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CFP: Tartu Summer School of Semiotics - 22-26 August 2011

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Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 5:54pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Tartu
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Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2011 is five-day event taking place from August 22 to 26 in a secluded Palmse manor in North Estonia. The first day of the event (August 22) will be one-day Conference on the historical secondary modelling systems approach of the Kääriku Summer Schools, with the roundtable by Boris Uspenski, Vjacheslav V. Ivanov, and others. It will be followed by four-day summer school on the contemporary problems of semiotic modelling, with world leading semioticians present (among them Edna Andrews, Paul Cobley, Marcel Danesi, Floyd Merrell, Winfried Noeth, Goran Sonesson, Frederik Stjernfelt, et al.), together with the current Tartu group.

MLA Special Session: Failure

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Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 5:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Damjana Mraovic-O'Hare
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Failure, although an important part of American cultural mythology, has not been recognized in American theory. While the American Dream has been worshiped, failure is associated with shame and personal fiascos even though it permeates all the social, political, and cultural strata of the U.S. Proposals on 20th and 21st century literature, up to 250 words, should be sent to dxm388@psu.edu by March 15.

Dr. Damjana Mraovic-O'Hare
Department of English
Pennsylvania State University

Comparative Media; PAMLA; November 5-6 2011; Scripps College, CA (Deadline March 25)

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Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 1:36pm
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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Special topic: Reconsidering Artificial Intelligence

After Watson the computer crushed its human opponents during a three-day ratings bonanza this February, the questions previously raised by Kasparov vs. Deep Blue and checkers vs. Chinook (as well as by the Turing test over half a century ago) have once again come to the forefront of public debate: are machines on the verge of taking over? What does it mean to be human (or posthuman) at the interface with AI? How do new AI mediations of the human redefine the relationships between personhood, technics, temporality, and culture?

Secret Asian Man: Martin Wong's Influence in Art and Literature - March 10, 2011

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Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 11:24am
full name / name of organization: 
Roy Pérez
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We are seeking conference papers for an MLA panel concerning Chinese American painter Martin Wong's influence on graffiti artists, writers, and filmmakers of downtown arts movements. Particular interest: Wong's place in Asian/Latino/African-American/Hip-Hop/Queer Studies. 300 word abstract; 1-page CV by 10 March 2011; Shante Smalls (shantesmalls@nyu.edu) and Roy Pérez (roy.perez@nyu.edu).

[UPDATE] Constructions of the Future - Life Beyond Disciplines

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Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 6:01am
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Heidelberg University

Constructions of the Future: Life Beyond Disciplines

An International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Heidelberg (Germany), 14-16 July 2011

New Deadline for paper proposals: 1 May 2011

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Douglas Kellner, Jean-Michel Rabaté, R.L.Rutsky, Timothy Lenoir

'It's life, but not as we know it.'

Call for Reviews: Jadaliyya Ezine

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Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 3:38pm
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Jadaliyya Ezine
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Jadaliyya Ezine is launching an expanded Reviews section. We want this to be a place for commentary, debates, and exchanges on books, films, videos, art, theater, music, new media, conferences, protests, and events. Keep watching www.jadaliyya.com for updates in the weeks ahead. Please send reviews, queries, proposals, and suggestions to the Reviews Editor at reviews@jadaliyya.com

As part of this expansion, we're looking for submissions for the Reviews section:

CFP MLA 2012 "States of Consciousness in Literature" -- Deadline March 15

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Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 2:40pm
full name / name of organization: 
MLA Cognitive Approaches to Literature Discussion Group

Description: Papers exploring dreaming, altered, dissociative, and other states of consciousness in literature from perspectives including (but not limited to) psychological, neuroscientific, psychiatric, and philosophy of mind.
Submission requirements: 300-word abstract
Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2011
Contact person information: Isabel Jaén Portillo jaen@pdx.edu

Micro-Identity

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Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 9:54am
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Craig N. Owens, Drake University
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WANTED: 500-word abstracts proposing essays critically examining the emergence of micro-identities in contemporary popular culture for inclusion in the about-to-be proposed collection of scholarly essays Micro-Identities.

MLA Seattle, 5-8 Jan 2012: Thing and Symbol in Everyday Life and Narrative--Special Session proposal (abstract 15 March 2011)

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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 6:12pm
full name / name of organization: 
Noam Scheindlin

Thing and Symbol in Everyday Life and Narrative

This panel explores the relation between narrative and lived experience. Does a thing lose its everyday thingness when represented in a narrative structure? 1-page abstracts by 15 March 2011; Noam Scheindlin (nscheindlin@lagcc.cuny.edu).

Grad Student Forum

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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 5:34pm
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Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers
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The graduate students of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden are pleased to invite you to a conversation about Childhood Studies.

[UPDATE]--CFP "Narrative Horizons" at RMMLA Scottsdale AZ Oct 6-8, 2011 (deadline extended to March 20)

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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 2:38pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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Paper proposals are invited for a special session at the October 6-8, 2011 meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Scottsdale, AZ on the topic "Narrative Horizons: Emerging Trends in the Study of Narrative." The session could include a broad range of topics, from life-writing to digital storytelling to narrative identity.

Proposals should be e-mailed to Heidi_Bostic@baylor.edu by March 20, 2011.

For more information: http://rmmla.wsu.edu/call/default.asp

SAMLA 2011- Cracking Up the Well Wrought Urn: Humor and the Ethics of American Poetry (5/1/11 abstracts, 11/4-6/2011 conference)

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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 10:15am
full name / name of organization: 
Walt Hunter and Cara Lewis/American Humor Studies Association

"How funny you are today New York!" writes Frank O'Hara in an exemplary moment of what John Ashbery might call "probably thinking not to grow up." Although the last ten years have seen a flourishing of claims about what poetry teaches us, recent work by Stephen Burt, Rita Felski, and others suggests that we should pay closer attention to how modern and contemporary poets make us laugh. We invite proposals that consider how American poets in the 20th century have posed as comedians, using humor to test the capacities of received form and to engage, rather than avoid, serious issues, including globalization, gender and sexuality, memory and trauma, race, and the environment.

[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.

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