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[REMINDER] Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon: 2011-11-01

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:44am
Martin Paul Eve, University of Sussex

Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, a new Open Access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and adjacent fields, seeks articles, reviews and letters for publication.

Thomas Pynchon is an American writer of novels, short stories and occasional journalistic pieces whose influence upon the contemporary American writing scene is virtually unparalleled, leading Harold Bloom, in recent correspondence, to write: "certainly he is still the most important writer alive". Topics for consideration could include, but are by no means limited to:

HORROR AREA Call for Papers, 2012 PCA/ACA National Conference - Boston, MA - 11-14 April, 2012

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:42am
Popular Culture Association (PCA) / American Culture Association (ACA)

HORROR
(in fiction, film, television, new media, theory and culture)

2012 NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE POPULAR CULTURE / AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATIONS

The Horror Area co-chairs of the Popular Culture Association invite interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in fiction, cinema, television, gaming, theory and culture for the 2011 PCA/ACA National Convention to be held at the Copley Marriott Hotel in Boston, MA. The conference runs from 11 to 14 April, 2012.

Horror Co-Chairs:
Dr. James Iaccino, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Dr. Carl Sederholm, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Kristopher Woofter, Concordia University, Montréal, QC

6th Global Conference: Visual Literacies (July 2012, Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:26am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

6th Global Conference
Visual Literacies

Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – Thursday 5th July 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding visual literacy in regard to theory and praxis. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in fields such as education, visual arts, fine arts, literature, philosophy, psychology, critical theory and theology. These disciplines are indicative only as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and vocation in which visual literacy plays a part.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes;

Hybrid Irelands: March 29-31, 2012 (Abstracts due November 15th, 2011)

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 5:33am
Hybrid Irelands: At Culture’s Edge / University of Notre Dame / Keough-Naughton Institute

Hybrid Irelands: At Culture's Edge (Abstracts due November 15th, 2011)

A Graduate-Student Conference Exploring the Relationship between Hybridity and Irish Literature

Place: University of Notre Dame
Date: March 29-31, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Terry Eagleton (University of Lancaster, University of Notre Dame)
David Lloyd (University of Southern California)
Clair Wills (Queen Mary, University of London)
Poetry Reading: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Medbh McGuckian (tentative) (Queen's University, Belfast)

[UPDATE] Enunciating the End: The Apocalypse, Textual Futures, and What Comes Next

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:45pm
Concordia English Graduate Colloquium

Apocalyptic prophecies and futurist narratives have always had a special place in culture, from Y2K fervor to the periodically updated Rapture to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012. In addition to the "real" end-of-the-world predictions, and perhaps in response to them, our literature and pop culture has spawned innumerable fictions of a future unaccounted for. This unknown future folds back upon our past through historical representations of colonialism's reconfiguration of territory, ownership, and identity. In the present, our cultural climate seems to speak to the end of the material world as we have come to understand it, as we transcend print-based media and move up into the digital media cloud.

[UPDATE] CSUF Acacia Conference: An Ethical (Re)Orientation

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 3:46pm
California State University, Fullerton Acacia Group

California State University Fullerton's Acacia Group and Creative Writing Club are looking for thoughtful inter-disciplinary graduate and professional-level papers that engage a work of literature or an aspect of culture through the lens of ethical responsibility and the imperative of human connection. This conference will focus on how various schools of literary theory utilize ethics in their interactions with any period or medium of literature. Additionally, we are accepting creative submissions: short emphatic works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or hybrid text which pertain specifically or tangentially to ethics, not to exceed 2012 words in length. Undergraduates are very welcome to submit as well.

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