category: science and culture

Harry Potter Casebook abstracts by 30 June 2010; completed essays by 31 Dec. 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Cynthia J. Hallett and Dr. Peggy J. Huey / Palgrave Macmillan Publishers
contact email: 
cynthia.hallett@gmail.com, hueypj@verizon.net

Call for Submissions

Harry Potter Casebook contracted for publication with Palgrave Macmillan Publishers

8-10/10/2010

full name / name of organization: 
International Conference in Wireless and Ubiquitous Systems (ICWUS 2010)
contact email: 
benarbia@infpsi.com

The International Conference in Wireless and Ubiquitous Systems (ICWUS 2010) will be held October 8-10, 2010 under the theme of « Communications in Wireless Environments and Ubiquitous Systems: New c

THE EVERYDAY

full name / name of organization: 
Hellenic Semiotic Society and Department of French Studies and Modern Languages of the University of Cyprus
contact email: 
bettyk@freemail.gr; aplampro@ucy.ac.cy

THE EVERYDAY
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
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Global Aging: Arts and Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association
contact email: 
tanton@depaul.edu

Imago Dei in Contemporary World Literature (15 May; SAMLA Nov. 5-7, 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Steve Pearson/U of Tennessee
contact email: 
aristophanes68@hotmail.com

Special Session on Religion & World Literature: Imago Dei: humanity contains the image of God.

African Studies at Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference 1-3 October 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
contact email: 
brownvelez@wisc.edu

Call for Proposals
African Studies
at
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2010
Minneapolis, MN!
Panel and paper proposal deadline: 30 APRIL 2010

[UPDATE] CFP: Windows: A Visual Studies Working Papers Conference at UC Irvine

full name / name of organization: 
UCI Visual Studies Graduate Student Association
contact email: 
vs2010@post.com

Windows: A Visual Studies Working Papers Conference
University of California, Irvine
Friday, March 12, 2010

EXTENDED DEADLINE -- Abstracts due: Wednesday, March 3rd at 5pm

South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention (SAMLA): November 5 - 7, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia

full name / name of organization: 
St. John's University
contact email: 
tamayok@stjohns.edu

Special Session: “Servants and the Text”

Apocalypse and its Discontents

full name / name of organization: 
University of Westminster
contact email: 
arism74@yahoo.co.uk

Apocalypse and Its Discontents
A One-Day Conference at the University of Westminster
Saturday 11 December 2010

Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

full name / name of organization: 
Crisis Carnival 2010
contact email: 
sdsu.grad.conference@gmail.com

Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?

Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society’s values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the “real,” with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.

In a society dominated by media constructions of our cultural values, it is more important than ever to evaluate the role that spectacle plays. What is the social significance of illusions – to inspire change, to help us distinguish the values most important to us, or to help us escape?

The goal of this conference will be to bring the conversation into a contemporary context. How are social anxieties personified in the spectacle of monstrosity? What role do today’s avatars, clones, and digital doppelgangers play in our conceptions of our “real” selves? How has the relationship between performance and the real changed since Shakespeare?

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