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

Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 10:16am
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


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

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:17pm
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)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 9:08pm
Todd Comer

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 (, or D.

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 7:12pm
Stephen Gallagher

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

Human-Animal Relation (Journal Issue; August 1, 2009)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 2:43pm
Lynn Worsham/JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Poltiics

Special Issue of JAC

In the context of the widespread intoxication with digital technology, JAC plans a special issue that reconsiders what Jacques Derrida calls "the question of the animal." As we become persuaded by the ways in which "human being" and human existence are forever altered by digital technologies, the animal question continues to reassert itself, challenging us to develop a more rigorous understanding of the
myriad ways in which nonhuman animals historically have served to define what it means to be "human."

Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics (3/19/09; MLA '09)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:16pm
Swati Rana, MLA Graduate Student Caucus

CFP: "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics"
A Panel of the Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2009

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites current graduate students to submit proposals for a panel discussion entitled "Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics" at the 2009 MLA annual meeting from December 27 to December 30 in Philadelphia.

"Historicizing Globalization" - College Art Association - February 2010, Chicago

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 9:02pm
Kirsty Robertson and Erin Morton

Please circulate widely.

Call for Papers

College Art Association
98th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, February 10 -- Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Session: "Historicizing Globalization: Studying the Visual in the Age of Three Worlds"

Midwest Regional, American Conference for Irish Studies [UPDATE]

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 5:21pm
Southern Illinois Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Program

The 2009 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be held October 17-19 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The conference theme is "Ireland: Medieval to Modern," but papers and panel proposals are welcomed on any topic related to Irish and Irish Diaspora Studies, and presentations may be given in English or in Irish. The plenary speakers are Mary O'Malley and Brian Ó Conchubhair; Louis de Paor will be awarded the Charles F. Fanning Medal for his contribution to Irish Studies.

Please send 200-word abstracts to Beth Lordan, Director, Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Program. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2009.

MLA Special Session proposal - Reconsidering the Transnational Turn - 3/24

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 1:50pm
John Patrick Leary, Wayne State University

In recent years, a "transnational" approach to literary history has become popular. This approach criticizes the supposed naturalness of some of the borders, boundaries, and binaries that define our political affiliations and have structured—some would argue limited—our cultural histories. The "transnational turn" has taken a variety of forms and includes other mode of cultural critique, like "borderlands" readings and Atlantic world studies. Yet even as the transnational turn has become institutionalized—as indicated by the increasing numbers of English literature job listings advertising this specialty—it still has the ring of an insurgent challenge to national traditions of literary studies.

UPDATE: Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 9:52pm
University of Mississippi, Tara McLellan


The 15th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2009 Faulkner Conference will be available at