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[REMINDER] Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period, January 20, 2012, The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchest

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 7:49am
Michael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou / The University of Manchester

This one-day academic conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of performance in the early modern period (taken broadly to include the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries). We intend to interrogate what performance and its related terminologies and practices might have meant to early modern readers, playgoers, and congregations; how performance shaped and/or undermined distinctions between private/public bodies and selves. Although drama is an essential point of reference for this discussion, we encourage that "historicizing performance" be taken as broadly as possible. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

3rd Global Conference: Making Sense of: Pain (May 2012: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 6:32am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Making Sense of: Pain

Saturday 19th May – Monday 21st May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
Pain and the body's vulnerability to it are inevitable aspects of the experience of all sentient beings. Pain is universally feared. Many, if not all, fields of human activity have the potential to occasion pain – and much of what we do as individuals and/or collectivities involves our efforts to prevent, ameliorate, cure or avoid pain. Nonetheless, despite the unpleasantness and sometimes the agony of the experience of pain, we are also capable of enduring it. Depending on the context, we may do so willingly.

7th Global Conference: Cybercultures (May 2012: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 5:36am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

7th Global Conference
Cybercultures

Thursday 3rd May – Saturday 5th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues and implications created by the growing adoption of information technologies for inter-human communication. The project will also focus on assessing the continuing impact of emergent cybermedia for human communication and culture. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural contexts within which cybermedial and technological advances are occurring.

[UPDATE] "DESIRE: FROM EROS TO EROTICISM" NOVEMBER 10-11, 2011

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Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:50pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan

Chaos: Transformative Power, Antagonistic Liberator and Threatening Master

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Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:33pm
More than Thought- A Scholarly Literary Journal Devoted to Consciousness

Chaos has long been a tormentor as much as a liberator. In addition, it has been a master by way of intimidation and fostering dread. The great fear of the unknown has terrorized many a person into submitting to comfort in a cage. The exploration of chaos and its relationship to consciousness may yield fruitful results as the absence of structure and order has the potential to give to a new worldview. What kind of relationship does chaos have with the development of consciousness? How does literature present chaos and its effect on consciousness? Whatever the conclusions, it is likely to prove rich and abundant for furthering human understanding.

Eastern Religions in Ethnic U.S. Literatures (MELUS, April 19-22, 2012)

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Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:10pm
J. Stephen Pearson, U of Tennessee

Submissions are being accepted for a panel that discusses depictions of or references to Eastern religious traditions (e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, etc.) in ethnic U.S. texts.

Topics of interest include (but are certainly not limited to):

~ how religious traditions, beliefs and practices are altered for a U.S. context
~ how they assist and/or interfere with the process of Americanization
~ how they promote and/or hinder community identity
~ how they are viewed by people from other traditions
~ etc.

Religious Transnationalism in Ethnic U.S. Literatures (MELUS, April 19-22, 2012)

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Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:01pm
J. Stephen Pearson, U of Tennessee

Given the connection between many religions to specific geographical locations outside of the United States (for example: Jerusalem, Rome, Mecca, the Ganges, Tepeyac, etc.), religious practice can be seen as a common and powerful means of transnational experience in the U.S.

Submissions are being accepted for a panel that discusses depictions of or references to such transnational aspects of religious practice and/or belief (from any tradition) within ethnic U.S. texts.

Send a 1-page abstract by Sunday, 16 October to Dr. J. Stephen Pearson (U of Tennessee, Knoxville) at stpears11@gmail.com . Panelists will be notified by the 23rd of October.

CFP: Theatre & Performance Studies, Abstracts Due 12/1/11

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 12:39am
33rd Annual SWTX PCA/ACA Conference

Panels are now being formed on topics related to Theatre & Performance Studies in its various forms and approaches. This new Special Topics Area to SWTX PCA/ACA encourages dialogue between varied fields of performance scholarship (i.e., performance studies; theatre, dance, and cultural studies; as well as queer and post-colonial theory), and exploration of critiques of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, technology, and nation. Papers across performance modes, cultural contexts, and historical periods are welcomed. Topics might include but are not limited to:

Intellectual Disability in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2012)

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Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 12:09pm
47th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Special Session)

Call for papers: Intellectual Disability in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This special session will take place at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 10-13, 2012).

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