"How funny you are today New York!" writes Frank O'Hara in an exemplary moment of what John Ashbery might call "probably thinking not to grow up." Although the last ten years have seen a flourishing of claims about what poetry teaches us, recent work by Stephen Burt, Rita Felski, and others suggests that we should pay closer attention to how modern and contemporary poets make us laugh. We invite proposals that consider how American poets in the 20th century have posed as comedians, using humor to test the capacities of received form and to engage, rather than avoid, serious issues, including globalization, gender and sexuality, memory and trauma, race, and the environment.
New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus
13 June 2011
Climate change is an unprecedented crisis in human history. It is marked by necessary scientific imprecision and met by public confusion and controversy. Discerning climate change involves intricate scientific problems, and responding demands complex cultural strategies, spanning global, historically innovative action. Even as scientists, politicians, activists, and publics have struggled to respond, climate change has also begun to provoke cultural innovation and political audacity. Correspondingly, then, this cultural phenomenon of climate change might require a re-adjustment of critical approaches and methods.
First International Workshop on Ubiquitous Human-Computer Interaction (UbiHCI 2011) encourages full papers and notes that reflect the breadth and scope of UbiHCI on Ubiquitous research, including conceptual development, empirical investigations, technological advances, user experiences, and more. All papers should clearly compare and contrast how the work relates to previous research or experience, what aspects of the work are new, and the major contributions it makes. Although it is expected that papers will focus on one or a small number of the aforementioned areas, authors should write for the broader UbiHCI audience, and make clear how the work contributes to the UbiHCI field as a whole.
This issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies seeks to explore the political, social, and cultural significations of "evil" (and its corollary: the "good") via a critical analysis of the fluid, mutable figure of the "villain," aiming to examine its construction and its existence in the world.
A few possible perspectives for the study of the villain are:
The villain as the "natural" being
The villain as the sacrificial other
The villain as a figure that defies representation
The villain as hero
The villain as non-existent
The villain as a personification of evil
The villain as Doppelganger
Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
Topic: Sovereignty and Aesthetics
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)
Essays are solicited for a growing anthology entitled Poetry and the Real.
A Children's Classic And Its Adaptations
Sissy Helff (University of Frankfurt)
Symposium of Western Cultural and Literary Studies
5-6-7 October 2011
The BAKEA Symposium welcomes papers and panel proposals from the researchers in the fields of English, American, French and German Cultures and Literatures
The Masks of Modernity: Un/covering Global Modernisms
Proposal deadline: May 15, 2011.
This is a CFP for a proposed session for the 2012 MLA convention, which will meet in Seattle and has the presidential theme 'Language, Literature, Learning'. This CFP is also posted on the MLA convention page. As per the rules, papers will be 15 minutes; if there is sufficient demand I would consider submitting this session as a roundtable discussion instead (please do feel free to me if the latter appeals). All participants must be members of the MLA by 7 April.