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African Studies at Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference 1-3 October 2010

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Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 12:33am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Call for Proposals
African Studies
at
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2010
Minneapolis, MN!
Panel and paper proposal deadline: 30 APRIL 2010

The African 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 the African continent. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:

Interceptions: Theory's Modernism and Modernism's Theory (December 11th, 2010)

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Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 12:11am
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.

Apocalypse and its Discontents

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Friday, February 26, 2010 - 2:41pm
University of Westminster

Apocalypse and Its Discontents
A One-Day Conference at the University of Westminster
Saturday 11 December 2010

Trans-Formations: Theorizing Class and Race in the 21st Century - Postgraduate Panel (June 17, 2010-June 19, 2010)

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Friday, February 26, 2010 - 10:55am
University of Freiburg, Germany - Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies/Department of North American Studies

The Department of North American Studies at the University of Freiburg and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies announces a call for papers from postgraduate students working with issues of class and race.

The three day conference, entitled Trans-Formations: Theorizing Class and Race in the 21st Century will take place from June 17, 2010 to June 19, 2010 at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Confirmed speakers include: Henry Louis Gates (Harvard), Melissa Harris-Lacewell (Princeton), Gavin Jones (Stanford), Chris Newfield (UCSB), and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia).

Representing Perpetrators (CFP deadline 12 April 2010)

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Friday, February 26, 2010 - 4:38am
Department of English Literature, University of Sheffield

Representing Perpetrators:
An Interdisciplinary Conference

24-25 September 2010

Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield

Confirmed speakers: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway); Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia)

Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

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Friday, February 26, 2010 - 12:31am
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.

CFP: New German Review

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Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 10:56pm
New German Review: A Journal of German Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS

Volume 25 (2010)

Celebrating 25 years of excellence in academic publishing, New German Review has been a medium for scholars to share their ideas with the academic community worldwide.
New German Review encourages contributions within the broader field of German Studies, including art, literature, history, culture, philosophy, and linguistics. Book reviews and interviews also form an essential part of our publication.

Consensual Empires: Orientalism as the Economy of Sameness (3/15/2010; MLA, 1/6-9/2011)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 7:58pm
Natasa Kovacevic, Eastern Michigan University and Daniel Vukovich, Hong Kong University

With the alleged end of Cold War conflicts, an epistemological shift occurred within the discourse of Orientalism from the colonial-type rhetoric of essential difference to the global rhetoric of desirable sameness. Former communist countries ranging from China to Czech Republic to Russia are now seen as caught up in a halting but inevitable process of becoming-the-same as the West: liberal, modern, normal. The shift reflects the transition to an era of increasing globalization, marked no longer by overt exclusions of difference but rather by conditional inclusions into the global capitalist "family" based on a host of meritocratic criteria.

UCLA English Southland Graduate Conference - June 4, 2010

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:53pm
UCLA English Department

"Afterlives": June 4, 2010

Keynote Speakers
Mark Seltzer (Evan Frankel Professor of Literature, UCLA)
Saree Makdisi (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UCLA)

The term "afterlives" has become increasingly predominant in recent literary criticism. But what is meant by afterlives? How do its ghostly connotations distinguish it from older critical models of influence, and how can we understand its proximity to haunting as divergent from previous theorizations of spectrality? How do afterlives function within and between texts?

Wiki-Planet? : Postcolonial Theory and Digitality (3/21/10; MLA 2011, Jan. 6-9, 2011, Los Angeles, CA)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:26pm
Dr. Amit Ray, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

The heady digital utopianism of the nineties has not come to pass. Despite the unprecedented access that new media can provide, the so-called digital divide mimics earlier forms of privilege and marginalization within and across nations. The last five years have seen a dramatic shift in terms of how users interact on-line. During this time we have seen the rapid rise of social media, also known as Web 2.0 or the Read/Write web. As a result, user-generated media, real-time interactivity and serial collaboration can form the basis for novel varieties of social and cultural interaction.

Rhizomes' Special Issue: "Becoming-Girl" (deadline August 31, 2010)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:19pm
Leandra Preston / University of Central Florida

Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, a peer-reviewed online journal, invites submissions for its thematic issue, "Becoming-Girl." Deleuze articulates the notion of becoming as existing through multiplicity and alliances, a process that does not have a beginning or end, but is always in-progress; becoming is, much like girlhood, intermezzo. Deleuze claims that "Girls do not belong to an age group, sex, order, or kingdom: they slip in everywhere, between orders, acts, ages, sexes." Girls' identities, interactions and relationships, particularly in cyber-contexts, are rhizomatic, complex, bordering the virtual and reality in their multiple becomings.

ACIS-West 2010 - October 1-3, 2010: "(Re)Defining Irish-ness in the Contemporary/Post-Modern" - CFP for Emerging Scholar Award

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 2:55pm
American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region Meeting (ACIS-West)

Call for Papers: ACIS-West 2010 Emerging Scholar Award

American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region Meeting, 2010: "(Re)Defining Irish-ness in the Contemporary/Post-Modern" – Call for Papers for ACIS-West 2010 Emerging Scholar Award

Boise State University; Boise, Idaho (USA)
1-3 October 2010

The 2010 western regional meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be held on 1-3 October 2010 at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.

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