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The Unreadable (Oxford Literary Review 33:1)

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 7:20am
Oxford Literary Review

OLR 33:1 The Unreadable

Call for Papers

'We read because we do not know how to read.' (Jean-François Lyotard, Augustine's Confession).

'The unreadable is not the opposite of the readable, it is the arête that also gives it the chance or force to start up again. "The impossibility of reading should not be taken too lightly." (Paul de Man.) That the unreadable give to be read is not a compromise formulation. Unreadability is no less radical for all that: it is absolute, if you read ne correctly.' (Jacques Derrida, "Living On – Borderlines.")

Issue 10.1, "Religion and Culture"

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Friday, April 16, 2010 - 7:46pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (reconstruction.eserver.org) announces
Issue 10.1, "Religion and Culture" edited by Michael Benton and Nate Hinerman.

With articles by Marjo Buitelaar and Nirvana Saad, Barie Fez-Barringten, Nate Hinerman and Donald Gelpi, Susan M. Kilonzo, Kenza Oumlil, Kathleen Vandenberg, and Deborah Wills and Erin Steuter.

Reconstruction is also accepting articles for open issues and proposals for special issues. All such queries should be sent to the Reconstruction Submissions Editor at reconstruction.submissions@gmail.com.

The Modernist Left

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:34pm
Chris Robe'/Florida Atlantic University

An increasing body of archival-based, theoretically-inflected scholarship from literary, cultural, and film historians like Michael Denning, Paula Rabinowitz, Saverio Giovacchini, Alan Wald, and Cary Nelson problematizes previous a-historical and depoliticized canonical definitions of U.S. modernism. In place of a select "high modernist" tradition, which was defined retrospectively in the conservative political climate of the Cold War and epitomized by the works of T.S. Elliot, James Joyce, and William Faulkner, recent scholars argue for the need to identify and theorize modernism's multivalent strains that stretch across artistic mediums, political ideologies, and geographical locales.

CFP UPDATE Interceptions: Theory's Modernism and Modernism's Theory

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 12:50pm
University of Glasgow

Sponsored by the AHRC and run in association with the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and British Association of Modernist Studies, this one-day postgraduate-led symposium aims to provide a forum for debate and exchange on topics relating to the interceptions between modernism and theory. Following Stephen Ross' edited collection Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate (2009) which seeks 'to recapture the continuities among modernism and theory', this event will address specific concerns about the relationship between historical and theoretical approaches to modernism (in its various definitions), local and transnational locations, canonical and marginalised thinkers, political and philosophical readings.

Transgendered Oceania and Asia (Deadline: 5/4/2010)

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 5:12pm
Pacific-Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

PAMLA's 2010 Conference in Hawaii: Transgendered Oceania and Asia
(DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED: 5/4/10)

PANEL SESSION: Transgendered Oceania and Asia

I am seeking papers dealing with depictions and performances of transgendered identities of Asian or Oceanic descent. Possible paper topics may include investigations of: ancient or modern depictions of transgendered performances in religious, cultural, literary or film and visual media; transvestism in film and theatre, in the sex industry, politics, literature, sports or celebrity culture.

Film Studies at PAMLA (Deadline Extended: 5/4/2010)

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 4:38pm
Pacific-Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

ATTN: PAMLA's 2010 Conference in Hawaii: Film Studies Panel(s)
(DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5/4/10)

Aloha Concerned Cinema Citizens,

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii.

PANEL DESCRIPTION: F I L M S T U D I E S

"Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry"

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 12:52pm
The Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies

The Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal, and its reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry," seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical/theoretical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion, and semiotics. The journal is edited in US and printed in Nepal.

@nd Annual Reviewing Black Mountain College Conference

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 10:41am
BMC Museum + Arts Center and UNC-Asheville

Call for papers and panel proposals.
All disciplines invited.

2nd Annual Re-Viewing Black Mountain College Conference
October 8-10, 2010

The legacy of Black Mountain College continues to influence contemporary culture in multiple realms. This conference aims to investigate its history as well as the multiple paths of influence, actual and possible, identifiable in the contemporary world and beyond.

Co-hosted by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and
The University of North Carolina, Asheville

[UPDATE] 'On or about December 1910': Centenary reflections and contemporary debates, modernsim and beyond

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 5:07am
Dr Bryony Randall and Dr Matthew Creasy, University of Glasgow

**FINAL REMINDER – DEADLINE 1ST MAY**

This inaugural conference of the British Association of Modernist Studies and Scottish Network of Modernist Studies is based around Virginia Woolf's famous and controversial statement in an essay of 1923, often taken as indicating a possible starting-point for modernity, that 'on or about December 1910, human character changed.'

CFP: AAAI 2010 Fall Symposium on Computational Models of Narrative, submissions due Fri. May 14, 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 10:48am
Mark Finlayson, MIT

AAAI 2010 Fall Symposium on
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Computational Models of Narrative
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November 11-13, 2010, Arlington, Virginia

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Submissions Due: Friday, May 14, 2010
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Narratives are ubiquitous. We use them to educate, communicate, convince, explain, and entertain. As far as we know, every society has narratives, which suggests they are deeply rooted and serve an important cognitive function: that narratives do something for us. It is clear that, to fully explain human intelligence, beliefs, and behaviors, we will have to understand and explain narrative.

T. S. Eliot Society: St. Louis, MO, Sept. 24-26, 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 10:38am
T. S. Eliot Society

The 31st Annual Meeting of the T. S. Eliot Society

Keynote speaker: Michael Levenson, University of Virginia

1. CALL FOR PAPERS. The Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at the annual meeting in St. Louis. Clearly organized proposals of about 300 words, on any topic reasonably related to Eliot, along with biographical sketches, should be forwarded by June 14, 2010, to the President, David Chinitz (dchinit@luc.edu).

Papers given by graduate students and scholars receiving their doctoral degrees no more than two years before the date of the meeting will be considered for the Fathman Young Scholar Award. Those eligible for this award should mention the fact in their submission.

"Nature and Its Discontents," SAMLA Conference, Atlanta, 5-7 November, Deadline 1 June

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:10am
Robert Azzarello, Southern University New Orleans

SAMLA Conference

5-7 November 2010
Atlanta, Georgia

CFP: Nature and Its Discontents

"Nature and Its Discontents" will explore the ontological, epistemological, and theological significances of "the natural" in relation to literature and to life. Possible topics may include: the varieties of human nature; environmental philosophy vis-à-vis queer, feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and/or posthumanist theory; the aesthetics of life cycles; violence and peace in the ecological order; natural disaster and environmental risk; terror, wonder, and the sublime. By 1 June 2010, please send 300-word abstracts to Robert Azzarello, Southern University New Orleans, at razzarello@suno.edu.

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