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PCA/ACA Fat Studies 2013 Call for Papers

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 11:19am
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Fat Studies is becoming an interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of "fatness" and "the fat body"; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance or celebration within mass culture. Fat Studies uses body size as the starting part for a wide-ranging theorization and explication of how societies and cultures, past and present, have conceptualized all bodies and the political/cultural meanings ascribed to every body.

[UPDATE] FRENZY Colloquium November 9-10, 2012

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 10:32am
York University English Graduate Students' Association

York University 2012 English Graduate Students' Association Colloquium: FRENZY

But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy, and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and badge.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prophecies of a 2012 end of days; Black Friday at Wal-Mart; Howard Beale in Network inciting viewers to scream "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" From mass hysteria to individual neuroses, the elusive nature of frenzy lends itself to dramatically different conceptualizations across the disciplines.

Call for Papers - HKICEAS 2012

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 5:48am
Higher Education Forum

2012 Hong Kong International Conference on
Engineering and Applied Science

Call for Papers

The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC): FAILURE - Deadline Dec. 1

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:31am
The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

The contemporary moment is fraught with the rhetoric of failure and decline. Daily, it seems, political, artistic, and entertainment outlets alert us to broken systems, policies, and promises. How might we rethink failure as an opportunity to engage in more ethical human and nonhuman relationships? Can the failures of democracy, the economy, the classroom, and of culture more broadly open up possibilities for success? How do we recognize our fallibility, learn from it, and cope with it?
In a moment when dysfunction is such a significant part of both private and public life, this conference will embrace an interdisciplinary approach to considering failure's destructive and productive aspects in historical and contemporary culture.

Labor Beyond Economy, ACLA, April 4-7 2013

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 5:09pm
American Comparative Literature Association

Hannah Arendt argued that labor is anti-political because its collective nature precludes the possibility of individual consciousness and because it is performed in the name of the economy of the household. Similarly, scholarship on labor and class has been accused in the past of being too invested in the problem of economic distribution to the detriment of identity and political recognition.

[UPDATE]

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:47pm
Professor for Peace

Peace and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference 2013
An Interdisciplinary, International Conference

Date: February 15-17, 2013.
Location: Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Abstracts Due: November 15, 2012. Limited conference enrollment.
Send abstracts and inquiries to: professorsforpeace at gmail.com

Abstracts Due Nov. 15, 2012 and should address any topic in one of the panels listed below.
Questions listed below the panel title are starting points--abstracts may address broader issues within the panel title and theme.

Earthen Archives: Ecocritical Theory and Textual Studies

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:38pm
Andrew Husband / Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

Michael P. Branch suggests in his 2001 essay "Saving all the Pieces" that "a full understanding of the American land and its various literary representations will require that scholars of environmental literature dedicate themselves to the preservation and restoration of the many rare, corrupted, or otherwise 'endangered' texts upon which that full understanding may ultimately depend." This panel will explore the migrations between, energies exchanged, and limitations observed in recent developments by ecocritics, textual editors, and book historians. What might an ecocritical textual criticism (or a textual ecocriticism) look like?

Short Story

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:37pm
The College English Association

The college English Association invites papers on any aspect of the short story, from its history to its present practice, theories of the short story, individual authors, movements or schools of short story writing, pedagogy, close readings of individual stories, and so on. As the theme of the conference is "Nature," widely defined, papers may of course address stories set in natural surroundings, employing imagery or symbols from the natural world, etc.

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