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UPDATE: [Theory] Vitalpoetics: final call for articles

updated: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 2:10am
full name / name of organization: 
Tim Cahill

This is a final call for articles for 'Vitalpoetics: A Journal of Critical Literary Theory' Issue 1, 2008.
Articles are sought (up to 5000 words - negotiable on individual basis) that engage any aspect of
critical literary theory, with an emphasis on close analysis.
Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.
All articles must be in English and provide English translations.
'Vitalpoetics' is a new online-journal that will be launched in January, 2008, and will be issued
quarterly.
Please contact via e-mail with any queries and for submission guidlines.

CFP: [Theory] CFP

updated: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 3:48pm
full name / name of organization: 
Making.Books_at_sas.upenn.edu, Shaping Readers

Call for Papers
The Second Annual Making Books, Shaping Readers Conference
April 2nd â€" 4th 2008
University College Cork
http://www.ucc.ie/en/mbsr

Conference Theme: Shaping Readers: Selection and Editing

Plenary Speaker: Professor Alistair McCleery, Co-Director of SAPPHIRE,
Professor of Literature and Culture at Napier University, and co-editor
of The Book History Reader

CFP: [Theory] War & the (Re)Invention of Communications & Communities (11/01/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08) Arizona State U.

updated: 
Monday, October 22, 2007 - 6:15pm
full name / name of organization: 
C. Stamper
contact email: 

War & the (Re)Invention of Communications & Communities (11/01/07;
2/29/08-3/1/08) Arizona State U.

Paper Submission Deadline Extended to Nov. 1, 2007

How does the (re)invention of communications and communities intersect with
issues of war? How can war, totalitarianism, or torture be reconsidered
regarding transmission, translation, and transgression? Examples could
include transmission of information to communities about war via media and
visual images; translation of trauma to the body into writing or speaking;
how literature, art, creative writing, rhetoric, etc. might translate war;
and transgressions against the nation-state, religion, gender, violence, etc.

CFP: [Theory] The Arrival of Enigma: Letters

updated: 
Monday, October 22, 2007 - 3:27am
full name / name of organization: 
Jillian St. Jacques

Call for Papersâ€"The Arrival of Enigma: Letters
Panel for the American Comparative Literature Association 2008 Conference
April 24-27, 2008
Westin Long Beach
Long Beach, California
Organizer: Jillian Saint Jacques, Jan van Eyck Academie

Abstracts of 250 words in length should be submitted to the ACLA official website at http://
www.acla.org/submit, or as e-mail attachments to saintjacques_at_janvaneyck.nl

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15, 2007

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
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 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

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