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Commonalities: Imagining the Ordinary (September 23-24, 2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 4:38pm
Rice University Department of English

The annual Rice University Symposium in Houston, Texas invites papers that examine the unexpected material and affective supports of the common, commons, and community. Papers might explore representations of communities as they develop across spatial and temporal boundaries as well as how shared background understandings connect to the experience of the ordinary. We are especially interested in how these issues relate to the question of the commons and the role collective life plays in various social imaginaries. Submissions that range across periods, theoretical orientations, and disciplines are welcome.

Possible paper topics:

GRIDLOCK, October 14-15, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 8:15pm
Department of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University | Hosted at the AC Institute, New York, NY

For our 2nd Annual Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Conference, we invite submissions that explore the possibilities of Gridlock.

Keynote: Eugene Thacker, Associate Professor of Media Studies, The New School

Digital Poet(h)ics and Transnational Cultures (workshop session - abstracts by May 8, 2011)

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 7:51am
21st AISNA Conference: Democracy and Difference: The U.S. in Multidisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives, Trento, Italy, 26-29 October 2011

In the past decades digital technologies, new media art, Web 2.0 practices, cybertextualities, and electronic archives have become inescapable presences in the field of knowledge/s and the "unprecedented complexity of the digital", in Arthur Kroker's terms, is increasingly changing the very nature of our ways of processing information, theories, cultures, relationships.

12-13 December 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 3:26am
The 19th METU British Novelists Conference-Kazuo Ishiguro

The 19th METU British Novelists Conference

12-13 December 2011
Ankara, Turkey

Contact name: Hülya Yıldız

This is a regularly held series of international conferences dedicated to British novelists and their works. Scholarly papers on any aspect of Kazuo Ishiguro and his works will be considered. Very friendly and focused atmosphere. Proposals (about 250 words) for 20-minute presentations should be sent to by September 12 2011. Please include name, institutional affiliation, and contact information.

Call for manuscripts - book series "Contributions to Transnational Feminism"

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 3:20am
Silvia Schultermandl

Call for Manuscripts

New Book Series: Contributions to Transnational Feminism

General Editors: Erin Kenny (Drury University, U.S.A.) and Silvia Schultermandl (University of Graz, Austria)

LIT Verlag (Berlin, Münster, Vienna, London) is accepting book-length manuscripts and proposals from scholars in gender studies, postcolonial theory, feminist anthropology, cultural geography, literary theory, critical theory, and other interdisciplinary fields, and especially seeks projects that offer new theoretical insights and/or grounded empirical research that contribute to the emerging field of transnational feminism.

Call for Papers---Léon Gontran DAMAS: A Thorough Negritude

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 7:24pm
Hanetha Vete-COngolo, Bowdoin College

Negritud: Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos
Léon Gontran DAMAS: A Thorough Negritude
Born on March, 28th, 1912, the Martinico-Guyanese Négritude thinker and poet, Léon Gontran Damas, is the one idea man of Négritude whose works is overlooked. Indeed, only a handful of academic analyses can be found on his writing and contribution to Négritude. Yet, Damas is the very first one of the three Négritude Fathers – Damas, Césaire and Senghor – to ever have published works magnifying the Négritude's ideas. Additionally, the intensity of his poetry is the element which makes of Négritude a poignantly thorough poetic and political revolutionary movement.

Byzantium/Modernism: Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 6:34pm
Roland Betancourt, Yale University

Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes
20-22 April 2012, Yale University

Keynote Speakers:
Marie-José Mondzain, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Robert S. Nelson, Yale University

Voicing the Alternative Seventh International Conference on English Language and Literary Studies September 22 – 24, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 10:34am
English Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro

We invite scholars to join us in the consideration of the intriguing issue of alternative voices through examples from the field of Anglo-American literature, linguistic and cultural studies. We suggest addressing various alternative processes and techniques outside the traditional mainstream in general, alternative styles in literature, alternative genres, a variety of subcultures existing along the fringes of mainstream culture, alternative theories, alternative education practices, etc, as well as the processes involved in the creation of a non-conformist, avant-garde, forward-thinking voices, finally addressing to what extent it is possible to be independent on the norm.