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CRUELTY: USC English Conference (April 12-13 2013)

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 12:00am
University Southern California Association of English Graduate Students

CRUELTY
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
April 12-13 2013

Deadline for proposals: January 6, 2013

Keynote speaker: Chandan Reddy (University of Washington), author of Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality and the U.S. State (Duke, 2011)

This conference will explore the many definitions of cruelty, both banal and extraordinary. Cruelty can be inherent in the ways that we perceive, interact with and take pleasure in one another and ourselves. At times it cannot be distinguished from violence. Cruelty is lived and experienced differently across boundaries, borders, bodies, and time periods. It continues to spread and mutate with globalization in the 21st century.

[Update] Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800 / Conference Date: February 9, 2013 / Abstracts Due: December 2, 2012

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Friday, November 16, 2012 - 2:35pm
Early Modern Center at University of California, Santa Barbara

The Early Modern Center at University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our twelfth annual conference, "Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800." This one-day conference will be held on Saturday, February 9th, and feature keynote speakers Joseph Roach (Yale University) and Wolf Kittler (UCSB).

Consent: Terms of Agreement, March 21-23, 2013

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Friday, November 16, 2012 - 2:42am
Indiana University Graduate Conference (Hosted by Dept. of English GSAC)

Call for Proposals: "Consent: Terms of Agreement"
Submission Deadline: Jan. 1st

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.

Consent: We click it any time we download a new software program. We are required to give it for medical procedures. Spoken or implied, it struggles to articulate our desires and will. Without it, numerous laws can be broken and our senses of agency violated.

[UPDATE] Invention vs. Mimesis -- Inaugural Issue of the Rat's Mouth Review Graduate Journal

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 1:48pm
The Rat's Mouth Review - Florida Atlantic University

All submissions due by December 1st, 2012.

In 1913, Ezra Pound articulated the literary imperative for the modernists' age: "Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth," and later urged artists to "Make it New." Conversely, the Hebraic King Solomon wrote, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecc. 1:9 NIV).

"Travel, Contact, Exchange" April 19-20, 2013 Abstracts due Jan. 14

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 9:51am
Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum

34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013

Call for Papers and Sessions
"Travel, Contact, Exchange"
Keynote speaker: David Simon, Art History, Colby College

We invite abstracts or panel proposals in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.

Making It Work: US Thought and Culture Between Praxis and Paralysis, April 5-6 2013

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 5:29pm
US Literatures and Cultures Consortium at the University of Michigan

Are there distinctively American attitudes toward objectivity and truth, judgment and action? Two of the most enduring cliches about US culture are, first, that its thought characteristically refuses universal grounds, and second, that it privileges material practicality over theoretical or metaphysical abstraction. Yet without universal grounds, how can we be convinced that anything is worth doing? Let's grant that it is; such a groundless granting may initially let us act with a sense of freedom and unlimited potential, but justifying or revising that action requires us to establish provisional grounds that can themselves be hedged, negotiated, interrogated to the paralyzing point of infinity.

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