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4th annual Louisiana Studies Conference (Sept. 21-22, 2012)

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 2:35pm
Dr. Shane Rasmussen / Louisiana Folklife Center

The 4th annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 21-22, 2012 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The theme of this year's conference is "Louisiana Art and Artists."

CFP: Philologist, Journal of Language, Literary and Cultural Studies

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 12:22pm
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Philology

We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the sixth issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.

Papers should be a maximum of 7.000 words, and use the New Harvard Citation System. Papers must include abstracts and key words. Authors should also provide a short bio (up to 20 lines).

Animal in the German Ecocritical Discourse

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 11:41am
2012 Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), November 9–11 2012, Durham, NC

The rise of the ecologically-oriented approaches in German-language literatures and scholarship calls for a new look at some traditional literary topics and representations in connection with the relationship of man and his natural environment. This panel seeks to (re) evaluate the literary representation of animals and related images in the light of eco-criticism. We invite abstracts for papers exploring the image of animals in the works of German-language authors of any period. Possible topic areas include, but are not limited to, animal studies, animality studies, cultural studies, ethics and animal rights, and animal-related postcolonial and modernist discourses.

Leiden University Graduate Conference "Death: the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life", 24-25 January, 2013

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 5:12am
Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

Death is a defining factor in the explorations of our subjectivity, art, history,
politics, and many other aspects of our social interactions and perceptions of the
world. In the modern age, conceptions of death have continued to shift and
evolve, yet our perceptions are still fueled by an instinctive fear of the end of life.

In recent decades, we have rebelled against the threat of death by inventing new technologies and medicines that have drastically increased our life expectancy—diseases and disabilities are gradually disappearing. Some believe that one day we will completely conquer the aging process, and ultimately death. Life can now be seen as a new form of commodity, a material object that we can trade, sell, or buy.

Digital Humanities Back When Pluto Was a Planet (Berlin transmediale, 29 Jan - 3 Feb 2013)

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 12:42pm
Chris Leslie

I am seeking theoretical, scholarly, contemplative papers as well as purposeful moments of silence on the theme of Digital Humanities Back When Pluto Was a Planet for a proposed panel discussion at the 2013 transmediale festival in Berlin.

The theme of this year's transmediale is "Back When Pluto Was a Planet," calling to mind how definitions represent larger frameworks of understanding. The downgrading of Pluto's position in the solar system reflects how what seems to be a stable network can be quickly recontextualized.

America's Forgotten Voices (13th December 2012)

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 4:05am
University of Nottingham

America's Forgotten Voices: Imperatives of memory and the vagaries of history in American culture, from settlement to 1900.

Conference on the Harlem Renaissance 2012

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 1:49am
Paine College - School of Arts and Sciences



November 7 – 9, 2012

Paine College ~ Augusta, GA

"The Harlem Community: Contemporary and Historical Enclave of Creativity"

The School of Arts and Sciences at Paine College is requesting proposals for the Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance. The conference will be held on the campus of historic Paine College from November 7 - 9, 2012. The 2012 conference will explore the contemporary and historical significance of the Harlem community as one of inspiration and opportunity. Conference participants will examine the critical role of the Harlem community and its far-reaching impact nationally and globally.

The Sequential Monster: Reading Comics as Monstrous, NeMLA 2013

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 2:22pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 44th Annual Convention, March 21-24, 2013

Comic books, graphic novels and webcomics generally combine words and images to create narratives. Perhaps we can see them, therefore, as monstrous: beasts that combine the elements of verbal and visual, narrative and static communication forms. Like a monster composed of pieces of other animals, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This panel will examine a social understanding of comics forms and the kinds of literacies required to accept and interpret them. Abstracts of 300 words to; Deadline: September 30, 2012. Include: name, affiliation, anticipated a/v requirements.

[update] -- Call for Papers for the volume "A Mediterranean Manifesto" on Modernism in the Mediterranean

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 12:07pm
Adam J. Goldwyn, Uppsala Unviersity; Renee M. Silverman, Florida International University

Call for papers for a volume on Modernism in the Mediterranean

Title: A Mediterranean Manifesto: Cultural Exchange and the Formation of a Modernist Aesthetic in the Mediterranean Basin

Eds. Adam J. Goldwyn (Uppsala University) and Renée M. Silverman (Florida International University)

Call for Papers: