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UPDATE: Reading Benjamin Reading, ACLA Vancouver (Deadline: 11/12/10; Conference: 3/31/11-4/3/11)

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 2:41pm
Brooks E. Hefner

In 1927, exactly one hundred years after Goethe first used the term "Weltliteratur," Walter Benjamin returned to Berlin from Moscow. He had spent his time there reporting on developments in Russian literature and film, and he arrived to find that his German translation of Marcel Proust's Within a Budding Grove had been published to strong reviews. Such multi-lingual and multi-national literary undertakings are central to Benjamin's entire corpus. While not a major figure in most narratives of world literature, Benjamin's involvement and theoretical interest in questions of translation, media, and cultural history suggest ways of placing him in these important contexts. But how do we read Benjamin's own reading?

ATHE's Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group: Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 1:25am
ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the "Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance" for the 2011 ATHE conference in Chicago, IL (August 11-14, 2011). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, a longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. David Savran will serve as the respondent. Dr. Savran is the Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center as well as the editor of The Journal of American Theatre and Drama. His most recent book, Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of The New Middle Class, was published in 2009 by the University of Michigan Press.

CFP: Adaptation as Process (2011 ACA/PCA Conference-San Antonio): 4/20/11-4/23/11

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 4:37pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint Conference


The Adaptation Section of the 2011 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference

Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23
Marriot Rivercenter San Antonio, and Marriot-San Antonio Riverwalk

Proposal deadline—December 8th, 2010

Adaptation as Process

Collective Identities: Policies and Poetics Feb. 18 2011

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 11:35am
CUNY Graduate Center PhD Program in French

"[A] mode of writing is an act of historical solidarity…it is the relationship between creation and society, the literary language transformed by its social finality, form considered as human intention and thus linked to the great crises of History." - Roland Barthes

CFP: Margaret Garner: The Libretto

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 6:46pm
La Vinia Delois Jennings

CFP: Margaret Garner: The Libretto. Critical articles are sought for an edited volume on Toni Morrison's libretto,_Margaret Garner_. Because the volume will serve as a historical commemoration as well as a critical study, scholars who experienced the libretto as a performed text by attending the opera at its premiere in Detroit, Cincinnati, and/or Philadelphia with the original cast members, stage designer, and director are especially encouraged to contribute to this project. Interested contributors should submit an abstract of 200 words before January 15, 2011. Essays are due August 1, 2011 and must be more than 6,000 words and fewer than 9,000 words.

Rattle Journal - A Journal at the convergence of Art and Writing

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 10:22am
Rattle Journal (UK)

Call for short critical and theoretical work on Art, Writing and Visual Cultures.

Rattle is a journal of art, writing, and thought. It offers a speculative space for the text-image relationship to develop, as well as representing those moments of thought and work not easily recuperated into the mainstreams of practice.

Work may include, but is by no means limited to, theoretical and critical writing, page based artworks, reviews, fictions and poetry. We encourage the submission of interesting and unusual work regardless of its form or subject.

Proposals are welcomed but publication cannot be guaranteed before receiving finished work.

Globalization, Utopia, Film (ACLA March 31-April 3, 2011)

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:02pm

This seminar considers the production of narrative in post 1950 cinema as it relates to aesthetically and politically charged questions of globalization and the desires for Utopia.

2011 CLIFF: Fun & Games, March 24-26, 2011

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:14pm
University of Michigan Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum


15th annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
March 24-26 2011
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

Fun & Games

Keynote speaker:

Glenda Carpio
Professor of English & African and African American Studies
Harvard University
author of Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery

Slave: Witnessing the Voice through Testimony and Performance (24 November 2010)

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:28am
University of Salford (UK)

The University of Salford and Feelgood Theatre Productions have teamed up to organise an interdisciplinary conference that will explore the various literary, cultural and societal questions raised by Feelgood's production of Slave – A Question of Freedom, adapted from Mende Nazer's critically acclaimed autobiography Slave (Virago). The conference will include contributions from a range of speakers including:

* Mende Nazer (author of Slave)
* Damien Lewis (documentary filmmaker and co-author of Slave)
* Caroline Clegg (director of Slave – A Question of Freedom)