Britain is traditionally seen as a nation of animal lovers and evidence for this has cropped up with mounting regularity over the past two centuries. Yet, the essentially self-congratulatory idea that Britain is "a nation of animal lovers" and that their representations of animals are unlike any other people's is currently being questioned, in both activist and academic circles. This conference, which will welcome the healthy confrontation of interdisciplinary viewpoints, invites in-depth examination of the representation(s) of animals in the fields of history, philosophy, sociology, politics, law, cultural studies, the visual arts and the media. How have animals been imagined, portrayed, idealised, regarded or disregarded, even effaced?
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Location: Stony Brook Manhattan Campus, Midtown NYC
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Stanley Aronowitz – CUNY Graduate Center
Home to the longest-running graduate conference in the nation, the English Department at Stony Brook University invites scholars of all disciplines to submit papers to its 2011 Manhattan event.
The PhD in Humanities (http://louisville.edu/humanities) and the Association of Humanities Academics at the University of Louisville (ahalouisville.com) announces the annual University of Louisville Graduate Conference in Humanities, March 25, 2011.
At our inaugural Kansas State University Regional Graduate Student Conference in Literature, we will explore the ways in which revolutions of all kinds have affected (and continue to affect) our discipline. Revolution! is inspired by Jasbir Puar's groundbreaking work, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, which critiques contemporary configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity. Using Puar's work as a touchstone for revolutionary readings, our conference will examine representations of revolution in its various forms—cultural, political, textual, and theoretical—in British and American literature composed during any period.
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Timothy Campbell (Cornell)
Catherine Malabou (Universite de Paris X-Nanterre, SUNY Buffalo)
David E. Johnson (SUNY Buffalo)
Contributors to the conference must be currently enrolled graduate students (in any discipline), and are encourage to engage in presentations that probe the political constitution of the human-animal divide as a condition for thinking sovereignty, the State, nation, law and politics in general.
University of Portsmouth, Centre for Studies in Literature
Annual Postgraduate Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Professor James Walvin
17th June 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS
Presently receiving and reviewing submissions for the Spring & Summer 2011 issue.
Authors are asked to examine meanings or perceptions of 'freedom' and/or 'speech' across the Worldwide Web that clash or align with conventional wisdom or common practices.
Possible themes, topics to be explored (in no way exhaustive):
1. How is the Worldwide Web used as a political, cultural, economic, military, or hegemonic tool to maintain free speech or curb it?
2. How does the Worldwide Web itself embody a political, cultural, military, economic, or hegemonic agenda?
3. What are the underlying, un-stated aims of those people or institutions that seek to limit the free market of ideas?
GOOD NEWS: Deadline has been extended to January 15, 2011.
Writing Democracy: A Rhetoric of (T)Here
Increasingly, humanities scholars and educators are attending to the local, the everyday, the public, and the ordinary. Trends like these in rhetoric and composition suggest the field has taken what Paula Matthieu has called the public turn (Tactics of Hope, 2005) and foreground the real-world implications of and applications for our work. Such trends also illuminate tensions and stark contrasts between constructs like public and private (Welch, Living Room, 2008), local and global (Gold, Rhetoric at the Margins, 2008), here and there, us and them (Duffy, Writing From These Roots, 2007).
The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in association with the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences [CLASS], is organizing a one-day international postgraduate conference on the subject of "rupture" in literature on 6 June 2011.
Fourth Annual Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
April 30, 2011, Brooklyn College
Keynote Speaker: Cyrus R. K. Patell, New York University
"One is surprised, one is disturbed, one desires something familiar to hold on to- As soon as we are shown something old in the new, we are calmed. The supposed instinct for causality is only fear of the unfamiliar and the attempt to discover something familiar in it- a search, not for causes, but for the familiar."
– Friedrich Nietzsche, from The Will to Power