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Laughter in the Digital Age -- Special Issue of Comedy Studies (11/1/14) [UPDATE]

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 7:08pm
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Peter C. Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)
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"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University of Texas at Austin

Websites, social media platforms, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, yet studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, distributed, exhibited, and consumed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:

The Beautiful Body and Its Discontents

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 2:09pm
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NEMLA

The fit body is thus the conspicuous product of the late-capitalist work ethic. It is the body as the focal point of an industry of self-care, a book of personal narrative upon which is inscribed the extent to which you have won at the game of contemporary life. Each hard-fought-for, shiny ripple of muscle is forever bound up in two economies—one of production, and one of desire. (Alang, 'Must Fit Bodies Be the Product of Hard Work?')

¿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

Conference description:

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.

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.

Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:23am
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Lancaster University (UK), Department of English and Creative Writing

We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015.

Target Practices from the Cold War to the War(s) on Terror (March 26-29, 2015)

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 1:54pm
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Annual Meeting, American Comparative Literature Association

In The Age of the World Target (2006) Rey Chow argues that we now live in an era in which "the target" is a key technological, geopolitical, and cultural figure. New technologies of targeting are emerging to reach global destinations with pinpoint precision; yet, errors result in accidental or unintentional targeting. "Being targeted" has become an everyday reality for many individuals and social groups: citizens are targets of national security states and mass Internet surveillance; "terrorists" (but also civilians) are targets of drone strikes; young individuals in U.S. cities are routinely targets of racial profiling by police. The overdetermined figure of the target reveals a sense of crisis on multiple fronts.

Oscillate! Metamodernism and the Humanities

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:38am
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University of Strathclyde; Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences

Oscillate!

Metamodernism and the Humanities

An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical, Creative and Cultural Practice.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

University of Strathclyde; Confucius Room, Lord Hope Building; 141 St James Road, Glasgow

facebook.com/OscillateStrathclyde : @OscillateStrath

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oscillate-metamodernism-and-the-humanitie...

Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:46am
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The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
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CFP: Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk

The 36th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)

"Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture"

February 11th – 14th 2015

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

Submission Deadline: November 1st 2014 at http://conference2015.southwestpca.org

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