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UPDATEHanif Kureishi and His Work

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 3:38pm

Hanif Kureishi and His Work
December 17-18, 2009

11/12-13 Home/sickness: Desire, Decay, and the Seduction of Nostalgia

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:24pm
English Graduate Organization at University of Florida

The University of Florida's 9th annual English Graduate Organization conference will explore nostalgia, focusing on the contradictory relations among desires for recovered pasts as well as deliberate attempts to manipulate the present through representations of the past. Of particular interest will be the extent to which both nostalgia and the desire for utopia are linked to historical trauma, as textual manifestations of an extratextual cause.

African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Dissertation Fellowship - Due Friday, December 18, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:35pm
African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Program, Boston College

Boston College's African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) is proud to announce the inaugural year of its dissertation fellowship competition. Scholars working in any discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies are eligible. We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably comparative, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.

This 2010/2011 fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend, health insurance, a $1,500 research budget, and a fully equipped office. The fellow must remain in residence for the 9-month academic year, deliver one public lecture, and teach one seminar course.

"Hogar, Dulce Hogar": An Exploration...of "Home" 9/21 Toronto 6-9 October 2010

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 9:26am
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Topic: "Hogar, Dulce Hogar": An Exploration into the Latin American/Latino Conceptualization and Experience of "Home"

Abstracts are invited for a proposed WORKSHOP on the topic of "Home" to take place at the XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) on October 6-9, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the conference is "Crisis, Response, and Recovery" (see

'Truthiness' Across Cutures, Vol. 1 No. 1, Autumn 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 7:58am
Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures / Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Okinawa Christian University

Presently receiving & reviewing submissions for the Autumn 2009 issue

Authors are asked to consider and/or critically discuss any novel definitions of or new perspectives on 'truthiness' in light of cultures. Authors may also choose to re-negotiate the concept of 'culture' in light of what passes as truth.

We are seeking work rigorous in its scholarship yet accessible in its style to audiences somewhat wider than highly trained specialists in the social sciences, particularly in areas such as applied-linguistics, communication, media studies, semiotics, rhetoric, or literature.

Papers accepted for publication in the online journal will receive subsequent reviews for the publication of future collected and bound volumes.

Feb 2010 North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 8:15pm
North Georgia College and State University

North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference 2010:
What are the potential benefits and challenges of the growing relationship between the United States and China?

CfP: Call for Chapter Abstracts for the Book "The Internet & Surveillance"

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 5:51pm
Christian Fuchs

CfP: Call for Chapter Abstracts for the Book "The Internet & Surveillance"

PDF version of CfP:

Editors: Christian Fuchs, Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund, Marisol Sandoval

Supported by COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (, COST Action Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS, IS0807), Working Group 2: Surveillance Technologies in Practice

Contemporary British Fiction: Narrating Violence, Trauma and Loss (International Conference, 17-18 September 2010)

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 2:48am
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Contemporary British fiction is preoccupied with scenarios of violence, trauma and loss: destruction, guilt, traumatic experiences and apocalyptic anxieties are prevalent thematic and aesthetic concerns that seem to be related to incisive and far-reaching political events. With the postmodern fascination with fragmentation and the dissolution of meaning on the wane, the preoccupation with physical and psychological collapse has prompted some critics to postulate the 'traumatological' (Philip Tew) nature of contemporary writing and to detect a post-millennial aesthetic of responsibility and conscience. These trends and tendencies have been identified, but have not yet received due (and differentiated) critical attention.

CFP: Games and Game Culture (SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference, Feb. 2010)

Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 7:57pm
Computer Culture Area, SW/TX PCA/ACA

CFP: Games and Game Culture
Computer Culture Area
31st Annual SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference
February 10-13, 2010

The Computer Culture Area of the SW/TX PCA/ACA welcomes paper, panel, and other proposals on any aspect of games or game culture. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

[UPDATE] Poetics Colloquium: Emergent Trends in Poetics

Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 2:24pm
Centenary College of New Jersey

Acclaimed poet Mark Doty, winner of the 2008 National Book Award, is the 2009-2010 Gates Ferry Lecturer at Centenary College of New Jersey. He will read on Monday, October 19 at 8 pm and will participate in our Poetics Colloquium on Tuesday, October 20.
We invite poets and scholars from the NJ- NY- PA tri-state area to propose a presentation on a topic related to contemporary poetry. Please send a one-page proposal and brief bio by September 15.
The following panel topics are underway and will consider another panelist:
Poetics of Place
Poetic Forms
Translation and/ of Poetics. This panel would especially welcome abstracts from Latin American, African, or Caribbean writers or scholars.

Nightmare - UCL English Graduate Conference March 2010

Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 12:12pm
Department of English, University College London/Institute of English Studies, University of London

The 2010 Ucl English Graduate Society Conference seeks to address ideas of nightmare, in all their myriad forms. We would like to draw together work from a range of disciplines including but not limited to literature, art history, philosophy, classics, neuroscience, music, history, psychology, architecture and politics, in order to consider perceptions, representations and implications of nightmare throughout the ages.

Keynote speakers to be announced.

"Have you ever noticed that there is never any third act of a nightmare? They bring you to a climax of terror and then leave you there. They are the work of poor dramatists." (Max Beerbohm)

"The traditions of the dead generations weigh like a nightmare upon the living." (Karl Marx)

NeMLA 2010--Whose Africa?: Representations of Africa in Contemporary African and Diasporic Literature

Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 11:14am
John Hyland & Minna Niemi / University at Buffalo

The global imaginary is marked by a long history of claims made to Africa by a range of western writers and thinkers as disparate as Hegel and Conrad. These portrayals of the 'dark continent' still circulate in our current global imaginary, reinforcing prevailing stereotypes and engendering new ones. This panel intends to investigate contemporary literary representations of Africa vis-a-vis a consideration of the ways that both African and diasporic literatures imagine Africa. Early twentieth century writers―like black modernists in the United States and the Caribbean as well as African writers affiliated with decolonization―found it necessary to engage with these western claims.