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Performing Colonial Modernity - 18 & 19 May 2010

Friday, November 20, 2009 - 1:54pm
University of Edinburgh


Bringing together the University of Edinburgh's world-leading Centre for African Studies, Centre of South Asian Studies, and Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, this conference seeks to create an intellectual forum in which to explore the entanglement of colonial encounters with attempts to realise recognisably modern regimes of state power and social control.

The organisers wish to encourage re-appraisals of both colonialism and modernity from POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS and EARLY-CAREER RESEARCHERS.

We leave it to the imaginations of prospective contributors—and the historical actors appearing in them—to conceptualise the two phenomena and their relationship.

Realisms in Contemporary Culture

Friday, November 20, 2009 - 7:24am
Dorothee Birke / FRIAS, Freiburg University

Realisms in Contemporary Culture:
Theories, Politics and Medial Configurations
23. Sept. – 25. Sept. 2010 / FRIAS (Freiburg University), Germany

Global Financial Capital and New Realisms

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 2:39pm
ACLA Annual Meeting at New Orleans

The recent economic crisis coincides with flourishing of new realism across different media in Europe and North America [Frazen's The Corrections in literature (2001), Audaird's The Prophet (2008) in film, Simon and Burns' The Wire (2002-2008) in television]. This realism distinguishes itself by an extensive preoccupation with poverty, migration, crime and urban violence while it stylistically appropriates violence as a commentary on the disposability of bodies under neo-liberal economy. The time seems ripe to explore what kind of realism is being produced in our historical moment. This seminar explores the prospects and limits of realism as a narrative mode that reflects on the contemporary capitalism, its trajectory, moments of crisis and recovery.

[UPDATE] 2010 AEGIS Graduate Conference in Literature and Rhet/Comp, DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN 2ND 2010

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 2:30pm
Rich Angle, AEGIS Graduate Student Organization, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Call for Papers: Community and Conflict

2010 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Graduate Conference in Literature and Rhetoric/Composition

4th Annual Conference in Carbondale, Illinois

Dates: March 26 & 27, 2010

Registration Fee: $25

The Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's Association of English Graduate Instructors and Students (AEGIS) will be holding its 4th annual AEGIS conference at the SIUC Student Center. Please join us as a first-time or returning panel participant, speaker, or chair for conference experience and conversation within our discipline.

[UPDATE] Approaches to Teaching Ethnic American Literatures in the 21st Century

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 6:55pm
Helane Adams Androne, PhD/Miami University of Ohio, Middletown campus

Call for Papers: Approaches to Teaching Ethnic American Literatures in the 21st Century [Update]

Contemporary ethnic American award winning authors like Edwidge Danticat, Junot Diaz, and Jhumpa Lahiri have interpreted and provoked self-legitimization of the varied realms of ethnic experience and memory in American society. Ethnic American literatures present an ongoing dialogue between ethnic individual and mainstream culture, history, class, religion, politics and sexuality. All of these issues are at play for teachers attempting to establish ethnically inclusive literary curriculums.

CSU Fullerton's Annual Graduate Conference, February 5-6, 2010 (Revised Deadline)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 3:30pm
Acacia Group

CSU Fullerton's Annual Graduate Conference, February 5-6, 2010
The Acacia Group at Cal State Fullerton, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to developing student scholastic advancement while fostering a strong sense of academic community, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference.

While the Acacia Conference is organized to meet the needs of graduate students and faculty, we welcome contributions from academics at all levels.

popular narrative and the environment

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 1:30pm
StoryTelling: A Critical Journal of Popular Narrative

StoryTelling: A Critical Journal of Popular Narrative invites submissions articles for its special issue devoted to popular narrative and the environment.

[UPDATE] The Aural Archive, ACLA, April 1-4, 2010, New Orleans (11/23/09)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 10:25am
Michael Cohen, Louisiana State University; Sarah J. Townsend, New York University

"The Aural Archive"

ACLA annual convention, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2010

Proposals due: Nov. 23, 2009 [Deadline extended]

This seminar aims to draw out several theoretical and methodological questions lurking behind recent work in media studies, performance studies, musicology, and literary studies: If the aural realm is ephemeral (as is often said), how does it factor into the historical record? When you listen to your archive, what and how do you hear? And how do you theorize the silences and noises in the archival grain?

The Drawn Map -- CFP deadline December 20th, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 8:11am
English Graduate Student Association at Northeastern University

The Drawn Map.
March 13-14, 2010
Northeastern University's
English Graduate Student Association
Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Martin Brückner,
University of Delaware

Faculty Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

& Professionalization Roundtable:
"Mapping the Archive"

CFP: Sleep Dealer SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/1/09; 10-13/02/10)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 6:46am
Ximena Gallardo / SW TX PCA ACA

Call for Papers: Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer, SW/TX PCA/ACA

The 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010.

The Area Chairs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area would like to invite paper and panel proposals on Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer. This year our area will be honored with special events, films, guests, and presentations!
Please send queries, 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals to

Ximena Gallardo

Politics of Fear; Fear of Politics, September 2010. Final call for papers deadline 15 May 2010

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 5:47am
Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) University of Brighton

We live in a world that is dominated by fear. We are increasingly afraid to walk in our city streets, populated as they are by feral youths, drug-dealers and surveillance cameras. The threat of global warming and climate change is ever-present, and accompanied by the even greater fear that we'll be too late to do anything about it. Then of course there's terror: frightened of a Taliban invasion, apparently, we are still fighting in Afghanistan after eight years and pursuing a worldwide "war on terror". And if that's not enough, we are becoming ever more afraid of alcohol, of food, of being too fat, of being too thin; and afraid even of sex.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:05pm
Amy C. Smith and Isabel Mª Andrés Cuevas

Virginia Woolf Miscellany prepares to publish a new issue about "Virginia Woolf and Spirituality." This issue of VWM was born out of a lively and unexpected discussion of spirituality in Woolf's work on the Virginia Woolf Listserv. We are seeking essays (up to 2000 words) about any topic related to Virginia Woolf and spirituality. Possible topics include:

PAMLA Conference, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii (November 13-14, 2010; special session proposal deadline Dec. 15, 2009)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 10:43pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) is hosting its 108th Annual Conference, on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 2010, at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. Interested parties may propose special sessions on specific topics by December 15, 2009.

[UPDATE] Media, Medium, Mediation: Media Aesthetics Before 1900 (ACLA 2010)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 10:24pm
Rachel Teukolsky

This seminar proposes to explore the aesthetic effects of early media--understood as "discourse networks," or channels of communication--by unsettling the idea of media itself. What might it mean to see media as medium, mediation, an in-between state, something mixed, or hybrid? Rather than seeing media history as a march of technological innovation, critics now describe emergent and residual media; they look to media in transition, overlapping media, co-existing visions of the retrograde and the futuristic. The idea of "media aesthetics" itself suggests porous boundaries between works of art and means of communication.