Judith Butler, in the recent monograph Frames of War, argues that the mass media in times of crisis, whether from war, natural disaster, or economic meltdown, iterates certain normative values that shape the ways we react to the loss of others' lives. In short, these media images work to normalize the conditions that make some lives "obviously" worth grieving over and others not. However, as she also contends, they do so in non-deterministic ways: "to call the frame into question is to show that the frame never quite contained the scene it was meant to limn […] The frame never quite determined precisely what it is we see, think, recognize, and apprehend. Something exceeds the frame that troubles our sense of reality."
Re:Humanities 2013 explores various aspects of multimodal storytelling and argument. We seek undergraduates who are exploring cross-platform approaches to course projects, digital scholarship, and student collaborations.
Tara McPherson, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, University of Southern California) and David Angel Nieves, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Hamilton College)
Topics might include, but are not limited to, interdisciplinary approaches to the following:
The Robert Frost Society will sponsor a session on the question of Frost's influence at the 2013 American Literature Association Conference which will be held in Boston from 23 to 26 May 2013. We invite papers on any aspect of Frost's work, but will give special preference to papers on the question of the poet's inspirations and influence. We most welcome new insights on topics including the following:
Frost's indedtedness to Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Browning, Swinburne, Longfellow, Hardy, Yeats, Shelley, Keats, etc.
Frost as a poetry teacher
Frost as a poet friend (Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, Edward Thomas, Robert Francis, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop)
Nineteenth-Century Aetiologies, Exoticism, and Multimodal Aesthetics
he Sixth Annual Comparative Literature Graduate Conference
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics:
The Production of Knowledge and the Future of the University
March 8th-9th, 2013
postgraduate arts & research network
CALL FOR PAPERS: FILTH
From the Wellcome Collection's 2011 exhibition Dirt: the filthy reality of everyday life, via Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 nominee Pieter Hugo's images of Ghanaian refuse tips, to Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers (2010), filth is having its cultural moment.
Filth has a wide range of material associations, including dirt, waste, rubbish, and the human body. Filth has moral connotations: of sexuality, but also in the context of political discourse. Filth is unstable and insidious; definitions of what constitutes filth are subjective and its boundaries are impossible to circumscribe.
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UK's International Creative Writing Conference
Imperial College, London
Sat. June 29th – Sun. June 30th 2013
Critical or creative presentations are invited for the 16th Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference. All creative or critical presentations are welcome – presentations from all over the world already accepted.
In this, the 16th year of the conference, we look to celebrate the past, the present and the future of Creative Writing and of Creative Writing teaching.
Proposals are peer-reviewed. The conference also features the Annual International Creative Writing Lecture.
Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies – Special Issue
Call for Papers: Disability and Visual Culture
Guest Editors: Dr Alice Hall (University of York) and Professor Tobin Siebers (University of Michigan)
In the last two decades, there has been an unprecedented explosion in visual culture. If we live in the 'age of the image', what does this mean for disability studies? From the Venus de Milo to Marc Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005), or Diane Arbus's photographs to the media representations of the London 2012 Paralympians, visual representations of disability call into question notions of normalcy, aesthetic value and beauty.
The 5TH International "LITERATURE AND…" Graduate Student Conference:
"Representation and its Discontents"
This CfP is for a poetry section of the larger conference "Images of Terror, Narratives of (In)security: Literary, Artistic and Cultural Responses" from April 22-23 at the Centro de Estudos Comparatistas at the Universidade de Lisboa.
Those interested in participating should send 200 word proposals by Dec. 17, 2012 in response to the following CALL FOR PAPERS:
Distilling the terror imaginary: thinking poetry after 9/11