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CFP: Neuroscience, Microscopy and the Literary Imagination (3/31/07; MSA, 11/1/07-11/4/07)

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 10:54pm
Vike Plock

CFP: New Maps of the Mind: Neuroscience, Microscopy and the Literary
Imagination
We are looking for one or two delegates to join us on a panel on
neuroscience and literary modernism at the MSA 9th Annual Conference
Geographies of Visual and Literary Culture in Long Beach, CA (1 - 4 November
2007).
Turn-of-the-century scientific inventions and discoveries created radically
new topographies of the human mind. Especially neuroscience, relying on
improved technology in the area of microscopy, suggested profoundly new ways
of looking at the nervous system, making its internal organisation and
geography visible to the human eye. Whilst the workings of the human mind

CFP: Disability, HIV/AIDS & Culture (3/15/07; MLA '07)

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 10:54pm
Bell, Christopher

Disconnections and missed connections between the spheres of disability, HIV/AIDS and culture. How do the three inform each other? How can they be (and are they) prioritized and with what investments? Which (types of) individuals navigate the three spheres and with what results?

 

Potential topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:

 

Representation in literature, music and art

Reception and reception theory

Knowledge production

Activism and histories of activism

Ideologies of "cure"

Politics and body politics

Identity and identity construction

Intersectionality

 

CFP: Writing about Place (3/15/07; MLA '07)

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 10:53pm
Harper, Jean

Writing Place, Placing Writing

 

Literature and literary studies have long acknowledged a significant relationship between the construction of narrative and the place in which narrative is constructed. Writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction find both inspiration and limitation, shaping forces, and restrictive forces, in local geography, culture, and environments natural and constructed. To address the complex interrelationship of literature and place, we invite proposals for papers (15-minute presentation limit), for a panel concerned with the relationship between writing/literature and landscape/place/environment.

 

Proposals are especially encouraged on the following topics.

 

CFP: Science and Literature (3/31/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 9:51pm
Elizabeth Klaver

Call for Papers
Permanent Session of the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference,
Cleveland, OH 11/8/07-11/11/07
Conference Theme: "Reconsidering Realisms"

Panel Topic: Medical Science and Literature

CFP: Biosemiotics (Netherlands) (3/15/07; 6/6/07-6/9/07)

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 9:51pm
International Society for Biosemiotic Studies

This is an open Call for Papers for the Seventh Annual International
Gatherings in Biosemiotics, to be held on June 6-9, 2007 at the
University of Groningen, Netherlands.

The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Seventh Annual Gatherings in
Biosemiotics welcomes paper proposals from any academic discipline
investigating the real-world use of sign processes among or within
living organisms (including humans!). More information regarding the
kind of papers that we are looking for and the kind of
interdisciplinary work that is going on in Biosemiotics can be found
here: www.biosemiotics.org

CFP: (Un)natural Selection: Genetics and Eugenics (3/31/07; Heinlein, 7/6/07-7/8/07)

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 9:00pm
Lisa N. D'Amico

Call for Papers
  Submission deadline: March 31, 2007
   
  We invite abstracts for papers, roundtable discussions, and presentation/lectures on any topic related to (un)natural selection, genetics, and eugenics and their representation in the works of novelist and futurist Robert A. Heinlein.
   
  Many of Heinlein's short stories and novels include characters who are products of careful genetic manipulation or other forms of unnatural selection. A prime example is the Howard Families, most especially Lazarus Long. By exploring the scientific and ethical consequences of unnatural selection, Heinlein uncovered both potential benefits and hazards of taking control of human evolution, or certain aspects thereof.
   

CFP: Engineering (3/31/07; Heinlein, 7/6/07-7/8/07)

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Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 8:59pm
Lisa N. D'Amico

Call for Papers
  Submission deadline: March 31, 2007
   
  We invite abstracts for papers, roundtable discussions, and presentation/lectures on any topic related to engineering and its representation in the works of novelist and futurist Robert A. Heinlein.
   
  Various types of engineering, especially aerospace engineering, appear in nearly all of Heinlein's novels and short stories, often in detail. Heinlein was able to present engineering principles and theories in such a way that they were understandable for the average reader.
   
  Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
   
  --Aerospace engineering
   

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