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UPDATE: [Theory] Generative Anthropology Summer Conference (GASC) 2008 - Deadline Extension

Friday, March 7, 2008 - 3:12am
Amir Khan

Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions (500 words) for
the 2008 Generative Anthropology Summer Conference has been extended to
March 31st.

Esthetic History and the Knowledge of the Human
Generative Anthropology Summer Conference
Chapman University, Orange, California
Thursday 26 June Sunday
29 June 2008

Call for Papers

Chapman University is pleased to present the 2nd annual Generative
Anthropology Summer Conference, with the thematic focus "Esthetic
History and the Knowledge of the Human."

UPDATE: [Theory] The Future of Bisexuality

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:56am
Jonathan Alexander

“The Future of Bisexuality”
A special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality
Edited by Jonathan Alexander, PhD, University of Cincinnati
This special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality will explore the
future of bisexualityâ€"as an identity, as a community grouping, as a flash
point for activism, as a critical way to interrogate and understand hetero-
and mono-sexualities, and as an erotic inspiration for a variety of art
projects. The editor, Dr. Jonathan Alexander, invites scholarly, personal,
and experimental articles that explore what the future of bisexuality might
be in shifting cultural, social, and political climates. Collectively,

UPDATE: [Theory] Bisexuality and Queer Theory

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:53am
Jonathan Alexander

Call for Contributions
Please Distribute Widely
“Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Diversions, and Connections”
A special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality
Edited by Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
and Jonathan Alexander, PhD, University of California, Irvine
This special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality invites scholarly
and research-oriented essays that explore potential theoretically or
empirically understood connections and intersections between bisexuality
and queer theory.
Queer Theory has emerged in the West as one of the most provocative

CFP: [Theory] MSAX panel: Modernism and the Network Narrative

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 3:52am
Wesley Beal

Over the last quarter-century, the fields of critical theory have converged
on a common buzzword, connectivity, which has acted as the linking
mechanism for a constellation of divergent fields converging onto a common
objective. Corresponding to this surge of “connectivity theory” we also
see arise a distinctive “network narrative”â€" a subgenre that represents
human connectedness and its accompanying group formations. Together with
the boom in connectivity theory, these narratives mark a “connectivity
turn” that has defined the theoretical and literary production of the late
1900s and 2000s, with the network narrative exemplified in works like Don

UPDATE: [Theory] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:59pm
Jill E. Anderson

The 14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17th-19th,
 The keynote speaker will be John T. Edge, director of the Southern
Foodways Alliance and author of numerous books on Southern cuisine,
including Fried Chicken: An American Story.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may

CFP: [Theory] Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature (3/20/08; MLA '08)

Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:29am
Alysia Garrison

CFP: “Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature”
A Panel of the MLA Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2008

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, is pleased to invite current
graduate students to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers for a panel discussion titled
“Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature” at the 2008 MLA annual meeting, 12/27-
12/30 in San Francisco. This panel will investigate “potentiality” as a means of thinking the
conditions of possibility of literature in all of its habits and guises.

CFP: [Theory] Truman Capote (4/10/08; MMLA 11/13/08-11/16/08)

Friday, February 22, 2008 - 4:37am
Douglas Dowland


Special Panel: "Truman Capote"

50th Annual MMLA Convention
2008 Informal Convention Theme: Fame/Infamy
November 13-16, 2008
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This panel seeks to present critical investigations of the literary and
cultural work of Truman Capote (1924-1984).

All methodological approaches are welcome.

Possible thematic topics include:

* Capote’s production of and influence in fiction, reportage, and the
nonfiction novel

* adaptations of Capote's works, biography / bio-pic

* fictional accounts of Capote (inclusive of gossip, rumor and innuendo)

CFP: [Theory] Short Moving Images

Monday, February 18, 2008 - 9:17pm
Nicole Richter


The University of Miami is currently accepting submissions for its new
online journal devoted to the study of short moving images. The journal has
been created to construct a scholarly response to recent media developments
in viral videos and forms of “remote controlled viewing.”

We seek submissions on the following topics:

Short films
Music Videos
Video Art
You-tube/Online Videos
T.V. episodes
Readings of a single scene from a longer film.

CFP: [Theory] CFP: Cultures of Translation: Adaptation in Film and Performance (26-28 June 2008)

Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:56pm
Marta Minier


Cultures of Translation:
Adaptation in Film and Performance

An interdisciplinary and international conference

University of Glamorgan, Cardiff
  26-28 June 2008

Contributions are invited to an international conference which focuses on
various aspects of adaptation into film, performance, television, radio
and other media.

CFP: [Theory] Female Academic Superstardom (2008 M/MLA)

Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 3:35pm
Andrea Powell

The Women's Caucus for the Midwest Modern Languages Association is
inviting 250-word abstracts for a panel entitled "Female Academic
Superstardom." The 50th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language
Association will take place on November 13-16, 2008 in Minneapolis,

This panel will explore female academic superstardom from a variety of
perspectives. Successful abstracts might address one or more of the
following questions:

How does a critic or theorist become an "academostar," a term used to
describe a high-profile academic in a 2001 special issue of The Minnesota
Review devoted to academic superstardom?

Is there room on the runway for female "academostars"?

UPDATE: [Theory] The Idea of Voice, Deconstruction, and Narrative Theory (3/10/2008; MLA 2008)

Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 6:23pm
Olga Medvedeva

This special session aims to re-examine the idea of voice in narrative
theory, and in particular to question the concept of voice as an inherent
and independent agent of narrative discourse. The assumption of the
stability and even validity of this concept and of the idea of voice more
generally have been questioned in a number of recent developments, arguably
most radically in Jacques Derrida’s deconstructive work, although the work
of other thinkers, such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Maurice Blanchot and Paul de
Man, has been nearly as significant in this respect. A crucial part of
Derrida’s deconstructive project, especially in his early work, is his