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CFP: [Theory] Official Writing as Text

updated: 
Monday, May 19, 2008 - 4:01pm
full name / name of organization: 
Hannah Gurman
contact email: 

"Official Writing as Text"

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Given that the bulk of all writing that takes place in the world is in the form of a
bureaucratic memo or report, the comparative lack of in-depth studies on such writing is
striking. This panel will seek to explore the bureaucratic document as a text. Papers
might address a particular document; the genre of bureaucratic writing in relation to
other writing; or the problem of studying bureaucratic writing within literature
departments. Email 250-word abstracts to Hannah Gurman: hrg2005_at_columbia.edu

Deadline: September 15, 2008

CFP: [Theory] Alternative Ethics: A 2009 NeMLA/Society for Critical Exchange Session

updated: 
Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 5:29pm
full name / name of organization: 
Scott DeShong
contact email: 

Alternative Ethics
A session sponsored by the Society for Critical Exchange
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Boston, Mass., Feb. 26 â€" March 1, 2008

Papers examining the varieties, or proliferation, or possibility of ethics,
perhaps considering a post-Darwinian view of the human, or culture or nature,
perhaps a post-human, post-categorical, maybe Queer perspective, etc.

Abstracts for 20-minute presentations due 15 Sept. 2008 to Scott DeShong,
spdes_at_conncoll.edu (preferred) or alternatively Quinebaug Valley Community
College, 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson CT 06239, USA.

Besides the abstract, a proposal must include the following:

CFP: [Theory] Ecology & Ideology

updated: 
Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 2:57am
full name / name of organization: 
Gerry Canavan
contact email: 

Polygraph 22â€"Call for Papers

Special Issue: Ecology and Ideology

The contemporary moment abounds with speculation concerning our ecological
future. Specialists in a variety of fields forecast immanent catastrophe,
stemming from a combination of climate change, fossil-fuel depletion, and
consumer waste. The recent bestowal of the Nobel Peace Prize on a group of
scientists studying climate change indicates the degree to which "peace"
has come to signify ecological balance; even the declaration by the Vatican
of a new set of "7 Deadly Sins for the modern age" includes pollution in an
attempt to grapple with the potential of individuals to inflict ecological
damage on a global scale.

UPDATE: [Theory] New Radical Subjectivities: Re-thinking Agency for the 21st Century

updated: 
Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 11:28am
full name / name of organization: 
Caroline Edwards

New Radical Subjectivities: Re-thinking Agency for the 21st Century

The University of Nottingham, UK
Friday, September 19th, 2008

Keynote Speaker â€" Professor Peter Hallward (Middlesex University)

This one day conference for postgraduate students and early career
researchers explores recent articulations of subjectivity and political
agency in critical theory and cultural studies. The continued ascent of
neo-liberalism and economic globalisation, along with postmodern and
poststructuralist theorising around subjectivity, potentially sets a
dangerously de-politicised subject against the expanding forces and
inequalities of contemporary capitalism.

CFP: [Theory] TransCanada 3

updated: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 4:36pm
full name / name of organization: 
Robert Zacharias
contact email: 

TransCanada 3: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship
Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, Canada
July 16-19, 2009

TransCanada Three will be organized around a set of related keywords to broaden and
strengthen the discursive flows produced in the previous TransCanada conferences. It will pay
explicit attention to literature, arts, and the media, but also to the educational, political, cultural,
and physical ecologies that have helped, or may in the future help, Canada to renew itself and to
embrace its emergent as well as its traditional selves. We would like to invite proposals that
address the following keywords:

CFP: [Theory] FORUM Postgraduate Journal: HAUNTING

updated: 
Monday, May 12, 2008 - 12:53am
full name / name of organization: 
Jana Funke
contact email: 

FORUM: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts

Issue 7: HAUNTING

The idea of haunting points to a residue or surplus of meaning that cannot be affirmed in the
present and nevertheless makes itself known in unexpected and disruptive ways. The haunting
traces of the forgotten, the disavowed and the effaced fundamentally undermine and trouble
what we have come to know and rely on as, or in, the present. In this sense, haunting opens up
the complex possibility of spectral knowledge and emerges as a powerful tool of
conceptualisation and representation.

