category: twentieth century and beyond

Utopian Animals (5/1/10; 2010 Society for Utopian Studies Annual Meeting)

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Keridiana Chez
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In H.G. Wells’s A Modern Utopia (1905), the narrator holds a remarkable conversation between the narrator and a dog-loving botanist who declares that the stated purposes of purging contagious diseases would never, for him, justify the mass extermination of pet dogs. The botanist staunchly concludes, “I do not like your utopia, if there are to be no dogs.”

As evidenced by the March 2009 PMLA’s special section and the October 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage on the emerging field of animal studies, the question of the animal has risen to interdisciplinary prominence as scholars increasingly heed Claude Levi-Strauss’ advice to think with the animal.

What function do non-human animals play in these imagined communities? How do animal metaphors serve to establish—or unravel—a utopia? What do utopian texts teach us about human-animal relationships?

Society for Utopian Studies Special Panel: Punisment in Utopia, Oct 28-31 2010

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Society for Utopian Studies
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Utopian scholars have often commented on the troubling presence of transgressions, even in societies that are reputed to have solved criminal and bad behavior through social planning.

Feminist Responses to Sigmund Freud, Critical and Creative Work, April 30 Deadline

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Call For Submissions: The Freud Issue

Open reading period: February 1st – April 30th

Mis/Appropriation - Oxford English Postgraduate Conference

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Faculty of English, University of Oxford
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This year's Oxford English Postgraduate Conference will take place on Friday 4th June. Proposals are invited on the theme of Mis/Appropriation in and of literary contexts.

Critical theory Session, PAMLA 2010 [4/5/10]

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Asst. Prof. Jami Bartlett, U.C. Irvine / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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This year's Critical Theory session invites proposals on charismatic theory, on the ways that critical approaches to literature and other arts become trends.

Special issue on music of South Africa and the United States

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Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies
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from an international, transnational, and/or comparative perspective and seeks to understand each country in relation to the other.

Crime Across Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Leeds, UK, 9-10 September 2010 (abstract deadline 28 May)

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University of Leeds, UK
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Keynote Speakers: Dr David Platten (University of Leeds) and Dr Stephen Morton (University of Southampton). Reading by Courttia Newland

CFP Colporteurs 2010- New York City. It was their town, and it always would be…

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Francesco Eugenio Barbieri, Irina Marchesini, Luca Pasquale- University of Bologna, Italy.
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Call For Papers Colporteurs 2010

New York City
It was their town, and it always would be…

Organized by:
Francesco Eugenio Barbieri, Irina Marchesini, Luca Pasquale

Edges of Forms, Rhythms of Hesitation (AAA 11/2010) Deadline: 3/26/10

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Stephanie Sadre-Orafai
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Proposed Session, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2010

Conference Announcement - Keynote Address by Chris Hedges

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Wilfrid Laurier University
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Religion and Culture

“HOPE: Uncertainty, Pluralism, and Innovation”
Mar 27/10


Date: Mar 27/10
Time: 8:00 - 15:00

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