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Jameson's Spatial Dialectic as Global Positioning System [ACLA, Toronoto, April 4-7, 2013]

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 11:08am
Koonyong Kim

Michel Foucault once remarked that "I believe that the anxiety of our era has to do fundamentally with space, no doubt a great deal more than with time." Indeed, there is a strong sense in which space has become one of the most privileged loci of economic, social, and cultural production in the age of globalization. Though many contemporary thinkers have addressed this postmodern "spatial turn," Fredric Jameson's theoretical discourse is remarkable for its insistence on space as a cultural dominant in the world today.

Follow Your Passion: Representations of Passion in the Humanities, April 6, 2013

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 8:59pm
Abbes Maazaoui - School of Humanities and Graduate Studies - Lincoln University

The School of Humanities and Graduate Studies at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania is requesting proposals/abstracts for its annual conference, to be held on April 6, 2013. The main conference theme is "Follow Your Passion: Representations of Passion in the Humanities." Approaches across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed. The conference organizers are particularly interested in papers that provide specific readings of passion as depicted in world literature, religion, philosophy, music, and visual arts.

To explore the complexity of passion as a human, aesthetic, epistemological, ethical, political, and cultural phenomenon, the conference will feature papers, panel discussions, and posters and exhibits sessions.

Minding the Body: Dualism and Its Discontents

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 8:24pm
The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, English Student Association

"The BRAIN—is wider than the sky—"

-Emily Dickinson

The turn towards the influence of affect and emotions on "rational decision making" as response to the false separation between mind and body – what neuroscientist Antonio Damasio calls "Descartes' Error" – has had wide appeal in recent years in the humanities and other fields. This conference intends to explore recent theoretical frontiers that address the mind-body problem through interdisciplinary perspectives. How can we continue to think about mind-body relations, connections, or disruptions in new ways across disciplinary boundaries?

Biennial Conference on Ultimate Reality and Meaning, August 7-10, 2013 University College, U. of Toronto

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 7:24pm
society for the study of human ideas of ultimate reality and meaning

The 17th Biennial Conference on Ultimate Reality and Meaning calls for papers or panels on issues of ultimate concern from any discipline or group of disciplines. One page proposals are due January 31, 2013 by email to Full conference takes place at University College, U. of Toronto, August 7-10, 2013.

Telematics and World Literature (ACLA 2013)

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 6:47pm
David Kelman

The following panel (or "seminar") will take place at the American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada April 4 - 7, 2013. Seminars run for three days, with 3 or 4 speakers presenting each day.


Seminar Organizers:
David Kelman (California State University, Fullerton), Jennifer Ballengee (Towson University)

Update: Re-Positioning and Re-Constructing Muslim Women's Identity-ACLA 2013, Toronto, April 4-7

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 5:23pm
American Comparative Literature Association

Muslim women have been the subject of interrogation and questioning both in the Muslim world and in the non-Muslim world. A relentless questioning of their 'role,' 'subjectivity,' and 'identity' has been fair game for both intellectual and popular debate. This debate has become more pronounced in the aftermath of 9/11, break-up of the Russian block, migration of Muslims (refugees and others) from their native countries, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and after the Arab Spring. The 'face' of the Muslim woman stares back at the onlooker from the covers of magazines, from Orientalized and romanticized visions to that of women suppressed by patriarchy and illiteracy.

[UPDATE] Fandom & Neomedia Studies Conference

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 1:20pm
Fandom and Neomedia Studies Association

We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the First Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 1 and 2 June 2013. We are privileged to have Helen McCarthy as our keynote speaker.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.