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"Politics of Literary Storytelling" panel, abstract due 10/31/11

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Monday, October 24, 2011 - 2:19pm
“Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative” conference, May 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

This is a call for papers for a panel on "Politics of Literary Storytelling" for the conference on "Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative" that will take place in May 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic. Our panel will explore storytelling across genres of Postmodern fiction, involving plays, short stories, and novels, seeking to answer some of the following questions: Do stories of individual experience have a better capacity to effect social change when they are related through multiple or fragmented narrators? The Postmodern exercise seems to focus on this type of storytelling, but does it actually have any political potential, and if so, how?

LIES 2012: "Of what is past, or passing, Or to come": Travelling in time and space in literature in English

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Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:54am
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

The lines quoted in the title of the conference from W.B. Yeats' "Sailing to Byzantium," which are recalled by one of the characters in Marina Warner's novel In a Dark Wood, bring to light the theme of this year's Literature in English Symposium: Travelling in space and time.
The idea of a journey is inherently connected with changing places and movement, but, through reading, we can traverse space and time, continents and cultures, whilst remaining static.

Interdisciplinary Studies: "Food & Culture(s) in a Global Context"- Due December 1, 2011

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 11:04pm
SWTX PCA/ACA 33rd Annual Conference

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Studies

SWTX PCA/ACA 33rd Annual Conference celebrating

"Food & Culture(s) in a Global Context"

February 8 - 11, 2012
Albuquerque, NM

http://www.swtxpca.org

Conference Location:
Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102
Tel: +1 505 842 1234 Fax: +1 505 843 2710

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011

Proposal submission location: http://conference2012.swtxpca.org

Velvet Light Trap Journal #71 CFP: The Archive

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 8:50pm
Velvet Light Trap

CFP: The Archive

The Velvet Light Trap Issue #71: The Archive

From material to immaterial, the archive serves as an interface between past and future knowledge. In this relationship, the archive is both a method and a space of theory and politics. As the production and exchange of information continue to expand at exponential rates, understanding the role of the archive in the storage, accessibility, and legacy of this information becomes increasingly necessary. Already this call has joined the digital archives of inboxes, servers, and hard drives, underscoring the prevalence of archives in everyday life. The study of the production of knowledge necessitates an interrogation of the contemporary state of the archive.

Queer Interventions and Intersections

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 7:20pm
Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine

Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine

Volume II: 2012, "Queer Interventions and Intersections"

Journal Publication Date: April 15, 2012
Deadline for the submission of papers: January 1, 2012

Trans-Scripts – a new interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of the second volume will be "Queer Interventions and Intersections."

From Akira to Žižek:Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:36am
Studies in Comics journal

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics volume 3.2. This special issue seeks to provide a forum for new articulations between comics studies and contemporary cultural theory.

The importance and continued relevance of poststructuralist/postmodernist thought, the Frankfurt school's studies of mass culture, McLuhan's media theory and Bourdieu's critical sociology are rightly acknowledged. Such figures dominate theoretical academic discourse on comics, as in other areas of cultural studies, often at the expense of engagement with alternative strands of critical thinking.

[UPDATE] 22nd Annual English Graduate Student Association Mardi Gras Conference @ LSU

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 3:31pm
English Graduate Student Association--Co-Chairs Doris Raab & Catherine Riley

Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies

The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University

LSU Student Union

February 16th & 17th, 2012

Keynote Address by Meredith L. McGill, Rutgers University

Representations of Catastrophe in Science Fiction Film- ACLA 2012 Providence Deadline November 15

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Friday, October 21, 2011 - 8:41pm
Elif Sendur/ Binghamton University

From its inception, film created the very ground for thinking of catastrophe and different approaches to the end of the world. Whether it is Lang's Metropolis that pushes the dynamics of industrialism to its end or Whedon's Serenity that imagines the aftermath of this monstrous industrialism, science fiction remains a medium where depression, collapse, catastrophe or the end of times can be thought in its utmost limits. Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf not only did imagine the end as such but also showed the aftermath of a such end. Most recently, it was Lars Von Trier's Melancholia (2011) that pinpointed our own depressive era by collapsing earth with a rogue planet.

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