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CFP: [Theory] Communities and Collectivities: Old Questions, New Contours (ACLA Annual Meeting, April 24-27, 2008)

updated: 
Friday, October 19, 2007 - 10:21am
full name / name of organization: 
Elana Commisso
contact email: 

Two questions lie at the heart of any thinking of community or
collectivity: “Who are we?” and “How many are we?” These questions are
borrowed from Derrida’s Politics of Friendship and Spivak’s Death of a
Discipline but different iterations can be found in the work of others:
Bataille, Blanchot, Deleuze, Nancy. If a consideration of community and
collectivity has to start necessarily by asking about the identity of its
members and by calculating their number, the answers to these questions
are, on the other hand, far from evident, bound as they are to assumptions
particularly prone to metaleptic reasoning. What must be assumed in order

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

updated: 
Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 1:07am
full name / name of organization: 
Zlatan Filipovic
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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 Organizer: Zlatan Filipovic, 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] ACLA: Operation Sedition Is a Go: Democracy and its Discontents

updated: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 11:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
zlatan filipovic
contact email: 

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 Organiser: Zlatan Filipovic, 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] ACLA 2008: Revisiting Historicism (deadline 11/15/07)

updated: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 6:36pm
full name / name of organization: 
Carolyn Betensky
contact email: 

Revisiting Historicism
Panel for 2008 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
April 24 - 27, 2008
California State University, Long Beach
 
Panel organizers: Carolyn Betensky, Department of English, University of
Rhode Island, and Susan Hiner, Department of French, Vassar College

Historicism is no longer new. In many disciplines across the humanities
and social sciences, once-iconoclastic historicist approaches now
constitute a dominant (and in some disciplines, the dominant)
methodological and theoretical paradigm. Nowadays, the injunction “Always
historicize!” can sound less like an urgent call than a demand to toe the
line.

CFP: [Theory] Representations of Trauma in Literature and Film (10/26/07; CSA, 05/22/08 - 05/24/08)

updated: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 9:42am
full name / name of organization: 
Philippe Codde
contact email: 

Papers are sought for a proposed panel on “Representations of Trauma in
Literature and Film” at the Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting at
New York University, May 22-24, 2008.
Psychotherapists such as Dori Laub, Bessel van der Kolk, Onno van der Hart,
and Judith Herman have repeatedly underscored the visual nature of
traumatic experiences, which tend to be engraved in memory in the form of
images or icons. This would suggest that visual media provide the most
expedient canvas for representing these moments of crisis, and movies like
Sidney Lumet’s The Pawnbroker (1964), Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000),
or Brad Anderson’s The Machinist (2004) confirm the validity of this

CFP: [Theory] Discourse: Transvaluating the Concept "Life" (journal)

updated: 
Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 9:48pm
full name / name of organization: 
David Harvey
contact email: 

There is a call for submissions for a special issue of the journal
"Discourse," which is to be guest edited by Louis-Georges Schwartz (Dept.
of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa). Essays included
will explore how the concept of "life" has been constructed and challenged
as an object of/for discourse throughout the humanities.

Please fine a more detailed account of the project below:

CFP: [Theory] Hermesâs Tongue: Validity & Challenges of Art as Messenger (Grad Panel, 10/15/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08)

updated: 
Monday, October 1, 2007 - 5:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
Want Chyi
contact email: 

What are the challenges of using art to translate a message? How does art
function as a language? What is lost or gained when it is transmitted to
the audience? How does visual/ performance art fit into academia? This
panel seeks critical and creative presentations, including visual and
performance art, which explores these questions.

Submit 350-word paper proposals by October 15 to the Southwest Graduate
English Symposium, held at Arizona State University, February 29-March 1,
2008. Please include your name, professional affiliation, home and office
numbers, mailing address, and email address. Also, please include any A/V
requirements with your submission.

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