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MLA Special Session: Failure

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 5:11pm
Damjana Mraovic-O'Hare

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 by March 15.

Dr. Damjana Mraovic-O'Hare
Department of English
Pennsylvania State University

Comparative Media; PAMLA; November 5-6 2011; Scripps College, CA (Deadline March 25)

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 1:36pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

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?

Secret Asian Man: Martin Wong's Influence in Art and Literature - March 10, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 11:24am
Roy Pérez

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 ( and Roy Pérez (

[UPDATE] Constructions of the Future - Life Beyond Disciplines

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 6:01am
Heidelberg University

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.'

Call for Reviews: Jadaliyya Ezine

Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 3:38pm
Jadaliyya Ezine

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 for updates in the weeks ahead. Please send reviews, queries, proposals, and suggestions to the Reviews Editor at

As part of this expansion, we're looking for submissions for the Reviews section:

CFP MLA 2012 "States of Consciousness in Literature" -- Deadline March 15

Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 2:40pm
MLA Cognitive Approaches to Literature Discussion Group

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


Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 9:54am
Craig N. Owens, Drake University

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.

Grad Student Forum

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 5:34pm
Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers

The graduate students of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden are pleased to invite you to a conversation about Childhood Studies.