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[UPDATE] LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory Special Issue "Writers and the Business of Writing" DEADLINE 11/16/09

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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 1:32pm
LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory publishes critical essays which interpret texts from an engaging, coherent theoretical perspective and which provide original, close readings of texts. Because LIT addresses a general literate audience, we encourage essays unburdened by excessive theoretical jargon. We do not restrict the journal's scope to specific periods, genres, or critical paradigms. Submissions must use MLA citation style. Please send essays in triplicate (if outside the US or Canada, one copy will do), along with a 100 word abstract, to Regina Barreca, Editor, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, University of Connecticut, Department of English, 215 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4025, Storrs, CT 06269-4025, USA.

Framing the Human: (De)humanization in Language Literature and Culture - March 6, 2010

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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 1:29pm
University Of Minnesota, Twin Cities Association of Graduate Students in Romance Studies

Debates around how "the human" is defined, interrogated and regulated often delineate boundaries that separate the human and its others (e.g. the animal, the divine, the monstrous). Far from being abstract exercises in taxonomy, assessments of these boundaries impose ways of knowing, reading and seeing. Political, ideological, scientific, religious and economic regimes participate in framing the human. Determining who or what counts as human under these regimes has profound consequences. For example, one can be biologically but not politically human (e.g. undocumented workers). One's political "human-ness" can be stripped away or called into question after certain violations of the law (e.g. enemy combatants).

Wild West II: Mythologizing Europe in Inglourious Basterds, February 2010

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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 1:18pm
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association

31st Annual Conference February 10-13, 2010
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
http://swtxpca.org/
Abstract Deadline: 12/05/09, Priority Registration Deadline 12/15/09
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.842.1234

Panel Title: Wild West II: Mythologizing Europe in Inglourious Basterds

Considering Deneuve, February 10-13, 2010

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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 1:15pm
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association

31st Annual Conference February 10-13, 2010
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
http://swtxpca.org/
Abstract Deadline: 12/05/09, Priority Registration Deadline 12/15/09
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.842.1234

Panel Title: Considering Deneuve

This panel seeks essays that examine the work, films, star persona, and/or the fan cultures of Catherine Deneuve.

Scholars, teachers, professionals, and others are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are also particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers.

[UPDATE] Polluted Places/Impure Spaces

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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 11:21am
ACLA Conference: Proposal deadline Nov. 13/ Conference April 1-4 2010

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.

Cultures of Differences: National / Indigenous / Historical, May 24 to 30, 2010

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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:06am
International Association for Philosophy and Literature

The International Association for Philosophy and Literature will be hosted from May 24 to 30, 2010 by the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. The conference theme is "Cultures of Differences: National / Indigenous / Historical". The final deadline for applications is approaching (November 7), but inquiries may be directed to Dr Hugh Silverman at execdir@iapl.info or Dr Lynn Wells at wellsl@uregina.ca We welcome proposals for individual papers and for organized sessions.

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

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

NEW PLENARY SPEAKER: DARKO SUVIN

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

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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)

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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

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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

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 1:37pm
ACLA

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

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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")

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