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Sentimental Geographies: Geography, Affect, and Contemporary Cultural Practice. 24 February 2012

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 3:55pm
CUNY Graduate Center, PhD in French

SENTIMENTAL GEOGRAPHIES: Geography, Affect, and Contemporary Cultural Practice

"Autrement dit, la littérature ne se produit pas dans une suspension, ce n'est pas une suspension en l'air. Elle provient d'un lieu…"
— Édouard Glissant

"The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose metre is one's biography, joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island."
— Derek Walcott

[UPDATE] 20th Anniversary British Women Writers Conference (BWWC): June 7-10, 2012

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:36am
18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Association

In 2012, the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) will commemorate its 20th anniversary in Boulder, Colorado, by focusing on the theme of "Landmarks."  Rich in both physical and metaphorical significance, landmarks form loci by which we organize history and chart the development of individuals, nations, and cultures. We therefore invite papers that explore how women writers and their texts engage with an ever-changing geography that is both material and abstract. These conference papers should address the people, places, events, and texts that have made their marks on history, and/or the processes and implications of marking, mapping, reading, preserving, overwriting, or erasing.

Crossroads - HERA Conference, March 8-10 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:26pm
Humanities Education and Research Association [HERA]

In keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines, we invite presentations exploring any form of artistic representation---literature, the visual arts, music, theatre, opera, dance, film, photography, architecture et al---from any world culture, using an interdisciplinary "crossroads" approach to enrich and deepen our understanding of these cultural artifacts and the societies that produced them. Presentations on interdisciplinary approaches to teaching the humanities are also welcome. Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops must be submitted through the conference web portal on the HERA website at

Modernism and the Folk: Beyond Primitivism - Rutgers University, March 23rd, 2012 - abstracts due 11/30/2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 1:27pm
Rutgers University Modernist Studies Group and Americanist Colloquium

The Rutgers University Modernist Studies Group and the Americanist Colloquium announce "Modernism and the Folk: Beyond Primitivism," a transatlantic and interdisciplinary graduate student conference. This day-long event will take place at Rutgers – New Brunswick on March 23, 2012. Christopher Reed, Professor of English and Visual Studies at Penn State, will deliver the keynote lecture, "Bachelor Japanists."

Poetics of Collapse: Form and Politics

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 3:45pm
American Comparative Literature Association

Variations on the idea of collapse have shaped an array of poetic experiments with form and approaches to figuring personal and political crisis, disarray, and decline. How, then, have poets imagined and responded to visions of social, political, emotional, environmental, or economic collapse, and how in turn has poetic play with formal ideas of collapse or collapsibility rendered poetic ideas about political and aesthetic futures? Processes and structures of collapse change the organization of our social worlds in time and space. How might poets' ideas about the forms and meanings of collapse refine, extend, or contest analogous ideas in political economy, social theory, or aesthetics?