"Taste is dead emotion" – so Wyndham Lewis declares in 'Blast No. 2'. To be a productive force, "[t]aste should become deeper and exclusive: definitely a STRONGHOLD – a point and not a line." Lewis' critique of taste is emblematic of a wider modernist concern with the role of discernment, refinement and connoisseurship in art, literature and performance. Taste carries with it a legacy of aristocratic dilettantism and public moralizing inherited from those eighteenth and nineteenth-century lovers of art. But if Lewis critiques the 'line' that represents a fuzzy spectrum of appreciation, his re-defined conception of taste, pulled centripetally to a point, is not a rejection of discernment but a reformulation of it.
Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity? Current Issues and Future Challenges
Friday 28th September 2012
The University of Nottingham
Professor Mary Eagleton (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)
Professor Mary Evans (Gender Institute, London School of Economics and
De Montfort University are pleased to host a one-day research seminar on behalf of the British Association of Modernist Studies.
Featuring papers on a wide range of research topics-from British surrealism and little magazines to genetic criticism of Woolf's prose fiction-by speakers including Dr. Andrzej Gasiorek (University of Birmingham), Dr. Anna Snaith (KCL), and Dr. Rebecca Beasley (University of Oxford), the seminar aims to bring together academics and postgraduate students interested in any aspect of literary modernism and the latest research within the field.
STANDING SESSION: ANCIENT-MODERN RELATIONS
The 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference will take place from October 19 to 21, 2012, at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. This call for papers seeks presenters for this year's standing session of a proud PaMLA tradition, the panel on "Ancient-Modern Relations." We are looking for papers addressing any aspect of relationships, influences, debates or other interactions between ancients and moderns.
The deadline for abstracts (to be submitted on the Online Proposal Submission Form) is April 22, 2012.
The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle invites academics from a wide a variety of disciplines — including anthropology, art, criminology, history, international relations, law, literature, psychology, philosophy, political science and sociology — to submit proposals for panels and individual papers at its conference, Histories of Violence, to be held in the city of Newcastle from 21-23 August 2012.
Arjun Appadurai, New York University
Rosemary Gartner, University of Toronto
Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University
This approved session will explore the largely forgotten or ignored dime-novel--the American pulp novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries, including Westerns, detective stories, school stories, romance tales, or early science fiction. All aspects of the phenomenon of the dime-novel are fair game; papers may explore the dime novel through a new-Historical, Cultural Studies, Queer Theory, Marxist, post-Colonial, or other analytic lens.
This panel seeks submissions that explore the dialectical engagement between Godwin's philosophical or socio-political works and his fiction. The intertextual model for the mapping of texts and their influences provokes questions about the nature of textual production. Caleb Williams addresses the disaster of competing identities in servitude and autonomy, formally considered "natural" through aristocratic power structures, in a shifting political climate of radicalism that challenges Burkean ideology. Political Justice is his first response to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution of France, while Caleb Williams offers another answer to Burke's text.
Call for Papers and Creative Works
CODE - A Media, Games & Art Conference
21-23 November 2012
Swinburne University of Technology
Jussi Parikka - Reader, Winchester School of Art
Christian McCrea - Program Director for Games, RMIT University
Anna Munster - Associate Professor at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW
****Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2012****
***NOTE: Online payment for registration via credit card is now available at: https://southernct.ejoinme.org/MyPages/ReadingTeachingTheorizingWriting/...
REMINDER: Proposal deadline is March 31, 2012
DICKENS SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
July 13 – 15, 2012
As part of its Dickens in Lowell celebration, the University of Massachusetts Lowell will host one of the two 2012 Dickens Society Symposia being offered in this bicentennial year. Scholars will present their work July 13–15, 2012 at the Tsongas Industrial History Center.
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The site is characterized by short, readable, informative posts--ideally accompanied by several images and links--relevant to the growing interest in urban cultural studies.
The site also features calls for papers as well as information about upcoming workshops and conferences to those working on cities across both the humanities and the social sciences.
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Walter Benn Michaels's critique of materiality ("The Shape of the Signifier," 2004) argues that a materialist position is ultimately a subjectivist position because it relies on a person's perspective, and therefore identity, to read that text's material components. Michaels ultimately questions the deconstructive critique of the sign, which turned the "sign" into "marks" and "traces."
The 2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA) conference will be held Friday-Sunday, 12-14 October 2012 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Those interested should review the information here (http://mpcaaca.org/columbus-2012/2012-cfp/) to include relevant details on their submission entry. Submissions should be made electronically via our online submission system (http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/). Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2012.
From Cover to Cover: Reading Readers
Department of American Culture and Literature
30th Anniversary Conference
November 7 – 9, 2012
Documentaries such as Ross McElwee's Sherman's March, Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I, and more recently Tiffany Shlain's Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology have brought a self-reflective turn to documentary storytelling. How does the documentation of personal life in recent documentaries address larger cultural issues for the viewers? What is the nexus between the personal and political in the documentary form?
Please submit proposals through the online proposal system at http://www.pamla.org/2012/session-topics.