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.
2nd Global Conference
Beauty: Exploring Critical Issues
Friday 21st September – Sunday 23rd September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for papers:
< 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).
Interdisciplinary English Studies
Red River Graduate Student Conference
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
March 23-24, 2012
The English Graduate Organization at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, invites you to consider issues of interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in literature, rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies, cultural studies, and communication studies at this year's Red River Graduate Student Conference. Other topics related to language, writing, and culture are also welcome.
The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites paper proposals for our 2012 spring conference, "Networked New York." This symposium will take place on Friday, March 23, 2012.
CFP: Endless forms most beautiful: Science in 19th Century American Literature
I would like to propose a panel of papers that explores the role of science (rather than technology) in 19th century American literature for the 23rd Annual American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
We're delighted to invite you to the third session of "Sensible Flesh: Rethinking the Body in the 21st Century" in London, Monday 12th December at 18.00, Room S8.08, King's College London (Strand Campus). Followed by drinks and a discussion. This month our two speakers will be addressing different perspectives on the AIDS epidemic.
Fiona Johnstone (Birkbeck) – 'AIDS, art, and the "corporeal turn"'
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to focus on questions of 'cultural translation' in all its forms and constructs. As global identity becomes increasingly defined by questions of communication across languages and cultures the role of 'translation' becomes key in the forging of new subjectivities.
Topics could include (although are not limited to) :
1. Adaption in literature, film and media
2. Interplay between East Asian nations
3. Construction of 'East Asia' as a theoretical/political/cultural concept
4. A focus on the interplay between 'East Asia' and the 'West'
5. Global Dissemination of East Asian Popular Culture.
Between the recession, partisan rhetoric about class war, and the current Occupy movement, class has moved to the forefront of American political consciousness. Class is also something we can't avoid in the academy--whether we're talking about the relative place of men and women (Schell); WPAs, professors, and TAs (Bousquet, Scott); literature and composition (Miller); the university and the community (Mathieu); undergraduate students; or the literary canon and authors that we study. This is a kairotic moment to reexamine our assumptions about class and look more deeply at the class implications in our literature, our languages, our classrooms, and our communities.
Call For Papers: PROSTHESIS: A Journal of Theory & Criticism -- from the Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism at the University of Western Ontario
Theoretical Matter(s): New Materialisms and the Problems of Theory