In Jean-Luc Nancy's The Inoperative Community representations are not just works of art (oeuvre); they also, in fact, work. Representations present "community" and thereby give a disparate group of beings an identity, borders, and a body. If representations work, what happens when a work founders, when it falls apart, and opens onto something else? Would this opening then be the place or space of play, even serious play? What does this "absence of work" look like formally? What are the ethical consequences of such playful interruptions? Papers on non-mainstream directors are of particular interest.
21st Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University
March 3 – 4, 2011
Keynote Address by Dr. Shoshana Felman, Emory University
"Echoes of Trauma: Exploring the Intersections of Trauma and Culture"
New Critical Perspectives on the 'Trace'
University of Málaga
20-22 October, 2011
The Sincerest Form: Literary Imitation, Adaptation, and Parody
Notre Dame English Graduate Student Conference
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
March 3-4, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Professor Julie Sanders, University of Nottingham
Experiences, Concepts, Narratives
Thursday April 14 – Saturday April 16
Graduate Program in Humanities, York University, Toronto, Canada
(In)Visible Subjects: Bodies, Spaces, Disciplines.
An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Graduate Program in Visual and Studies at the University of California, Irvine
March 31-April 1, 2011, Irvine, California
The Visual Studies Graduate Conference at UC Irvine is seeking submissions on (In)Visible Subjects. We welcome work that addresses invisibility, visibility and hyper-visibility, in terms of current social and political discourses surrounding immigration, borderlands and cultures, marginalized communities, subject production, gender issues, queer identities and urban art.
CALL FOR PAPERS & Workshop Submissions
15th annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
March 24-26 2011
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
Fun & Games
Professor of English & African and African American Studies
author of Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery
In recent years, John Dos Passos has fallen to somewhat low priority in critical study, but the few publications that do exist since the 1970s are engaging and compelling and stand as proof that this author deserves further consideration in our field. This individual panel proposal for ALA's 2011 convention hopes to illustrate the value of continuing to engage in scholarly research, critical conversation, and/or pedagogical approaches to John Dos Passos in the 21st century. Papers of about 20 minutes/10 pages in length on various approaches to Dos Passos's work will be considered for inclusion on the panel. Please submit an abstract of about 250 to 500 words, a CV, and any requests for A/V equipment to Victoria M.
The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at Oklahoma State University, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to promoting student academic development and scholastic achievement, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming Words." In his 1969 work, The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday asserts, "We have all been changed by words; we have been hurt, delighted, puzzled, filled with wonder." During the conference, we would like to explore the practical ways language functions to effect change. How can language overcome supposed barriers of race and gender?
This panel seeks to analyze the nature of faculty work in modern languages and literatures from an interdisciplinary, scholarly perspective. What characterizes faculty labor in these fields and the humanities in general, especially as compared to work in other academic disciplines such as the natural and social sciences? How do configurations of academic work as variable combinations of teaching, scholarship and service justify or fail to justify different career tracks for faculty members? We seek papers that advance historical, philosophical, and theoretical analyses in order to explain current configurations of faculty work and help us to imagine new ones. 500 word abstract by March 15, 2011.