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[UPDATE] New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change, 13 June 2011

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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 7:12am
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Adeline Johns-Putra / University of Exeter, UK

New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus
13 June 2011

Climate change is an unprecedented crisis in human history. It is marked by necessary scientific imprecision and met by public confusion and controversy. Discerning climate change involves intricate scientific problems, and responding demands complex cultural strategies, spanning global, historically innovative action. Even as scientists, politicians, activists, and publics have struggled to respond, climate change has also begun to provoke cultural innovation and political audacity. Correspondingly, then, this cultural phenomenon of climate change might require a re-adjustment of critical approaches and methods.

International Workshop on Ubiquitous Human-Computer Interaction - UbiHCI 2011

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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 11:40pm
full name / name of organization: 
Zhao
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First International Workshop on Ubiquitous Human-Computer Interaction (UbiHCI 2011) encourages full papers and notes that reflect the breadth and scope of UbiHCI on Ubiquitous research, including conceptual development, empirical investigations, technological advances, user experiences, and more. All papers should clearly compare and contrast how the work relates to previous research or experience, what aspects of the work are new, and the major contributions it makes. Although it is expected that papers will focus on one or a small number of the aforementioned areas, authors should write for the broader UbiHCI audience, and make clear how the work contributes to the UbiHCI field as a whole.

"Villain" 5/6/11

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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:54pm
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Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
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This issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies seeks to explore the political, social, and cultural significations of "evil" (and its corollary: the "good") via a critical analysis of the fluid, mutable figure of the "villain," aiming to examine its construction and its existence in the world.

A few possible perspectives for the study of the villain are:
The villain as the "natural" being
The villain as the sacrificial other
The villain as a figure that defies representation
The villain as hero
The villain as non-existent
The villain as a personification of evil
The villain as Doppelganger

UPDATE

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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 2:34am
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2nd International BAKEA PAMUKKALE UNIVERSITY Denizli, Turkey

PAMUKKALE UNIVERSITY
Denizli, Turkey
2nd International
BAKEA
Symposium of Western Cultural and Literary Studies

5-6-7 October 2011

The BAKEA Symposium welcomes papers and panel proposals from the researchers in the fields of English, American, French and German Cultures and Literatures

MLA session ("Eighteenth-Century Literary Biography")

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:33pm
full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Cook

This is a CFP for a proposed session for the 2012 MLA convention, which will meet in Seattle and has the presidential theme 'Language, Literature, Learning'. This CFP is also posted on the MLA convention page. As per the rules, papers will be 15 minutes; if there is sufficient demand I would consider submitting this session as a roundtable discussion instead (please do feel free to me if the latter appeals). All participants must be members of the MLA by 7 April.

26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: TRANSFORMATION / ADAPTATION, Nov. 10-12, 2011

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
John Blair / University of West Georgia
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We welcome submissions in all areas of the Humanities, understood in the broadest sense, including Foreign Languages and Literatures, English, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Cultural studies, the Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Philosophy and History. Papers, proposed performances, art installations or screenings may be submitted by scholars, writers, artists or performers and may be in English, French, German or Spanish. Conference participants will be encouraged to expand and revise their papers for submission to a special issue of JAISA: The Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts.

New Formalism and the Popular Religious Novel: Special Session MLA 2012 (Seattle, Jan. 5-8)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:18pm
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Kathleen Howard
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New Formalism and the Popular Religious Novel: Special Session, MLA 2012

What does new formalism bring to the popular religious novel? Marjorie Levinson has suggested that new formalism, in its most sensitive and nuanced instances, offers a way of re-approaching central questions concerning the work of literature in modernity. It does this, not by rejecting history as a grounding methodological episteme, but by returning, historically, to the different ways literary form has been understood over time, as engendering experiences that are not perfectly coincidental with history itself.

L'Esprit createur issue, "The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray" (December 1, 2011)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:06pm
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Heidi Bostic
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Special issue of L'Esprit Créateur on "The Recent Work of Luce Irigaray"

Guest editor, Heidi Bostic

For Luce Irigaray, topics such as dialogue, love, and the relation between two are not merely personal issues, but may form the basis of a new social order. This special issue represents the diversity of issues linked to Irigaray's thought, ranging from ontology, subjectivity, and language, to yoga, spirituality, and the body, to education, law, and politics.

Submission deadline for articles in English or French, max. 6,000 words, is December 1, 2011.

Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:53pm
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One-day Postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.), June 24th 2011
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Unexpected Agents: Considering agency and subjectivity beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)

* One-day postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham
* Friday 24 June 2011
* Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Webpage: http://www.english.bham.ac.uk/unexpected/

'Anything that does modify a state of affairs by making a difference is an actor - or, if it has no figuration yet, an actant'

(Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005)

Haunted Travel Writings

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:40am
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MLA Special Session

We seek papers dealing with "haunted" aspects of travel writing, from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics can include literal or metaphorical haunting, such as an author's interaction with a foreign land/people/religions, the negative impression left by travel to a foreign land, the idea of the haunted mind (i.e. the troubled artist abroad), travel as escape, cursed foreign relics brought back to a native land, fantastic experiences with the unknown world, unidentifiable beings in movement, or the "troubled" persistence of memory. Please send an abstract (300 words maximum) and brief CV by 21 March 2011.

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