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Desire, Literature, Culture Postgraduate Symposium, 29-30 March, Malta

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Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 4:12pm
University of Malta

The present pleasure,
By revolution low'ring, thus become
The opposite of itself
- Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

If, in the near future, all data, movies, etc., were to become instantly available, if the delay were to become minimal so that the very notion of "searching for" (a book, a film …) were to lose meaning, would this instant availability not suffocate desire?
- Žižek

[d]o not give way on your desire
- Lacan

[UPDATE] Criterion Forum: (Meta) Critiques of "Transnational American Studies" 20 January 2012

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Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:54pm
Brighamy Young University

For its 2012 issue, Criterion (an undergraduate and master's level student journal) anticipates reserving space for up to four essays exploring issues that relate to transnational American studies. To provoke thoughts on this topic, Dr. Jared Hickman of Johns Hopkins University has provided a prompt, "(Meta) Critiques of 'Transnational American Studies'." Authors should not attempt to address all of the issues raised by Dr. Hickman; rather, Criterion hopes this prompt will serve as a springboard for creative and well-focused essays on relevant issues and texts.

[UPDATE] CFP - Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism (20 January 2012)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:52pm
Brigham Young University

Criterion seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. We encourage upper-division undergraduates and first- and second-year masters students to submit. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2012 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2012. The submission deadline for the 2012 issue is 20 January 2012. Essays received after this deadline will be considered for the 2013 issue.

New Perspectives on German Ecocritical Prose, Due 03/01/2012

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Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:33pm
128th MLA Convention, January 3–6, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts

The rise of the ecologically-oriented approaches to literature and the development of ecocriticism as a scholarly discipline in the 1970s did not remain very long the prerogative of the Anglo-American literature and scholarship. Other national literatures and literary studies have been rapidly developing their views on the connections between literature and ecology; these are oftem based on different premises and follow their own respective literary traditions.

Creative Writing

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Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 1:12am
RMMLA 2012

RMMLA, Boulder, Colorado, October 11-13, 2012 USA invites Abstract/ Full Paper from Teachers, Students, Independent Scholars on Creative Writing on any topic between heaven and earth within March 01,2012. Submit to Dibakar Pal(dibakar1956@gmail.com)

Anthology on The Book of Mormon Musical, abstracts Feb 1.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 5:56pm
Marc Edward Shaw / Hartwick College; Holly Welker / Writer & editor

The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."

But the musical has done much more than merely attempt to entertain people for an evening: it regularly brings audiences to their feet in a wild ovation at its end, and it earned a whopping 14 Tony nominations, winning in nine of the categories it was nominated in, including "Best Musical."

Cycles of Transformations and Transformations of Cycles: creation, evolution, and performance (March 9th, 2012)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 5:53pm
4th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Deadline: Please send abstracts of 150 words to gso@gsoconference.com* by January 10th, 2010

We invite paper or panel proposals that examine the life processes and preservation cycles as they intersect with changing realities in the 21st century.

Some possible areas of study include but are not limited to:

·The transformative aspects of genealogy in (de)constructing culture

·Transformation of labor movements in amateur and professional sports

·Metamorphoses: Biological and geological cycles of the Hawaiian Islands

·Appropriation of cultural forms in capitalist systems

·Recycling: re-examining and re-educating our world

Man and Superman: Human Enhancement in Fiction. Deadline: Feb. 15 2012

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 12:49pm
New York Institute of Technology and the University of Exeter

We humans have always dreamt of overcoming the limitations that nature imposes on us, of acquiring abilities that go far beyond anything currently possible, and of being so strong, clever, and superior that we can achieve anything we want. We've also dreamed of even conquering death. Modern technology, we imagine, will one day grant us everything we have ever dreamt of: superhuman strength, unlimited knowledge and understanding, hitherto unimaginable pleasures, and a life that will extend indefinitely into an increasingly glorious posthuman future.

<[UPDATE]> < CFP: EXTENDED DEADLINE: Car Culture and the Road>

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 3:32pm

< Car Culture and the Road is a growing area of cultural significance in our rapidly transforming global world. Both the car and the road conjure up ideas about freedom, mobility, geography, consumption, and the triumph of technology over nature. Images of car culture and/or the road evoke a powerful and potentially tense inquiry into the role of the car and the road in terms of nostalgia for an idyllic, and perhaps lost pastime, as well as a renewed excitement about the future of motorized transport (cars, motorcycles, scooters, etc.). In either case, we find both the car and the road as prominent figures in the construction of identity formation in a variety of media formats (film, TV, videogames, graphic novels, fiction).

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