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GAMES OF LATE MODERNITY; Johan Huizinga's Homo Ludens: 75 Years Later (January 15-17, 2014)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 6:18am
Tilburg School of Humanities, Tilburg University

Johan Huizinga's Homo Ludens: 75 Years Later (January 15-17, 2014)

The end of this year will be marked by the 75th anniversary of Johan Huizinga's classic study of the Homo Ludens. Its main thesis is, as striking as it is simple, well known: Culture is founded on and as a form of play. Huizinga's aim was to understand play as a 'totality'. The element of play can be observed in all different aspects of culture, ranging from seemingly innocuous leisure activities to the uttermost serious and advanced systems, such as the financial world or political institutions.

Divine Adaptations: New Perspectives on Dante's Influence in Popular Culture

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 11:20am
Northeast Modern Language Association (Aril 3-6, 2014)

In Inferno V, 137 Francesca da Rimini explains to Dante how both book and author are responsible for her and Paolo's 'mal perverso' that led to their ultimate death and eternal damnation. However, further investigation reveals that Francesca's incrimination of the author, in addition to the text of the tale of Lancelot and Guinevere, is a misreading on the part of Francesca. According to Franco Masciandaro, the attempt to recreate the adulterous kiss, "brought about … sterility and death," and in addition, "imitatio, with its potential creativity, was adulterated." Masciandaro's critique of the lovers' misinterpretation and Francesca's distaste of the author both recall early criticism of adaptation theory.

Anaphora Looking for New Journal and Press Board Members

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 6:29pm
Anaphora Literary Press

If you have a strong publication record, and if you are tenured in your academic or publishing job, please send a note of interest in participating as a Board Member of the Anaphora Literary Press, and the Pennsylvania Literary Journal. PLJ is now in its 5th volume, and with 11 issues in print, it's ready to undergo some changes. Your area of study should be modern or current literary or creative writing studies in all genres (novel, poetry, film, art, theater). You should be interested in actively contributing by finding established peer-reviewers and by soliciting work from established creative and critical writers that you are familiar with. This is not a silent position.

Re-Imagining Communities and Civil Society Conference [UPDATE: Deadline Extended]

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 3:23pm
University of Guelph

The aim of this conference is to explore what role social movements, artists, intellectuals, writers, cultural institutions and others play in shaping our ideas of community, civil society and the connections between the two. We are especially interested in papers and panels that examine how the creation and strengthening of ties between communities and civil society promote democratization in Europe and/or Latin America. However, we welcome abstracts on any aspect of community and civil society.

International Symposium: The Engagement of the Spectator (22-24 May 2014)

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 4:22am
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Debates on the activity of the spectator have proliferated since Anne Ubersfeld's L'école du spectateur (1996), whether they tend towards a historicization of spectator practices, aim to classify the aesthetics in which the spectator is immersed, or attempt to trace his* contours, highlight his relation with a given performance or describe his activity (political, aesthetic, physical, psychological, cognitive, etc.) before, during and after the presentation. To cite a few examples, Catherine Bouko (2008) speaks about the ″post-dramatic spectator″ and in so doing revitalizes the approach to the semiology of audience reception.