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Bright Lines: Culture On the Autistic Spectrum

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 11:38pm
Jes Battis, Assistant Professor, Department of English

"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture.

May 2012:Regional Conference on Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 9:00pm
AsiaEngage

The Regional Conference on Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across ASEAN & Asia that will take place at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM or The National University of Malaysia) on the 7th to 9th May 2012.

This Conference aims to bring together diverse practitioners from academia, industries, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, foundations who are passionate about university-community-industry engagement for regional development.

CFP: Death and Dying in Literature (4/1/02; collection of essays)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:28pm
John J. Han & C. Clark Triplett

Previously unpublished critical essays are being sought for a new volume tentatively entitled The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature. Since the publication of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's landmark study On Death and Dying (1969), thanatology has attracted keen attention from various fields of study, including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, gerontology, and medical ethics. Interestingly, thanatologists in those areas frequently turn to literature in their study of death and the phenomena and practices related to it. Considering that death and dying is a prominent theme, motif, and symbol in world literature, it is no wonder that they find literary works resourceful.

MMLA Special Session: Bodies on the Marketplace

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:45pm
Midwest Modern Language Association. Special Session

Bodies on the Marketplace: Supply and Demand
This sessions welcomes papers on the body in performance, the media, the arts, and in pedagogy, i.e., the student body. Please send 250-word abstracts to Ann C. Hall, halla@ohio dominican.edu, by March 1. Include your name, address, phone, and email.

[UPDATE] CFP - This Rough Magic - Essays

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:40pm
www.thisroughmagic.org

This Rough Magic is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Authorship
•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Poetry
•Drama
•Epic
•Nation/Empire/Class
•Economics
•History
•Religion
•Superstition
•Philosophy and Rhetoric
•Race/Ethnicity
•Multi-Culturalism
•Gender
•Sexuality
•Art

For more information, please visit our website:
www.thisroughmagic.org

[UPDATE] "Rough Music": Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:31pm
Southern Methodist University English Graduate Students

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan's readings of classical, literary, and philosophical texts as "a case of violent appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context." And yet, he argues, "this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking 'effect of truth'" and "a shattering new insight."

This conference, hosted by the English Department at Southern Methodist University, invites graduate students to interpret and explore the function of violence in all of its multitudinous forms, including, but not limited to, its function in literature. We invite proposals for consideration that reflect any and all interdisciplinary explorations of violence as trope, historical event or discursive technique.

[UPDATE] CFP - This Rough Magic - Short Essays

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:30pm
thisroughmagic.org

This Rough Magic is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

All too often, the same canonical works and authors find their way into Medieval and Renaissance Literature courses. While canonical literature is extremely important and not to be avoided, a great many authors (i.e., Cyril Tourneur) and texts (i.e., Life of St. Margaret of Antioch) go un-noticed. We are therefore looking for short essays that encourage readers to try non-traditional, over-looked, teachable texts inside their classrooms.

"Organic Forms" at MLA 2013 (abstracts due 3/15/12)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 1:05pm
Michelle Niemann

How have poets revised organic metaphors for poetic form since Coleridge? Papers on organic form and ecocriticism, biopolitics, or experimental poetics welcome. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2012; Michelle Niemann (mniemann@wisc.edu).

Call For Paper IJAET-15 march 2012

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 10:34am
IAET

International Journal of Advances in Engineering and Technology (IJAET) ISSN 2231-1963
An open access scholarly, online, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bimonthly, and fully refereed journal IJAET with 1.96 GEI index factor

Transitions 3 Interdisciplinary Comics Symposium 3rd November 2012

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:05am
Birkbeck College, University of London

TRANSITIONS 3 – Call for Papers

Transitions is a one-day symposium promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art, now in its third year.
WHEN? Saturday the 3rd of November 2012
WHERE? School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX

Comics studies occupy a unique multi-disciplinary middle-space, one that encourages cross-disciplinary pollination and a convergence of distinct knowledges: literary and cultural studies, visual arts and media, modern languages, sociology, geography and more.

[UPDATE] Studia austrica - 26/01/2012

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 5:47am
Studia austrica - An international journal devoted to the study of Austrian culture and literature

Studia austriaca
An international journal devoted to the study of Austrian culture and literature
Published annually in the spring
ISSN 1593-2508
http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/StudiaAustriaca/
Editor: Fausto Cercignani
Editorial Board
Prof. Dr. Achim Aurnhammer (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
Prof. Dr. Alberto Destro (Università degli Studi di Bologna)
Prof. Dr. Konstanze Fliedl (Universität Wien)
Prof. Dr. Hubert Lengauer (Universität Klagenfurt)
Prof. Dr. David S. Luft (Oregon State University)
Prof. Dr. Patrizia C. McBride (Cornell University)

CFP - Comics & Cultural Theory (REMINDER)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 3:33am
Studies in Comics

From Akira to Žižek: Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics volume 3.2. This special issue seeks to provide a forum for new articulations between comics studies and contemporary cultural theory. The importance and continued relevance of post-structuralist/postmodernist thought, the Frankfurt school's studies of mass culture, McLuhan's media theory and Bourdieu's critical sociology are rightly acknowledged. Such figures dominate theoretical academic discourse on comics, as in other areas of cultural studies, often at the expense of engagement with alternative strands of critical thinking.

2012 James Hogg Conference: "James Hog and the Romantics"

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 1:51am
James Hogg Society

James Hogg and the Romantics
full name / name of organization:
James Hogg Society / University of Glasgow School of Critical Studies
contact email:
Kirsteen.McCue@glasgow.ac.uk

2012 James Hogg Conference: "James Hog and the Romantics"

The next Biannual James Hogg Conference will be jointly hosted by the James Hogg Society and the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. It will take place at the University of Glasgow from Friday 29 to Saturday 30 June 2012. A trip to Burns country is planned for Sunday 1 July.

[UPDATE] Essays for Edited Collection: "'Their Lives a Storm Wheron They Ride': Writing With the Affective Disorders"

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 11:20pm
Stephanie Stone Horton, Georgia State University

The link between the affective disorders (depression and bipolar illness) and writing creativity goes back to Aristotle, who famously asked, "Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry and the arts are melancholic? Indeed, a fifteen-year study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop found that 80 percent of the writers lived with affective illness, or had experienced an episode at some point in their lives (this compared to only 30 percent of non-writer controls). Writers and poets with known and suspected affective disorder span the centuries; the twentieth gave us Woolf, Hemingway, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, David Foster Wallace, and scores of others.

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