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[UPDATE]Turning on Rights: Politics, Performance, and the Text, April 16-17, 2010 SUNY Albany, Keynote Speaker: Joseph Slaughter

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Monday, January 25, 2010 - 9:58am
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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?

Transgression and Its Limits 29-30th May 2010

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Monday, January 25, 2010 - 8:44am
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University of Stirling
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Transgression and its Limits

29-30th May 2010
University of Stirling

Plenary Speaker:
Professor Fred Botting
Reading followed by Q&A Session:
Iain Banks

To discover the complete horizon of a society's symbolic values, it is also necessary to map out its transgressions, its deviants ~ Marcel Détienne.

Terrain Vague: The Interstitial as Site, Concept, Intervention / June 1, 2010

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Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 2:27pm
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Manuela Mariani (Boston Architectural College) and Patrick Barron (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Terrain Vague: The Interstitial as Site, Concept, Intervention

This collection of essays will focus on terrain vague—marginal, semi-abandoned space in or along the edge of the city—as abstract concept, specific locale, and subject of literary, architectural, or otherwise artistic intervention.

MYTH, LITERATURE, AND THE UNCONSCIOUS - 28 February 2020 - 2-4 September, 2010

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Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 6:36pm
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Dr Sanja Bahun, University of Essex
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MYTH, LITERATURE, AND THE UNCONSCIOUS
Date: 2-4 September, 2010
Venue: Wivenhoe Park Campus, University of Essex, Colchester, UK

The Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex is pleased to announce an international conference on "Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious" to be held at the Wivenhoe Park campus, 2-4 September, 2010. We invite proposals for papers (of 20 minutes duration), or panel sessions, dealing with the conjunction of myth, psychoanalysis, and literary-artistic activity. While proposals on any aspect of myth, literary, and psychoanalytic studies are very welcome, the organisers would particularly encourage interdisciplinary contributions. The topics might include, but will not be confined to:

Lucayos -- Issue 2 -- Water

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Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 1:51pm
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The College of The Bahamas, School of English Studies
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Lucayos
A journal published by The College of The Bahamas
School of English Studies

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Lucayos is looking for submissions of papers 20-25 pages in length on art, film, literature and culture of the postcolonial world. The journal also invites submissions of creative pieces, specifically poetry, life writing, essays, and short stories. Submit works in full by March 30, 2010.

Word / Image / Culture, 25th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, November 11 - 13, 2010

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Friday, January 22, 2010 - 6:41pm
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Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures, University of West Georgia
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CALL FOR PAPERS
WORD / IMAGE / CULTURE
25th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities
Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of West Georgia: November 11 – 13, 2010

Culture After Postmodern Culture conference

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Friday, January 22, 2010 - 5:14pm
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Postmodern Culture
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Culture After Postmodern Culture

To celebrate 20 years of publication, the journal Postmodern Culture is holding a conference, "Culture After Postmodern Culture," at UC Irvine October 9, 2010. The conference asks what culture means today and examines ways it is challenged by new discourses on ecology, the animal, sexuality, materialism, anthropology, the trans-state, and new media, among others. It also asks how methods for investigating culture have changed over the last two decades. The conference is expected to lead to a special issue in the journal.

Keynotes: Alexander Garcia Düttmann and Manuel de Landa

Critical Voices Conference at the University of North Texas April 15-16, 2010

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Friday, January 22, 2010 - 2:05pm
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Graduate Students in English Association


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.

[UPDATE] "Light Fantastique" CSUN Sigma Tau Delta/Honors in English Colloquium on March 27, 2010 -Submissions due by February 26

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Friday, January 22, 2010 - 12:03pm
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Sigma Tau Delta

Overview: Tzvetan Todorov defines the Fantastic (or Fantastique) as the "duration of...uncertainty" when one is unsure whether the Fantastic is real, illusory. The CSUN Sigma Tau Delta & Honors in English Colloquium invites you to submit abstracts on a wide range of literary topics related to the Fantastic, including:

* the Bizarre (queer, or strange)
* the Imaginary and Visionary
* the Grotesque
* the Radical (departure from tradition or 'normalcy')
* the Gothic, Fantasy or Science Fiction

[UPDATE] SPECS "Toy" Issue; March 15, 2010

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Friday, January 22, 2010 - 9:24am
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Specs Journal/ Rollins College
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specs, a journal of arts and culture, invites submissions of critical and/or creative work for the 3rd volume on the theme of "Toys." We seek works of fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries. The editorial board consists of writers and academics from various fields. We are excited by specialty, an excess of detail, fragments, narratives, meta-narratives, and more. We are particularly interested in works that examine contemporary culture and/or cross the critical/creative divide while riffing on the theme of "Toys" in multiple ways (philosophy, anthropology, mythology):

March 31. CFP to a 2010 issue of the Estetika. The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

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Friday, January 22, 2010 - 6:49am
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Estetika. The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
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Estetika welcomes contributions in English or German on all topics related to aesthetics, the philosophy of art or the history of aesthetics, especially on (but not limited strictly to) the possibilities of the transformation and re-description of traditional concepts (such as the aesthetic experience and the aesthetic object); the cognitive and social dimensions of the Aesthetic (das Ästhetische); the emotions and affects; the history of aesthetics; the history of aesthetics as an institutionalized discipline; and, last but not least, the definition of aesthetics in contrast to traditional and more recent disciplines (such as the theory of art, the psychology of art, cultural theory, and visual theory).

Facing the Other in the Absence of Theory, Spetember 30-October 2, 2010

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Friday, January 22, 2010 - 12:06am
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Faculty of Philosophy, Niksic, Montenegro
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To some this title may seem paradoxical or too daunting as human cognition starts with the very opening of the eyes. If we have established that our approach to the phenomena that are other is always unavoidably a matter of semiosis, and that even in an attempt to naturalize phenomenology, like that of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who points to the corporeity of consciousness as much as an intentionality of the body, it appears that our most negligible movements present our cultural being or habituality (Cf. Iris Young, Throwing Like a Girl, 1990, 2005). However, many authors have claimed (for example, the novelist D. H. Lawrence or philosopher Luce Iragary) that we know by touch and intuition.

Performing Feminism(s) - Annual Symposium by McGill Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship, May 13, 2010

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 5:46pm
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McGill Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship (GGFS)
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Call for Papers:
McGill Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship (GGFS) presents:
Performing Feminism(s)
Thursday, May 13, 2010

McGill University's Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship requests papers for our annual interdisciplinary symposium on Thursday, May 13, 2010. This year's conference theme is: "Performing Feminism(s): Gender and Sexuality on Display." We invite papers on this topic from scholars engaged or interested in feminist, gender, LGBTQ, and sexuality studies across disciplines, although interesting proposals on any relevant topic will be considered.

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