There has been a palpable shift in the digital world, primarily motivated by the growing popularity of the raise of an app as a new signifier, media object, and technique of ubiquitous computing. Although the term has been in use colloquially since 2009 (following Apple's iPhone ad campaign built upon the slogan "There's an app for that"), the rapid adoption of the term and the tool was unforeseen by media theorists. Nonetheless, many social, cultural and media theorists predict the death of the Web, the reinforcement of control and censorship of the online content, and the end of a general purpose computer (Zittrain). Whereas the logic and environment of the Web is one of open, free, and constantly changing or updating (i.e.
17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), University of Manchester, UK, 5-10 August 2013
The deadline for paper proposals is July 13, 2012.
Panel BH23: Non-human and human beings and their entanglements within Muslim milieux
Convenor: Araceli Gonzalez-Vazquez (Laboratoire d´Anthropologie Sociale, Collège de France)
This panel aims at promoting a broad discussion on non-human and human beings and their entanglements within Muslim milieux.
"The Spaces of Women's Studies" – SAMLA Women's Studies session
Please note the extended deadline...
From Cover to Cover: Reading Readers
Department of American Culture and Literature
30th Anniversary Conference
November 7 – 9, 2012
AUGUST 5-8 2013, DURHAM, UK:
LINES, LEGACIES, ANNIVERSARIES
2013 marks 3 significant anniversaries for readers and scholars of Thomas Pynchon: 50 years since the publication of his first novel, V., 40 since his most acclaimed work, Gravity's Rainbow, and 250 years since the arrival of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon on American shores (the start of the surveying project that would divide a nation and, of course, the subject of Pynchon's metahistorical novel, Mason & Dixon). In light of this, International Pynchon Week 2013 will be held at Durham University in the UK from the 5th to the 8th of August. The location of the conference has a special resonance as Jeremiah Dixon was born and buried in County Durham.
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LIFE WRITING
Call for Papers
Announcing the 2012 Summer launch of
an open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal on Life Writing
The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation of the University of Virginia. We invite submissions for our third issue on the theme of 'Fact, Fiction, and Supposition'.
Critical Speculations - Future Worlds, Perilous Histories, and Walter Benjamin Unbound
University at Albany (SUNY), September 28-29, 2012
The current divestment in the humanities signals that we have entered a time of critical speculation, an end time that ventures not only specialized modes of critical discourse, but challenges the humanist project itself. Theory as such now awaits auction as a relic of the European intellectual tradition. Yet, with the prospect of diminishing returns and sunk costs, it must wager its own capital. We might turn here to Walter Benjamin, already a kind of sacrificial figure, and cast our bets.
Medieval literature is filled with exiles, wanderers, wayfarers, journeymen, and pilgrims. This panel seeks papers that illuminate or center on some aspect of the wandering or exiled figure as presented from a medieval perspective. All relevant papers considered, but special consideration will be given to papers focusing on the following themes:
• Wanderers or the act of or value of wandering
• Pilgrims, pilgrimage, or religious journey
• Exile, outlawry, or banishment as societal punishment
• Themes or poems involving the ubi sunt motif
• Symbolic or literal interpretations of roads, pathways, etc.
• Excommunication / Banishment from God
• Writings of exile or texts written in exile
The inaugural issue of international peer-reviewed publication Trespassing Journal: An Online Journal of Trespassing Art, Science, and Philosophy hosts nine articles and four reviews that address "Trespassing Nation" in relation to various media including cinema, literature, television, graphic novels, and fashion. The issue is now online under the Creative Commons License at http://trespassingjournal.com/