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The Aesthetics of Debt

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 2:00pm
Special Session / MLA 2013 (Boston)

Seeking papers for a panel exploring the interconnections of aesthetic and economic debt. What exactly does the trope of "literary debt" owe to the economic mind? Are economic narratives, e.g.- the narrative of money as "value itself," indebted to aesthetic principles?

Papers welcome on topics such as the post-collapse relevance of Harold Bloom's theory of literary influence, Marc Shell's deconstructions of the "Art & Money" binary, and Christian Marazzi's notion of the increasingly "linguistic" nature of capital.

Send 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2012 to Mark Schiebe, CUNY Graduate Center (mschiebe@gc.cuny.edu)

FLOOR: Poetics of Everyday Critique

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 1:22pm
FLOOR

FLOOR: Poetics of Everyday Critique
www.floorjournal.com

We are writing to announce the first manifestation of FLOOR gathering together a group of works from a range of media, all of which address forms of criticality inherent to art practice. As the extended name suggests, we are interested in using the framework of the "everyday" to expand notions of what is counted as art while at the same time making specific cases for art's value, function, and endurance in our variously endangered world.

[UPDATE] - Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (April 20th & 21st,

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 10:28am
Binghamton University - English Department

Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders(3rd Annual)

Theme: "Re-Imagining the New World(s)"

Dates: April 20th & 21st, 2012

Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Keynote Speakers: Donald Pease, Dartmouth College
William V. Spanos, Binghamton University

Conference Description:

Call for Chapter Proposals: THE PHALLIC EYE: SENSATIONAL VISUAL PLEASURES IN CINEMA AND LITERATURE

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 10:23am
Dr. Gilad Padva

Chapter proposals for an international collection on Scopophilia, Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Phallus, Sexualities and the Politics of the Gaze. Topics under consideration include:
* Voyeuristic spectatorship and readership in contemporary cinema, television, art, literature, advertising and popular communications.
* Phallic delights, phallic traumas.
* Provoking and provocative texts and textures.
* Scenes, sins, senses, sensations and sensational spectacles.
* Perilous corporeality, physicality and embodiment.
* Sensational adaptations and transferred sensations.
* The politics of striptease cultures.
* Self exposure and exhibitionism as artistic device.

Aesthetics and Ethics of Memory, Graduate Seminar, Aarhus 20-22/09/2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 9:51am
Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies

For the inaugural seminar of Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies we invite paper proposals from graduate students on the relations between the aesthetics and ethics of memory. Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies is a newly established international collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies (http://www.mnemonics.ugent.be/).

Special Session at MLA 2013, Boston: Muslim Everyday Life - 15 March, 2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 2:52am
Mosarrap Hossain Khan/ Dept. of English, New York University

Seeking abstracts on fictional depiction of Muslim everyday life as an indeterminate space of negotiation between the sacral and the secular; theories of novel and indeterminacy of everyday life.

Please send in 250-word abstract by 15 March 2012

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk: The Clashing of Ideals and Realities in American Parenthood - PAMLA 2012 (October 19-21, Seattle)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:13am
Michelle Stonis / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The United States has a storied past in which ideals of "proper" parenting have been disseminated through popular culture. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which the clash between the ideals and realities surrounding parenting has affected individuals while reflecting broader historical and cultural trends over time.

Scholars and graduate students in relevant disciplines including but not limited to History; English; Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Cultural Studies are encouraged to submit. Possible papers for this approved special session are not limited to:

• Advice - Doctors (Spock, Sears, Laura, Phil); Parenting Literature

Narrating Value in the Long Eighteenth Century (MLA 2013; abstracts due 3/15)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 8:32am
Steve Newman/Department of English, Temple University

How do various ways of valuing objects and people—among them, moral philosophy, aesthetics, and political economy—emerge, conflict with, and complement each other during the Long Eighteenth Century (c. 1660-1830)? More specifically, how are these modes of valuation informed by narrative structures, and to what degree is narrative itself valued or devalued in their formation and/or reception and/or circulation?

REMINDER - CFP From Akira to Zizek: Comics & Cultural Theory

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 5:20am
Studies in Comics journal

From Akira to Žižek: Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics volume 3.2. This special issue seeks to provide a forum for new articulations between comics studies and contemporary cultural theory. The importance and continued relevance of post-structuralist/postmodernist thought, the Frankfurt school's studies of mass culture, McLuhan's media theory and Bourdieu's critical sociology are rightly acknowledged. Such figures dominate theoretical academic discourse on comics, as in other areas of cultural studies, often at the expense of engagement with alternative strands of critical thinking.

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