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[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?

[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE to JAN 15th! Writing Democracy: A Rhetoric of (T)Here

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Monday, December 20, 2010 - 5:23pm
EGAD!/Federation Rhetoric Symposium

GOOD NEWS: Deadline has been extended to January 15, 2011.

Writing Democracy: A Rhetoric of (T)Here
Increasingly, humanities scholars and educators are attending to the local, the everyday, the public, and the “ordinary.” Trends like these in rhetoric and composition suggest the field has taken what Paula Matthieu has called “the public turn” (Tactics of Hope, 2005) and foreground the real-world implications of and applications for our work. Such trends also illuminate tensions and stark contrasts between constructs like public and private (Welch, Living Room, 2008), local and global (Gold, Rhetoric at the Margins, 2008), here and there, us and them (Duffy, Writing From These Roots, 2007).

[UPDATE] Rupture Symposium 6 June 2011 (abstracts due 1 February 2011)

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Monday, December 20, 2010 - 1:39am
The Division of English / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in association with the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences [CLASS], is organizing a one-day international postgraduate conference on the subject of "rupture" in literature on 6 June 2011.

[UPDATED] The New Urgency: Emerging, Evolving, and Redefining Literature

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Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 9:28pm
Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference

Fourth Annual Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
April 30, 2011, Brooklyn College
Keynote Speaker: Cyrus R. K. Patell, New York University

"One is surprised, one is disturbed, one desires something familiar to hold on to- As soon as we are shown something old in the new, we are calmed. The supposed instinct for causality is only fear of the unfamiliar and the attempt to discover something familiar in it- a search, not for causes, but for the familiar."
– Friedrich Nietzsche, from The Will to Power

Special Issue: "Social Transformations from the Mobile Internet"

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Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 12:08pm
Jason Farman / Future Internet Journal

In the first lines of Howard Rheingold's seminal book on pervasive computing, Smart Mobs, he notes an observation he had in Japan that changed the way he thought about mobile technologies: "The first signs of the next shift began to reveal themselves to me on a spring afternoon. That was when I began to notice people on the streets of Tokyo staring at their mobile phones instead of talking to them" (2002, p. xi). This shift from using a mobile device as a voice communication medium toward usages that focus on data (specifically the "mobile Internet") heralds the era of physical and pervasive computing culture.

[Inter]sections Call for Papers and Peer Reviewers

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Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 3:49am
[Inter]sections, the peer-reviewed American Studies journal at the University of Bucharest

[Inter]sections is the trimestrial peer-reviewed American Studies journal at the University of Bucharest. We are now accepting academic papers, reviews, and interviews for inclusion in our March 2011 issue. The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2011.

Because of the large number of submissions we've been getting, we need more people on our peer-reviewing team. Those interested should send us a short bio (no more than 200 words), as well as a writing sample (between 3,000 and 7,000 words) and a list of the main areas they would be prepared to cover. The deadline for peer reviewing applications is also January 31st, 2011.

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