On 17 December 2010, Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi performed an act of self-immolation in protest of widespread state corruption. Galvanized by Bouazizi's gesture of dissent, Tunisians protested en masse, successfully demanding the removal of the oppressive regime in power. The Tunisian experience inspired what would come to be known as the Arab Spring, threatening the overthrow of totalitarian regimes across the Middle East, most notably in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.
UPDATE: Negotiating Belongings and Longing to Belong: in African American Women's Writings of the 19th & 20th Centuries
"More Please: Explorations of Excess": University of Calgary Free-Exchange Conference March 9-11, 2012
University of Calgary's Free-Exchange Committee will be hosting its annual, interdisciplinary graduate student conference March 9-11, 2012 at the University of Calgary and is looking for contributors to critically or creatively engage with and explore this year's theme of excess.
"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." —Oscar Wilde
"Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments." —Plato
Leonardo Electronic Almanac in collaboration with The Samek Art Gallery and with Kasa Gallery announces a special issue titled: Not Here Not There. This issue arises out of the territory between two cultural streams.
From the futurist's speed through contemporary dromology to the disappearance of the human body? What are the future trajectories of a continuous process of acceleration? Is the disappearance of the body through artificial speed a process of invisibility or that of a visibility through acceleration?
The instantaneous communication across Web 2.0 and the speed of interactions has created the feeling of a contradiction between an idea of constant presence and that of the disappearance of the body in a constant trajectory of 'self-dissemination.' In 1909 the futurists envisaged a new world and some of their far-fetched visionary ideas have come to pass. What is the role that speed will play in the future of humanity in the twenty-first century?
"Gaming the System: The Global Stakes of Comparative Study"
For the first time in its 38-year history, the SCLA is coming to Vegas -- October 25-28, 2012 -- at University of Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center. Keynote and Plenary Speakers include Bruce Clarke(Texas Tech University) and Eric Hayot(Penn State University).
We welcome 250 word paper proposals or 500 word panel proposals on topics, including:
2012 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS – NOMINATIONS FOR SCHOLARS – NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS
11th Annual Conference for Critical Animal Studies
March 2 – 4, 2012 Canisius College Buffalo, New York, USA
Charles Olson taught at Black Mountain College from 1948 until 1956, during which time he wrote some of his most important essays and poems and formed some of his most influential engagements with other writers and artists. For a panel at the May 2012 American Literature Association in Boston, we invite papers on the work that Olson did at Black Mountain (published or unpublished), or on the influence that he and Black Mountain exerted on other writers. Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent to Jeffrey Gardiner at email@example.com or to Gary Grieve-Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 7, 2012.
Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in Advances in Multimedia - An International Journal (AMIJ) Volume 3, Issue 2.