21-23 June 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia
If there is 'no friend', then how could I call you my friends, my friends? By what right? How could you take me seriously? If I call you my friends, my friends, if I call you, my friends, how dare I add, to you, that there is no friend?
- Jacques Derrida, The Politics of Friendship (1994)
From this day forth, I would like you all to report to me your findings on the magic of friendship when, and only when, you happen to discover them.
- Princess Celestia, My Little Pony (2011)
Seeking presentation proposals for the annual AWP conference in Boston, Massachusetts, March 6-9, 2013.
I seek panelists interested in presenting on "The End of Postmodernism in the Digital Age" as a central topic of discussion.
CFP for PAMLA 2012 Conference, "Migration, Immigration, and Movement" (Seattle, 10/19-21); Special Session in American Literature/Film
Leonardo Electronic Almanac in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art Creative Technology) and following an exhibition organized by FACT and Tate Liverpool on Nam June Paik announces a special issue titled: Far and Wide: Nam June Paik. This issue explores the role of Nam June Paik in shaping the future vision of contemporary new media approaches, experimentation with emerging technology, aesthetics and conceptualizations.
Nam June Paik (1932-2006) changed the very idea of what making art might look like. An artist, philosopher, performer and composer (widely considered to be the first video artist), Paik was a true visionary whose work is defined by collaborations with other innovative artists and experimentation with emerging technology.
Leonardo Electronic Almanac in collaboration with The Samek Art Gallery and with Kasa Gallery announces a special issue titled: Not Here Not There. This issue arises out of the territory between two cultural streams.
From the futurist's speed through contemporary dromology to the disappearance of the human body? What are the future trajectories of a continuous process of acceleration? Is the disappearance of the body through artificial speed a process of invisibility or that of a visibility through acceleration?
The instantaneous communication across Web 2.0 and the speed of interactions has created the feeling of a contradiction between an idea of constant presence and that of the disappearance of the body in a constant trajectory of 'self-dissemination.' In 1909 the futurists envisaged a new world and some of their far-fetched visionary ideas have come to pass. What is the role that speed will play in the future of humanity in the twenty-first century?
"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture.
Previously unpublished critical essays are being sought for a new volume tentatively entitled The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature. Since the publication of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's landmark study On Death and Dying (1969), thanatology has attracted keen attention from various fields of study, including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, gerontology, and medical ethics. Interestingly, thanatologists in those areas frequently turn to literature in their study of death and the phenomena and practices related to it. Considering that death and dying is a prominent theme, motif, and symbol in world literature, it is no wonder that they find literary works resourceful.
Call for Papers