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[UPDATE] ASLE Panel at MMLA 2015 - Proposals by 4/15

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:33am
Midwest Modern Language Association / Associaton for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future." While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.

Edited Collection: Modernism in the Green (Abstract Deadline: May 15)

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:48pm
Julia Daniel and Margaret Konkol / Baylor University and New College of Florida

For all its many urban topographies, the literary landscape of modernism contains a startling array of greens. From William Carlos Williams's representations of Garret Mountain Park, to Peter's reflections on Mrs. Dalloway in Regents Park or Wallace Stevens' frequent use of Elizabeth Park throughout his oeuvre, planned green spaces play an overlooked role in the development of modernism. We propose that thinking with and through public greens leads to a fresh and often more complex understanding of modernism's tangled engagements with arts, politics, material culture, bodies, and the nature-culture divide.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: APRIL 5: MMLA 2015: Animals in Literature and Film

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:40pm
Julia Dauer, MIdwest Modern Language Association

This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.

Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.

The Practice of (in)Visibility: 4th International Critical Studies Research Group Conference, 25th and 26th June 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:09am
Critical Studies Research Group, University of Brighton, UK

When politics, arts, history, ethics or philosophy are judged by their ability to disrupt what is visible and sayable, is there a danger that the potential political efficacy in remaining hidden is ignored and the possibility of intervention/action for the already unseen is inhibited? How do artistic practices reflect and engage in strategic invisibility? What are the artistic and political intersections of acting invisible? What kinds of visibility are afforded to whom? How can research approach invisibility without eliminating the invisibility it purports to study? Can there be a methodology of working around (in)visibility and if so what claims can it make to validity?

[UPDATE, Keynotes added] THE REAL AND THE INTERMEDIAL, Oct 23-24, 2015 (deadline May 25) Film and Media Studies Conference

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:40am
Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Following up on the themes introduced in our previous conferences dedicated to "film in the post-media age", the "cinema of sensations", "rethinking intermediality in the digital age", and "figurations of intermediality in film", we invite you to address one of the most puzzling phenomena of contemporary media and film: the intertwining of the illusion of reality with effects of intermediality, connecting the experience of a palpable, everyday world with artificiality, abstraction and the awareness of multiple mediations.

International Conference: Vulnerabilty 8-9 October 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 4:29am
E. A. CLIMAS, Bordeaux Montaigne University, FRANCE

Etymologically, vulnerability refers to a "wound" (from the Latin vulnus, vulneris). Somebody is said to be vulnerable when they have been wounded, injured, hurt or harmed. Or indeed when they are in a state of greater weakness, more fragile, and therefore more easily wounded, injured, hurt or harmed. Vulnerability can be physical, moral and social. An individual, a group, a community, even a country can be vulnerable.

Portable Prose: The Novel and the Everyday

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 1:39am
University of Sydney

We are looking for papers for our volume 'Portable Prose: The Novel and the Everyday'. The collection will build on and extend work coming out of a conference, 'The Prosaic imaginary', held at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia in July 2014. We aim to explore the privileged relationship between the novel genre and categories of the 'prosaic' or 'everyday'. Building on John Plotz's notion of the novel as exemplary 'portable property', we seek to interrogate the relationship between novel-reading as an everyday activity and the novel's prosaic subject matter, whether this is conceived as material object, cultural practice, or speech act.

[UPDATE] - Deadline Extended: MSA 17 Boston, November 19-22, 2015: Modes of Relative Certainty

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 10:09am
Luke Mueller / Tufts University

Modes of Relative Certainty

This panel will explore areas of "relative certainty" in modernism, where the supposed impossibility of knowing anything for certain meets the practical reality that things can be known well enough that readers and citizens can make use of them. In the wake of postmodernist criticism's essential disdain for certain knowledge and a general acceptance of modernists as ambiguous, ironic, enigmatical, interested in differance and lack, textual density and obscure allusions, we bring attention to the ways modernist texts celebrate positive knowledge--as contingent as that knowledge may be.

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