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Texting Obama: politics/poetics/popular culture, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 7-10 September 2010

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 4:47am
full name / name of organization: 
English Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
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An Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Conference

TEXTING OBAMA: politics/poetics/popular culture

7-10 September 2010
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Hosted by English Research Institute, the MMU Writing School and
The Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Research

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Simon Gikandi, David Theo Goldberg, Bonnie Greer, Ato Quayson.
Readings from Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and others

Meanings of Green: The Varied Perceptions of Nature, Vol. 1 No. 2, Winter 2009

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 2:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures / Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Okinawa Christian University
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Presently receiving & reviewing submissions for the Winter 2009 issue

Authors are asked to critically discuss meanings of 'nature' or 'environment' that clash or harmonize with discourses and/or conservation practices across cultures and time.

Possible Topics to be Explored (in no way exhaustive)

Competing Views of Nature

a. Creation stories – nature as a gift
e.g.: Genesis, Shinto, Buddhist, animist, pantheist, secularist, etc.

b. Instrumental – nature as object for human use; humans possess inherent subject status that affords them the self-proclaimed right to exploit
e.g.: Drilling for oil, gas, coal. Diverting rivers, damming rivers, etc.

"Visual Culture & Global Practices" [March 4-6, 2010]

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Monday, September 21, 2009 - 11:38pm
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45th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, California State University, Long Beach
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45th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
California State University, Long Beach
"Visual Culture & Global Practices"
March 4-6, 2010
Plenary Speaker:
W. J. T. Mitchell, Prof. of English & Art History, University of Chicago

The contemporary situation in humanities and social sciences is often characterized by the so called "visual turn", or the increasing emphasis of theory on the power and scope of the visual in everyday life, science, literature, media and the arts. Visual Culture as well as the formation of the field of Visual Studies stems from this renewed focus upon pictoriality and the power of the image, and its expression through various linguistic, visual and media forms.

The Transgressive Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar, February 2010

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Monday, September 21, 2009 - 11:11pm
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Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
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31st Annual Conference February 10-13, 2010
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
http://swtxpca.org/
Abstract Deadline: 10/20/09, Priority Registration Deadline 12/15/09
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.842.1234

Panel Title: The Transgressive Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

Edward Upward -- Essay Collection

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Monday, September 21, 2009 - 5:26am
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Benjamin Kohlmann, University of Oxford

CFP: EDWARD UPWARD -- ESSAY COLLECTION

Spanning nearly eight decades, the work of Edward Upward (b.1903, d. February 2009) is without parallel in English letters. Upward's influence on the literature of the 'Auden generation' (from his quasi-Surrealist Mortmere fantasies to his political stories of the thirties) was outstanding; his life-long commitment to the Communist cause made him the moral authority for left-wing writers from the 1930s onwards. At the same time, Upward's own writings have sometimes been eclipsed by the works of the authors he influenced – most notably W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood.

[UPDATE] extended CFP: Gender, Sport and the Olympics (journal, 10/20/09)

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Monday, September 21, 2009 - 1:53am
full name / name of organization: 
thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture
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Extended CFP: Gender, Sport, and the Olympics (new deadline: Oct 20, 2009)

The editors of /thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture/ invite submissions for our forthcoming issue on gender, sport, and the Olympics.

Prompted by the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, we are interested in exploring the central role which gender and sexuality play in shaping ideas about athleticism, sport culture, and the body, and the significant ways in which athletic events such as the Olympics work to transform conceptions of public space, national boundaries and identities, and gendered self-presentations and performances. This issue invites contributions on:

Globalisation

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 5:18pm
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Journal "Interdisciplinary Description of complex Systems"
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Special issue of Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems (http://indecs.eu) - INDECS
is devoted to Globalisation.

Deadline for manuscript submission is 15 June 2010. Details are given further in the text, or here: http://indecs.eu/index.php?s=cfp_8_2.

Critical Literary Regionalisms (ACCUTE Conference Montreal, May 2010) deadline Nov 15 09

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 9:34am
full name / name of organization: 
Susie DeCoste, University of Waterloo
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Member-organized Session:
Critical Literary Regionalisms
Organizer: Susie DeCoste (Waterloo)
Frank Davey has argued that regionalist ideology tends toward environmental determinism, resulting in certain assumptions about what effects place should have on a person. Within this set of assumptions, any identification with other possible grounds of identity, such as race or gender, is less important. More recently, in Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and

Call for Art: How to Do Things with Words and Other Materials

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 2:50am
full name / name of organization: 
Allen Durgin/CUNY Graduate Center--English Student Association

(Call for Art):
How To Do Things with Words and Other Materials: Artist Books Show-and-Tell
As part of "Spanking and Poetry": A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
English Student Association Conference, Feb 25-26, 2010
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
New York, New York

"Spanking and Poetry": A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 2:42am
full name / name of organization: 
Margaret Galvan & Tracy Riley/CUNY Graduate Center--English Student Association

"Spanking and Poetry": A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
English Student Association Conference, Feb 25-26, 2010
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
New York, New York

Submit abstracts of 300 words or less to sedgwickconference@gmail.com before November 15, 2009. Check http://sedgwickconference.wordpress.com for further information as the conference approaches.

CFP: Performing Publics, June 9-13 2010, Toronto, Canada

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Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 1:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
Performance Studies International
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PSi 16, Performing Publics, will take place in Toronto as part of a collaboration between York University's Faculty of Fine Arts and the Ontario College of Art & Design. The conference will investigate the power of performance to intervene in, reshape, and reinvigorate the public sphere at the beginning of the twenty-first century. We invite proposals that take up notions of "public" in a variety of ways, pointing to the critically generative and fraught aspects of the term as it has been adopted within performance studies.

[UPDATE] The Margins of the Logos: Children in 19th Century English Literature NeMLA April 7-11, 2010 deadline: 9/30/09

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Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 10:41am
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec
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Alongside Realism in the 19th century, which foregrounded a logical and representable image of the world, there ran a trend in literature that emphasized experience at the margins of the logos, including childhood, absurdity, fantasy, trauma, eroticism, and comedy. This panel seeks theoretically and/or historically informed papers that will explore this literature by looking at the role of childhood and what it reveals about subjectivity. Topics might include the role of childhood memory or fantasy in adult subjectivity; questions of gender, genre, eroticism, or empire in relation to childhood. Send abstracts (450-750 words) via email to: Alexander Bove, aboveagosto@gmail.com.

Graduate Symposium & Exhibition: Sights/Sites of Spectacle, Jan. 29-30, 2010

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Friday, September 18, 2009 - 9:41pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of British Columbia, Art History, Visual Art and Theory

29th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition: Sights/Sites of Spectacle

Call for Submissions:

In 2010, the city of Vancouver will become the site of an immense international spectacle. On the eve of the Olympic Games, the AHVA 2010 Graduate Symposium and Exhibition will engage with the notion of spectacle as theoretical concept, historical phenomenon, and artistic theme.

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