CFP: [Theory] "Discursive Treatments of Media and Materiality" 4th Annual Digital Assembly Conference

updated: 
Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 4:05am
full name / name of organization: 
Elise Takehana
contact email: 

The University of Florida's graduate student group, the Digital Assembly
(http://www.english.ufl.edu/da) in the Department of English is hosting its 4th Annual
conference. Branching beyond game studies, we are looking to cross disciplinary lines
incorporating research and original works from various fields including English, Art and Art
History, and Visual Anthropology to name a few. We are particularly interested in discursive
practices and the role and implication of media conventions in the above fields especially given
the rising importance of materiality in criticism and analysis.

CFP: [Theory] MSAX: Modernism and Left Politics

updated: 
Monday, May 5, 2008 - 2:39pm
full name / name of organization: 
John Lennon
contact email: 

This panel will examine Modernism and Left politics. A member of our
panel, unfortunately, will be unable read his paper and so we have a last
minute opening for proposals. We currently have a paper that explores
depression-era transnational radical film theory and one that reexamines
the radical Wobbly rail rider in John Dos Passos’ U.S.A.

We are seeking a third paper that examines the way that Left politics
inform/transform the modernist text. Issues dealing with critical
evaluation, production and consumption are welcome.

CFP: [Theory] Queer Positionality in Nineteenth Century

updated: 
Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:12pm
full name / name of organization: 
Edward Kozaczka
contact email: 

CALL FOR PAPERS
Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Conference on Nineteenth
Century Transatlanticism

1st Annual Graduate Conference of the American Studies and Victorian
Studies Associations
Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York November 7-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Leonard Tennenhouse, Brown University

Panel: Queer Positionality and Knowledge in Transatlantic
Nineteenth-Century Literature

CFP: [Theory] Disabled Body in 19th Century

updated: 
Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
Thomas Jordan
contact email: 

1st Annual Graduate Conference of the American Studies and Victorian
Studies Associations
Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York November 7-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Leonard Tennenhouse, Brown University

Panel: The Disabled Body in 19th Century Transatlantic Literatures

CFP: [Theory] Geopolitical Ecofeminisms

updated: 
Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 6:43pm
full name / name of organization: 
Christine Battista

CALL FOR PAPERS
Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Conference on Nineteenth
Century Transatlanticism

1st Annual Graduate Conference of the American Studies and Victorian
Studies Associations
Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York November 7-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Leonard Tennenhouse, Brown University

Panel Topic:
Transatlantic Geopolitical Ecofeminisms

CFP: [Theory] submissions

updated: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 10:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Barbara Szubinska

StoryTelling is seeking submission for its fall edition. StoryTelling is
dedicated to analyses of popular narrative in the widest sense of the
phrase and as evidenced in the media and all aspects of culture.
Manuscripts should: see the narrative as a reflection of culture; use
theory to analyze the work, not work to illustrate theory; employ
scholarship; and be written for the general audience. The editors are
especially interested in visual accompaniments, bibliographies, and
interviews with creators of popular narratives. No limits on period or
country covered. No creative writing.

All articles are peer-reviewed
StoryTelling is indexed in the MLA database

UPDATE: [Theory] Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (collection; abstracts due May 15/08)

updated: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 3:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
Sarah Brophy
contact email: 

Call for Papers

Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (collection; abstracts due May 15/08)

We invite contributions for a proposed collection of essays on visual
autobiography, focusing on health, bodies, and embodied subjectivities. The
collection will consider how cultural practices of self-narration and
self-portraiture image and imagine unruly bodies and, in so doing, respond
to Patricia Zimmermann’s call for “radical media democracies that animate
contentious public spheres” (2000, p. xx).

CFP: [Theory] Psychogeographies: the Terrain of Spectacle and Affect

updated: 
Friday, April 25, 2008 - 7:49pm
full name / name of organization: 
Sally Booth
contact email: 

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIES:

The Terrain of Spectacle and Affect
Graduate Student Conference
University of Guelph
November 7-8, 2008

Guy Debord defines psychogeography as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the
geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of
individuals." As a way of negotiating the way place affects psyche, psychogeography holds
particular resonance in the contemporary socio-political context. For example, globalization has
widened the geographical environment, while in recent years there has been an increased
rhetoric of defending the nation.

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