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The Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective Presents
Legacies of Black Feminisms: A Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference
Location: Princeton University

SPECIAL ISSUE: "Art and the Commons: Tract, Circuit, Sphere"

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ASAP/Journal: The Scholarly Journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
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This special issue of the new ASAP/Journal investigates how the notion of a “commons” has formed or is forming theories and production of post-1960s literary, performing, visual, and media art. Critical theory has addressed the notion of a commons through concepts such as “the multitude,” the “affectsphere,” “the ecosphere,” and “open source”--all having implications for how a commons may potentially be constructed or annihilated in various arenas of contemporary social life. Yet what other forms of theoretical and/or enacted contact with the commons do the literary, visual, and performing arts present? For example, in the visual arts, “relational aesthetics” and “participatory art” controversially align themselves with commons construction, while electronic literature often cites digital commons' relationality, queer aesthetics offers new conceptual commons, and hip hop remix challenges anti-commons aesthetics; likewise, various Occupy movements as well as international liberation movements find art performance central to enunciating commons politics. New definitions of contemporary art periodization—such as planetarity, cosmodernism, altermodernism, geoculture, info-aesthetics—often quote commons' logics. The question is, then, this: How do the post-1960s arts portray, or construct, or deconstruct, our notions about the commons and extend the commons beyond its earlier social territories and meanings?

This "Art and the Commons" issue, edited by Amy J. Elias, explores how the contemporary arts relate to, develop, contest, or modify conversations about "the commons." The issue title plays on various forms (prose tracts, sound tracks, media circuitry, sculpted spheres) and locations (plotted space, rhizomatic space, psychic space, planetary space) associated with art’s interplay with the commons.

It's Only Natural(ism)--Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature (April 9-11, 2015)

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Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature
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Conference Theme--It's Only Natural(ism): Questioning and Responding to the Master Narrative of Late Modernity

April 9-11, 2015
Charleston Southern University
Charleston, South Carolina

University of Waterloo MetaFandom Unconference - September 18th and 19th

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University of Waterloo's Games Institute
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The University of Waterloo’s Games Institute as well as the IMMERSe Research Network is proud to host a MetaFandom Unconference on Thursday, September 18th and Friday the 19th.

The Speculative Community: Or, Community and Contingency (University of Bern, October 18-19, 2014)

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English Department and Center for Cultural Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland
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The conference aims at investigating the theoretical and practical dimensions of community, in connection with contingency and in light of Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology.

Heteroglossia in early imperial print in colonial Calcutta (1780-1820).

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Facsimile: A center for early print (1780-1820)
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Facsimile: A center for early print: 1780-1820 ( is looking for essays on the early realm of heteroglossic print in colonial Calcutta (1780-1820).

CFP Museum Visitor Photography - Deadline: September 15th 2014

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Museum Visitor Photography/ MuseumsEtc
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Edited by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert
(Cyprus University of Technology and 2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellow 

in Museum Studies)

Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman

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University of Geneva, University of Bern, CUSO
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Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman
Conference and Doctoral Workshop
June 4-6, 2015 – St. Maurice, Switzerland

Keynote Speakers:
Cary Wolfe, Rice University

War after War: Reflections on the legacy of WWI

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Politics. Rivista di Studi Politici
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On 28 July 1914, an armed conflict began that would forever change the world, and the concept of war itself. The war rapidly extended, involving 28 countries and spreading to the entire world.

Medieval Game Cultures - Kalamazoo 2015

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Game Cultures Society
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50th International Medieval Congress
Kalamazoo, MI
May 15-17, 2015

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