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"Catastrophe and the Cure": The Politics of Post-9/11 Music (Deadline May 1, 2009)

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Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:09am
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Anthology Theorizing Post-9/11 Music

In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.

[UPDATE] CFP David Mitchell Conference, 3-4 September, UK

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Friday, March 6, 2009 - 8:43am
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Dr Sarah Dillon, University of St Andrews

David Mitchell is one of Britain's foremost contemporary writers, author of four novels with a fifth forthcoming: his first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; his second, number9dream (2001), was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction; his third novel, Cloud Atlas (2004), was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and his fourth novel, Black Swan Green (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Quill Book Award (USA). In 2003, David Mitchell was amongst one of twenty writers named by Granta magazine as 'Best of Young British Novelists'.

Native American Literature and Human Rights (Nov 6-8, 2009) Atlanta, GA

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Friday, March 6, 2009 - 8:42am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Native American Literature
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
November 6-8, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia

NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
Native American Literature and Human Rights

UPDATE: Reception Study Conference (5/1/09; 9/11-9/13/09)

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Friday, March 6, 2009 - 7:56am
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Reception Study Society
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UPDATE: CALL FOR PAPERS CALL FOR PAPERS
RSS CONFERENCE ON RECEPTION STUDY
Sept 11-13, 2009 -- note change of date
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Keynote Speakers:

James Phelan, Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University.
"Rhetoric, Ethics, and Audiences in Fiction and Nonfiction: Austen, Didion, and Others."

Steven Zwicker Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities, Washington University. "The day that George Thomason collected his copy of the 'Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, Compos'd at Several Times'."

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

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Friday, March 6, 2009 - 4:32am
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Nathan Waddell

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Doug Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading

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.

UNDERGRAD: HECBC Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conf. / Reading, PA / 18 Apr. 2009 Conf. -- 20 Mar. Proposals

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 11:46pm
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Higher Education Council of Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference
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The decennial Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (PA) will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA).

The HECBC invites undergraduate students of all majors to participate in this multidisciplinary event by displaying their work in one of the following conference formats:
• individual or panel paper-presentations
• poster presentations
• musical, theatrical, or oratorical performances
• artistic or technical exhibitions
The conference theme is "Juggling Ambiguity," but students' work does not have to address this theme.

Literature and Pathology, May 22-24 2009

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 6:53pm
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University of California, Davis
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CFP: "Literature and Pathology," UC Davis
University of California, Davis Medical Center (Sacramento, CA)
May 22-24, 2009
http://litpathcon.ucdavis.edu/
Deadline: April 5th, 2009

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Bettyann Kevles (Yale, History).
Professor Mark Micale (University of Illinois, History).

Arts of the Present - October 22-25, 2009 (Deadline April 1, 2009)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 10:16am
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A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present

A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Launch Conference: "ASAP 1: Arts of the Present"

October 22-25, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee

Plenaries: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Sianne Ngai, Anton Vidokle

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A.S.A.P. is an international, nonprofit association dedicated to discovering and articulating the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and political identities of the contemporary arts.

The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization’ Conference

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:17pm
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University of Otago

The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization’ Conference

24-26 June, 2009

Organised by the Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Keynote Speakers: Professor Robert J.C. Young, New York University; Professor Graham Huggan, University of Leeds; Associate Professor Susie O’Brien, McMaster University

Science and Fiction: "Posthumanism Today" (4/15/09; MMLA; 11/12-15/09)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:08pm
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Todd Comer
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This year's Science and Fiction panel at M/MLA will consider representations of the posthuman. Of particular interest will be papers that consider the posthuman from the standpoint of biotechnologies and their impact on our thinking of what it means to be human. One concrete way of considering this issue is to imagine Frankenstein's monster in the 21st century. The monster did its best to escape its constructedness and assert a semblance of humanity. Is it possible for any body—human or machine, real or fictional, sane or insane—to do the same today? If not, where does that leave "humanity"? Please send 250 word abstracts to Todd Comer, Defiance College (tcomer@defiance.edu), or D.

Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity SAMLA Atlanta GA Nov. 6-8 2009

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 7:12pm
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Stephen Gallagher
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This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?) homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Some possible perspectives are literary, sociological, artistic, or historical, and interdisciplinary approaches are always welcome. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict panelists but rather to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian protagonist
- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, Raeleans, etc)
- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
- when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the Christian Right

Obama in Popular Culture

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 2:59pm
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Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations of President Barack Obama in Popular Culture

Title: Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations of President Barack Obama in Popular Culture

Contact:
ObamaInPopularCulture@gmail.com

Editors: Derrais Carter & Nicholas Yanes
Publisher: McFarland

Website/Blog: http://obamainpopularculture.blogspot.com/

Deadline for Abstracts: May 25th, 2009

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