The Medieval Research Consortium of UC Davis invites submission of proposals for the following panels for the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies occurring at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 10-13, 2012. Please submit a proposal of 300 words with a completed Participant Information Form (available at: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) for consideration in these panels. You may submit proposals via e-mail or mail a hard copy of your proposal for consideration; all proposals are due by September 15, 2011.
This year's theme, "Culture Matters," calls for proposals that critically and creatively reflect on culture and "the material" broadly conceived. How do we theorize the relationship between culture and materiality? In what ways might interdisciplinary formations such as ethnic studies, critical gender studies, queer theory, indigenous studies, and new media studies challenge or redefine notions of the material? How should cultural critics understand the material in relationship to the immaterial? What are the cultural-material aspects of knowledge production both inside and outside the university? How does culture become a material force and how can cultural critics and producers intervene in or transform institutions and material practices?
Call for Papers
New Voices, a Graduate English Conference
Bodies of Influence: The Human Body in the Humanities and Sciences
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
October 20‐22, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Marilynn Richtarik, Associate Professor of 20th‐Century British and Irish
Literature and author of a critical biography of playwright Stewart Parker, forthcoming from
Oxford University Press.
By the late medieval period, merchants formed an integral part of urban society; among their activities, they facilitated trade between city centers, participated in the governing of cities, and were patrons of churches and monasteries. At the same time, the wealth that they amassed and their sometimes morally dubious activities, such as money lending, often left merchants fearful of what the afterlife would bring, causing them to appeal directly to specific saints for intercession. This session seeks to explore the religious lives of these elite members of urban society, specifically considering the individual saints to whom merchants appealed for their earthly protection and heavenly salvation as well as the manner in which they made these appeals.
Conventional art institutions such as museums and galleries have had problematic relationships with three-dimensional utilitarian objects since their inception. As several scholars, including Ruth Phillips and James Clifford, have argued, conventional displays deprive objects of their functionality and turn them into highly anaesthetized fetishes of high culture. The notorious notion of the modernist white cube has often been challenged and debunked by craft and design practitioners as unsuitable and denigrating for exhibiting utilitarian objects.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Aesthetics in the 21st Century
University of Basel
September 13-15, 2012
Confirmed Speakers: Graham Harman, Iain Hamilton Grant, N. Katherine Hayles
Ever since the turn of the century aesthetics has steadily gained momentum as a central field of study across the disciplines. No longer sidelined, aesthetics has grown in confidence as evidenced by recent works by major contemporary thinkers such as Jean-Luc Nancy (Muses II), Jacques Rancière (Dissensus; Aesthetics and its Discontents) and Alain Badiou (Handbook of Inaesthetics). In this vein, aesthetics does not merely designate a discipline concerned with theories of art, but more fundamentally the primacy of sensation and sensual encounter itself.
3rd Global Conference
Thursday 10th May – Saturday 12th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers:
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment.
While the figure of the cyborg has been a staple in cultural theory since Donna Haraway's analysis in 1985, and while artificial intelligence is gaining increased attention, the related figure of the robot has not been subjected to the same level of scrutiny. However, since the term was coined to describe Karel Čapek's (decidedly organic) figures in the 1920 play, R.U.R., and dating back to earlier formations in the automaton and other devices, the robot has been a central figure in discussions of labour, gender, technology, and many other pressing topics.
2nd Global Conference
Ethical Living: Ethics in Everyday Life
Wednesday 16th May – Friday 18th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Abstracts invited for the following panel at ASECS 2012. If you are interested, please email me a brief proposal by September 15th.
2nd Scottish Studies in Europe Conference
Crime Scotland – Then and Now
Goettingen: 31 May - 3 June, 2012
Victorian Network is an MLA-indexed (from 2012) online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.
Panels are now forming for presentations on topics related to the new conference area of South Asian Cinema. Listed below are suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included
here are also very welcome.
The work of Satyajit Ray
Nehru and Indian cinema
Social problem films
Partition in Indian cinema
Indian silent film
Hindi Cinema's Golden Age (Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Guru Dutt)
Diasporic Indian filmmakers
This roundtable session will address approaches to teaching the Underground Railroad. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, teaching specific literary texts, historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, incorporating historical sites into the syllabus, and Canadian contributions to the Underground Railroad. Interdisciplinary and team-teaching methods of instruction are especially encouraged.
Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (as MSWord or PDF attachments) to Saundra Liggins.
Abstract deadline: Sept. 30. 2011.
CALL FOR PAPERS
for the Area, Arab Culture in the U.S., at
the 33rd Annual Conference of the
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Deadline for Proposal Submission: December 1, 2011
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: December 31, 2011