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Representations of Disability in Science Fiction (essay collection, book) Proposals due: Nov. 18/11

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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:57am
Dr. Kathryn Allan

Contributions are invited for an essay collection on the representations of disability and the disabled body in science fiction. Technology is often characterized as a cure for the disabled body – one that either elides or exacerbates corporeal difference. From block buster films and televised space operas to cyberpunk and hard SF, disabled bodies are often modified and supported by technological interventions. How are dis/ability, medical "breakthroughs," (bio) technologies, and the body theorized, materialized, and politicized in science fiction? This collection is particularly interested in the ways dis/abled bodies challenge normative discourses of ability, generate novel spaces of embodiment, and proliferate new understandings of human being.

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 10:19pm
Mount Royal University

Call for Papers

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America

Mount Royal University

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

October 10-13, 2012

www.skies.mtroyal.ca

Building on the success of Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture, and Change in Western North America in October 2010, Under Western Skies 2 welcomes academics from across the disciplines as well as members of artistic and activist communities, non- and for-profit organizations, government, labour, and NGOs to address the environmental challenges faced by human and nonhuman actors across North America.

Annual Spring Conference 2012 - "Boundaries" - Abstracts due Dec. 15, 2011

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 12:51pm
College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group

College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group
ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE 2012

Call for Papers

"Boundaries"
3 March 2012

Keynote Speaker: David J. Smith, Senior Manager for Educational Outreach
at the United States Institute for Peace

Location: University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland

[Update]: CFP - The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:56am
The journal _LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

UPDATE] NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Call for papers - Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Nove

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:27am
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

**Abstracts sent to the tamayok@stjohns.edu has been lost. Please resend immediately to the alternative emails above**
**Deadline extended**

This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.

Call for Panelists: "Narratives, Narrators and Restorying" Narrative Matters: May29-June 1 Paris

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 8:18am
American University of Paris

Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative
The American University of Paris
May 29 to June 1, 2012

Call for Papers:
Panel Name: "Narratives, Narrators and Restorying"

Contacts:
Elizabeth Stone, Professor of English, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, New York, NY 10023, Stone@Fordham.edu
Leah Anderst, Visiting Instructor of Writing, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY 10021, LAnderst@mmm.edu

Special Issue on Graffiti (proposal due Dec 1st)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 5:53pm
Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge http://www.rhizomes.net/files/future.html

Call for Essays
Special Issue of Rhizomes: Graffiti

Although there are spaces where graffiti artists do speak about their work (Youtube, 'zines, magazines), the scholarship exploring graffiti has been both limited in scope and in depth. This special edition of Rhizomes will offer a collection of essays on graffiti that seeks to create a dialogue between writers who produce graffiti and scholars who attempt to read and analyze this subculture. We, therefore, wish to neither ghettoize the writers nor the scholars; graffiti is about tangible marks on a surface and this special edition endeavors to understand the writers and their markings in both a material and analytical way.

Instrument, Image, Ekphrasis: Intersecting Genres of Knowledge. Deadline Dec. 17, 2011. Conference Date: Feb. 25, 2012.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 3:39pm
24th Annual Stony Brook University English Department Graduate Conference: "Instrument, Image, Ekphrasis: Intersecting Genres of Knowledge." An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at Stony Brook University

Location: Stony Brook University, Manhattan Campus

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Laura Kipnis

The Stony Brook Manhattan English Department Graduate Conference, the longest running interdisciplinary graduate student conference in the nation, welcomes papers and panels from all disciplines, including the arts, cultural studies, social and hard sciences, and the humanities. This year's conference will feature a faculty-sponsored Best Paper Award; for details and registration visit www.stonybrook.edu/gradconf.

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