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[UPDATE] Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts; 23-24 April 2010

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 6:17pm
Nathan Waddell / University of Birmingham


Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Doug Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading
Darko Suvin, McGill University

Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference presentations that consider modernism in relation to utopia and utopianism, in written, visual, aural, and plastic media.

The aim of the conference is to encourage debate between and across disciplines with a focus on the varied historical, cultural, technological, and intellectual settings in which the modernism/utopia nexus might be clarified and explained.

Automatic Writing / Automated Reading: Technology and Transmission in the Modernist Period

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 11:07am
Material Cultures: Technology, Textuality, and Transmission Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK, 16-18 July, 2010

Automatic Writing / Automated Reading: Technology and Transmission in the Modernist Period

Papers are invited for two panels at the 'Material Cultures: Technology, Textuality, and Transmission' Conference at the University of Edinburgh, UK, 16-18 July, 2010. The panels will be chaired by Prof. Laura Marcus, Goldsmiths' Professor of English, University of Oxford and Dr. Eric White, Department of English, Oxford Brookes University.

CFP: Mood and Gender (WiG 2010) (03/15/10)

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 9:47am
Coalition of Women in German

Mood and Gender: Pre-Twentieth-Century Panel of the Coalition of Women in German Annual Conference in Augusta, MI (October 21-24, 2010)

Second Annual Graduate Conference on Lit. and the Humanities at U. of Arkansas. April 9th, 10th, 2010

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 9:15am
Graduate Students in English at University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas will be hosting its second annual graduate conference on literature and the humanities on April 9th and 10th, 2010. The conference seeks papers that deal with literature in relation to any aspect of the humanities: language, history, philosophy, etc. Panel proposals are encouraged. Our goal is to promote communication and dialogue within the graduate community.

This year, we are excited to announce that we will be expanding our conference to include panels on creative writing as well: poetry, fiction, translation. Panel proposals are encouraged here as well.

There is no registration fee for the conference.

Polluted Places/Impure Spaces

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 1:37pm

Participants in this seminar will examine the voices that emerge from polluted or impure sites. This "pollution" could take many forms, and comprise an array of relations. Any polluted locations — in as many forms as we can discern or devise — are fair game for our study: prohibited or tabooed Superfund sites, reconstituted dumps, artificial nature, tainted texts and ritually impure space.

These are the places that invite "cleansing" in the name of "purity" — like the swamps around New Orleans from which the maroon Bras Coupé strikes in G.W. Cable's The Grandissimes.

New Directions in Critical Theory: Borders, Power, Community-- April 30-May 1 2010

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 7:42pm
New Directions in Critical Theory

New Directions in Critical Theory
April 30-May 1, 2010
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

New Directions in Critical Theory: Borders, Power, Community

"Borderlands, contrary to frontiers, are no longer the lines where civilization and barbarism meet and divide, but the location where a new consciousness . . . emerges."
—2010 New Directions Keynote Walter Mignolo
(From "Globalization, Civilization, and Languages")

CFP: Hot Metal Bridge, Confronting the Digital, Deadline Extended

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 11:43am
Hot Metal Bridge--Graduate Literary Magazine of the University of Pittsburgh

Hot Metal Bridge would like to extend until November 17th its deadline for submissions. Also, at this point we would like to encourage submissions of a more general topical nature. Please read the CFP below.

Global Nonkilling Working Papers

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 7:25am
Center for Global Nonkilling

The Center for Global Nonkilling, an organization working to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world, is launching in January 2010 its "Global Nonkilling Working Papers" series. The collection will published in a regular basis both on print and online, with all contribution been made freely accessible through its website. The series will incorporate original scientific works that tackle issues related to the construction of nonkilling societies, where killing, threats to kill and conditions conductive to killing are absent. Extension should be within the 10,000 to 20,000 word range.

The 7th Cultural Intersections International Colloquium International: Trauma CFP deadline 5 January 2010

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:00pm
Kingston University/McMaster University

Can trauma be fully shared, or communicated? In all its characteristics and consequences it is a kind of fuzzy black hole that can only be shared and represented through metaphoric constructs. How can we feel trauma from the outside, how far can we communicate trauma we are suffering from? We tiptoe at the edge of trauma, unable to share our experience with others, incapable of fully comprehending others' wounds.

Chaucer at Galway

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 9:47am
National University of Ireland, Galway

A multi-disciplinary conference on Geoffrey Chaucer will be held in the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland on 19th-20th May 2010. Proposals for papers on any aspect of Chaucer's work, life, milieu, influence, etc. are welcome. Individual sessions will be framed around the themes that emerge from the call for papers.

Key-note papers will be given by

Professor Alastair Minnis of Yale University
Professor Helen Phillips, Cardiff University
Professor John Thompson, Queen's University, Belfast

Please send a 200-word proposal by 25th January 2010

[UPDATE] Gender, Nature and Culture (May 20-22, 2010, Helsinki, Finland)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 6:12am
4th Christina Conference on Gender Studies / University of Helsinki

The 4th Christina conference explores the complex connections among gender, nature and culture. Recent research has increasingly viewed nature and culture as inherently entangled and inseparable, suggesting that nature is often understood through discourses of gender and, conversely, that gender is made sense of through historically contingent assumptions about nature. Building on this growing body of scholarship, the conference asks how this mutual intertwining of nature, culture and gender has been theorized, represented and experienced in the past as well as the present. The conference aims to be a meeting point for researchers from different disciplines.

Teaching the Eighteenth Century

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 9:03pm
South-central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Papers are invited on any topic related to "teaching the eighteenth century" for a panel at SCSECS this February (25-27). Please send a short abstract and contact information to Mary Ann Rooks (mrooks before December 1.