Subscribe to RSS - theory


[UPDATE] ACLA Conference Seminar: Representing the Holocaust: Present & Future

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:52pm
Amy Parziale, University of Arizona

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012.
CONFERENCE THEME: "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change"

The deadline for 250-word paper proposals has been extended to November 15th.

(1 Week To Deadline) Scepticism and Doubt Across Cultures of Crisis: (ACLA panel) March 29 - April 1 2012

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:15am
Ali Chetwynd - University of Michigan

Are unhappy ages, and their literary productions, less alike than happy ones? In Two Ages, Kierkegaard says that 'In an era of negativity the authentic ironist is the hidden enthusiast'. For J Hillis Miller in The Disappearance of God, meanwhile, Victorian literature is animated by a more dynamic sense of doubt than that celebrated by the modernists who took God's disappearance and other catastrophes for granted. Both these comparative examinations of pessimism suggest that every age has its own sense and its own rhetoric of crisis; and that crisis-born scepticism is interesting in proportion to its degree of doubt and uncertainty, to the contingency of its gestures towards a reclamation of faith.

Narrativity, Performativity and the New Globality

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 10:00pm
The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2012

What we propose to explore in this panel are the vast changes in the global cultural landscape in the last decade or so and the narrative and performative strategies employed to position, define, and redefine the self and the social order amid and athwart this transformative moment.

How and in what terms must we reconceptualize globalization in the twenty-first century? How do certain writers and performers wield and warp language, images, and spaces to strategically resist oppression or to open an entry for radically different means of conceiving and being in the world?

Edith Wharton and the Age of TM(I)nformation: Edith Wharton Society at the American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2012

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 7:44pm
Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton and the Age of (TM)Information: Edith Wharton Society at the American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2012
If Wharton's late nineteenth century could ironically be termed "the age of innocence," our own era might unironically be dubbed the age of "too much information," marked by increasingly frayed boundaries between public and private life, the rise of gossip in nearly all media venues, and compromising revelations about the powerful emerging with astonishing frequency. We seek papers considering how Wharton's fiction might illuminate such matters. Topics for exploration could include:
*Hacking Lily's cell phone: gossip and eavesdropping in Wharton's writing

[UPDATE] CFP: Computer Culture (SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference, February 8-11, 2012)

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 5:03pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association: Computer Culture Area

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

February 8-11, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011

Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: +1 505 842 1234

Video Vortex #8 The Politics, Cultures and Art of Online Video, May 17th-19th, 2012

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 12:23pm
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, The Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, Kazimir, Split

We are pleased to announce that the 8th edition of Video Vortex will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia, between the 17th and the 19th of May, 2012. So far Video Vortex has taken place twice in Brussels and Amsterdam and once in Ankara, Split and Yogyakarta. The Video Vortex network was founded in in 2007 and deals with the cultural, political and artistics aspects of online video. Video Vortex 8 is organized by the Kazimir Association in Split and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb in collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam.