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The Dark Spectacle: Landscapes of Devastation in Film and Photography

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:17pm
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Culture and Space Journal: International Journal of Social Spaces. Special edition.
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In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag writes that "to find beauty in war seems heartless," but that "the landscape of devastation is still a landscape." She points out that the "classical operation of the camera" is to beautify, whereas the contrary operation of "uglifying" is a more modern response. Inspired by Sontag's compelling narrative, this collection of essays addresses the representation of unsettling subject matter (war, political conflict, crime, executions, etc) in a variety of visual media.

In Memory of Radio: Modernity, (Post) Metropolis and American Writing [Proposal Deadline: 9.30.10]

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:24pm
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2011 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (April 7-11, 2011])
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2011 NeMLA Seminar Session seeks papers examining exchanges between American writers & the contemporary metropolis, from the late 20th- century to the present. Asking where & how American writers locate and/or represent urban space, we pose new questions at the intersections of American urban geography & literature: Is Detroit an exurb of Alabama? When will the Camden renaissance begin? Where do we catch the last train for Newark?

Seminar looks to reframe discussions of 21st-century American cityscape and its engagement with literature, theory & geography, by bringing consideration to notions such as displacement and the local. Send queries and abstracts to Michael Antonucci by 9/30/10

Althusser and Political Theory

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:28pm
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Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies
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Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies, is planning a special
issue on Althusser and Political Theory. We accept articles in
English, Spanish, Italian and French. For information concerning
submitting an article, please go to our website: www.decalages.net.
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010.

Twentieth-Century Blake

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:14pm
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Jon Gagas / Temple University
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Recent scholarship has explored William Blake's influence on a number of twentieth-century writers, from W.B. Yeats to Philip K. Dick and Laura Moriarty. This panel seeks to find new links between Blake and the twentieth-century writers with whom he is most often associated – Yeats, Huxley, and Lawrence, among others – and to put Blake's art in dialogue with other artists, including graphic novelists, filmmakers, and non-Anglo-American writers. Submissions that address Blake's relationship to issues in twentieth-/twenty-first-century philosophy, such as subject formation, vitalism, and posthumanism, will also be considered.

CFP Narrative Conference (April 7-10, 2011)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:10pm
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International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)

The 2011 Narrative Conference is sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis and the International Society for the Study of Narrative and will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7-10, 2011. The Narrative Conference is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium. Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30, 2010.

Precious and Push-- Black Camera (IUPress)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:41am
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Black Camera Journal

Black Camera invites submissions for a special issue or section of a future issue devoted to a critical assessment of the Film Precious and the Novel Push by Sapphire (upon which Precious is based) to be published in Fall 2012.

[UPDATE] Literature and the Sacred (EXTENDED deadline for abstracts: July 23rd; conference: October 14–16th, 2010)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:20am
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Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Center for the Studies of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include sessions on Literature, the Sacred, and Texts; Literature, the Sacred, and the Environment; and Literature, the Sacred, and Philosophy. Within this context both literature and the sacred are defined quite broadly, and presentations on any topic, theme, or perspective within those general categories are welcome. Participants are also encouraged to propose their own category-specific sessions if necessary.

The conference will be held Thursday, October 14th, through Saturday, October 16th, at the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University.

Presentations should run approximately 15 minutes. Selected presentations from the conference will be published in a 2011 conference-specific issue of Literature and Belief.

Poster Presentations: SAMLA 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 8:25am
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SAMLA
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In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the "poster presentations" session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well.

Call for papers - information history

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 6:04am
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Dr Toni Weller
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The international, peer reviewed journal, Library & Information History is seeking submissions for a special issue on Information History. Papers are welcome on any topic of information history in any geography or chronology, which may include, but are not limited to:

* changing uses of information/knowledge in past societies
* methodological or conceptual discussions of information/knowledge in history
* censorship, control or issues of access and dissemination of
information/knowledge
* cultural information/knowledge
* information/knowledge in relation to class or gender
* visual, aural or oral information/knowledge
* histories of the information age or of key themes of the information age

Subjectivity in Performance: Issues of Identity in Post-Independence Indian Drama

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 3:13am
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Dr. Vellikkeel Raghavan

Call for Papers

Authentic, scholarly, and unpublished research papers on 'Post-Independence Indian Drama' are invited from scholars/faculty/activists/performers/writers for the upcoming critical anthology, tentatively titled as, Subjectivity in Performance: Issues of Identity in Post-Independence Indian Drama.

Proposed Publisher:
The volume will be published with an ISBN specification. We are in touch with an internationally reputed publishing house for the publication of this volume.

[UPDATE]Memory of Borders, Borders of Memory: Life Writing at a Distance: NeMLA, April 7-10, 2011; submissions due Sept 30, 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:05am
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Northeast Modern Language Association 2011 conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
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This panel invites papers on "Life Writing at a Distance," broadly defining both life writing and "distance" as spatial/geographical or temporal remove: Topobiography; eco-biography; heroic memoirs; missionary and spiritual autobiography; letters and epistolary life narratives; life narrative of/in place; biography, memoir and autobiography in exile; expatriate memoirs; life narratives in travel and tourism; ethnoautobiography; migrant memoir and testimony. Please submit 300-word abstract and brief cv by September 30, 2010, to Mary Goodwin, National Taiwan Normal University, profgood@hotmail.com.

Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:43pm
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Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality
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Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS is published twice a year with provision for other special editions. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. Articles and reviews are welcome at any time. JMMS will also consider previously published work if it is not available elsewhere on the internet, and the author holds the rights to re-publish.

Women Writing Psychoanalysis Online Feature

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:27pm
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Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century
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I'm guest editing a feature for Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century. I'm seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and critical prose that address the topic "Women Writing Psychoanalysis."

A link to the online magazine can be found here:

http://www.melusine21cent.com/mag/

Submissions must be received by August 15. They can be sent to Kristina Marie Darling, KristinaMarieDarling@yahoo.com

I look forward to reading your work!

Kristina Marie Darling
Feature Editor

Serial Narratives and Temporality

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:22pm
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NeMLA Convention 2011, Rutgers University
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This panel addresses the various relationships between seriality and temporality.
The serial principle has a important influence on contemporary culture: novels, movies and television shows, comic books, video games, etc. are published in series. Consequently, this principle largely informs contemporary ways of conceiving, producing and making sense of narratives in general. This panel wants to locate the importance of seriality within our present-day mediascape.

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