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Constructions of the Future: Life Beyond Disciplines (Heidelberg, 14-16 July 2011)

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 4:26am
Universität Heidelberg, Germany

Constructions of the Future: Life Beyond Disciplines

An International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Heidelberg (Germany), 14-16 July 2011

Keynote Speakers (tbc) Douglas Kellner, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Claire Colebrook, Richard Grusin, Steven Shaviro, Gregory Ulmer, R.L.Rutsky, Timothy Lenoir

'It's life, but not as we know it.'

CFP: Adaptation as Process (2011 ACA/PCA Conference-San Antonio): 4/20/11-4/23/11

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 7:46pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

The Adaptation Section of the PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011; proposal deadline Dec. 8th 2010
San Antonio, TX
Proposal submission deadline: December 8, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
Phone: 1-210-223-1000

Adaptation as Process

2011 PCA/ACA National Conference-Fat Studies Area

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 5:28pm
Popular Culture/American Culture Associations

Fat Studies is becoming an interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of "fatness" and "the fat body"; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance or celebration within mass culture. Fat Studies uses body size as the starting part for a wide-ranging theorization and explication of how societies and cultures, past and present, have conceptualized all bodies and the political/cultural meanings ascribed to every body.

Call for Chapters, Manufacturing Phobias

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:57pm
Dr. Jeff Shantz and Dr. Hisham Ramadan

Call for Chapters: Manufacturing phobias

Various groups have recognized that hope and fear are very powerful driving forces capable of moving nations and shaping its actions. They have utilized both of these emotions to achieve their target, notwithstanding the negative impact on society as a whole. This phenomenon is not new. However, the current trend in this phenomenon is worth investigating in the form of a book containing a number of essays each of which expounds a different aspect of such phenomena. This is, by nature, an interdisciplinary book. Scholars from different disciplines are invited to contribute to this volume.

Nature of the Contradiction: The 13th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group, March 31-April 2

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:39am
Marxist Reading Group, University of Florida

In the current moment of economic and environmental crisis, the concept of sustainability has become a popular touchstone of both neoliberal and conservative agendas. Whether arguing for a green industrial revolution or economic dematerialization, both groups fail to realize the deeper contradictions between sustainability and capitalism's mode of production. But if "we're all environmentalists now," as Neil Smith has suggested, it becomes necessary to engage ecological politics without participating in late capitalism's appropriation of "green" rhetoric.

Reading Benjamin Reading, ACLA Vancouver (11/1/10; 3/31/11-4/3/11)

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 6:55am
Brooks E. Hefner

In 1927, exactly one hundred years after Goethe first used the term "Weltliteratur," Walter Benjamin returned to Berlin from Moscow. He had spent his time there reporting on developments in Russian literature and film, and he arrived to find that his German translation of Marcel Proust's Within a Budding Grove had been published to strong reviews. Such multi-lingual and multi-national literary undertakings are central to Benjamin's entire corpus. While not a major figure in most narratives of world literature, Benjamin's involvement and theoretical interest in questions of translation, media, and cultural history suggest ways of placing him in these important contexts. But how do we read Benjamin's own reading?

ANN: John G. Cawelti Award, deadline 12/31/10

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 7:53pm
American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association is now accepting nominations for the 2010 John G. Cawelti Award in Popular and American Culture. John Cawelti is a pioneer in the study of Popular and American Culture. His numerous works established the basis for the study of the literature and film for the masses.

Environment and Life (ASLE 2011; 22-26 June; Bloomington, IN)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:58pm
Heather Houser (Williams) / Hsuan Hsu (UC Davis)

Call for Papers: "Environment and Life"

ASLE 2011 / 22-26 June 2010 / Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Organizers: Hsuan Hsu, University of California, Davis / Heather Houser, Williams College