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[UPDATE] CFP Edited volume on Tabish Khair (1st February 2013)

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 4:30am
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Om Prakash Dwivedi and Cristina M. Gámez-Fernández (Editors)

Tabish Khair was born in 1966 in Gaya, a small Indian town of historical interest, in a Muslim middle class family. After his university education, he left for Delhi where he worked as a reporter for the Times of India for four years. Then he moved to Copenhagen in order to pursue his PhD. Currently he works in the Department of English at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Khair cannot be defined as a poet, a novelist, a reporter, a scholar, but all these altogether.

Global Defoe: Panel Proposals

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 10:54pm
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The Daniel Defoe Society
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Global Defoe
August 9-10, 2013
Normal, Illinois

Panel proposals are currently being solicited for the third biennial meeting of the Defoe Society, to be held from August 9-10, 2013 at the Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal, Illinois. The theme for the meeting is "Global Defoe: His Times & His Contemporaries," and the Board would like to take this opportunity to invite panel proposals that relate to this theme. Proposals for panels that are not directly linked to the conference theme are, of course, also acceptable. Please email your panel proposal of 100-150 words to Andreas Mueller at a.mueller@worc.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Mapping Animality (ACLA, University of Toronto, 4-7 April, 2013)

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:43pm
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Suvadip Sinha, University of Toronto

From their ubiquitous presence in folktales and fables to their anthropomorphized appearance in Hollywood blockbusters, from Picasso's Guernica to the landscape of Iranian new wave cinema, animals threaten us, haunt us, position us in countertime. Recent years have seen an increasing scholarly interest in the relationship between the human and the animal, asking the question of how the animal has opened up new ways of looking at post-Cartesian understanding of subjectivity. As we encounter terms like zoontology, zoography, and animot in our discipline, the animal – a being and a construct – forces the human, as Derrida and Agamben have argued, to re-think ideas like sovereignty, politics, ethics and justice.

Complicity (ACLA, Toronto, 4/4/13–4/7/13; deadline: 11/1/12

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 4:51pm
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Joshua Kotin, Princeton University / V. Joshua Adams, University of Chicago
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ACLA 2013, April 4–7, 2013, Toronto

Seminar: COMPLICITY

Organizers: V. Joshua Adams (University of Chicago), Joshua Kotin (Princeton University)

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2012

Submit proposals through the ACLA: http://acla.org/submit/index.php

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COMPLICITY

In _Modernism as a Philosophical Problem_, Robert Pippin identifies "bourgeois self-hatred" as a defining feature of modernism:

Translating Precarity- ACLA, 4-7 April 2013- University of Toronto

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 4:32pm
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Walt Hunter and Anne-Lise François

Although recent criticism in literary studies has focused on the everyday and the ordinary, this seminar instead maps out a place for the precarious. The term precarity has been heard more and more frequently in political philosophy, economics, anthropology, and critical theory. Current discussions of precarity are shaped by the work of Paulo Virno, who describes it as "the chronic instability of forms of life," and by Judith Butler, who conceives of precarity as a shared vulnerability on the basis of which we might found a tentative community. The French philosopher Guillaume le Blanc refers to precarity as the unraveling of the socially-constructed self, the "unmaking" of making.

BDSM/Kink/Fetish Area of PCA/ACA National Conference (March 27-20, 2013; Deadline Nov 30)

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 4:17pm
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BDSM/Kink/Fetish Area Chair: Sarah Frantz
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PCA/ACA 2013 National Conference
Washington D.C., March 27-30, 2013
Call For Papers: BDSM/Kink/Fetish Area

Conference info: http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/
BDSM/Kink/Fetish Area info: http://pcaaca.org/bdsmkinkfetish-studies/

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2012.

[UPDATE] True Lies: The Eighteenth-Century Novel (2/28/13 to 3/2/13)

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 3:53pm
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SEASECS 2013 -- Charleston

When the novel was first developing in eighteenth-century England, it was a lie. At least, that's what many of its critics claimed. This session seeks to explore the kinds of deceptions that the early novel perpetuates. Both the form and content of the novel are welcome subjects of paper proposals, and topics could include (though are not limited to) authors' truth-claims, objections to novels' deceptiveness, or the impact of disguises or secrets on particular narratives.

Submit an abstract of 250 words for a 15- to 20-minute presentation to kathryn.hansen@citadel.edu by October 15, 2012. Please also indicate all audio-visual needs, if any.

Without Sin: Taboo and Freedom within Digital Media, Leonardo Electronic Almanac - full article deadline Dec 15, 2012

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 2:25pm
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac
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This special edition will explore the notion of the moral economy of human activity and how this is translates (or not) within digital media. John Turner (1982), a key figure in social identity theory, discussed how vital being a member within a social group is in developing a concept of self. A current hypothesis (Turkle 2011) is that technology has introduced mechanisms that bypass traditional concepts of both community and identity.

From Digital Design to Material Artworks, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 2:15pm
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac
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The rise of affordable and accessible design and production tools such as Computer Numerically Controlled machines and open hardware micro-controllers is giving new life to crafting, producing new spaces and practices where material production is inherently connected with digital design. Such contexts are marked by a strong interdisciplinarity: artists, engineers, designers and hackers work together experimenting creative development paths for the future. This issue explores new theories, methodologies and methods related to the materialization of
digital arts.

We would like to welcome papers relevant to the following themes:

Art, in a State of Revolution: Egypt One Year after Tahrir, Leonardo Electronic Almanac - Deadline Nov 15, 2012

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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:57pm
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac
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Art, in a State of Revolution: Egypt One Year after Tahrir, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

This issue investigates the relationship between activism, electronic and digital avant-garde, the role of the social media, cultural production and artistic experiments in the pre-Revolutionary and post Mubarak Egypt, one year after the so-called Arab Spring which upset Egyptian (and Arabic at large) politics and society.

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