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ECO-TRAVEL WRITING BEFORE THERE WAS ECOTRAVEL [correction]

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 11:56am
Society for American Travel Writing, American Literature Association

The Society for American Travel Writing invites proposals for papers on the topic of "Eco-Travel Writing" for the 2011 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-9, 2011 in Boston.

In common parlance, ecotravel suggests environmentally conscious vacationing that is often coupled with service activities intended to clean up pollution or improve sustainability. While travel explicitly organized around environmental concerns may be a relatively new development, respect for alien environments and cultures was not invented in 1980. The SATW invites proposals for papers that explore forerunners to "ECOTRAVEL" that occur throughout American literary history.

JFK Institute's 2011 Graduate Conference: American Bodies (May 27- 28)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 10:32am
Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

4th International Conference

American Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modes of Power

May 27– 28, 2011

'To fasten words again to visible things': the American imagetext

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 8:56am
American Studies at the University of East Anglia

A two day conference held by the American Studies department at the University of East Anglia
18th-19th June 2011

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that 'America is a poem in our eyes', he was partly expressing the transcendental belief that words and images share a unique and 'radical correspondence' that might enable the poet 'to fasten words again to visible things.' Walt Whitman answered Emerson's call for such a poet, cementing the special relationship that still exists in America between the written word and visual image.

Representing Animals in Britain (Deadline for proposals 2/1/2011, Conference 10/20/2011)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:12am
University of Rennes 2

Britain is traditionally seen as a nation of animal lovers and evidence for this has cropped up with mounting regularity over the past two centuries. Yet, the essentially self-congratulatory idea that Britain is "a nation of animal lovers" and that their representations of animals are unlike any other people's is currently being questioned, in both activist and academic circles. This conference, which will welcome the healthy confrontation of interdisciplinary viewpoints, invites in-depth examination of the representation(s) of animals in the fields of history, philosophy, sociology, politics, law, cultural studies, the visual arts and the media. How have animals been imagined, portrayed, idealised, regarded or disregarded, even effaced?

Stony Brook Graduate English Conference

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 3:33pm
Stony Brook University English Department

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Location: Stony Brook Manhattan Campus, Midtown NYC

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Stanley Aronowitz – CUNY Graduate Center

Event Description:

Home to the longest-running graduate conference in the nation, the English Department at Stony Brook University invites scholars of all disciplines to submit papers to its 2011 Manhattan event.

[UPDATE] Revolution! A Regional Graduate Student Literature Conference. April 2, 2011

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 11:38am
Christina Hauck, Department of English, Kansas State University

At our inaugural Kansas State University Regional Graduate Student Conference in Literature, we will explore the ways in which revolutions of all kinds have affected (and continue to affect) our discipline. Revolution! is inspired by Jasbir Puar's groundbreaking work, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, which critiques contemporary configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity. Using Puar's work as a touchstone for revolutionary readings, our conference will examine representations of revolution in its various forms—cultural, political, textual, and theoretical—in British and American literature composed during any period.

[UPDATE] Deadline Approaching (1/3/11) "ANIMAL.MACHINE.SOVEREIGN."

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 10:06am
Department of Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo

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PLEASE VISIT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://animalmachinesovereign.wordpress.com

KEYNOTES:
Timothy Campbell (Cornell)
Catherine Malabou (Universite de Paris X-Nanterre, SUNY Buffalo)
David E. Johnson (SUNY Buffalo)

Contributors to the conference must be currently enrolled graduate students (in any discipline), and are encourage to engage in presentations that probe the political constitution of the human-animal divide as a condition for thinking sovereignty, the State, nation, law and politics in general.

Whose Right to Know? The Worldwide Web and the Free Market of Ideas, Vol. 1, No. 4 Spring & Summer 2011

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 12:04am
Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures / Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Okinawa Christian University

Presently receiving and reviewing submissions for the Spring & Summer 2011 issue.

Authors are asked to examine meanings or perceptions of 'freedom' and/or 'speech' across the Worldwide Web that clash or align with conventional wisdom or common practices.

Possible themes, topics to be explored (in no way exhaustive):

1. How is the Worldwide Web used as a political, cultural, economic, military, or hegemonic tool to maintain free speech or curb it?

2. How does the Worldwide Web itself embody a political, cultural, military, economic, or hegemonic agenda?

3. What are the underlying, un-stated aims of those people or institutions that seek to limit the free market of ideas?

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