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Call for Papers: Race, Ethnicity, and Appalachia. (Deadline: January 15, 2012.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:40am
The Kirwan Institute: Race/Ethnicity Multidisciplinary Global Contexts

We invite proposals from scholars, activists/practitioners, and creative non-fiction/fiction writers who consider a host of issues evoked by "Appalachia."

Though referring to a specific geographic space, the word "Appalachia" often conjures a set of stereotypes stemming from the notion that Appalachia is an isolated and homogenous region when in fact international migrations and markets have been true presences for more than 100 years.

"Travelling Genres: English in India, India in English", January 11-13th, 2012

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 7:00am
UGC Special Assistance Programme (DRS Phase II) Centre for English Studies School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi – 110067, India

CALL FOR PAPERS:
National Young Researchers' Seminar
on
"Travelling Genres: English in India, India in English"
UGC Special Assistance Programme (DRS Phase II)
Centre for English Studies
School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi – 110067, India
January 11-13th, 2012
sap.ces@gmail.com

Digital (De-)(Re-)Territorializations

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:46pm
Bowling Green State University and BGSU's Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students

Digital (De-)(Re-)Territorializations
Hosted by Bowling Green State University
In association with BGSU's Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students

Current Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Radhika Gajjala
Dr. Kris Blair

Adorno and the Crisis of the Contemporary. 2012 ACLA, 3/29-4/1, Brown University

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:18pm
Weihsin Gui

This seminar explores the salience of Theodor Adorno's work for engaging with the emerging language of collapse, catastrophe, and crisis in literary studies and the humanities as a contemporary problem. Compared to other scholars whose work on empire, states of exception, and neoliberal governmentality seem more timely, Adorno is not often invoked in recent discussions of crisis.

Violence and Represention

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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)

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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]

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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

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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

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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]

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Monday, October 3, 2011 - 3:24pm
diacritics

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.

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