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[Update] The Institution of Literature: 250 Years of English Studies and Cultural Transfer (30 August - 1 September 2012)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 9:32am
Department of British Literature and Culture / Department of English Didactics, Goettingen University

Keynote speakers: Susan Bassnett, Terry Eagleton, and Konrad Schröder.

2012 marks the 250th anniversary of the election of John Tompson as the first Professor of English at Goettingen University. His English Miscellanies was one of the first English publications ever in Germany, and was also the first anthology composed in an academic context for the purpose of the mediation of English literature and culture to German students of English. The Miscellanies was therefore an important watershed in the development of British-German literary and cultural transfer.

The Politics of Critique

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 6:20am
Critical Studies Research Group (CSRG), School of Humanities, University of Brighton

Call for Papers: The Politics of Critique
2nd Critical Studies Research Group Postgraduate Conference
Organised by the Critical Studies Research Group (CSRG)
18-19 July 2012, University of Brighton, UK

[UPDATE] Hortulus Journal: March 1 Submission Deadline, Special Issue on Medieval Space and Place

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 2:57am
Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies
Special Call For Papers for Issue on Medieval Space and Place


The next issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies will be published in May of 2012. This special issue will be devoted to representations and interpretations of spatial order, and place as a socially constructed category, in the art, chronicles, letters, literature, and music of the Middle Ages.

Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 7:31pm
Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture

Shift welcomes academic papers, exhibition and book reviews, as well as discussions concerning other art-related events from current graduate students. Please see Submission and Style Guidelines for appropriate guidelines.

The committee welcomes submissions dealing with visual and material culture from any discipline. Papers may address a full range of topics and historical periods. Topics may include, but are not limited to, art and propaganda, patronage, gender and identity, spirituality and art, nationalisms and regionalisms, modernism and modernity, performance art, photography and film, perspectives in theory, methodology, and historiography, collection and representation, art and technology.

[UPDATE] Velvet Light Trap Journal #71 CFP: The Archive Deadline Extended to Feb. 6th

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 5:52pm
Velvet Light Trap

CFP: The Archive

The Velvet Light Trap Issue #71: The Archive

From material to immaterial, the archive serves as an interface between past and future knowledge. In this relationship, the archive is both a method and a space of theory and politics. As the production and exchange of information continue to expand at exponential rates, understanding the role of the archive in the storage, accessibility, and legacy of this information becomes increasingly necessary. Already this call has joined the digital archives of inboxes, servers, and hard drives, underscoring the prevalence of archives in everyday life. The study of the production of knowledge necessitates an interrogation of the contemporary state of the archive.

Friendship as Praxis: Towards Community (Cultural and Otherwise)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 3:19pm
English Graduate Caucus of Simon Fraser University

If there is 'no friend', then how could I call you my friends, my friends? By what right? How could you take me seriously? If I call you my friends, my friends, if I call you, my friends, how dare I add, to you, that there is no friend?

- Jacques Derrida, The Politics of Friendship (1994)

From this day forth, I would like you all to report to me your findings on the magic of friendship when, and only when, you happen to discover them.

- Princess Celestia, My Little Pony (2011)


Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 12:53pm
Material Texts Network, Birkbeck College, University of London

Missing Texts
A Conference organised by the Material Texts Network at Birkbeck, University of London
Saturday June 2, 2012
Call for Papers

The Material Texts Network at Birkbeck convenes and encourages innovative work on the materiality of texts. We invite 300-word proposals, from scholars working in any period and discipline, on the theme of 'Missing Texts'. Papers might consider

"Shaping Policy, Changing Law" - Research Conference, The Law Society, London, Friday October 12, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:23am
The Law Society

The Law Society invites papers from academics for a conference on the relationship between academic research and policy development and law reform.

LJ Jackson's review of civil costs and the ensuing legislative process to enact his recommendations highlights the importance of, and necessity for, academics and their research in the development of policy and law reform. The requirement in the 2014 REF exercise to demonstrate the impact of research provides a strong impetus for the relationship between research and law reform and policy to be explored and invigorated.

This conference aims to provide a unique opportunity to do that by bringing together academics, parliamentarians, civil servants, judges and other users of research.

The Body Electric, March 3rd, 2012; Graduate Conference, University of Maryland, College Park

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 9:28am
University of Maryland, Graduate English Organization

The Body Electric
March 3, 2012

The Graduate English Organization of the University of Maryland's Department of English invites graduate students to submit abstracts for our fifth annual interdisciplinary graduate conference. The theme of this year's conference is "The Body Electric."