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Film: Indebted Reflections (deadline: June 1, 2012)

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Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 1:35pm
Todd Comer and Isaac Vayo (Midwest Modern Language Association)

Lars von Trier's movies constantly thematize debt, but never so memorably as in Dancer in the Dark which links hospitality to insanity and blindness, and, yet, such giving, such indebtedness, is also framed by an excessive, formal exuberance as Selma (played by Björk) dances and sings her way to the gallows.

The Shifting Self: Radical Transfigurations

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Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 7:44pm
Brooklyn College Graduate English Committee

The Shifting Self: Radical Transfigurations
Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
April 28, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Eileen Myles

"My narrative begins in media res, when many things have already taken place to make me and my story possible in language. I am always recuperating, reconstructing, and I am left to fictionalize and fabulate origins I cannot know."
– Judith Butler, "An Account of Oneself"

"Writing so as not to die, as Blanchot said, or perhaps even speaking so as not to die is a task, undoubtedly as old as the world."
– Michel Foucault, "Language to Infinity"

Literary Translation Studies and Comparatism

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Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 5:42am
452ºF Comparative Literature Journal

Starting from the reappraisal of literary translation that Susan Bassnett carried out at the beginning of the eighties, comparative literature as a discipline started re-evaluating its relation to this ancient practice, considering that more than once the fundamental contribution of this practice to comparative studies had been taken for granted. To a certain extent, it could be claimed that translation is a requirement and a condition of possibility for comparative literature. For this reason, Journal 452ºF decided that the monographic section of issue number seven will describe the current state of affairs in translation studies and comparatism.

Crowd control in the Renaissance

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Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 4:49am
European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.

The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.

MMLA DRAMA 2012 November 8-12

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Friday, January 6, 2012 - 8:26pm
Drama Panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association

An Embarrassment of Riches: The Drama of Wealth
Papers on dramas of abundance, wealth, and excess as well as theoretical discussions about drama as excess are welcome. Send 250-word abstracts to Ann C. Hall, halla@ohiodominican.edu, with phone, email, and address by March 1, 2013.

[UPDATE] Satire in Theory and Practice -- Deadline Extended 1-20-2012

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Friday, January 6, 2012 - 1:50pm
Al Coppola

Satire in Theory and Practice / Literature and Law Conference, March 29-30, John Jay College, CUNY

In times like these, it's hard not to write satire. And so that's why I am advertising two linked panels on satire that will be featured at the upcoming John Jay College Biennial Conference on Literature and the Law, March 29-30, 2012. (For full details on the conference, see below for the general cfp)

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