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The Intellectual Silk Road: Cross-Media and Cross-Cultural Adaptations

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 4:00am
Association of Adaptation Studies

The topic of this year's Association of Adaptation Studies conference will focus on adaptation as a site for cultural exchange, reflecting the importance of trading activities along the Silk Road as sites for the transmission not just of goods but of ideas and cultures. Possible issues to be addressed in this conference might include:


Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:35am
Steen Christiansen

As the boundaries between cultures and cultural practices become increasingly more permeable, the need to study, explain and analyze such phenomena only becomes greater. Transgressions and transgressive practices have often been at the forefront of seeking out and pointing to the presence of boundaries, whether we look at aesthetic practices, social conventions or national borders.

On the one hand, then, transgressions move beyond boundaries and easy categorization, usually in order to disrupt cultural order or question cultural, social or national divisions. Conceptual blurring is thus a key aspect of transgression.

"Subversive Texts/ Radical Readings" graduate student conference May 6-7th, 2011, proposals due March 13th

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:11am
Hunter College Graduate Student Conference

If every text is a product of an established tradition, written in a preexisting language, how does a text become subversive? Does subversion lie in the speaker's voice and his or her intent? Does it depend directly on that, which it means to undermine? Is subversion created in the interaction between different cultures, and if so, in a globalized society are all texts, by definition, subversive? Is it tied directly to the language that is being used, making literature written in dialect inherently subversive, while rendering texts written "in the language of the oppressor" less likely to undermine the dominant ideology? Or does it take a reading – radical in either its extreme or fundamental perspective – to make a text (any text) subversive?

[UPDATE]: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011 With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:45pm
Lyndsey Lefebvre

CFP: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2011
With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association - Scripps College, Claremont, California (about thirty minutes east of Los Angeles, in the lovely town of Claremont, one of the real jewels of Southern California). Nov. 5 & Nov. 6, 2011

Considering the power of current food journalists, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, Americans have been trying to figure out ways to write about the plate for over a century. Considering the power of the food publishing industry, many voices are starting to influence the way that Americans cook, dine, and choose their foods.

[UPDATE] Posthumanism and Poetry, MLA 2012 (January 5-8, 2012; Seattle)

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 7:32pm
Special Session (subject to MLA approval)

Seeking papers that address thematic, critical or ideological intersections between posthumanism and poetry; including interspecies relationships, transhumanism, the making and unmaking of the humanist subject, embodiment, and encounters with animal or machine.

Potential topics include discussions of poetries that call into question liberal humanist values, analysis of poetries that incorporate technology into form or presentation, poetries that reflect concepts of the posthuman as put forth by Katherine Hayles, Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Cary Wolfe, Judith Butler, etc.

Discussions of poetry from any time period or national language welcome.
Please send 300-word abstract and brief CV to T.J. Welch by March 5, 2011.

UPDATE -- Originations: Dangers and Desires [MLA 2012] -- Proposals due March 10, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:54pm
Modern Languages Association, Jan 5-8, 2012, Seattle, WA

This session welcomes papers concerning representations and intimations of nostalgic utopias, formative memory, and mother tongues, in order to discuss the dangerous necessities inherent in desiring origins. The session welcomes papers from across a wide array of disciplines and media.

250-word proposal and brief CV due March 10, 2011.

Asian American Literature (PAMLA 2011) -- Proposals Due March 25, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:50pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association 2011

The session on Asian American Literature(s) is accepting paper proposals for PAMLA 2011, 5-6 Nov. 2011 at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. This session welcomes papers from across the disciplines.

Please use the PAMLA 2011 site to submit a proposal before March 25, 2011. Submit Here.

Justice, Law, and Literature March-May

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 4:26pm
Changing Lives Through Literature

In 2008 we launched a blog, Changing Lives, Changing Minds:
We feature essays from professors, graduate students, judges, lawyers, and other scholars. Topics range from literature and its impact on people to alternative sentencing and issues in our justice system.
We would like to invite you to submit a 500-800 word piece to be featured on the site. Any topic that deals with literature or writing and the way in which they affect individuals (now or historically) is fair game. You might consider using one or more of the questions below as a jumping off point for an entry or bring ideas of your own to the blog.