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[Update] Exploring Digital Narcissisms

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:16am
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction 13.3: Exploring Digital Narcissisms

For Freud, narcissism is the investment of libidinal energy redirected away from objects and toward the ego, whereas Lacan tells us it is a failure arising from the mirror stage precipitating a fruitless and perpetual search for the perfected image of the self. A "healthy" narcissism entails an optimal level of self-regard and esteem, whereas an "unhealthy" narcissism can lead to emotionally destructive consequences. In this way, the operative "borderline" between healthy ego formation and reactive defense of a fragile ego construct may, in fact, be more pronounced of an issue in the online environment where this struggle may find itself trans-or superimposed.

The Lost Subject

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 5:45pm
University of Dundee


Tuesday 14th May 2013
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

The New Western

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 12:26pm
Scott F. Stoddart


Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity. Interdisciplinary symposium at Brown, 2/21/14

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 11:31am
John Moreau, Brown University

Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity. A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium at Brown University
February 21, 2014

We invite submissions for a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to take place at Brown University on February 21, 2014, hosted by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and sponsored by the Department of French Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Program in Medieval Studies. Our theme will be "Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity." Professor Adam Kosto (History, Columbia University), author of Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2012), will serve as the keynote speaker.

CFP TRACES - Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference - Friday 14 June 2013 [Deadline: 30 April 2013]

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 6:52am
GLITS - Goldsmiths College, University of London

Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London)

Oh you lost God! You endless trace!
Only because in the end hate divided you
are we  now  nature's  mouth  and  listeners.  
~ Rilke, The Sonnets to Orpheus, 26

A 'trace'  can be that which has existed, and which is now past; or that which has passed, in the case of a track or a footprint; or that which copied or drawn or outlined, such as a map or a word in the sand. It can be used as a noun or a verb: as an object or concept, or an active process of discovery.

Anti-Portraiture - 6th June 2013 Birkbeck College, University of London

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 5:09am
Birkbeck College, University of London

In the disciplines of art history and visual culture, the portrait is often understood as the depiction of a unique human subject. But what are the limits of portraiture? What can a portrait represent other than the visual or essential likeness of an individual or group?

This one-day conference aims to address non-traditional forms of portraiture and self-portraiture, and to explore the potential of the 'anti-portrait' for rethinking the boundaries of the genre. For the purposes of the conference we define the anti-portrait in the broadest possible terms as a work that simultaneously engages with and resists the conventional codes of portraiture.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

American Fantasies and Dreams

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 1:49am
American Studies Association of Turkey

American Studies Association of Turkey
36th International Conference

American Fantasies and Dreams
May 14–16, 2014
Atatürk University
Erzurum Technical University
Erzurum, Turkey

"Secularity and Faith"; Literature and Religion Panel for PAMLA (Nov. 1-3, 2013); Deadline: April 15, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 5:53pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

We are currently seeking proposals for the Literature and Religion panel at the 2013 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in San Diego, California. The conference will take place November 1-3, 2013.

How do writers negotiate faith in a secular age? What are the varieties of secularism expressed in literary works? The panel especially welcomes engagement with Charles Taylor's work, A Secular Age.

To submit a proposal, go to "" and click on "Submit a Proposal Now". Submissions are due by April 15, 2013. If a paper is accepted, the presenters must join the PAMLA by June 1, 2013. Additional proposal guidelines are available at the PAMLA website.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Pupil Journal Publication CFP extended deadline 4/15/13

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 4:24pm
Teaching Writing Club - California State University Fullerton

Deadline for submissions extended to April 15th, 2013.

Pupil is an online rhetoric and composition pedagogy journal that features essays from undergraduate and graduate students from across disciplines on the topic of teaching composition and rhetoric. General approaches to writing, and rhetorical specificities, differ across disciplines. Pupil strives to be a source and link between these differing pedagogical approaches toward composition and rhetoric by bringing them together. This journal's interdisciplinary focus is an attempt to present writing from multiple fields of study with the hope of imparting insight into how other disciplines treat college writing.