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The Imaginary -Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (3/4/16-3/5/16; abstracts due 12/21/15)

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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:24pm
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association

"The imaginary" invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadowy, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive.

For Lacan, the imaginary is the beginning: "I began with the Imaginary, I then had to chew on the story of the Symbolic ... and I finished by putting out for you this famous Real." For sociologist John B.Thompson, the social imaginary is "the creative and symbolic dimension of the social world, the
dimension through which human beings create their ways of living together and their ways of representing their collective life."

Narrating Death: The Limit of Literature (January 2016)

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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:42am
Daniel Jernigan and Walter Wadiak, Nanyang Technological University

Call for chapters for edited volume:
Narrating Death: The Limit of Literature

Death is an enigma. No less so in literature—where, most famously, it is Hamlet's "undiscovered country." Indeed, the very boundary between life and death is itself reminiscent of the boundary between the fictional and the real.

Metaphor: Retrospect and Prospects - May 20th - May 22nd 2016

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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:21am
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Genoa

The so-called "Cognitive Revolution" brought with it, among other features, Cognitive or Conceptual Metaphor (CM) (Reddy, Lakoff and Johnson), refining and expanding theories of comparison and property attribution. In the period 1970-1990 circa, CM gradually came to dominate the metaphor scene, consolidating its position in the twenty years that followed, also bolstered by relevance theory and Gricean pragmatics. Naturally, there were "offshoots" and complementary strands - developments such as blending theory − which enriched the scene. Unsurprisingly, inadequacies were also identified and "alternatives" or "integrations", such as perceptual simulation (Gibbs, Barsalou), framing (Schoen, Reddy) offered.

Time, Space, and Writing the Body

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Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:04pm
English Graduate Student Association of the University of South Florida

As humans, we locate ourselves in the time and space of our physical existence, but within the humanities, we get to explore and at times relocate ourselves. In doing so, we redefine not only our personal identity but the very essence of what it means to be human. This year's conference will explore the porous constructs of self and Other, questioning where the individual fits—or does not—into the fabric of existence. This concept could include the timely topics of race, class, gender, and sexuality; philosophical questions concerning what is human, non-human, and post-human; and larger global issues such as the impact of environmental and economic oppression on the body.

(Un)restrained Intentions: Translation and Adaptation in Literature and Culture

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 9:47am
Department of English, McGill University

Translation and adaptation are important sites of contestation for theory and philosophical inquiry, especially in the current atmosphere of globalization, intercultural interaction, and cultural exchange. Is the translator a "traitor," as the Italian proverb tells us? Or is the translator what L.R. Lind imagines to be "a man without a country [lingering] upon national boundaries, seeking what he may bring home to that strange limbo that lies between one tongue and another"? What does it mean to adapt artistic materials from one cultural context to another? What are the political implications of such an exchange? How do artists overcome linguistic or artistic incommensurability?

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