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Astronomy, Lunacies and Ends of the World, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Monday, March 15, 2010 - 5:17am
Leonardo Electronic Almanac

In many mythologies, celestial events connect to the earth and the fates of human civilizations.

We know that catastrophic collisions of asteroids with the earth have had large effects on the evolution of the web of life on this planet. Such collisions will occur again in the future.

Solar variability, and the variations in the orbit of the earth, have driven long term climate variations on the earth. The sun, when it has exhausted its nuclear fuel, will swell and envelope the earth.

We know that the human civilization now imposes an unsustainable burden on the planet as ecosystem. Are we fated to disappear in a hot-house like the planet Venus?

Call for Movie Reviews

Monday, March 15, 2010 - 5:13am
Jura Gentium Cinema

Call for Movie Reviews - Jura Gentium Cinema

The journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" ( is seeking reviews (between 1500 and 3000 words) for the following movies:

1) "Gamer" by Mark Neveldine (AKA "Ultimate Game" (Fr)). Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player (Butler) from a game called "Slayers" looks to regain his independence while taking down the game's mastermind (Hall).

Interdisciplinary Conventions: Literature and Philosophy, PAMLA 2010 (deadline April 5)

Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 8:27pm
Jonathan Lee, UC Riverside

This special session at PAMLA 2010 will investigate the soft boundary between Literature and Philosophy by probing how the narrative conventions of the two forms use language to construct significance(s). In what ways do the vocabulary, contexts, connotations, and purposes of these forms converge and/or diverge? How can we stimulate a productive conversation between them?

All manner of approaches and topics are welcome. Presenters may perform close readings of philosophical or literary texts or may engage exclusively with philosophy or literary theory.

The Renaissance of Late Derrida -- RSA 2011 -- March 24-26, 2011

Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 8:16pm
Katie Chenoweth

2011 Renaissance Society of America Meeting in Montreal

This panel will address various engagements of the so-called "late" work of Jacques Derrida (ca. 1985-2004) with Renaissance thought and texts.

Submissions are especially encouraged that explore:
1) Derrida's increasing attention to the work of thinkers such as Montaigne, Hobbes, and Descartes.
2) affinities between between 'late' Derrida and the early modern.
3) ways of re-reading Renaissance texts or cultural formations in light of the 'late' Derrida (e.g., questions of sovereignty, friendship, animality, monolingualism, etc.).

LITERA (Journal of Western Languages and Literatures) - deadline: 1 September 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 12:03pm
Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Western Languages and Literatures (Turkey)

LITERA, Journal of Western Languages and Literatures, is a peer-reviewed journal published biannually by the Faculty of Letters of Istanbul University. It was founded in 1954 as an annual and multilingual publication of the Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Istanbul University. After a long interval LITERA appeared as a refereed journal in 2004 with the publication of its 16th issue. As a biannual journal, LITERA features academic articles in English and Turkish in the fields of literature, arts and culture in general. Multidisciplinary approaches that focus on or include discussions of non-Western literatures and cultures are also encouraged.

[UPDATE] CFP: Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms, April 23-24 2010; DEADLINE EXTENDED March 18 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 5:16pm
British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Call for Papers

Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms
April 23-24, 2010
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The British Modernities Group, in conjunction with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the departments of English, Philosophy, and Art History, and with support from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, invites submissions from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and methodological orientations for our annual graduate student conference, this year themed "Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms."

[UPDATE] Polyglot Poetries - Special Session MLA 2011

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 1:42pm
Martin McKinsey - University of New Hampshire

he motives for poets introducing a second, third, or even fourth language into a poetic text differ widely, as do the methods they use. Modernist fragmentation sometimes took the form of linguistic disruption, most famously or infamously in the conclusion of T.S. Eliot's watershed poem. More recently, a postcolonial awareness or border consciousness has spurred some writers of minority cultures to counter the hegemonic implications of the monolingual text by interleaving words, phrases, and sometimes whose passages in their native languages. This panel welcomes papers that consider the range of inter-lingual techniques used by poets of the past century, whether to shore up one's cultural ruins or to interrupt someone else's cultural monologue.

UPDATE: A River Runs Through Us: Exploring the Poetics of Place

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 8:19am
EAPSU / English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities

Exploring the Poetics of Place
Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA
Inspired by the host university's setting on the banks of the Susquehanna River, between the Alleghenies and Appalachians, the 2010 EAPSU conference theme "A River Runs through Us" invites exploration of the possibilities and permutations of place and its representations wherever we live.
Topics/Subjects may include, but are not limited to:    
Landscape, Memory, and Identity
Ecologies of Place
Globalization & Natural Resources
Rivers & the Human Spirit
Rhetorics of Environmentalism
Watersheds & Boundaries
Literature of Exploration:

Indigenous Studies and Popular Culture

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 12:56am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Indigenous Studies - Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2010 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Panel and paper proposal deadline: 30 APRIL 2010

The Indigenous Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Minneapolis, MN from Friday 1 October to Sunday 3 October.

The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of popular culture on Indigeneity, Aboriginality, and First Nations. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:

[UPDATE] Deadline extended for the 3rd Annual Critical Voices Conference April 15-16, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 4:04pm
Graduate Students in English Association

The deadline for the 3rd Annual Critical Voices Conference has been extended to March 26th 2010!

Hosted by the Graduate Students in English Association, the UNT Critical Voices Conference is organized to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates, graduate students and new professionals. The conference welcomes academics of all levels for a weekend of intellectual debate, cultural experiences, and networking.

Literature and the Sacred (deadline for abstracts: June 30th; conference: October 14–16th, 2010)

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 2:30pm
Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Center for the Studies of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include sessions on Literature, the Sacred, and Texts; Literature, the Sacred, and the Environment; and Literature, the Sacred, and Philosophy. Within this context both literature and the sacred are defined quite broadly, and presentations on any topic, theme, or perspective within those general categories are welcome. Participants are also encouraged to propose their own category-specific sessions if necessary.

The conference will be held Thursday, October 14th, through Saturday, October 16th, at the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University.

Special Forum on Asian American Studies

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 9:13am
Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)

Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)

Special Forum on Asian American Studies

Redefining the American in Asian American Studies: Transnationalism, Diaspora and Representation

Guest edited by Tanfer Emin Tunc (Hacettepe University, Ankara,
Turkey); Elisabetta Marino (University of Rome, Italy); Daniel Y. Kim (Brown University, USA); Te-hsing Shan (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

Deadline for complete submissions: September 1, 2010