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Performance After Identity: The Neo-Political Subject

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 7:43am
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Matthew Causey and Fintan Walsh, Trinity College Dublin
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Performance After Identity: The Neo-Political Subject

A Book Proposal by Matthew Causey and Fintan Walsh

Whence catastrophic pronouncements of the sort: only a homosexual can 'understand' what a homosexual is, only an Arab can understand what an Arab is, and so forth. If, as we believe, only truths (thought) allow man to be distinguished from the human animal that underlies him, it is no exaggeration to say that such minoritarian pronouncements are genuinely barbaric.

Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Rethinking Boundaries: New Frontiers in 20th Cent. British Literature -- Oct. 28-30, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:39pm
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South Central Modern Language Association / Chair: Jennifer Powlette

The SCMLA 20th century British literature panel welcomes submissions on the topic "New Frontiers." Although the panel topic is open, papers rethinking borders or boundaries (textual, literal, psychological, critical, to name a few) are encouraged. Please submit -- as a Word attachment -- 500 word abstracts or papers no later than March 1 to .

For further information on this year's conference and location please visit

OCT 14-16, 2010 - Albuquerque, NM - Rocky Mountain MLA Convention (

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 8:16pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association / 150+ different sessions (English & Foreign Languages)
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Visit for complete details and CFP on all sessions (English and Foreign Languages).

The 64th annual RMMLA convention will be held from October 14-16, 2010 at the Hotel Albuquerque Old Town in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Poetry of the Americas Symposium at Princeton, April 17, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 4:22pm
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Princeton University
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5th Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Symposium
Department of Comparative Literature
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Saturday, April 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a symposium in comparative poetics titled "Poetry of the Americas." Graduate students at any stage in their work are welcome to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.

[UPDATE] Voices from the In-Between: Aporias, Reverberations, and Audiences (Submission: 2/1/10; Conference Dates: 4/16-4/18/10)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 2:54pm
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Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures--University of Massachusetts Amherst

This conference seeks to foster a space to discuss, problematize, and rethink possible ways of approaching the elusive concept of the in-between, as it relates to various modes of cultural production and global phenomena. With the aim of engaging in transdisciplinary dialogues, the scope of the conference is not limited to a particular cultural, geographical, linguistic domain, field-specific
methodology, or theoretical framework. Instead, we invite proposals that question how specific objects of study resist clear-cut categorization or placement in genres or domains, abstracts that theorize on the potentiality of the in-between, as well as case studies that investigate the diverse

Skin as Text

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 2:01pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference session, Skin as Text, welcomes abstracts on any aspect of skin used or seen as text, from tattoos, scarring, piercing, to stigmata. Also possible: parchment and its uses, skin painting, legibilities of skin in literature/film/popular culture.
Please see the RMMLA site for details of the conference, to be held in Albuquerque, NM, Oct 14-16:

"States of Emergency - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Dynamics of Crisis" June 11-12, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 12:10pm
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Graduate School of North American Studies, John K. Kennedy Institut, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the ensuing War on Terror stand as images that mark the 21st century's fall into a permanent state of emergency, manifest in the suspension of civil liberties, preemptive and irregular warfare, and a disregard for international law. As we now recognize, other precarious potentials such as financial speculation and climate change have long been gaining momentum, erupting into acute states of crisis in the recent past. The tumultuous beginning of the new century has heightened our sensitivity to exceptional states and emerging instabilities, questioning the applicability of established modes of control.

Italy Summer 2010 Field School - Historic Preservation & Restoration

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 11:42am
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San Gemini Preservation Studies
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San Gemini Preservation Studies is a summer field school that organizes lectures, research, fieldwork, workshops and fieldtrips in the disciplines of historic preservation, restoration and conservation. Now in its 11th year, it is located in Central Italy in the city of San Gemini.

This year the program focuses on the study of architectural survey and restoration, elements of art restoration and conservation of archaeological ceramics. The field projects involve the survey and restoration of medieval churches, archeological excavation in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae, and work on local archival material.

Creating Friction: An Interdisciplinary Creative-Practice Postgraduate Conference 22/04/2010, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 11:04am
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Newcastle University

With the expansion of creative possibilities for study within University settings, it is increasingly imperative that we question the borders between the creative and critical components of postgraduate study. How do the different modes of creative practice intersect with the world of traditional academia? How does a creative practitioner function as a PhD candidate? What methods can be used for assessment? What role does the accompanying critical thesis play in the context of the creative work produced? How does creative practice differ from fieldwork? What frictions are created by interdisciplinary work?

Cultural Translations

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 10:06am
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African Studies Group, Lancaster University
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Africa: Cultural Translations

Lancaster University, UK 21-22 May 2010

Call for Papers

Scholars working on Africa-related topics are often faced with social, cultural or linguistic gaps that open up in the translation from one form of cultural representation to another. This conference seeks to explore translation, not only on a linguistic level, but in relation to the spaces and tensions between one cultural form or practice and another, one medium and another, or between reality and representation.

The Spectres of Utopia: 11th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society/Europe, 7-10 July 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 9:06am
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Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin Poland

Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes on different aspects of utopias, dystopias, utopianism and anti-utopianism as they manifest themselves in politics, society, economics, art, and culture. The conference language is English. Sessions conducted in other languages are also possible (minimum 2 papers). Abstracts (approx. 250 words) should be submitted by e-mail as file attachments in MS WORD to These should include:
1. name and affiliation,
2. e-mail address, title of paper,
3. abstract,
4. 3 keywords,
5. multimedia requirements,
6. schedule restrictions.
Deadline for abstracts: 31st March 2010