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1971-2008: Culture Between Two Crises

updated: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:45pm
NEMLA 2017 panel
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

The urgency to understand the transformations in the capitalist world system since the 1970s and describe its volatile processes of expansion has spawned a few creative attempts at periodization: Eric Hobsbawm’s “Landslide” (1994), Robert Brenner’s “The Long Downturn” (2006), Immanuel Wallerstein’s “Managed Decline” (2006), and Judith Stein’s “Age of Inequality” (2010) to name only a few. While economists and historians may disagree about the sources of crisis, from Harvey’s over-accumulation thesis to Brenner’s over-production and over-competition, there remains little doubt that the 1970s proved to be a “pivotal decade” and that we are now living with the consequences.

The Pastoral Hegemony: Innocence, Denial and Justice (ACLA, Los Angeles, 3/29-4/1/2018)

updated: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:42pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

This call is for a seminar to be held at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Convention, March 29-April 1, 2018 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The purpose is to re-think, re-tool and re-invigorate "versions of pastoral" as the medium of critique, and of the subsumption of the literal in particular. The supplementary purpose is to unearth a new series of pastoral figures, possibly beginning with that of a refugee.  

Culture at Our Borders

updated: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 1:20pm
ACLA Annual Meeting (UCLA, LA, April 29-March 1, 2018)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

It has become increasingly difficult today to characterize cultural belonging. This is not to suggest that cultures have disappeared but that it has become impossible to think of them as homogeneous, providing us with totalizing expressions of collective identity. The globalizing movement of modernity, the deterritorializing flows of its economic relations and the migration that follows it show that the borders between cultures have dissolved while the concept of culture itself is more than ever characterized by internal tensions. It is then neither cultural identity nor its constitutive outside that is central to culture but rather the movement in which it already resides.

[ACLA 2018] The Aesthetics and Theory of Repair [updated]

updated: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 1:19pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Aesthetics and Theory of Repair

ACLA Seminar @ UCLA, 3/28-4/1/2018

Organizer: Michael Dango (University of Chicago)

 

Narrative Dynamism (ACLA '18)

updated: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:30pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Unities, wholes, patterns, ends, beginnings, organization, structure: these terms all belong to the structuralist tool kit with which we are familiar, yet we believe that this vocabulary is in dire need of reassessment. While the structural impetuses of narratology continue, dynamic theories of narrative such as those proffered by Roland Barthes, Ross Chambers and others, have become less prominent.   In this seminar we will explore the following questions: What might a dynamic, systemic, and/or non-structuralist theory of narrative look like?  What narratives (in any medium) exemplify a dynamic notion of narrative? What additional insights might we gain by working through a dynamic as opposed to a structuralist approach to narrative and narratives?

TRANSforming Queer: The 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

updated: 
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:12am
DC Queer Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

We invite proposals for scholarly papers and panels at TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersection of both.

Reminder: Considering Modernist Confusion (NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh)

updated: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 2:29pm
Northeastern Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?

Imaginactivism A Speculative Fiction Workshop on Environmental Justice, Flourishing and Cohabitation

updated: 
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 1:44pm
Science and Justice Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Imaginactivism[i]

A Speculative Fiction Workshop on Environmental Justice, Flourishing and Cohabitation

18 October 2017

Science and Justice Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Expressions of interest by: September 29, 2017

Deadline for submissions: October 2, 2017

 

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