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[UPDATE] Improvisation and Innovation: Clinicians, Scientists and Artists Together, Improving Performans

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:00pm

Improvisation, the skill of top musicians, writers, clinicians, scientists, executives and other creatives, can give each of us new ways to respond better to change. In improvisation, we use our existing knowledge and skills to create something new in an unplanned, innovative way. Creative, innovative people from multiple disciplines can teach one another strategies to better utilise our skills of improvisation, skills which lead to enhanced performance in work, life and relationships.

Repetition - with a difference? :: May 9-10, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 3:59pm
English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Last year we heard Barack Obama say "Yes, we can" for a second time, and saw Youtube viewers watch and re-watch Psy's "Gangnam Style" for the billionth time (really!): we live surrounded by repetition. As scholars embedded in a culture obsessed with imitation, parody, and countless other forms of re- acting, we ought to ask one another "what is the significance of repetition?" When is it a form of questioning or deconstruction, and when is it simply re(in)statement or obsession? We invite you to join us as we explore the ontological, political, ethical, and literary implications of repetition.

Dieter Leisegang: Cultures, Contexts, Images and Text

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 2:14pm
Katherine Weiss / South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

This panel seeks presentations which will explore the poetry, artwork or philosophy of Dieter Leisegang (1942-1973). 2013 will mark the anniversary of his death by suicide. However, in the 30 short years of his life, Leisegang published several books of poetry, philosophy, and created small miniature artworks. Additionally, he translated the literary works of W.H. Auden, Hart Crane and Edvard Kocbek into German and wrote cultural programs for German television. Leisegang was only 27 years old when he received his doctorate degree from the Johann-Wolfgang von Goethe University where he studied German philosophy under the direction of Theodor Adorno and Julius Schaaf. Thereafter, Leisegang taught philosophy and art theory, among other subjects.

Vampire Diaries Edited Collection

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 1:23pm
Dr. Margo Collins

Articles are invited for an edited collection on issues related to any element of The Vampire Diaries (either the original books or the CW's television series). The following categories suggest possibilities but are by no means exhaustive:

• Monstrosity
• Fandom and/or Reception
• Transformation and/or Adaptation
• Gender
• Race
• Vampirism
• Shapeshifters
• Hybridity
• Witchcraft
• Heroism
• Villainy
• Adolescence
• Desire
• History
• Memory
• Domesticity
• Power
• Possession and/or Mind Control

[UPDATE] "Minding the Body" Conference - 3/1/13 (EXTENDED DEADLINE: Jan 28th)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:33am
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

"Minding the Body" is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the English Student Association in the English program at The Graduate Center (CUNY). This conference will include work by graduate students that considers theoretical perspectives and scholarship that explores the mind-body problem via a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities (literary studies, philosophy, visual arts, and performance studies), the social sciences, technology and media studies, neuroscience, medicine, psychology, and cognitive science.