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Technology, Rhetoric and Cultural Change: Walter S. Ong, S.J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 5:25pm
Walter Ong Conference, Gonzaga University

Walter Ong was among the foremost theorists of rhetoric and culture in the 20th century. A student of Marshall McLuhan and Perry Miller, his dissertation on the importance of Peter Ramus, a 16th century logician and developer of a deeply influential pedagogy, brought him an international audience. Over the course of his long career, he published several books and hundreds of essays, most arguing that the technology of human communication is reflected, however indirectly, in human consciousness. This interdisciplinary conference will celebrate Ong's legacy and the tradition of Jesuit scholarship.

Modernism and the (Im)Possible "Time of the Now" (NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 11:10am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

"Each now is the now of a particular knowability. In it, truth is charged to the bursting point with time. (This point of explosion […] coincides with […] the time of truth.) It is not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation."
- Walter Benjamin

2nd INTERNATIONAL ISAR SYMPOSIUM with a Special Focus on State: Between Tradition and Future, December 21-22, 2013, Istanbul

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:16am
Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education

with a Special Focus on State: Between Tradition and Future

December 21-22, 2013

At the mention of the word 'State', we do not only understand the concept nation-state, but a varied range of ideas; and, what is more, there exists a theoretical accord, whereupon the needed metaphysical distinction between the ideas of abstract universal 'State' and concrete particular nation-state is preserved. Do these two facts mean that, in practice, we succeed in protecting ourselves from the reduction that occurs within a definite fetishistic illusion, and by which means the notion of an abstract universal state is reduced to a particular nation-state form?

[UPDATE] Idle/Stasis: Call for Prose, Poetry, Art--deadline extended to June 15

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 11:39pm
Transverse: A Comparative Studies Journal, Issue 13, University of Toronto

The twinned concepts of idle and stasis have recently been brought to the forefront of political conversations in Canada because of the Idle No More grassroots movement, which is one of the many manifestations of a protest culture encircling the globe. No longer silent in the face of the continuing effects of colonialism and its derivative hierarchical structures, indigenous populations and other citizens are registering their discontent, while fostering networks of solidarity.

theory@buffalo 18: Marx and Nature [deadline for submission -- September 1, 2013]

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 5:29pm
Brian O'Neil and Juan Robaina, editors

Marxist theory has often been criticized for its supposed anthropocentrism. According to some, Marx's celebration of human productive activity reduces nature to mere passive content to be formed by the labor that bestows value upon it. This mode of analysis, it is claimed, can do little to help us understand or address the present ecological crisis whose consequences are central to contemporary political struggles. And yet, such a view is reductive; from the very start – in his earliest writings – Marx placed the natural world at the center of his social theory. In this, Marx was not only drawing upon German Romantic philosophies of nature, but also contemporary developments within science in general and biology in particular.

UPDATE Teaching Hemingway and Race

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 2:40pm
Gary Holcomb

Teaching Hemingway and Race (Kent State UP essay collection; deadline for abstracts is August 15, 2013; accepted essays due September 30, 2013)
The goal of the Teaching Hemingway series is to present collections of essays with various approaches to teaching emergent themes in Hemingway's major works to a variety of students in secondary and private schools and at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teacher-scholars who have used Hemingway's work in domestic, international, HBCU, MA/PhD, MFA, and many other settings can apply.

[REGISTRATION OPEN] Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 2:36pm
Lena Wånggren and Maja Milatovic, University of Edinburgh

Dear All

We are pleased to confirm that REGISTRATION for our Critical
Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution symposium (6 of September 2013, University of Edinburgh) is now OPEN.

This interdisciplinary symposium, aimed at opening discussions
regarding teaching in our changing institutions and investigating how our roles as both teachers and learners are continuously challenged and negotiated, features keynote lectures by:

Professor Heidi Safia Mirza: "Decolonizing Pedagogies: Black feminist reflections on teaching race, faith and culture in higher education"

Calvino's Contexts: The Influences On and The Influences Of Italo Calvino (NeMLA Apr. 2014)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 12:39pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

In the years since his death, the stature of Italo Calvino has only continued to grow. While his status as an Italian writer was never in doubt, the global range of his work is still being explored. This panel invites papers interested in pursuing this framework,political and historical, national and transnational, literary and philosophical. The influences on Calvino's fictions were immense, and the influence of his fictions have been equally immense. This panel seeks to better understand these influences. Please email abstracts by Sept. 30 to