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[UPDATE] Crowd control in the Renaissance

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 11:56am
European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.

The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.

MLA Special Session: "British Literature and the State, 1870-1930" (deadline 3/10/12; Boston 2013)

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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:26am
Benjamin Kohlmann

How do literary works in Britain explore the economic, philosophical, social, and political dimensions of "statist" theory and practice? Possible topics include the utopian/dystopian potential of statism, emerging ideas about risk and insurance, new theories of consumption and production, the role of bureaucracy, forms of collectivism, regional 'place' vs. the abstract 'space' of the state, etc. Proposals on any relevant authors, themes, forms of cultural expression are welcome. -- Lauren Goodlad will be on this panel as a respondent.

LGBTQI Graduate Students and Academia

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Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 6:15pm
Ervin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 MLA annual meeting (Boston, Jan. 3-6, 2013). Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) to Ervin Malakaj (emalakaj@wustl.edu) by March 10.

MIGRATION, CULTURE AND TRANSNATIONAL IDENTITIES IN COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE

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Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:31am
Commonwealth cultural studies group

The Commonwealth Cultural Studies Group welcomes submissions of abstracts and chapters on the above theme.
We welcome papers that examine the negotiation between migration, culture and Transnational identities in Commonwealth Literature. Papers may investigate and analyse travel literature, literature of the black diaspora and manifestations of culture in diasporic writings as well as identities.
Consequently, we encourage papers that interrogate critical transformations that Africans, Caribbeans, Asians etc undergo in the diaspora. How do they raise questions significant to present day realities?

[UPDATE] Call for Environmental Literature

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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:30pm
Kudzu Review

Kudzu Review is looking for environmental essay, art, fiction & poetry for issue 1.2, Summer Solstice!

DEADLINE CHANGE:
March 1st!

We look for savvy, sharp, well polished literature that captures life in a post-natural world, & publish work, bi-annually, that is outstanding and motivated by concerns with human's place in the world.

Visit the site for details: www.kudzureview.com

Somaesthetics Essay Prize 2012

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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 5:48pm
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its first annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2012 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies. The prize essay will be recommended for publication in an upcoming special issue of the philosophical journal Pragmatism Today on somaesthetics.

[UPDATE:Extended Deadline and New Email Address] "Rough Music": Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)

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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 3:05pm
Southern Methodist University English Graduate Students

CFP
"Rough Music": Representing Violence – an interdisciplinary graduate conference sponsored by the Southern Methodist University Department of English on
March 31, 2012

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan's readings of classical, literary, and philosophical texts as "a case of violent appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context." And yet, he argues, "this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking 'effect of truth'" and "a shattering new insight."

Kurt Vonnegut (Critical Insights essay collection); abstracts due 30 March 2012

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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 1:18pm
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut, edited by Robert T. Tally Jr.

Call for proposals

The editor of Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut seeks proposals for essays on any aspect of Kurt Vonnegut's life and work. Please send proposals of 250–300 words, along with a brief CV listing previous publications, to robert.tally@txstate.edu by March 30, 2012.

If accepted, contributors' final essays of 6,000–7,000 words will be due on August 31, 2012.

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