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'The Body in Breast Cancer'

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 4:49pm
Special Issue of Social Semiotics

Call For Papers:
For a Special Issue of Social Semiotics
Edited by Nadine Ehlers and Shiloh Krupar

Social Semiotics invites submissions to a special issue "The Body in Breast Cancer" in order to mobilize new critical interventions into the materiality of breast cancer.

CFA The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 12:45pm
Keith Dromm and Heather Salter

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays on J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, to be edited by Keith Dromm and Heather Salter. The volume will be published by Open Court as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy Series. Previous volumes in the series include Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Hitchcock and Philosophy, The Golden Compass and Philosophy, and many others.

Abstracts should be for essays that use philosophy to illuminate the novel's characters, story, or themes. The volume is geared toward a general audience, readers who may have little to no prior familiarity with philosophy. The chapters should be accessible, clearly written, and capable of engaging non-philosophers.

Cosmopolitanism - (Dis)junctions 2010 Graduate Student Conference - UC Riverside - Due Friday 4/12 at 5pm Pacific

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 9:58pm
(dis)junctions 2010 - UC Riverside

Contributors are welcome to submit papers examining cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitan theory,
cosmopolitanism in literature, cosmopolitan ethics, etc. Possible topics include:
The roots / routes of cosmopolitanism
Contemporary cosmopolitan thought
Cosmopolitanism and government
Cosmopolitanism and the environment
Cosmopolitanism and the global economy
Cosmopolitanism in a particular literary piece / genre / period
Cosmopolitanism and "states of crisis"
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to Ray Crosby at by
Friday, March 12, 2010 by 5pm Pacific. Please indicate any A/V needs.

Authoritarianism and Oppression in Cultural Production - Journals and collections of essays- Deadline: 31 May 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 8:52pm
URI- Universidade Regional Integrada (Brazil)

Call for papers for a collection of essays on various aspects/ approaches on authoritarianism and oppression in cultural production. The twentieth century was characterized by various forms of oppression, violence and authoritarianism, which led Eric Hobsbawm (1995) to define it as the "Age of Extremes". Totalitarianism on the international level – including the Nazi-fascism, the socialist dictatorships, and American-Hispanic dictatorial governments – as well as the New State and the Military Dictatorship, in the Brazilian context, focus on the relationships between individual and society. As it is known, complex modes of subjectivity determine specific conditions for the aesthetic experience.

The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 7:53am
John Lee / University of Bristol

The Humane Reader: Friendship and Literature

Plenary Speakers: Peter McDonald, Christopher Ricks, Mark Vernon

- a One-Day Conference to be held on 6th July 2010, 11-7pm, at the School of Humanities, University of Bristol

Friendship is one of the most important of human relationships, and literature, itself full of friends and friendships, may at times be one of our most important friends.

Gender Studies Area Deadline April 30, MPCA/ACA October 1-3

Friday, March 5, 2010 - 4:08pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Gender Studies Area

2010 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Deadline: April 30, 2010

Friday-Sunday, October 1 - 3, 2010
Minneapolis, MN

The Gender Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October.

The MPCA/MACA conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from 1-3 October, 2010.

[Update]: Philosophy of Language and Narrative (3/15/10; MLA 2011)

Friday, March 5, 2010 - 12:28pm
Jami Bartlett

What can the philosophy of language contribute to narrative theory?

When we ask how a sentence in use expresses the thought that attaches to it, or how descriptions of relations conjure the fictional world that in turn depends upon them, what we are really revealing is the conditions that must obtain if the sentence or relations are to count as meaningful. Each referring term in a narrative carries its truth conditions with it—-a speaker's propositional attitudes or background, her intention, the conventions within which she and the narrative operates, the criteria under which readers can verify, use, translate, or name the object of her sentence—-and as these conditions shift, characters and plots emerge and develop.

Contemporary Literature and Its Contexts 1st-2nd July 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 7:29am
Kaye Mitchell, The University of Manchester, UK


Centre for New Writing, The University of Manchester, 1st-2nd July 2010

Confirmed keynotes/participants:
Martin Amis
Prof. Peter Boxall (Sussex)
Prof. Claire Squires (Stirling)
Lisa Allardice (Editor of Guardian Review)

Roundtable on 'The Next Big Thing? The 2010s', featuring Dr. Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin), Prof. Peter Childs (Gloucestershire), Dr. Sebastian Groes (Roehampton), Dr. David James (Nottingham), and Dr. Sean Matthews (Nottingham).

The Asian Conference on Media - MediAsia 2010, 28-30 October, Osaka, Japan

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:22am
IAFOR - The International Academic Forum

Conference Theme: Brave New World

Special Theme 1: Brave New World: Challenges and Opportunities
The media industry is at a crossroads in many respects, as it seeks to come to terms with developments in technology that simultaneously allow new heights of journalistic excellence to be reached, as well as the emergence of more worrying trends. The unparalleled opportunities of today's connected world have created a new set of challenges that need to be met, including questions of power and responsibility, editorial accountability, and the erosion of more traditional income streams. How these challenges and opportunities are confronted will shape the future of the media industry.

The Asian Conference on Education - ACE 2010, 02-05 December, Osaka, Japan

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:13am
The International Academic Forum

Special Theme: Internationalization or Globalization?

Education systems across the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internationalization. The conference theme, "Globalization or internationalization?", has a particular focus on adult, distance and access education, and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives.

However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Education, including:

Ethics of Racial Identity

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 12:44am
Adebe DeRango-Adem, PAMLA

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. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research. Submit proposals online by April 5 at

The Ethics of Racial Identity: PAMLA Special Session

[UPDATE] Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:52pm
Crisis Carnival 2010

Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?

Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society's values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the "real," with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.

[UPDATE] Document/Anti-Document in Asian/American Photography (Special Session, 2011 MLA; 3/22/10)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 7:05pm
Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, U of San Diego; Warren Liu, Scripps College

We seek papers about Asian/American art photography that explore the documentary function, which has all but defined photography from its inception, and interrogate the photograph's long-established function as a document of the "real" in the context of Asian American politics. Accordingly, for artists such as An-My Lê, Dinh Q. Lê, Nikki S. Lee, and Patrick Nagatani, photographic images are more made than found, and photography becomes a dynamic artistic medium rather than an act of recording the object world. In such artists, we are interested in the ways in which photographic aesthetics intersects with Asian American social issues, and in how photography becomes a mode of critical interrogation, beyond the paces of documentary social realism.