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Expressions of interest are invited from scholars across the humanities interested in philosophy, theatre and performance to contribute to an edited volume on:
Žižek and Performance
Jonathan Franzen: Identity and Crisis of the American Novel
University of Córdoba, Spain, 18-19 April 2013
The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) is now accepting submissions for its next issue (n. 6/2012) of Scritture migranti, an international journal dedicated to writing on migration.
Interested scholars should send a complete essay or an abstract of approx. 20 lines by June 20, 2012 to the editorial committee: firstname.lastname@example.org .
For some time now, philosophers, sociologists and neuroscientists have started to look once again at the world of emotions and passions to try and understand the mechanisms behind them. The development of this field of inquiry bears witness to a renewed fascination for human behaviour. Many disciplines seem to be characterised these days by this 'affective turn', which has led to fresh attention to the nature of artistic and literary expression, and for its capacity to illustrate the physical and ethical dimensions of feeling.
Renaissance Society of America 2013 (San Diego): In the 1980s, Ernesto Grassi, friend and student of Martin Heidegger, attempted to rescue Renaissance Humanism from Heidegger's condemnation, "every Humanism begins with a definition of the essence of man and so with an anthropological philosophy." Grassi, through a Heideggerian lens, reinterprets the work of humanist Italian poets to argue that while medieval thinking "proceeds from an ontology, a theory of beings…the specific Humanistic process of thought begins with the problem of words, above all the poetic idiom." The crucial difference is that while ontologies fix the meaning of language and thus the meaning of beings, humanist poetic thinking understands language as historical.
Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is now accepting submissions for: Issue 4.1 Fall 2012: Open Topic
For the fall 2012 issue, Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is accepting submissions in any medium and on any topic of relevance to early eighteenth-century culture.
CFP for PAMLA 2012 Conference, "Migration, Immigration, and Movement" (Seattle, 10/19-21); Special Session in American Literature/Film
The rapid changes currently experienced in the different spheres of contemporary life are loosely addressed by the term "globalization."
Societies often have ambiguous and even conflicting attitudes towards state institutions that fulfil normalising, reformatory, punitive or disciplinary functions. This unease is frequently represented in an ambivalence or a hostility not only towards those disciplined or incarcerated but also, and perhaps paradoxically, towards the agents of those institutions, e.g. state incarcerators, the police, interrogators, soldiers, counterterrorist agents, or staff in mental hospitals. These figures tend to be conceptualised and represented in simplistic and often reductively negative terms. This demonisation reflects an unease towards institutions that are understood to be at once socially and politically necessary and saturated with threatening potential.