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[UPDATE] CSUF Acacia Conference: An Ethical (Re)Orientation

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 3:46pm
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California State University, Fullerton Acacia Group

California State University Fullerton's Acacia Group and Creative Writing Club are looking for thoughtful inter-disciplinary graduate and professional-level papers that engage a work of literature or an aspect of culture through the lens of ethical responsibility and the imperative of human connection. This conference will focus on how various schools of literary theory utilize ethics in their interactions with any period or medium of literature. Additionally, we are accepting creative submissions: short emphatic works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or hybrid text which pertain specifically or tangentially to ethics, not to exceed 2012 words in length. Undergraduates are very welcome to submit as well.

A New Political Ecology: Guattari, Stengers, Latour (ACLA 2012 DUE NOV 15)

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:25pm
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Esra Atamer
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In Three Ecologies (1989), Felix Guattari draws attention to the deterioration of modes of life along with an increasing ecological disequilibrium that threatens the planet. The standardization of behavior and consumerism combined with the mass media effects corresponds to an impoverishment of what Foucault called "savoir-faire." Resonating with this concept, Guattari extends the question to the effects of capitalism's capture that destroys both mental and environmental ecologies. In her suggestive dialog with Guattari, Isabelle Stengers correlates this ontological impoverishment with the emergence of bêtise: the form of capitalist subjectivity.

A New Political Ecology

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:17pm
full name / name of organization: 
Esra Atamer
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In Three Ecologies (1989), Felix Guattari draws attention to the deterioration of modes of life along with an increasing ecological disequilibrium that threatens the planet. The standardization of behavior and consumerism combined with the mass media effects corresponds to an impoverishment of what Foucault called "savoir-faire." Resonating with this concept, Guattari extends the question to the effects of capitalism's capture that destroys both mental and environmental ecologies. In her suggestive dialog with Guattari, Isabelle Stengers correlates this ontological impoverishment with the emergence of bêtise: the form of capitalist subjectivity.

Reshaping Change: The Language and Literature of Opportunity (ACLA 2012)

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:35pm
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American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, March 29 - April 1 2012

Aristotle's Poetics defines complex action in tragedy as a change accompanied by reversal or recognition, or both. Given this definition, is change then not a requirement of literature? Even in the Nouveau Roman, change is provided by an unexpected outlook and by stylistic choices in the writing itself. Change is often and legitimately equated to crisis or catastrophe, but may also be seen as a critical element of Literature–in Aristotle's view inherently so. A literary work develops through change, its interpretation by character or reader, and is thus assumed into or by the narrative. The imagination is fed by change. This seminar investigates how literary works represent change in a way that reinterprets or avoids catastrophe.

CFP: "The Ethnic and Racial Other in Scottish and Irish Writings" (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012; Rochester, NY)

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:35pm
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NeMLA
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Call for Papers: "The Ethnic and Racial Other in Scottish and Irish Writings"

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York, held at Hyatt Regency Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Criterion Forum: (Meta) Critiques of "Transnational American Studies"

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:01pm
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Brigham Young University
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For its 2012 issue, Criterion (an undergraduate and master's level student journal) anticipates reserving space for up to four essays exploring issues that relate to transnational American studies. To provoke thoughts on this topic, Dr. Jared Hickman of Johns Hopkins University has provided a prompt, "(Meta) Critiques of 'Transnational American Studies'." Authors should not attempt to address all of the issues raised by Dr. Hickman; rather, Criterion hopes this prompt will serve as a springboard for creative and well-focused essays on relevant issues and texts.

Enunciating the End: The Apocalypse, Textual Futures, and What Comes Next

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 12:30pm
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Concordia English Graduate Colloquium

Apocalyptic prophecies and futurist narratives have always had a special place in culture, from Y2K fervor to the periodically updated Rapture to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012. In addition to the "real" end-of-the-world predictions, and perhaps in response to them, our literature and pop culture has spawned innumerable fictions of a future unaccounted for. This unknown future folds back upon our past through historical representations of colonialism's reconfiguration of territory, ownership, and identity. In the present, our cultural climate seems to speak to the end of the material world as we have come to understand it, as we transcend print-based media and move up into the digital media cloud.

Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2012 Call for Papers

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 1:09am
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Ole Miss English Graduate Program

The 18th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2012 Faulkner Conference will be available at www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner/.

Modernism, Catastrophe, and Cultural Memory (seminar for ACLA conference, 3/29/12-4/1/12

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:03pm
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Joshua Beall
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Modernist writing is often marked by the specter of decisive, even catastrophic rupture. But rupture is not equally catastrophic for everybody, and not everybody remembers catastrophe in the same way. Because of nationality, social class, regional affiliation and numerous other factors, events that form a historical rupture are received and remembered differently.

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