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Negative Cosmopolitanisms: Abjection, Power, and Biopolitics, 11-13 October 2012

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 1:57pm
Terri Tomsky, Eddy Kent, Imre Szeman (Organzers). The Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the array of negative cosmopolitanisms operating today—all those ways in which cosmopolitan subjects are still stigmatized, disempowered, excluded, and denied. Against the superficial liberal celebration of cosmopolitan diversity in the world today, negative cosmopolitanism instead reveals experiences of rupture, exile, oppression, and imperialism. The conference will bring researchers together to explore the histories and constitution of cosmopolitanism past and present, with the aim of better understanding the complex experience of power today.

2nd Global Conference: Urban Popcultures

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:12am
Dr Rob Fisher/ Inter-Discipinary.Net

2nd Global Conference
Urban Popcultures

Friday 9th March- Sunday 11th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore
and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project
will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and
alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popultures and
subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally
theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and
political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are
flourishing.

Image and Language: Godard and the problem of expression NEMLA 2012 Rochester deadline: September 30

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:19pm
Elif Sendur/Binghamton University

This panel asks to question the relation between expression and language, between the image and the word using Godard's work. This young Turk of the New Wave or the philosopher king of cinema, besides tackling the question of politics and aesthetics, constantly constantly questions the relationship between images and language, a question that is crucial for cinema as well as for literature. From Nana's question in Vivre Sa Vie "Words should express exactly what one wants to say? Do they betray us?" to his Le Gai Savoir where the relation between image and words are questioned; from his extraordinary use of letters or words on filmic scenes to his separation of his films into book chapters, Godard experiments on language in its own limit.

UPDATE: Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad, SALA 2012

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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 6:08pm
South Asian Literary Association

Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad

South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Seattle 2012

Date: Wed., January 4, 2012 at 9:00am – Thurs., January 5, 2012 at 5:00pm

Venue: Hyatt Place Downtown, 110 6th Avenue North (at Denny Way)

Distinguished Keynote Speaker: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Distinguished Guest Author: Charles Johnson

Abstract Deadline: August 31, 2011

CfP Kalamazoo Medieval ICMS 2012: Postcolonial England

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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:10pm
Durham University English Department

The Department of English Studies at Durham University invites submission of proposals for its session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 10-13, 2012. The panel seeks proposals of 300-500 words with a working title and department affiliation by September 1, 2011. Participants will be contacted regardless of whether or not their proposal has been accepted. All proposals submitted but not accepted will be sent on to the general committee for consideration in one of the general sessions at Kalamazoo. The CfP is as follows:

Postcolonial England

Thing Theory and Object-Oriented Studies in Medieval Contexts [International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2012]

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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:41pm
Anthony Adams

A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.

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