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Spirited Awry: Reassessing Anime (Vol. 7, No. 1)

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 11:04pm
Cinephile

Deadline for Abstracts: 28 February, 2011
Deadline for Accepted Draft Submissions: 30 April, 2011

In her book Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation, Susan J. Napier states that anime "is a phenomenon of popular culture." Japanese animation – or "anime" as it is now commonly referred to – has, as Napier observes, achieved remarkable recognition and fandom around the world. But what really is anime? How has it impacted visual culture in the twentieth and twenty-first century? And why should it merit further study in academia?

Critical Code Studies: Reading Digital Objects

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 12:02am
Mark C Marino

2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle (Jan. 5-8)
Send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio. by 15 March 2011 to mark c marino at gmail)

Critical Code Studies applies hermeneutics to the interpretation of computer source code. This special session seeks papers that perform readings of digital objects with an emphasis on source code and related issues. At MLA 2011, CCS played a central role in the panel "Close Reading the Digital." This panel will build on that discussion as well as the recent developments and conversations online (see below).

For more information on Critical Code Studies, see

"East/West Cultural Passage Annual Conference: Contact Zones in the Global World", Sibiu, Romania, 6-7 May 2011

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 3:42pm
Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania

The Department of British and American Studies at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and the C. Peter Magrath Research Center for Cross-Cultural Studies invite you to the CONTACT ZONES IN THE GLOBAL WORLD international conference, to be held in Sibiu.

Keynote Speech: "Planetary Novels?: Cosmopolitanism and Globality in and out of a national literature," by Peter Childs, University of Gloucestershire.

Composing Spaces: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 3:37pm
University of Cincinnati, Department of English & Comparative Literature

The purpose of this conference is to examine meanings of space in a time of cyberspace, non-space, third space, queer space, and other emerging formulations of space that challenge predominantly physical, material constructs. How do we understand our art, our craft, our work, our relationships, and ourselves in spaces that have been transformed in a digital age? To what extent do classic dichotomies such as city-rural, urban-suburban, and public-private hold up in contemporary life? As we create places in our reshaped settings and lives, what are viable ways to examine the meanings of space?

Authority, Sovereignty, Postcoloniality (MLA 2012, proposal deadline 3/10/11)

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 3:01pm
Jini Kim Watson, New York University

A proposed MLA special session on questions of the state and modes of authority and sovereignty within postcolonial studies. How do literary or theoretical works narrate or theorize alternative political modernities; how do we go beyond both the putative celebration of cultural difference (such as "Asian Values") and a reductive "failed states" discourse? Literary and theoretical/historical papers welcome; any field and area of postcolonial studies welcome.

300 word abstracts and 1-page cv by 10 March 2011

Jini Kim Watson
English & Comparative Literature, New York University

New Horizons: Crossing the Borderlands of the Humanities - May 11-13

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 8:15am
The Aberystwyth University English and Creative Writing Postgraduate Conference Committee

The Aberystwyth University English and Creative Writing Postgraduate Conference is accepting abstracts for New Horizons: Crossing the Borderlands of the Humanities, the annual conference to be held 11 May to 13 May 2011.

[UPDATE] Special Topics Session: "Productive Silences" (Annual RMMLA Conference October 6-8, 2011)

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 3:04pm
Pamela J. Rader/ RMMLA 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ

Special Topics Panel: Productive Silences
History and the history-making process, while seeking to remember, often call attention to singularity of perspective, which results in silencing the memories of survivors. Literature then steps in to fill the gaps or the lacuna of silence. In this imaginative, fictional realm, silence and those silenced by historians, dictators, and forgetfulness find agency. Understood as a form of resistance, silence becomes a literary ruse: a voice or a perspective that once lacked agency now finds a place on the page.
Narratives that use ruses of hidden or lost documents (such as letters, journals, and oral testimonies) are particularly interesting.

[UPDATE] Lost and Found: Nostalgia in Media - February 25th and 26th, 2011

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 10:13am
New York University - Department of Cinema Studies

Call for Papers: LOST AND FOUND: Nostalgia in Media

NYU Cinema Studies Student Conference, Spring 2011

February 25-26, 2011 -- New York University, New York, NY

The New York University Cinema Studies department is excited to announce the 2011 Student Conference. Each year, our goal is to bring together scholars from a variety of departments and disciplines in order to address the transformations currently shaping the field of cinema studies. We look forward to providing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with an opportunity to present their ideas to their peers. Organized by and for students, the conference offers a unique forum for intellectual dialogue and stands as a valuable learning experience.

Everything & More: Theorizing the Encyclopedic Novel... MLA 2012 Seattle

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 7:23pm
Brendan Beirne, New York University Dept. of English & American Literature

This panel seeks to consolidate and refine our understanding of the encyclopedic novel as a distinct (sub)genre within the broader field of novel studies / narratology.

What conventions mark texts as encyclopedic, and how have these conventions developed over time? How does a text's encyclopedism influence its reception by literary critics and narrative theorists? And how does the increasing ubiquity and accessibility of information in our culture effect the way we interpret 'data-saturated' novels of the past and present? These and other questions will inform our discussion.

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