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The Violence of Economics and the Economics of Violence (03/29 - 04/01/2012)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 8:39pm
American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting

Recent events like the austerity and cost-of-living protests in Greece, Israel, and the UK and food protests in several North African countries invite renewed attention to the relationship between violence and economics. Media coverage of these events tends to focus our attention on the violence of the protesters or of autocratic regimes but ignores the economic violence that sparked these protests. During times of economic crises, the violence that always simmers below the surface of capitalism—the violence of dispossession, accumulation, and systematic impoverishment—surges to the surface.

On The Edge: Exploration of Liminalities and Extremities in English Studies (November 10, 2011)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:06pm
The Journal of South Texas English Studies

Liminality is a state of being that is neither in nor out, neither belonging to or excluded from, neither conscious nor unconscious, neither full nor empty; but, liminality holds within that in-between existence great power for effecting change. How does liminality intersect and clash with the concept of extremities – the fringes of society, religion, politics, ideology, and literature that threaten to pull us apart. Can liminality (the in-between) and extremity (the outer edge) inhabit the same space? Can they be one and the same at times, or are they always at odds with each other? Can we navigate and inhabit the borders and boundaries of our world - the ambiguous space between two other spaces - and not lose ourselves or our identities?

Voice and Voicing in a Technological Era, A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference, 8-10 March 2012

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 1:03pm
University of Tennessee English Department Graduate Students, Knoxville, TN

Voice and Voicing in a Technological Era, A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Thursday, March 8- Saturday, March 10, 2011

Plenary Speakers: Adam Banks (University of Kentucky), Barclay Barrios (Florida Atlantic University), and Nancy Paterson (Ontario College of Art and Design)

Moving Dangerously: Women and Travel, 1850-1950: 13-14 April 2012

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:32am
Newcastle University

Moving Dangerously: Women and Travel, 1850-1950
13-14 April 2012
Newcastle University

Keynote Speakers:
Alexandra Peat (University of Toronto)
Avril Maddrell (University of the West of England)


Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 9:17am
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies / Pierre du Bois Foundation

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Pierre du Bois Foundation

The Graduate Institute is glad to announce a
trans-disciplinary conference:



December 15, 2012 Graduate Institute, Geneva

[UPDATE] CFP Deadline Extension (New Date: September 30, 2011): Postgraduate Conference June 2012, Vienna

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 5:41am
Pursuing the Trivial / University of Vienna/Austria

CFP: Deadline Extension – September 30, 2011.
The final date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to September 30, 2011.

Pursuing the Trivial - Investigations into Popular Culture.
A Postgraduate Conference with Invited Guest Speakers, University of Vienna, June 1-2 2012
"The everyday is what we cannot but aspire to, since it appears to us as lost to us."
Stanley Cavell, In Quest of the Ordinary

CFP: Teaching Video Games; SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/11; 2/8-11/12)

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 9:57pm
Shelley S. Rees

Seeking presentations for the "Pedagogy" section of the 2012 conference of the SW/TX PCA/ACA on the subject of teaching video games as primary texts. Many instructors have begun using video games as teaching tools, but recent developments in video game theory allow for interpretation and analysis of these texts as texts, not merely as vehicles for tangential applications.

Possible topics for this session include but are not limited to: Strategies for teaching a particular game; Teaching gaming theory; Ludology and pedagogy; Convincing your department/institution to support gaming studies.

Please submit 300-word proposals as Word attachments to Shelley S. Rees at by 15 November 2011.

[UPDATE] World Literature/Global Empathy (NeMLA March 15-18, 2012)

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:24pm
Benjamin D. Carson / Bridgewater State University

World Literature/Global Empathy

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

AMERICAN LITERATURE: A proposed panel for the American
 Literature Association Conference, May 24-27, 2012 in San Francisco.

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 2:50pm
Andy Dorsey

This panel will explore "experience" as a constructed form of knowledge in American literature. Papers
 may focus on one text, on works by one author, or on multiple writers. I am also interested in essays centering on experience in connection with American literary historiography. Of particular interest are analyses of scholarly traditions that privilege experience as an epistemological category—often in the service of arguments that foreground the distinctiveness and/or the exceptional quality of American culture. Essays may address any American literary period(s), genre(s), and/or themes. Papers may also compare constructions of experience in American literature with the literatures of other linguistic, national, and/or cultural groups.