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"Contingent Communities" (U of M, Fall '10)

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:58pm
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Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

"Contingent Communities" (2010)
The Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at University of Minnesota
Dates: 10/15/10-10/17/10

Keynote Speakers: Rey Chow and Peter Hitchcock

First CFP: THE ANATOMY OF MARGINALITY (A Special Issue of "The European Legacy" )‏

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:42pm
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Costica Bradatan
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(Please circulate widely & apologies for cross-postings!)

First Call for Papers: THE ANATOMY OF MARGINALITY

A Special Issue of "The European Legacy"

Guest Editors: COSTICA BRADATAN (The Honors College, Texas Tech University) & AURELIAN CRAIUTU (Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington)

"Ecocritical Activisms and Activist Ecologies" NeMLA 2011 April 6-10, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: Abstracts Sept 30

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:21pm
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42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Ecocriticism informs ecological activisms, and vice versa. What kind of change can the intersections and tensions between ecocriticism and activism bring about? While ecocriticism has become an increasingly popular field of inquiry, its positionality remains an issue for negotiation. From Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), which continues to influence mass eco-activisms, to the anti-GMO groups that shape discussions of bioethics, ecocriticism remains in dialogue with practical approaches in what Lawrence Buell has termed a "spirit of commitment to environmentalist praxis" (The Environmental Imagination, 1995). Moreover, current ecocritical scholarship underscores a general distrust of the romanticizing rhetoric of early ecocriticism.

Cinema and the Carnivalesque—2011 SCMS Panel in New Orleans (03/10-03/13)

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:07pm
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Maggie Hennefeld / Brown University

The comedic and socially transgressive mode that Mikhail Bakhtin defines as "carnivalesque" primarily concerns literary forms of representation. This panel poses the question: what would it mean for the cinematic medium to be carnivalesque?

Bakhtin emphasizes the following key criteria for the carnivalesque: the replacement of order with chaos; temporary reversals of social hierarchies (crownings and decrownings); aesthetic defamiliarization through parodic or grotesque modes; and dialogical forms of communication that efface any dominant, authorial voice and that seek to negotiate more democratic relationships between "reader" and "text."

This panel welcomes papers that grapple with one or more of the following questions:

[UPDATE] short essays: literature, justice, law, teaching and social change June- August

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:22am
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Changing Lives Through Literature
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Changing Lives Through Literature is a nationally recognized alternative sentencing program for criminal offenders founded in 1991 on the power of literature to transform lives. CLTL sentences criminal offenders to a series of literature seminars instead of traditional probation. Studies have confirmed that program graduates are half as likely to commit additional crimes than their counterparts in the justice system.

Crowd Forms in American Literature: Masses, Classes and Publics

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 9:15am
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42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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Speaking of literature in general, Larzer Ziff notes that the crowd is "at best…but a backdrop" against which the drama of the individual unfolds ("Whitman and the Crowd" 585). Henry James makes such a recognition a virtual dictum of realism, when, in the preface to The Princess Casamassima, he speaks of the necessity of the "finely aware" individual consciousness for registering the fleeting impressions of the crowded city streets (12). When the crowd does take center stage in the literary text, it is often, as Nicolaus Mills points out, represented as unruly, violent, and irrational (The Crowd in American Literature 4).

Intention and Intentionality (NEMLA April 2011)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 10:52pm
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Josh Gang, Department of English, Rutgers Univ.
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Sixty years after the publication of Wimsatt and Beardsley's 'The Intentional Fallacy,' the problem of intention continues to haunt literary criticism. Authorial intention exists--but as literary critics, we don't generally talk about it. Looking to recent work in the history of criticism, literary theory, philosophy, and the history of ideas, this panel asks why this is the case. The theoretical justifications for discounting authorial intention--whether from Wimsatt and Beardsley, Barthes, Foucault, or de Man--have slowly faded into history. But as a practice of criticism and as a practice of teaching literature, that attitude towards intention remains

Cinema and the Carnivalesque—2011 SCMS Panel in New Orleans (03/10-03/13)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 5:23pm
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Maggie Hennefeld / Brown University

"Carnival is the place for working out, in a concretely sensuous, half-real and half-play-acted form, a new mode of interrelationship between individuals, counterposed to the all-powerful social-hierarchical relationships of everyday life" (Mikhail Bakhtin in Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics).

The comedic and socially transgressive mode that Mikhail Bakhtin defines as "carnivalesque" primarily concerns literary forms of representation. This panel poses the question: what would it mean for the cinematic medium to be carnivalesque?

4th International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, Lincoln, UK, 28-30 May 2011

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 7:44am
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Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK

The Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK, is pleased to host the Fourth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts. The conference will be held in Lincoln, UK, from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May 2011. Abstracts (up to 1 page) are invited for papers relating any aspect of consciousness (as defined in a range of disciplines involved with consciousness studies) to any aspect of theatre, performance, literature, music, fine arts, media arts and any sub-genre of those. We also welcome creative work! Please send the abstract to Professor Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, dmeyerdinkgrafe@lincoln.ac.uk Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 March 2011

[UPDATE] Uncertain Arrivals: Forms of Thought, Life, and Emergence

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Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 9:33am
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Wake Forest University/Department of English
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Conference date and location: September 24-25, 2010 at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Extended submission deadline: July 5, 2010

An interdisciplinary national conference exploring the "creative" production that the current economic crisis might provoke. We welcome paper proposals from scholars and/or artists working in any discipline, field, or historical period.

CFP: Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics

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Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12:29am
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Adrienne Wai Man Lew -- TESOL/AL Web Journal
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Apologies for Cross Postings

Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics is an on-line journal
(http://www.tc.columbia.edu/tesolalwebjournal) dedicated to publishing research in progress in the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Within a conceptual framework that values an integration of theory and practice, the journal publishes full-length articles dealing, in a principled way, with language, language acquisition, language teaching, and language assessment. The journal also publishes interviews, short commentaries, and book reviews.

Women and Travel: 2/15/11

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 5:32pm
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Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Call for Papers:

Women and Travel
A Special Issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Deadline: February 15, 2011
Contact: meanes@sage.edu

"Jung's Red Book: Confronting the Unconscious through Word and Image," SAMLA (November 5-7, 2010)

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 1:40pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association, session sponsored by the Society for Critical Exchange
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In 1913, at a moment of personal and professional crisis, Jung began recording a series of visions and fantasies in what would become an extended "confrontation with the unconscious." The Red Book, newly published last year after decades kept under a shroud of family secrecy, is rife with all the chaos and horror one might expect an honest accounting of the unplumbed depths of the human psyche to contain. The book has another striking feature as well, however: it is visually stunning. Comprised of flowing calligraphic text illuminated by richly colored and densely symbolic images, it is on its own terms an aesthetic object of great precision and beauty.

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