Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2011 is five-day event taking place from August 22 to 26 in a secluded Palmse manor in North Estonia. The first day of the event (August 22) will be one-day Conference on the historical secondary modelling systems approach of the Kääriku Summer Schools, with the roundtable by Boris Uspenski, Vjacheslav V. Ivanov, and others. It will be followed by four-day summer school on the contemporary problems of semiotic modelling, with world leading semioticians present (among them Edna Andrews, Paul Cobley, Marcel Danesi, Floyd Merrell, Winfried Noeth, Goran Sonesson, Frederik Stjernfelt, et al.), together with the current Tartu group.
Failure, although an important part of American cultural mythology, has not been recognized in American theory. While the American Dream has been worshiped, failure is associated with shame and personal fiascos even though it permeates all the social, political, and cultural strata of the U.S. Proposals on 20th and 21st century literature, up to 250 words, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15.
Dr. Damjana Mraovic-O'Hare
Department of English
Pennsylvania State University
Special topic: Reconsidering Artificial Intelligence
After Watson the computer crushed its human opponents during a three-day ratings bonanza this February, the questions previously raised by Kasparov vs. Deep Blue and checkers vs. Chinook (as well as by the Turing test over half a century ago) have once again come to the forefront of public debate: are machines on the verge of taking over? What does it mean to be human (or posthuman) at the interface with AI? How do new AI mediations of the human redefine the relationships between personhood, technics, temporality, and culture?
We are seeking conference papers for an MLA panel concerning Chinese American painter Martin Wong's influence on graffiti artists, writers, and filmmakers of downtown arts movements. Particular interest: Wong's place in Asian/Latino/African-American/Hip-Hop/Queer Studies. 300 word abstract; 1-page CV by 10 March 2011; Shante Smalls (email@example.com) and Roy Pérez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Constructions of the Future: Life Beyond Disciplines
An International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Heidelberg (Germany), 14-16 July 2011
New Deadline for paper proposals: 1 May 2011
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Douglas Kellner, Jean-Michel Rabaté, R.L.Rutsky, Timothy Lenoir
'It's life, but not as we know it.'
Jadaliyya Ezine is launching an expanded Reviews section. We want this to be a place for commentary, debates, and exchanges on books, films, videos, art, theater, music, new media, conferences, protests, and events. Keep watching www.jadaliyya.com for updates in the weeks ahead. Please send reviews, queries, proposals, and suggestions to the Reviews Editor at email@example.com
As part of this expansion, we're looking for submissions for the Reviews section:
Description: Papers exploring dreaming, altered, dissociative, and other states of consciousness in literature from perspectives including (but not limited to) psychological, neuroscientific, psychiatric, and philosophy of mind.
Submission requirements: 300-word abstract
Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2011
Contact person information: Isabel Jaén Portillo firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote speakers: Professors Kim Knott (University of Leeds); Bart Moore-Gilbert (Goldsmith's University); Neil L. Whitehead (University of Wisconsin)
WANTED: 500-word abstracts proposing essays critically examining the emergence of micro-identities in contemporary popular culture for inclusion in the about-to-be proposed collection of scholarly essays Micro-Identities.
Thing and Symbol in Everyday Life and Narrative
This panel explores the relation between narrative and lived experience. Does a thing lose its everyday thingness when represented in a narrative structure? 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2011; Noam Scheindlin (email@example.com).