2016, Atlanta, March 30-April 3

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.

The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-11) 19-21 May 2016

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 6:50pm
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

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.

The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 5:46pm
Jesse Weiner / Hamilton College, Brett M. Rogers / University of Puget Sound, Benjamin Eldon Stevens / Trinity University

Call for Papers
The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, USA
8-9 April 2016

Spaces of Spectatorship: Architectures of the Projected Image

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:04pm
Swagato Chakravorty / Yale University

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.

Southern Studies Conference 5-6 Feb. 2016

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 11:00am
Auburn University at Montgomery

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:

Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture (02-10-15). A Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Colloquium

updated: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 8:02am
University of Birmingham, UK

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?

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