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CfP for the Edited Volume "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind"

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 1:01pm
Alfonsina Scarinzi - Georg-August Universitaet Goettingen (Germany)

In his work "The Meaning of the Body" philosopher Mark Johnson argues that aesthetics is not just art theory. Rather, it should be considered to be the study of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions. In this way he rejects both the Kantian view of aesthetics according to which aesthetics is nonconceptual and incapable of giving rise to knowledge and the mind/body dichotomy that underlies it. Johnson introduces the embodied mind thesis into aesthetics.

Creating the Chalice: Imagination and Integrity; Biennial National Conference 2012

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 12:01pm
Association for Study of Women and Mythology

Advancing scholarship about women and mythology involves the evolution and refinement of scholarly methods. Suggested topics for this symposium might include, but are not limited to, the following:

What are new paths for the field of women's spirituality? What new models and methods support scholarly inquiry? How shall new methods be evaluated? What are criteria for solid scholarship using these new models? What are the complexities around issues of cultural appropriation? How can scholars understand and address the tensions around rootedness and local culture on the one hand, and issues of lineage and history on the other?

[update] NeMLA Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES" (Sept. 30 / March 15-18, 2012)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 12:01am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012

Panel on "Victorian Energy Crises"
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012—Rochester, New York, Hyatt Rochester

This panel will consider the ways energy, broadly conceived, was theorized, understood, and represented in Victorian literature, science, and material culture.

The Violence of Economics and the Economics of Violence (03/29 - 04/01/2012)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 8:39pm
American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting

Recent events like the austerity and cost-of-living protests in Greece, Israel, and the UK and food protests in several North African countries invite renewed attention to the relationship between violence and economics. Media coverage of these events tends to focus our attention on the violence of the protesters or of autocratic regimes but ignores the economic violence that sparked these protests. During times of economic crises, the violence that always simmers below the surface of capitalism—the violence of dispossession, accumulation, and systematic impoverishment—surges to the surface.

On The Edge: Exploration of Liminalities and Extremities in English Studies (November 10, 2011)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:06pm
The Journal of South Texas English Studies

Liminality is a state of being that is neither in nor out, neither belonging to or excluded from, neither conscious nor unconscious, neither full nor empty; but, liminality holds within that in-between existence great power for effecting change. How does liminality intersect and clash with the concept of extremities – the fringes of society, religion, politics, ideology, and literature that threaten to pull us apart. Can liminality (the in-between) and extremity (the outer edge) inhabit the same space? Can they be one and the same at times, or are they always at odds with each other? Can we navigate and inhabit the borders and boundaries of our world - the ambiguous space between two other spaces - and not lose ourselves or our identities?

Voice and Voicing in a Technological Era, A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference, 8-10 March 2012

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 1:03pm
University of Tennessee English Department Graduate Students, Knoxville, TN

Voice and Voicing in a Technological Era, A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Thursday, March 8- Saturday, March 10, 2011

Plenary Speakers: Adam Banks (University of Kentucky), Barclay Barrios (Florida Atlantic University), and Nancy Paterson (Ontario College of Art and Design)

Moving Dangerously: Women and Travel, 1850-1950: 13-14 April 2012

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:32am
Newcastle University

Moving Dangerously: Women and Travel, 1850-1950
13-14 April 2012
Newcastle University

Keynote Speakers:
Alexandra Peat (University of Toronto)
Avril Maddrell (University of the West of England)


Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 9:17am
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies / Pierre du Bois Foundation

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Pierre du Bois Foundation

The Graduate Institute is glad to announce a
trans-disciplinary conference:



December 15, 2012 Graduate Institute, Geneva

[UPDATE] CFP Deadline Extension (New Date: September 30, 2011): Postgraduate Conference June 2012, Vienna

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 5:41am
Pursuing the Trivial / University of Vienna/Austria

CFP: Deadline Extension – September 30, 2011.
The final date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to September 30, 2011.

Pursuing the Trivial - Investigations into Popular Culture.
A Postgraduate Conference with Invited Guest Speakers, University of Vienna, June 1-2 2012
"The everyday is what we cannot but aspire to, since it appears to us as lost to us."
Stanley Cavell, In Quest of the Ordinary

CFP: Teaching Video Games; SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/11; 2/8-11/12)

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 9:57pm
Shelley S. Rees

Seeking presentations for the "Pedagogy" section of the 2012 conference of the SW/TX PCA/ACA on the subject of teaching video games as primary texts. Many instructors have begun using video games as teaching tools, but recent developments in video game theory allow for interpretation and analysis of these texts as texts, not merely as vehicles for tangential applications.

Possible topics for this session include but are not limited to: Strategies for teaching a particular game; Teaching gaming theory; Ludology and pedagogy; Convincing your department/institution to support gaming studies.

Please submit 300-word proposals as Word attachments to Shelley S. Rees at by 15 November 2011.