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Poetry, Mediatization and New Sensibilities

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 6:44am
Stefan Kjerkegaard, Aarhus University

Poetry, Mediatization and New Sensibilities
Aarhus University, Denmark, December 4-6, 2014

Keynotes: Pierre Alféri, Claudia Benthien, Virginia Jackson and Yoko Tawada.

Roundtable: Alterity and the Body in 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature and Culture

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 6:42am
Stacie McCormick and Shelagh Patterson/ NeMLA

How do individuals negotiate the social world when their bodies do not clearly fit defined hegemonic frameworks such as: male/female, various racial binaries, gay/straight, citizen/non-citizen, able-bodied/disabled, natural/unnatural, and other binaries? This roundtable will examine representations of the body in the context of alterity and otherness in twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture. Roundtable Stacie McCormick and Shelagh Patterson.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2014 to

Uprisings and Revolutions in Global Context (deadline December 31, 2014)

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 12:06am
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

The first few years of the twentieth-first century have witnessed social unrest, revolts and revolutions across the world: the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, riots of workers and peasants in China, anti-austerity demonstrations in Europe, blood-shedding confrontations in Ukraine, and, more recently, the Sunflower Movement or Occupy Legislature in Taipei. They are triggered by either violent actions of the police and the army, governments' decisions, or electoral controversies; they demand shifts of power and systemic transformations, or simply struggle for the basic rights of existence. In these heydays of insurrection, we cannot help asking: what is going on? What is happening to us, fascinated, shocked, devastated, aphasic or garrulous?

Existential Thought in African American Literature Before 1945 April 30-May 3, 2015

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 7:55pm
Dr. Melvin Hill/NeMLA

This panel seeks papers that explore existentialism in African-American thought that predates the codification of the term by Jean-Paul Sartre in the post-World War II period. The premise of this panel explicitly makes the case for the genealogy of African-American existentialist thought, tracing and situating it as a proto-existential literature. Revisiting such literary works prior to World War II will illustrate a rich tradition of African-American existentialist thought.

Please submit your abstract by September 30 to

Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American Culture

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 6:23pm
Interdisciplinary Humanities: The Journal of the Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)

Deadline for submission: Nov. 15, 2015

HERA is pleased to announce an upcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that focuses on noir visions in American culture (

When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French couldn't help but notice their dark and emotionally bankrupt quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler featured moody, morally bankrupt characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED - MAPACA 25th Annual Conference - Baltimore

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 5:17pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association



Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) -- 25th Annual Conference – Baltimore, MD – Nov. 6-8, 2014


Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
25th Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2014
Baltimore, MD - Lord Baltimore Hotel

Call for papers:
Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Baltimore, MD. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Modern Money: Aesthetics after the Gold Standard; October 23 - 24 , 2014; Guest Speaker: Yanis Varoufakis

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 4:44pm
Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

"Money is the root form of representation in bourgeois society." So T. J. Clark put it in 1999. Almost aphoristic in its phrasing, the sentence turns on the set of questions it raises – about markets and money flows, about value and abstraction, about whom money belongs to, about the "social reality of the Sign" and the effect money has on artmaking. Money becomes a central form – maybe the central form – of life, inescapable and intractable. The conditions that shape our present and the failure of the Left to devise a practicable response have only intensified the urgency of the proposition and the questions that ground its pivot.

Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:59pm
Don E. Walicek / University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Call for Chapters
Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom, an edited volume

America's "founding father" Thomas Jefferson championed a vision of economic prosperity and moral virtue that was dependent upon an expansive "Empire of Liberty" with Guantánamo, Cuba as one of its key sites. The haunting paradox of his words alludes to the many layers and contradictions that cluster around the Caribbean site known today as the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station.

Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? Intersections in Race and Technology (NeMLA April 30-May 3 2015)

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:18pm
Nicholas Forster / Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)

Where do race and technology meet? Since its emergence cinema has been but one technology to repeatedly build its status on the raced bodies of its subjects. As scholars such as Michael Rogin have argued cinema required black bodies to establish its own identity as an artistic medium. While the transition from moving pictures to talkies was seen to inaugurate a new mode that would open up possibilities for the 'black voice' this was just one moment in the history of media technologies. As the Jazz Singer (1927) traded on blackface, Gone With the Wind (1939) used emerging color technologies to revive both an antebellum era and mark a false fault line with the past.

Society for Phenomenology and Media: 17th Annual International Conference

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 5:28am
Society for Phenomenology and Media

Society for Phenomenology and Media: 17th Annual International Conference
The Society for Phenomenology and Media invites proposals for individual conference papers and three-person panels for its 17th Annual International Conference in La Jolla, California.
Send submissions (200-word abstract) by using the EasyChair system at:
For other questions contact:
SPM Coordinator:
WHEN: March 25-29, 2015