Critique, even that which finds little to love in its object, is rarely cynical. Critics are by definition optimists. Even those who enjoy nothing more than shredding a text or a rival strand of thought do so under the sign of hope: for interpretive clarity, for historical accuracy, for alternative perspective, and so on. And in the end, isn't some version of utopia, grand or small, at stake in all critical acts? Why else criticize if not to forward, even backhandedly, a glimpse of the world one wishes to see?
In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of the Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).
We are proud to announce that Helen Fulton, BA (Sydney), Dip. Celt (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Sydney) has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the conference.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012
Venue: Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
This panel intends to investigate the relationship between the recent strike wave that swept across North Africa and the Middle East, among other areas of the world, and the "genre" of postcoloniality. The objective of this panel is twofold: (1) to analyze how the strike wave has contributed to a "remapping" of the theoretical, cultural, and political dimensions of postcoloniality and (2) to contextualize the ways in which the strike wave is an expression of a thoroughgoing critique of postcolonialism, articulated by such theorists as E. San Juan Jr., Arif Dirlik, Arundhati Roy, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and Vijay Prashad, all of whom have addressed the ensuing debates between materialist and essentialist conceptions of postcoloniality.
Call for Papers: The Laboring Mediterranean
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This session, sponsored by Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Michigan, will take place at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2012 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
'The Muse-An International Journal of Poetry' (ISSN 2249–2178) is calling for submission of oroginal and unpublished (both print and online) poems, research papers on poetry and book reviews of latest poetry books for December 2011 issue. Last date of Submission is November 10, 2011. Website : www.themuse.webs.com, Email: email@example.com .
1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished (both print and online, not even published on blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
This panel will focus on the various ways by which media industry professionals learn their trade. As a result of economic, technological and cultural shifts, the routes by which one gets a job in a media industry is rapidly transforming. In the process, whether they are seeking above or below the line positions, the ways by which these workers learn their trade is also in a state of flux. While the number of film schools in America continues to grow, many necessary skills are often still learned on the job. Even with the continual anecdotal stories of actors and directors being discovered via YouTube, Hollywood and other media industries continue to heavily rely on a system of guild and union apprenticeships, internships and unpaid labor.
IDMAA 2011 Conference
Design, Innovation & Story an Odyssey of Confluence
For this conference, IDMAA is seeking abstracts (500 words maximum) for presentation and/or discussion about ideas pushing the edge of digital media and art, particularly as they relate to the merging of design, innovation, and narrative. Creative research that demonstrates the confluence of different disciplines, media, cultures, and technology is particularly encouraged. The conference will contain several tracks of programming that
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Please consider submitting an abstract for a special themed issue on boys' love manga to be published by the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. The CFP is below.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is October 14, 2011. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with queries.
-- Mark McHarry
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Special Issue - Boys' Love Manga
Proposals due by October 14, 2011
Mark McHarry, Independent Scholar
Kazumi Nagaike, Oita University, Japan
Dru Pagliassotti, California Lutheran University, USA
This panel aspires to a multi-faceted exploration, in his native Rochester, of the work of this uniquely talented and elusive poet. Papers are welcome focused on any aspect of his long career: reading Ashbery, contextualizing Ashbery, teaching Ashbery; themes, principles, methods, influences, legacies, an arc of development; challenges, beauties, evasions, perspicacities, achievements. 300-500 word abstracts by Sept. 30.
It's a very long way indeed from Harriet Monroe's vision in Chicago in 1912, to a $200 million endowment from Ruth Lilly a few years ago, but Poetry magazine has seldom been far at all from the central currents and controversies of poetry in English. On the occasion of its hundredth anniversary, this roundtable session invites analyses and assessments of the magazine's history, editorial policy, and influence from any perspective. Breadth and variety are explicit goals. 300-400 word abstracts by Sept. 30.
This session is intended to entertain (at least) two senses of the term "framing," and perhaps some tension between them. On the one hand, to frame something is to contextualize it in order to make it more readily understood, and this is something we might reasonably expect to be able to do, now more than forty years from BAM's conscious beginnings and nearly forty from its disintegration. Or apparent disintegration. To frame is also to enclose within a boundary, and BAM does seem to be a relatively tidily confined period of intense activity, having, in the lore, a traditional origin (1965) and a traditional demise (1974), both connected with actions taken by Amiri Baraka.
Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (JSCA) is a peer-refereed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of film culture in Scandinavia. The journal aims to become an indispensable contributor to the growth of knowledge about Scandinavian filmmaking and to provide a stimulating platform for discussions on Scandinavian cinema and its cultural background.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Reconstruction 12.3
Special Issue "(In)Securities"
SUSANA ARAUJO (University of Lisbon)
SUSANA S. MARTINS(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
In the past years, the world has been dealing with increasing anxieties about state and urban
security, which were largely exacerbated after traumatic experiences such as the 9/11 terrorist
attacks of New York and Washington D.C. in 2001, the 2004 train attacks in Madrid and the London bombings in 2005.