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The Politics of African Contemporary Art

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:47pm
Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

Recent approaches to African contemporary art often celebrate the advent of a global contemporary art scene in which they see an abolition of the provincialist and historicist concepts that were imposed by the West during the colonial period. One assumes that by taking part in new and post-historical/ post-national networks of exchange, facilitated by large-scale international exhibitions, biennials and fairs, artists can express themselves more truly as they are no longer doomed to wrestle with the notions of the pre-colonial/ colonial; to be measured against Western art-historical paradigms, or to be defined via enduring fictions about their own parochialism.

SAMLA 2013: Making Meaning in Print Culture (SHARP affiliate session)

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:24pm

Papers are invited for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) affiliate session at the 2013 SAMLA Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, publishers' archives, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year's theme, "Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds," are especially welcome. The 85th annual SAMLA Convention will be held 8-10 November 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center.

Pinter and Booze a Collection of Essays

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:03pm
Harold Pinter Society

A collection of essays on Pinter and Booze is being developed. Send 250-word abstracts, name, address, phone, email, and working title to Ann C. Hall by 1 March 2013.

Harold Pinter MLA 2014

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:01pm
Harold Pinter Society Panel

Papers on Pinter and his relation to other art forms such as music, the visual arts, film, and television are welcome. Submit a 250-word abstract to Ann C. Hall by March 15 2013.

Digging the Digital 2013: Graduate Research in Digital Humanities - Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:33pm
University of Alberta Humanities Computing Graduate Student Association

The University of Alberta Humanities Computing Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for its annual conference:

"Digging the Digital 2013: Graduate Research in Digital Humanities,"

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Location: Alumni House, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Keynote Speakers: TBA.

Steampunk and the City, FEB 15

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 9:58am
Brian Croxall and Rachel Bowser

We are soliciting abstracts for essays that consider in one way or another representations of the city in steampunk. The term "city" should be understood widely to signify large and small urban spaces and need not be limited to a particular geography or time period. As texts, essays could consider one or more of the following: literature (including YA lit), film, graphic novels, anime, as well as fandom and performance.

The essay will be part of an edited collection exploring steampunk in its literary, filmic, material and fan culture instantiations. The editors have met with multiple university presses who have expressed enthusiastic interest. Completed essays will be expected in early summer 2013.

Queer Relations: Revising the Victorian Family (proposal deadline: 1 April. 2013)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 10:12pm
Dr Duc Dau, University of Western Australia and Dr Shale Preston, Macquarie University

We invite contributions for an upcoming volume of essays which examine the Victorian family through a queer lens. The Victorian family can be taken to mean the nineteenth-century nuclear or extended family, or the family of texts associated with the Victorian period (e.g. nineteenth-century and neo-Victorian texts). We are looking for exciting interrogations into the discourse of the Victorian family. These interrogations can focus on untraditional familial arrangements, non-normative relationships, polyamorous attachments, queer families in disparate communities/locations (e.g.

Evolution of Blackness in American Theatre: Reconciling Amiri Baraka and Suzan-Lori Parks

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:58pm
Linh Trang My Pham/ Wesleyan College

"Why Baraka and Parks?" one may ask. Certainly, both are gifted playwrights, whose works can be considered the most influential of their generations. Nonetheless, besides the fact they are both African Americans, there seems to be little connection between the two artists. One, albeit brilliant, is a notoriously extreme Black nationalist and the other, a free-spirited, Oberammergau-loving genius. Simply put, as artists, they pursue different things. Therefore, it is hard to make an adequate comparison between them. Still, as I will explain later in this paper, there are points where their paths cross and certain aspects where their visions of theatre would come into direct confrontation.

Emerging Perspectives graduate conference. May 2-3, 2013.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 9:56am
UCD English Graduate Society

May 2-3, 2013 at University College Dublin in association with the UCD English Graduate Society and Humanities Institute

The UCD English Graduate Society warmly invites MA and PhD students of all levels to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words which engage with the theme 'Emerging Perspectives' for the 2013 EGS Postgraduate Symposium.

Since 2010 the UCD English Graduate Society has provided early stage scholars in universities across Ireland with the opportunity to share their research in a supportive environment. Selections from conferences and seminars have been published annually in the postgraduate journal Emerging Perspectives.

Reanimating Playbooks: Editing for Performance, Performance for Editing - May 10

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 6:37am
The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

A one-day symposium to engage in the conversation between performance and text. We wish to provide a space to explore editorial practices on both sides of publication (from preparation to practice) and to explore how we use, compose, and conceptualise critical editions of Renaissance plays. The day will include a plenary panel of editors and theatre practitioners and two practical workshops.