Illusion is commonly defined as a false idea or belief, often the product of misperception or deception, intentional or otherwise. Its etymological basis in the Latin verb illudere reveals an element of mockery that is evidently lost in the modern connotation of illusion and yet remains, arguably, in that intriguing phase of disillusion that often follows it. How does one distinguish illusion from reality? How do our evolving perceptions of the world around us affect our understanding of self and the human condition? Is disillusion a necessary evil, or an essential part of this understanding as it leads to new possibilities for development and discovery?
Call for Proposals: "Consent: Terms of Agreement"
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
Submission Deadline EXTENSION: Jan. 15th
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled, "Consent: Terms of Agreement," to be held at Indiana University - Bloomington from March 21-23, 2013. Join us for our 10th annual conference, hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English. See below for details:
Deadline for submissions: February 28 2013
Interstices Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, Issue 14
Immaterial Materialities: Materiality and Interactivity in Art and Architecture
Materiality has recently claimed centre stage in architectural discourse and practice, yet its critical meaning is ever receding. Tropes like material honesty, digital materiality, material responsiveness and dematerialisation mark out an interdisciplinary field where scientific fact and artistic experimentation interact, and where what in fact constitutes materiality and immateriality is constantly re-imagined.
We are happy to announce the theme for the next issue (Vol. V, No 1) from Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (ISSN 0975-2935). From the year 2013 onwards, we will include thrust areas in the issues along with regular articles and book reviews on other areas in the form of open issues. In other words, there will be Open issues with particular thrust areas. For the next issue the thrust area is "Recent Achievements in World Literature". However, articles and book reviews on Indian Writings in English will not be accepted.
Topics for contribution include:
• Electronic literature
• Other relevant forms
Joss In June is a one-day multidisciplinary conference focusing on the works of Joss Whedon, including: Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, comics (Buffy Seasons 8 & 9, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Fray, Sugarshock), as well as Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, and Much Ado about Nothing.
The conference will be held at the LeGrand Conference Center at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina, USA on June 29, 2013.
Adaptation and Reinvention on Page, Stage and Screen
This one-day symposium aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion between scholars in Film, Theatre, Television, Neo-Victorian Studies, Literature, Adaptation Studies, and Fan and Popular Culture Studies. At its heart is the research question:
In what ways do modern representations of the villain in popular culture draw on the popular culture and iconic villains of the Victorian period?
CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 10, 2013.
The College English Association—Caribbean Chapter, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English, welcomes proposals for presentations (20-minute papers) for our 2013 annual conference which will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, in Arecibo on Friday, March 15 and Saturday March 16, 2013.
Although modern technologies largely benefit the individual and have changed the nature of social and political interactions, they have also served to make for a more dangerous world inasmuch as our lives are revealed for public consumption, and privacy becomes a disputed right. Many writers and artists have exposed the benefits and perils of technology.
Paul Taylor (Philosophy / African American and Diaspora Studies, Penn State): author of Race: A Philosophical Introduction
Lisi Schoenbach (English, University of Tennessee Knoxville): author of Pragmatic Modernism