category: twentieth century and beyond

Apocalypse and its Discontents

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University of Westminster
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arism74@yahoo.co.uk

Apocalypse and Its Discontents
A One-Day Conference at the University of Westminster
Saturday 11 December 2010

Trans-Formations: Theorizing Class and Race in the 21st Century - Postgraduate Panel (June 17, 2010-June 19, 2010)

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University of Freiburg, Germany - Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies/Department of North American Studies
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freiburg.transformations@googlemail.com

The Department of North American Studies at the University of Freiburg and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies announces a call for papers from postgraduate students working with issues of cla

“Women's Memory-Work:Gendered Dilemmas of Social Transformation” 24-26 August 2010 University of Limerick, IRELAND

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University of Limerick, Ireland
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womensmemory@ul.ie

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “Women's Memory-Work: Gendered Dilemmas of Social Transformation” 24-26 August 2010 University of Limerick, IRELAND

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Representing Perpetrators (CFP deadline 12 April 2010)

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Department of English Literature, University of Sheffield
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s.vice@sheffield.ac.uk

Representing Perpetrators:
An Interdisciplinary Conference

24-25 September 2010

Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield

Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

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Crisis Carnival 2010
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sdsu.grad.conference@gmail.com

Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?

Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society’s values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the “real,” with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.

In a society dominated by media constructions of our cultural values, it is more important than ever to evaluate the role that spectacle plays. What is the social significance of illusions – to inspire change, to help us distinguish the values most important to us, or to help us escape?

The goal of this conference will be to bring the conversation into a contemporary context. How are social anxieties personified in the spectacle of monstrosity? What role do today’s avatars, clones, and digital doppelgangers play in our conceptions of our “real” selves? How has the relationship between performance and the real changed since Shakespeare?

CFP: New German Review

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New German Review: A Journal of German Studies
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NGR@humnet.ucla.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS

Volume 25 (2010)

AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE - Twentieth Century and Beyond

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The Indian Review of World Literature in Einglish - www.worldlitonline.net
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ganesanbalan@yahoo.com

THEMED ISSUE ON AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE – JULY 2010

[UPDATE] Katherine Mansfield, the 'Underground' and the 'Blooms Berries'

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RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
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melinda.j.harvey@rmit.edu.au

Katherine Mansfield, the 'Underworld' and the 'Blooms Berries'

A symposium hosted by
Writing and Literary Studies
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Consensual Empires: Orientalism as the Economy of Sameness (3/15/2010; MLA, 1/6-9/2011)

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Natasa Kovacevic, Eastern Michigan University and Daniel Vukovich, Hong Kong University
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nkovacev@emich.edu; vukovich@hku.hk

UCLA English Southland Graduate Conference - June 4, 2010

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UCLA English Department
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southland.ucla@gmail.com

“Afterlives”: June 4, 2010

Keynote Speakers
Mark Seltzer (Evan Frankel Professor of Literature, UCLA)
Saree Makdisi (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UCLA)

The term "afterlives" has become increasingly predominant in recent literary criticism. But what is meant by afterlives? How do its ghostly connotations distinguish it from older critical models of influence, and how can we understand its proximity to haunting as divergent from previous theorizations of spectrality? How do afterlives function within and between texts?

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