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The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:29am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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A growing number of sub-disciplines in literary studies engage cognitive studies and neuroscience. Affect studies, trauma studies, and memory studies are only some of the theoretical products of literary scholars' engagement with brain studies. This panel welcomes papers that explore cognitive and neuroscientific precepts as they emerge in contemporary American fiction and non-fiction.

Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture June 9th

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:00am
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Words, Beats & Life
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Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is a peer-reviewed, hybrid periodical of art and hip-hop studies published by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Words Beats & Life, Inc. The Journal is committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and expertise of the field in a layout that is uniquely hip-hop inspired. We publish issues twice a year with the intention of serving as a platform where the work of scholars and artists can appear in dialogue with one another. Since 2002, Words. Beats. Life has devoted its pages to both emerging and established intellectuals and artists.

Examining Past and Defining Present - The Black Literary Aesthetic in the USA, Canada, and Caribbean

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 1:21am
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Paine College - School of Arts and Sciences

CALL FOR PAPERS
Examining Past and Defining Present
The Black Literary Aesthetic in the USA, Canada, and Caribbean
April 11 – 13, 2013

Paine College - School of Arts and Sciences
Contact: Dr. Emily Allen-Williams, Dean

Keynote Speaker
Amiri Baraka
Founder of the Black Arts Movement

2012 SAMLA Session, Deadline June 15: The Fragmented Form(s) and Context(s) of Modernist Poetics

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:57pm
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Travis Martin / University of Kentucky
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This session will explore poetic Modernism in terms of form and context, examining its simultaneous subversion and incorporation of what came before. Papers are invited to deal with the evolution of the craft demonstrated by major poets like Eliot, Pound, and Yeats or later poets such as Auden, MacNeice, and David Jones. Alternatively, we invite papers on poetic forms as a reflection of or reaction to the destabilized rhetoric used in the liberal and conservative political maneuvers leading up to WWI.

[UPDATE] 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: SYSTEMS OF CONTROL / MODES OF RESISTANCE, Nov. 1-3, 2012

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:44pm
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Robert Kilpatrick / University of West Georgia
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NEW DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS--June 29, 2012

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University)

How do various systems of authority (e.g. literary, political, sexual, cultural, economic, linguistic) seek to control individuals, groups, or cultural movements? How do individuals, groups, or cultural movements engage in resistance to subjection?

The Fragmented Form(s) and Context(s) of Modernist Poetics

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
Travis Martin / SAMLA
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This session will explore poetic Modernism in terms of form and context, examining its simultaneous subversion and incorporation of what came before. Papers are invited to deal with the evolution of the craft demonstrated by major poets like Eliot, Pound, and Yeats or later poets such as Auden, MacNeice, and David Jones. Alternatively, we invite papers on poetic forms as a reflection of or reaction to the destabilized rhetoric used in the liberal and conservative political maneuvers leading up to WWI.

MMLA: The Short Fiction of George Saunders [respond by June 4, 2012]

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 8:44pm
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Brendan Beirne New York University
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Topic: The Short Fiction of George Saunders

This panel explores the work of George Saunders, author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, In Persuasion Nation, and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. By engaging with the aesthetic, cultural, and/or philosophical dimensions of Saunders' narrative fiction, this session will develop critical approaches to Saunders' work, and contextualize the author's significance for the contemporary moment and the short story form.

Although the conference theme of Debt is particularly apt in the case of George Saunders, respondents may also wish to consider the significance of issues such as…

Americana (Deadline 1 June 2012)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 8:42pm
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Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900 to present)

Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900 to present) invites submissions of papers on any aspect of American Studies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

You can find our submission guideline here:
http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/call_for_papers.htm

You can read through past issues of the journal here:
http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/index.htm

Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal (Deadline 1 June 2012)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 7:00pm
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Americana: An Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing

Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal invites submissions for the Spring 2012 edition.

Please see our submission guidelines here: http://www.americanpopularculture.com/review_americana/submissions.htm

You can see the journal here: http://www.americanpopularculture.com/review_americana.htm

The Dynamics of Exchange: Translation and the Exportation of Culture

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:56pm
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New England Modern Languages Association
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This roundtable session will consider literary texts as cultural commodities that can be exported through translation. How do various economic, political, and social forces affect how a literary text is translated and received? The discussion will be in dialogue with recent debates about world literature and translation theory. We will consider studies of translations into English or from English into other languages from any period. Abstracts of no more than 500 words to Antonio Ochoa aochoa@bu.edu and to Victoria Livingstone vjl@bu.edu by September 30th.

[UPDATE] DIACRITICS: More than Global

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:24pm
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diacritics: A review of contemporary criticism
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diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "More than Global," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. "Humanists" may be facing an urgent task, or the discontinuous writing of what Susan Buck-Morss recently named a non-synthetic but "syncretic" take on world history and cultures. In this mini-series, we would like to bypass comparison, and go "more than global," in connecting discrete texts, phenomena, periods, images, languages, places—without unifying them. While certainly keeping in view the discourse of the social sciences, we seek to underscore the specificity of literary, critical, and philosophical thought in any sound attempt at reflecting on what "global" could mean anew.

[UPDATE] DIACRITICS: Thinking with the Sciences

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:21pm
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diacritics: A review of contemporary criticism
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diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "Thinking with the Sciences," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. We believe it is now time for scholars in the humanities and the literary disciplines to think with the sciences (and not against, or instead of them). Our title also suggests that epistemology is necessary but not sufficient; and that the promotion of an ancillary use of philosophy and the arts as illustrations or aesthetic adornments for "scientific knowledge" is not what matters. We welcome bold, broad, interdisciplinary, and theoretically sophisticated submissions that could be of relevance to this series.

Cinephilia/Cinephobia: New Mediations of Desire and Disgust | Nov. 9-11, 2012

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:45pm
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University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)

Cinephilia/Cinephobia: New Mediations of Desire and Disgust
University of Pittsburgh, November 9-11, 2012
Hosted by the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)
Deadline: June 15, 2012

Keynote by Christian Keathley, Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. Keathley is author of Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees (Indiana University Press, 2006), and currently at work on a book titled The Mystery of Otto Preminger, under contract with IU Press.

[UPDATE] FRENZY! November 9-10, 2012

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 1:24pm
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York University English Graduate Students' Association

York University 2012 English Graduate Students' Association Colloquium:

FRENZY
November 9-10, 2012

Prophecies of a 2012 end of days; Black Friday at Wal-Mart; Howard Beale in Network inciting viewers to scream "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" From mass hysteria to individual neuroses, the elusive nature of frenzy lends itself to dramatically different conceptualizations across the disciplines.

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