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Books to Review: Summer 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 1:05pm
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Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South
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The editors at Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, a peer reviewed journal published quarterly from the Southern Studies Institute, invite scholars of southern literature, culture and history to consider reviewing books for the journal. Please send book title, mailing address and a C.V. to our book review editor, Dr. James A. Crank at cranka@nsula.edu

Our books available for review for the Spring/Summer of 2010 are:

What Virtue there is in Fire by Edwin T. Arnold ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-2891-1

The Photographic Legacy of Frances Benjamin Johnston by Maria Elizabeth Ausherman ISBN: 9780813032955

Gender edited by Nancy Bercaw and Ted Ownby ISBN: 9780807859483

[UPDATE] UNC-CH Institute of African American Research Humanities Writing Competition, March 1, 2010 DEADLINE

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Monday, February 8, 2010 - 4:49pm
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Institute of African American Research at the University of NC at Chapel Hill
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The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) will offer a $1000 prize for the best cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort in the Arts and Humanities that yields a historically-grounded script on a topic of African American research. Established and aspiring scholars and writers with expertise in creative writing, literary criticism, philosophy, history, communications, performance studies, sociocultural anthropology, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Submitted scripts will be considered for production. There are no limits on the historical time frame or genre of writing. Scripts should be submitted electronically and in hard-copy format to the IAAR by March 1, 2010.

[UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE]Turning on Rights: Politics, Performance, and the Text, April 16-17, 2010

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Monday, February 8, 2010 - 11:52am
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University at Albany, SUNY English Graduate Student Organization
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"We must more than ever stand on the side of human rights. We need human rights. We are in need of them and they are in need, for there is always a lack, a shortfall, a falling short, an insufficiency; human rights are never sufficient." (Jacques Derrida, Philosophy in a Time of Terror)

If human rights are insufficient yet necessary, we must then ask what to do with "rights." This conference will explore historical and theoretical definitions, constructions, and performative notions of rights. How do texts challenge predominant conceptual narratives of rights? In what ways does literature explore notions of rights outside of the juridical realm? Can we have a discourse on rights that exceeds the anthropomorphic field?

Form and Genesis

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Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 1:53pm
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Cornell University Theory Reading Group
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The Theory Reading Group at Cornell University invites submissions for its sixth annual interdisciplinary spring conference:

Form and Genesis

Featuring keynote speakers Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico) and Robert Kaufman (University of California, Berkeley)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
April 22-24, 2010

[Update] Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces (24 April 2010)

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Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 12:47pm
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Ben Brabon, Edge Hill University
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DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS EXTENDED UNTIL 1 MARCH 2010

Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces
A one-day conference at
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
24 April 2010

Keynote speakers include Professor Sue Zlosnik (MMU), Dr Ben Highmore (Sussex) and the artist Gerry Gapinski.

This conference takes the specificity of urban 'phantasmogenetic centres' as an organizing principle, aiming to explore particular representations of urban gothic in literature, film, television and graphic novels. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers focusing on identifying, untangling or savouring gothic elements in literary, cinematic and graphic representations of particular cities, both past and present.

Form and Genesis, April 22-24

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Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 11:08am
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Theory Reading Group at Cornell University
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The Theory Reading Group at Cornell University invites submissions for its sixth annual interdisciplinary spring conference:

"Form and Genesis"

Featuring keynote speakers Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico) and Robert Kaufman (University of California, Berkeley)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
April 22-24, 2010

Negotiating (Jewish) American Ethnic Crossroads - MLA 2011 (Deadline 3/15/10)

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Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 11:52am
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MELUS & Jewish American Literature Discussion Group

CFP - Negotiating (Jewish) American Ethnic Crossroads

MELUS and the Jewish American Literature Discussion Group are proposing a jointly sponsored panel to be held at the 2011 MLA Convention in Los Angeles. The focus of the panel will be on the confluence of Jewish writers and those from other American ethnic communities. Papers could include comparative literary analyses of specific texts as well as studies theorizing Jewishness within American ethnic studies as a whole.

Theorizing Jewish American Life Writing - MLA 2011 (Deadline 3/15/10)

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Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 11:21am
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Jewish American Literature Discussion Group

CFP - Theorizing Jewish American Life Writing

The Jewish American Literature Discussion Group will be holding a panel at the 2011 MLA Convention devoted to Jewish American life writing. The Group welcomes papers concerning the representation, as well as the theorizing, of the Jewish American experience in such genres as autobiography, memoir, biography, journaling, blogging, and autobiographic fiction. Papers may concern these expressions in a variety of narrative forms such as traditional literature, film, comics, and new media.

Please send an abstract of 250 words to Derek_Royal@tamu-commerce.edu. Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2010.

[UPDATE] Gender & Difference 20-23 May 2010

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Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 6:56am
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Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University and tbe Englisches Seminar at the University of Cologne
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GENDER & DIFFERENCE, 20-23 May 2010
Call for Papers

This interdiciplinary conference is organised by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University and tbe Englisches Seminar at the University of Cologne.

It will be held at Gregynog Hall. This is the University of Wales residential conference centre, which is situated near Newtown in Mid Wales. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and extensive grounds. http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: CLAIRE COLEBROOK AND MANDY MERCK

Call for Papers for Fall 2010 Special Issue ON MODERNISMS (MAY 15,2010 deadline)

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Friday, February 5, 2010 - 5:17pm
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Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies
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Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal, and its reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry," looks for articles for its Fall 2010 Special Issue on MODERNISMS. We are looking for articles, which examine the historical and material conditions and philosophical or theoretical/experimental perspectives that influenced the forms and contents of the modernist (contemporary and past) arts and literature.

Credit and Crisis

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Friday, February 5, 2010 - 5:00pm
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for 7th Pan-European International Relations Conference ’Politics in Hard Times: International Relations Responses to the Financial Crisis
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Central to an understanding of the global financial crisis 2007-2009 are both economic and epistemic forms of credit. Economic credit, on the one hand, has taken both new dimensions and forms: high levels of economic credit and debt are both a cause and consequence of the crisis – from the credit expansion through sub-prime mortgages, to highly leveraged banks and hedge funds, to the international credit imbalances and large fiscal deficits due to wide-spread state intervention. New forms of economic credit through securitisation and credit derivatives such as Collateral Debt Obligations (CDOs) and Credit Default Swaps (CDSs) also played a critical part.

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