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Violence and Represention

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:48am
ACLA 2012 Convention

Epistemic shifts are themselves inherently violent and the uncertainty and instability that these shifts produce frequently elicit a violent response. This seminar intends to put into conversation scholarly works that explore both the representation of violent acts and the violence of representation. We are interested in a diverse conversation across multiple disciplines and seek papers that deal with literary, cinematic, performative or documentary texts.

Auteurs in the 21st Century (April 6-7, 2012)

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 9:26pm
Yale Film Studies Graduate Conference

Is the concept of auteurism still valid for exploring filmmaking in the 21st century? After its introduction by Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s, auteur theory became both the predominant conceptual framework for scholarly analysis of innovative filmmakers' work and the heuristic for film appreciation in the popular imagination. Although auteurism has come under sustained attack in recent decades, its allure has persisted – overwhelmingly, we still view films as being the work of a singular creative consciousness.

Humans Gone Wild: Catastrophe, Inhumanity, Animality [Nov 15 Abstract Deadline]

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 8:59pm
American Comparative Literature Association Seminar [March 29-Apr 1]

Insofar as catastrophes give rise to, or are produced by, inhumanity, how is that inhumanity represented in terms of animals and animality? What does it mean to be inhuman and in what sense is it commensurate with "being an animal"? This seminar seeks to explore the association of animality with perpetrators of atrocity, immoral or depraved behavior, aggression and violence, as well as with victims of such violence—with both inhuman acts and inhumane conditions. How, and with what consequence, is such language used to represent "wild" or uncivilized acts, beyond the reach of moral reason or human understanding? What does such language (mis)recognize about the instincts of humans or other species?

[UPDATE] 22nd Annual Graduate Student Mardi Gras Conference at LSU

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 5:02pm
English Graduate Student Association at LSU, 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

Ritual, Religion, and Theatre

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 3:33pm
Bert Wallace / Theatre Symposium

SETC Theatre Symposium Volume 21:
Ritual, Religion, and Theatre

The Abydos Passion Play. The Dionysian festivals. Yaqui deer dances. Maypole dances. Mystery plays and Noh drama. Theatre of Cruelty, Poor Theatre, Total Theatre. Whether or not theatre arose from ritual and/or religion, from prehistory to the present there have been intriguing connections among these types of human activities. The 2012 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Theatre Symposium will focus on the varied connections, intersections, appropriations, and clashes between ritual, religion, and theatre. Possible topics:

diacritics: "More than Global" [July 15, 2012]

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 3:24pm

diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "More than Global," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. "Humanists" may be facing an urgent task, or the discontinuous writing of what Susan Buck-Morss recently named a non-synthetic but "syncretic" take on world history and cultures. In this mini-series, we would like to bypass comparison, and go "more than global," in connecting discrete texts, phenomena, periods, images, languages, places—without unifying them. While certainly keeping in view the discourse of the social sciences, we seek to underscore the specificity of literary, critical, and philosophical thought in any sound attempt at reflecting on what "global" could mean anew.

diacritics: "Thinking with the Sciences" (July 15, 2012)

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 3:15pm

diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "Thinking with the Sciences," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. We believe it is now time for scholars in the humanities and the literary disciplines to think with the sciences (and not against, or instead of them). Our title also suggests that epistemology is necessary but not sufficient; and that the promotion of an ancillary use of philosophy and the arts as illustrations or aesthetic adornments for "scientific knowledge" is not what matters. We welcome bold, broad, interdisciplinary, and theoretically sophisticated submissions that could be of relevance to this series.

[UPDATE] - CFP – So What?: Exploring the Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century (Proposals due 11/15)

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 2:24pm
North Carolina State University Association of English Graduate Students

The Association of English Graduate Students at NC State is pleased to announce the call for papers for our third annual graduate student conference, which will be held February 24-25, 2012.

In this conference, we wish presenters and participants to examine and explore the continued need for humanities studies, and the place of humanities studies in societies that increasingly value technological advances in communication.