What makes an object, a person, or a pursuit a "curiosity"? Are curiosities abnormal and rare? Are they always the extraordinarily strange, or can they be an everyday oddity? Enmeshed in a larger set of notions that often pit the social against the individual, the normative against the taboo, and the expected against the surprising, curiosities generate questions about desire, taste, knowledge, and inquiry.
The present pleasure,
By revolution low'ring, thus become
The opposite of itself
- Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
If, in the near future, all data, movies, etc., were to become instantly available, if the delay were to become minimal so that the very notion of "searching for" (a book, a film …) were to lose meaning, would this instant availability not suffocate desire?
[d]o not give way on your desire
Eleventh conference of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts
China Conservatory of Music (中国音乐学院), Beijing
26–30 October 2012
The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."
But the musical has done much more than merely attempt to entertain people for an evening: it regularly brings audiences to their feet in a wild ovation at its end, and it earned a whopping 14 Tony nominations, winning in nine of the categories it was nominated in, including "Best Musical."
Deadline: Please send abstracts of 150 words to firstname.lastname@example.org* by January 10th, 2010
We invite paper or panel proposals that examine the life processes and preservation cycles as they intersect with changing realities in the 21st century.
Some possible areas of study include but are not limited to:
·The transformative aspects of genealogy in (de)constructing culture
·Transformation of labor movements in amateur and professional sports
·Metamorphoses: Biological and geological cycles of the Hawaiian Islands
·Appropriation of cultural forms in capitalist systems
·Recycling: re-examining and re-educating our world
Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth
Keynote Speakers: Professor Jay Clayton (Vanderbilt University), Professor Ann Heilmann (University of Hull), Professor Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary, University of London), Professor Lillian Nayder (Bates College) and Professor Gail Turley-Houston (University of New Mexico)
2nd Global Conference
Beauty: Exploring Critical Issues
Friday 21st September – Sunday 23rd September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for papers:
This session seeks papers on any aspect of English Renaissance literature. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2012. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email address – to Kirsten Inglis (email@example.com) by March 1, 2012. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2012. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.
The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites paper proposals for our 2012 spring conference, "Networked New York." This symposium will take place on Friday, March 23, 2012.
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to focus on questions of 'cultural translation' in all its forms and constructs. As global identity becomes increasingly defined by questions of communication across languages and cultures the role of 'translation' becomes key in the forging of new subjectivities.
Topics could include (although are not limited to) :
1. Adaption in literature, film and media
2. Interplay between East Asian nations
3. Construction of 'East Asia' as a theoretical/political/cultural concept
4. A focus on the interplay between 'East Asia' and the 'West'
5. Global Dissemination of East Asian Popular Culture.