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UPDATE: [Theory] ACLA 08: Operation Sedition Is a Go: Democracy and its Discontents

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 3:55pm
full name / name of organization: 
zlatan filipovic
contact email: 

Deadline Update

Call for Papers for the seminar at the American Comparative
Literature Association Annual Meeting: "Arrivals and Departures"
April 24-27, 2008
Long Beach, CA

Operation Sedition Is a Go!
Democracy and its Discontents
Seminar Organizers: Zlatan Filipovic and Bidhan Roy, Goldsmiths, University of London

“Democracy has always been suicidal, and if there is a to-come for it, it is only on the condition
of thinking life otherwise, life and the force of life.”
â€" Jacques Derrida

CFP: [Theory] The Succession of Simulacra: Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 4:22am
full name / name of organization: 
David Roh
contact email: 

“The Succession of Simulacra: The Legacy of Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)”
An Interdisciplinary Conference
April 18-19, 2008
University of California, Santa Barbara

The recent death of Jean Baudrillard has stimulated an engagement with his
work and its legacy across various fields both within academia and beyond
it. As seen in the recent “Remembering Baudrillard” issue of the
International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, his ideas continue to foster
productive discussion.

UPDATE: [Theory] Placing Poesis: The Work of Art and the Future of Literary Studies

Monday, November 26, 2007 - 11:31pm
full name / name of organization: 
James Ayers
contact email: 

18th Annual EGSA Mardi Gras Conference
Louisiana State University
January 30- February 1
Keynote Speaker: Cathy Davidson

“From Classical to Contemporary Theories”
The 18th Annual EGSA Mardi Gras Conference invites papers for the proposed
panel, “From Classical to Contemporary Theories.” 15 minute papers should
examine the classical roots of modern and postmodern literary theory,
locating there some consistency in artistic and theoretical definitions and
practices. Papers may compare specific texts or authors with one another,
or may entertain the historical development of specific ideas and/or
theoretical practices.

Please send 250 word abstracts to:

CFP: [Theory] Getting Obsessive: Culture and Excess, USC, graduate conference, March 28-29

Monday, November 26, 2007 - 6:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
Alice Bardan
contact email: 

Getting Obsessive: Culture and Excess
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium, March 28 and 29, 2008
Sponsored by USC's Assocation of English Graduate Students and the USC
Center for Feminist Research

Keynote Speaker: Tavia Nyong'o, NYU Performance Studies.

Everyone's a little bit obsessive; academics are usually more than a
little. But what consitutes our obsessions and what work do they do? What
is the relation between obsession and knowledge production; and what
about less legitimate obsessions, the things, places, people and cultural
forms about which we feel excessive love or hate?

UPDATE: [Theory] Psychoanalysis and/as Theater

Monday, November 26, 2007 - 4:39pm
full name / name of organization: 
John Steen
contact email: 

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for submissions EXTENDED to JANUARY 15, 2008

Call for Papers:
The interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Emory University
proposes a conference entitled:

Psychoanalysis and/as Theater
March 28th-29th 2008
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric J. Nuetzel, Washington University in St. Louis

UPDATE: [Theory] Oscar Wilde's Critical Essays (1/31/08); collection)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 7:19pm
full name / name of organization: 
Alfred J. Drake
contact email: 

I welcome abstracts and full essays for a proposed volume on Oscar Wilde's
critical essays with an emphasis on how those texts were received in the
author's own time and how they have impacted contemporary debates in
criticism and theory. I will also consider abstracts that deal with
Wilde's fiction, poetry, or drama if they suit the collection's emphasis.

UPDATE: [Theory] American Literature Association, Latina/o Literature Society

Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 7:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson

CFP: Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
May 22-25, 2008
The Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature
Association seeks proposals for several panels at the American Literature
Association’s 19th annual conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, CA
May 25-28, 2008.
Those interested in submitting a paper should send a one-page abstract with
your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to Latina/o
Literature and Culture Society co-chair Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson at by January 17, 2008.

CFP: [Theory] The Substance of Though: Critical and Pre-Critical, Cornell University

Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 11:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Robert S. Lehman
contact email: 

The Theory Reading Group at Cornell University invites submissions for
its fourth annual interdisciplinary spring conference

The Substance of Thought: Critical and Pre-Critical

featuring keynote speakers Simon Critchley (The New School for Social
Research) and Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
April 10th-12th, 2008

UPDATE: [Theory] Philament, Issue 12: Habits and Habitat

Friday, November 9, 2007 - 2:23am
full name / name of organization: 
Angela Dunstan

Philament, the online journal of the arts and culture affiliated with the
University of Sydney
(, invites
postgraduate scholars to contribute articles, fictocriticism, reviews,
and opinions for…

Issue 12: Habits and Habitat

Send to:

CFP: [Theory] RMMLA 2008: Humor Theory

Friday, November 9, 2007 - 2:05am
full name / name of organization: 
Stephanie Taitano
contact email: 

This year we seek overarching theoretical works (rather than humor as it
happens to operate in specific texts). Topics may address:
-humor theories (past, present, evolving, . . .)
-intersection of humor theories and feminism, utopian visions, ethnic
studies, gender studies, applied linguistics, narrative, reader response,
or (and especially) rhetorical theory
-potential topics?: anxieties of ethnicities, comic transcendence in
narrative play, paradoxically displaced selves, reading the world as a
joke, embod/bawdying, perfect incongruities, weird English, the impotence
to write, ghosted writing, language hygiene, . . .
Please send one page proposals with contact information to:

UPDATE: [Theory] AEGIS conference

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 4:02am
full name / name of organization: 
Krystal MCMillen

Call For Papers: Power of Form and Forms of Power

Annual AEGIS Conference at SIUC
Carbondale Illinois
April 3rd-5th 2008