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
21-24 March 2012
Tim Armstrong, University of London, Royal Holloway
David Bradshaw, Worcester College, Oxford
Laura Marcus, New College, Oxford
Steven Connor, University of London, Birkbeck
Robert Crawford, University of St Andrews
Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University
Enda Duffy, University of California at Santa Barbara
Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
Tyrus Miller, University of California, Santa Cruz
Julian Murphet, University of New South Wales
Moving Modernisms Postgraduate Conference
On 21-24 March 2012 Oxford University English Faculty will host a four-day conference entitled Moving Modernisms. The conference will bring together many scholars of international distinction with a view to examining, through plenary lectures and round-tables, Modernism's diverse manifestations, its manifold constructions and its future directions.
In celebration of the bicentenary of Dickens's birth, the Dickens Project invites paper proposals for a conference on "Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012," with keynote speakers Rosemarie Bodenheimer (author of The Real Life of Mary And Evans and Knowing Dickens) and Robert L. Patten (author of Charles Dickens and His Publishers and George Cruikshank's Life, Times, and Art). The conference will be held at the University of California. Santa Cruz, beginning on the evening of Friday, July 27 and concluding at lunch-time on Sunday, July 29; papers will be allocated to "threads" to facilitate developing conversations of specific themes and topics.