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Reconstruction 12.2 and upcoming issues

Friday, August 3, 2012 - 11:59am
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction 12.2 "Playing for Keeps: Games and Resistance"

Editors' Introduction: Games and/as Resistance, by Marc Ouellette and Jason Thompson

Playing a New Game: Game Play as Play, by Beth Beggs
Level up—A Case for Female Gamers, by Kuljit Brar

Destroying Yesterday's World of Tomorrow: Playing in the Wasteland of Fallout 3, by Rowan Derrick

Gender Issues, Fighting Games, and Progress: An Analysis of a Genderless Character in Tekken 6, by Leland Fecher

Mass Effect's Joker, the Supercrip, and the Normate Body, by Amanda Joyal

Ga(y)mer Theory: Queer Modding as Resistance, by Evan W. Lauteria

"States of Suspension" - DEADLINE EXTENDED (Sept. 1)

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 9:00am
Departments of English and Art History, University of Chicago


"States of Suspension: Politics and Histories, Aesthetics and Affects"

University of Chicago, Departments of English and Art History
November 15 – 16, 2012


MOLLY MCGARRY, Associate Professor of History (University of California at Riverside), author of 'Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America' (2008)

ELINA GERTSMAN, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art (Case Western Reserve University), author of 'The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance' (2010)


'The Road Not Taken': Explorations in Narrative Refusals, Disnarration, and Counterfactual Histories: 1-2 March 2013

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 7:17am
Sudha Shastri/Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

Papers are invited for a two-day conference on Disnarration from 1st to 2nd March 2013, at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India.

Gerald Prince's introduction of the 'disnarrated' in 1988 marks an interesting milestone in the evolution of narrative theory. The notion of what could have, but does not happen in a narrative, opens up new ways of looking at texts and at their visibility, overt and implicit. An early landmark text in this tradition is Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (1818), which raises the spectre of the gothic novel through irony and parody, precisely in order to refuse to narrate it.

[2nd call] "Except Asia: Agamben's Work in Transcultural Perspective" International Conference (June 25-27, 2013)

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 4:44am
Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University

Organized and hosted by Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

with the participation of Institut d'Études Transtextuelles et Transculturelles, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

Deadline for Abstracts Submission: September 15, 2012

Simone Bignall (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Joyce C. H. Liu (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Brett Neilson (University of West Sydney, Australia)
Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
Naoki Sakai (Cornell University, USA)
Marcelo Svirksy (University of Wollongong, Australia)

*Other speakers to be confirmed

[UPDATE] The Future State of Ireland. 17-18 November

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 8:51am
Goldsmiths, University of London

Keynote Speakers

Professor Roy Foster (Oxford)
Mr Fintan O'Toole (The Irish Times; Princeton)
Dr Emer Nolan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Dr Elaine Byrne (Trinity College, Dublin)
Liz Burns (Fire Station Artists' Studios; Troubling Ireland Think Tank)
Gareth Kennedy and Sarah Browne (Kennedy Browne)

The Future State of Ireland is an interdisciplinary conference examining cultural responses to the economic crash. The conference will provide an opportunity for leading thinkers and practitioners across different disciplines to come together to discuss artists' and citizens' reactions and resilience in times of crisis and austerity.

Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media An edited collection by May Friedman (Ryerson University) and Silvia Schu

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 8:06am
Silvia Schultermandl

We are looking for original chapters which take up the themes of transnationalism, family, kinship, and subject-formation mediated through new media technologies. The collection investigates phenomena of second orality, new literacy, and quasi-embodied modes of encounter within migration, nationalism and citizenship, including themes of indigeneity and colonialism.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 7:15am
Studies in English: 7th International IDEA Conference


Studies in English: 7th International IDEA Conference
April 17 -19, 2013, Pamukkale University

The Seventh International IDEA Conference with keynote speakers
Prof. Gerald Prince
Maggie Gee
will be held at Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey
on 17 – 19 April 2013.

The Conference will be jointly hosted by
The Department of English Language and Literature of
Pamukkale University and
The English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA).

The Conference will address topics from
the fields of English Studies, Literatures in English,
Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Linguistics
and Translation Studies in English.