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Hyperaesthetic Culture

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 5:41pm
Transformations

We live in a competitive sensory environment. The marketing of consumer goods continually appeals to taste, touch, vision, hearing, and smell, compelling other practices to engage our senses in what David Howes describes as a 'hyperaesthetic culture'. This environment is saturated with alluring and intense sense experience that proliferates as technologies such as ultrasonography, satellites and computer applications provide access to things previously beyond human perception. Bodies are cultivated to be aesthetically appealing and optimally available to the senses for commercial, medical and security purposes.

Video Games as Text; Text as Play

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 5:19pm
University of Wyoming Department of English

Video Games as Text; Texts as Play

The University of Wyoming is accepting abstracts for its upcoming graduate student conference: Video Games as Text; Texts as Play. The conference will be held the second weekend of April, Thursday the 12th to Saturday the 14th. Abstracts will be due by January 15th. Our keynote speaker will be Judd Ruggill, Assistant Professor, Arizona State.

-ality call for submissions

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7:20am
-ality fiction journal

-ality is a new electronic fiction publication. We are looking for submissions from all authors that relate to any of the -ality words: reality, equality, spirituality, sexuality, corporeality, and so on.

The journal is edited by two graduates from the State University of New York at Binghamton, joined by Richard Burian, a scholar in linguistics and language who hails from Australia, taught in Hungary, and now resides in Canada.

We ask for fiction submissions of no more than 8,500 words, or three 1,000 word flash fiction submissions. Our reading period opens September 1st and ends December 15th for the first issue. Our Spring reading period opens February 1st and closes April 15th.

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

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 9:13pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

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

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

Revisiting Tex(x)ture in Literature

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 3:30pm
Rasmus R. Simonsen/ACCUTE

In an essay titled "Outing Texture" Renu Bora distinguishes between texture as "the surface resonance or quality of an object or material" and texxture (two x's) as "the stuffness of material structure." Put differently, we can say that texxture denotes the historicity of texture. In Eve Sedgwick's rendering of Bora's concept, texxture is thought to be "the kind of texture that is dense with offered information about how, substantially, historically, materially, it came into being." We might then ask: how does the dialectic of texture/texxture influence literary productions and their reception?

Representations of Disability in Science Fiction (essay collection, book) Proposals due: Nov. 18/11

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:57am
Dr. Kathryn Allan

Contributions are invited for an essay collection on the representations of disability and the disabled body in science fiction. Technology is often characterized as a cure for the disabled body – one that either elides or exacerbates corporeal difference. From block buster films and televised space operas to cyberpunk and hard SF, disabled bodies are often modified and supported by technological interventions. How are dis/ability, medical "breakthroughs," (bio) technologies, and the body theorized, materialized, and politicized in science fiction? This collection is particularly interested in the ways dis/abled bodies challenge normative discourses of ability, generate novel spaces of embodiment, and proliferate new understandings of human being.

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 10:19pm
Mount Royal University

Call for Papers

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America

Mount Royal University

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

October 10-13, 2012

www.skies.mtroyal.ca

Building on the success of Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture, and Change in Western North America in October 2010, Under Western Skies 2 welcomes academics from across the disciplines as well as members of artistic and activist communities, non- and for-profit organizations, government, labour, and NGOs to address the environmental challenges faced by human and nonhuman actors across North America.

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