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Collaboration as Positioning -- 2013 ACLA Conference, Toronto

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Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 6:45am
American Comparative Literature Association

"Collaboration as Positioning"

Abstract Deadline: 15 November, 2012
Conference Date: April 4-7, 2013

Requiring the production and negotiation of one's position in relation to others, collaboration can be understood as a process both of mapping a whole and of locating oneself within it. Collaborations arise from the hope that multiple perspectives can generate new positions on problems, both artistic and political. This seminar welcomes papers on historical and contemporary methodologies of creative collaboration, considered as a strategy of positioning. How does collaboration affect our understanding of the relationship between community and singularity, between the private and the public?

Performance in Contact Zones-April 13, 2013

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 11:06pm
California State University, San Marcos.

 

Performance in Contact Zones

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Submission deadline: February 28, 2013

Dislocating Time and Temporality: Synchronization, Syncopation, Anticipation

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 1:56pm
Matthew Lau / ACLA

The whole of our past is played, restarts, repeats itself, at the same time, on all the levels that it sketches out." – Gilles Deleuze

"Even the most technical description of music will bring us eventually to history." – Charles Rosen

Crosshatched Places: Mapping Spatial Complexities; ACLA, Toronto, April 4-7, 2013

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:14pm
American Comparative Literature Association

This panel explores how the trope of "crosshatching"—as elaborated in Mieville's novel, The City and the City, or illustrated by Sergei Larenkov's photography—helps us redraw cognitive maps of contested spaces. Crosshatching, where "two or more worlds inhabit the same territory," illustrates how spaces we live in or move through are palimpsests of differing, often competing, narratives. Consider, for example, riven cities like Berlin or Sarajevo, the Jewish ghetto of Renaissance Venice, the medieval pilgrim's Jerusalem. To negotiate such spaces comfortably, we "unsee" features that might breach the political or cultural truths by which we live.

Creating a Climate for Change: Activism Within and Beyond the Borders of the Classroom

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 11:34am
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)

This panel explores the ways in which scholars within the Environmental Humanities contribute to the fight for earth sustainability and justice through activist approaches in criticism and teaching that transform human behavior and shape societal attitudes. In the humanities we are too often accused of "navel-gazing," of being removed from "real world" issues, but the growing field of the Environmental Humanities itself challenges this misconceived notion. Comprised of teachers and critics from a range of academic institutions, humanist disciplines, and cultural backgrounds, this panel collectively raises questions about how humanist study translates into activism and creates change.

[UPDATE] Across the Shadow Lines: Diasporas in the Age of Transnationalism (ACLA, Toronto, 4/4-4/7/13; deadline, 11/15/12)

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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:44am
Sheshalatha Reddy (Howard University); Parama Sarkar (University of Toledo)

As the movement of peoples across state borders, diasporas are both literal and imaginative insofar as they entail the concomitant crossing of cultural forms. Diasporas forge and decimate local communities, call into question the boundaries of the nation-state, and reconfigure international relations. Ideally, they can result in the creation of new modes of social relations by producing opportunities for education and work and also encouraging the cross-fertilization of peoples, ideas, and arts. Yet migration has historically often been the result of forced labor, persecution, war, environmental degradation, decolonization and neo-imperialism, and the unrelenting spread of global capital.

POSITIONING HEROISM AND VILLAINY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 3:22pm
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference 2013

POSITIONING HEROISM AND VILLAINY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

Seminar Organizer(s):
Vartan Messier

"It's the plight of all heroes today. In the air, they're terrific. But when they come back to earth, they're weak, poor, and helpless." – Jean Renoir

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