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The Projector: Film & Media Journal

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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 11:43am
The Projector: Film & Media Journal

The Projector is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the study of the intersections between media and culture. We are currently seeking essays for our Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 issues. We are particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of media texts, including those that examine media from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. We invite essays that engage with theoretical debates in media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices. We are also interested in essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.

Shaping Narratives - February 25th-26th 2011

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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 5:11am
Johnny McFadyen, University of Bristol, UK

The University of Bristol hosts the longest-running international medieval postgraduate conference in the UK. Each year we offer medievalists the opportunity to present their research, discuss ideas, and foster links bridging disciplinary and geographical boundaries. In 2011 the conference will be in its 17th year, and we are inviting proposals for papers from postgraduates and early career scholars on the theme of 'Shaping Narratives'.

CFP: Cosmopolitan Memory and Travelling Trauma (ACLA March 31-April 3, 2011)

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 10:07pm
Terri Tomsky, University of Alberta; Jennifer Bowering Delisle, McMaster University

When a collective memory of trauma transcends its directly affected community to be taken up by others, it can be said to be "cosmopolitan" (Levy and Sznaider) or "multidirectional" (Rothberg). The concept of a travelling or a genuinely "cosmopolitan" memory is compelling. Indeed, how a memory of trauma travels across cultures, and develops in time as a shared or borrowed memory is a topic that necessitates further discussion. Like Edward Said's notion of "travelling theory," the transition of a memory from a specific context into a new setting or across a transnational space has significant theoretical and pragmatic consequences.

American Identities on Stage: 20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 5:35pm
University of East Anglia, School of American Studies

University of East Anglia
School of American Studies

Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams (1911-2011)

American Identities on Stage:
20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference

Call For Papers

To commemorate the Tennessee Williams's centennial, the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, will host a one-day international conference on 26 March 2011, focusing on theatrical representations of American identities. The invited keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Bottoms (University of Leeds).

Philippine Literature as World Literature (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, BC, 3/31/11 - 4/3/11)

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 10:33am
Will Arighi and Marites Mendoza

"Be an international writer, who happens to be Filipino, and learn to live with the criticisms of being a Twinkie. Anyway, your real home country will be that common ground your work plows between you and your reader. Truly, who wants to read about the angst of a remote tropical nation? Everyone's got enough of their own, thank you very much."

Boundaries (Un)Defined

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 12:24am
Sigma Tau Delta

The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to take part in submitting abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the confines, limitations, or openness of space in world literatures, including, but not limited to:

• Public and Private Spaces
• Digital Space (including Computers)
• Ethnic, Language, or Literal Borders Websites, etc.
• The Space of Memory
• The Space of Genders and Sexualities
• Existential Boundaries
• Spiritual and Religious Spaces

CFP-"Decolonial Thinking in Latin American and Latina/o Literary Studies (ACLA March 31-April 3, 2011 Vancouver)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 5:02pm
Juan G. Ramos

In his introduction to <> (2010), Walter Mignolo invites us to consider decolonial thinking "as a particular kind of critical theory and the de-colonial option as a specific orientation of doing." As a type of critical theory, decolonial thinking becomes an option from which we can be critical of existing master/universal narratives that pervade in society and academia.

Comparative Melodrama (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 31-Apr. 3)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:39pm
Sheetal Majithia

Cultural criticism and film history once approached melodrama as a failed and lowbrow form of tragedy characterized by excessive rhetoric, one-dimensional characterizations, and schematized moral polarizations. Subsequently, feminist studies re-framed debates about melodrama by studying it as a genre addressed to and about women. Moving from a focus on domestic and family dramas, scholarship of the last few decades now exhibits a newfound interest in melodrama as a mode representative of socio-cultural conditions, particularly in transcolonial and transnational contexts.

Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege - March4-6th, 2011

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:41am
McGill University

Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)

The McGill English Department's Seventeenth Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature will take place in Montreal from March 4 to 6, 2011. The conference will centre on issues of luxury, commodity, and consumption in literature, and other texts and cultural artefacts.

Potential areas for study include, but are not limited to the following:

-class and social standing

-wealth and poverty, images of excess and need

-human rights (sexual freedoms, disability rights, etc.) versus social privilege

-the racialization of wealth and status

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