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Call for Chapters, Manufacturing Phobias

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:57pm
Dr. Jeff Shantz and Dr. Hisham Ramadan

Call for Chapters: Manufacturing phobias

Various groups have recognized that hope and fear are very powerful driving forces capable of moving nations and shaping its actions. They have utilized both of these emotions to achieve their target, notwithstanding the negative impact on society as a whole. This phenomenon is not new. However, the current trend in this phenomenon is worth investigating in the form of a book containing a number of essays each of which expounds a different aspect of such phenomena. This is, by nature, an interdisciplinary book. Scholars from different disciplines are invited to contribute to this volume.

Nature of the Contradiction: The 13th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group, March 31-April 2

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:39am
Marxist Reading Group, University of Florida

In the current moment of economic and environmental crisis, the concept of sustainability has become a popular touchstone of both neoliberal and conservative agendas. Whether arguing for a green industrial revolution or economic dematerialization, both groups fail to realize the deeper contradictions between sustainability and capitalism's mode of production. But if "we're all environmentalists now," as Neil Smith has suggested, it becomes necessary to engage ecological politics without participating in late capitalism's appropriation of "green" rhetoric.

2nd Global Conference: Experiencing Prison (May 2011: Warsaw, Poland)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:18am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Experiencing Prison

Thursday 19th May – Saturday 21st May 2011
Warsaw, Poland

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment.

Reading Benjamin Reading, ACLA Vancouver (11/1/10; 3/31/11-4/3/11)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 6:55am
Brooks E. Hefner

In 1927, exactly one hundred years after Goethe first used the term "Weltliteratur," Walter Benjamin returned to Berlin from Moscow. He had spent his time there reporting on developments in Russian literature and film, and he arrived to find that his German translation of Marcel Proust's Within a Budding Grove had been published to strong reviews. Such multi-lingual and multi-national literary undertakings are central to Benjamin's entire corpus. While not a major figure in most narratives of world literature, Benjamin's involvement and theoretical interest in questions of translation, media, and cultural history suggest ways of placing him in these important contexts. But how do we read Benjamin's own reading?

ANN: John G. Cawelti Award, deadline 12/31/10

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 7:53pm
American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association is now accepting nominations for the 2010 John G. Cawelti Award in Popular and American Culture. John Cawelti is a pioneer in the study of Popular and American Culture. His numerous works established the basis for the study of the literature and film for the masses.

Environment and Life (ASLE 2011; 22-26 June; Bloomington, IN)

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:58pm
Heather Houser (Williams) / Hsuan Hsu (UC Davis)

Call for Papers: "Environment and Life"

ASLE 2011 / 22-26 June 2010 / Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Organizers: Hsuan Hsu, University of California, Davis / Heather Houser, Williams College

CFP DUO V conference Okinawa, JAPAN August 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2011

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 10:38am
Dialogue Under Occupation

The focus of Dialogue Under Occupation V is on ways of communicating in and about areas of the world confronting occupation. Engaging in 'dialogue' under occupation does not mean that the less powerful or powerless are accepting the occupation in any way, shape, or form, but that people are willing to confront their occupiers in an effort to be recognized as having equal human rights, including the ability to make autonomous decisions about how they should live and pursue their own definition of happiness. However, 'under occupation', these rights are undermined by the power differential between the occupier and the occupied.

Transnational Ireland: The Celtic Tiger and Beyond, NeMLA (April 7-10, 2011)

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 10:34am
Daniel Shea/ Mount Saint Mary College

This panel seeks papers exploring how literary and filmic representations of Ireland have been affected by both the Celtic Tiger and its precipitous end. How is the Irish identity negotiated within a transnational context? How have new models of representation influenced contemporary artists? How is the "new Ireland" represented? Send inquiries or abstracts (as MS Word attachments) by 10/10/10 to Daniel Shea, Mount Saint Mary College: Danie.Shea@msmc.edu.

The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism: Middlebrow Writing 1890-1930, London, 15-16 September 2011

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 6:24am
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The increase in modernist and avant-garde cultural manifestations in the early years of the twentieth century displaced realist and traditional literary works from, in Bourdieu's sense, 'legitimate' culture. The former came to represent 'highbrow', with a concomitant exclusion of all that highbrow was not. Even influential and critically acclaimed writers, such as H. G. Wells, were derided for maintaining their realist style as well as for catering to popular taste. Retrospectively, the conception of modernism has been expanded in order to be able to accommodate less obviously avant-garde works, but this expansion may not be continued indefinitely.

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