Early in his coverage of the 1972 American presidential campaign, Hunter S. Thompson notified his readers that he was abandoning all pretense of journalistic objectivity. “Don’t bother to look for it here,” he cautions. “With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.” With this warning, Thompson was not divorcing himself from truth-telling; rather, as William Stephenson explains, in refusing to play by the correct rules of conventional journalism, Thompson “turned away from the ‘truth’ determined by metropolitan editors and their establishment paymasters, and lit out for his own frontier.”
Call for Papers: Anthology on positive representations of disability in postcyberpunk
Abstracts due: March 1st, 2018 (250-300 words; include contact info and short bio/CV)
Final essays due: October 1st, 2018
“Your mistake is that you think that all mechanically assisted organisms--like me--are pathetic cripples. In fact, we are better than we were before.”
Ng, Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
ACLA 2018 | March 29-April 1 | UCLA This seminar invites papers on theories and practices of periodization in modern and contemporary literature. Participants are invited to share meditations, gambits, polemics, practicums, readings and responses relating to the shifting time-shapes of their fields. Are there certain subfields/approaches that are more or less bound by periodization? Does certain content necessitate or pressure a more active periodizing logic? Do certain objects seem to allow a periodizing quietism? Papers could address, for example, relationships between historicization and periodization, literary geographies and historical/cultural eras, or comparative method and literary time.
The Aesthetics and Theory of Repair
ACLA Seminar @ UCLA, 3/28-4/1/2018
Organizer: Michael Dango (University of Chicago)
In 1984, Diacritics published a “Colloquium on Nuclear Criticism,” exploring the need for a new subsection of theory addressing the nuclear age. Critics understood this age to have begun in 1945 but to have accelerated in the 1980s when stockpiles of nuclear weapons were at their peak and rhetoric between the US and the Soviet Union grew increasingly hostile. Total nuclear war was the main concern of this nuclear criticism. General audiences used the term “unthinkable” to emphasize the magnitude of nuclear war between the superpowers banking on the deterrence value of aiming as many warheads as possible at the enemy.
Forms of Knowledge: Literature and Philosophy Conference
Dates of conference : November 7-8, 2017
Deadline for submissions : September 17, 2017
Name of organization: University of Edinburgh (precise location to be announced)
Contact email: email@example.com
Keynote Speaker: Sandra Laugier, Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris 1
Pantheon-Sorbonne and Scientific Deputy Director at the Institute for Humanities and Social
2018 Annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association
University of California, Los Angeles
March 29 – April 1
Seminar: Prosthetic Immortalities: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Logic of Survival
Abstracts due September 21, 9am EST; submit through the ACLA online portal.
Organizer: Adam R. Rosenthal, Texas A&M University
Prosthetic Immortalities: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Logic of Survival
Decolonization and globalization have made us conscious of the fact that not only is literature no longer national and autonomous, but it never was. Indeed one can only understand any national literature by comparing it with others…or by comparing it with a non-national or a transnational literature. For these reasons the field of comparative literature is more urgent than it ever was.
Theatricality and the Political: Imagining New Theoretical Prolegomena
Co-Organizer: Ryan Anthony Hatch
Co-Organizer: Andrés Fabián Henao Castro
Co-Organizer: Joseph Cermatori