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In Bodies We Trust: Performance, Affect, & Political Economy

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:24am
Northwestern University Department of Performance Studies Graduate Student Conference

In Bodies We Trust: Performance, Affect, & Political Economy

an interdisciplinary graduate student conference

Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Proposals Due: April 5, 2013

Conference Dates: October 11-13, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Judith Hamera

Faculty Discussants: Joshua Chambers-Letson, Nick Davis, Tracy Davis, Hannah Feldman, Marcela Fuentes, Barnor Hesse, Richard Iton, Chloe Johnston, D. Soyini Madison, Susan Manning, Kaley Mason, Coya Paz, Janice Radway, Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, C. Riley Snorton, Elizabeth Son, and Harvey Young

psconference.soc.northwestern.edu

Call for Papers & Performances

The Human journal NOW accepts submissions. May 5, 2013 is the deadline for the June issue.

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:57am
The Human, a journal of humanities, social sciences, and arts

The Human (www.humanjournal.org) is an international and interdisciplinary new journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, postcolonial, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, sociology, drama, comparative literature, and cultural studies, as well as creative works of art such as poems, short stories, and plays. To learn more about the journal and its principles, please visit this page: http://www.humanjournal.org/index.php/about-the-human-manifesto

Literary Responses to Mind Science, MLA 2014, Abstracts Due 3/15

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:42am
Nikki Skillman / American Academy of Arts and Sciences

"In any period," M.H. Abrams writes, "the theory of mind and the theory of art tend to turn on similar analogues, explicit or submerged." How has the literature of the long twentieth century responded to philosophical and cultural transformations brought about by the rise of mind science? What thematic and formal means have literary artists used to explore the ontological, epistemological, and ethical implications of cognitive materialism? How has the explanatory power of cognitive science eclipsed the explanatory power of psychoanalysis in recent fiction and poetry? Possible topics include the neuronovel, drug use, the resistance to science, mental illness, correspondences between biological and textual form.

[UPDATE] Purity: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 11th-12th July 2013

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:16am
Excursions Journal, University of Sussex, UK

PURITY: A Call For Papers

Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Excursions has had to amend the dates to 11th and 12th July. We have therefore decided to extend our submission deadline until 15th March and still welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, works in progress, and creative performances or displays.

"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil

"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner

"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie

Upstairs and Downstairs: The British Historical Costume Drama on TV (from The Forsyte Saga to Downton Abbey)

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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 9:04pm
Julie Anne Taddeo

The recent popular success of "Downton Abbey" calls for a renewed examination of such earlier BBC/ITV/Masterpiece Theatre serialized period dramas as "Upstairs Downstairs," "The Pallisers,"and "The Forsyte Saga," among others, that have aired (and have been repeated)since the 1970s. We also want to examine how more recent dramas like "Downton Abbey" engage with these earlier productions in terms of style, thematic content, and programming.

PERSPECTIVES ON PROGRESS, November 27-29, 2013

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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 12:43am
An interdisciplinary postgraduate and early career researcher conference, held at the University of Queensand, Brisbane, Australia.

    Call for Papers

In 1968, historian Sidney Pollard defined the Victorian ideal of 'progress' as, "the assumption that a pattern of change exists in the history of mankind... that it consists of irreversible changes in one direction only, and that this direction is towards improvement." Despite the increasingly problematic nature of this ideal, the 'progress myth' still remains pervasive in the Western cultural tradition.

This postgraduate and early career researcher conference seeks to promote innovative interdisciplinary dialogues interrogating the concept of progress by bringing together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences.

[UPDATE] South Central MLA Biography/Autobiography/Memoir panel

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 3:00pm
South Central Modern Language Association

The 2012 South Central MLA Conference is accepting paper proposals for its Biography/Autobiography/Memoir panel. Literary paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, and memoir are welcome. Please submit a 200-word abstract by 4/1/13 to mge1108@gmail.com.

The SCMLA conference will be held in New Orleans, LA from October 3-5, 2013.

JNT, Special Issue, "Rethinking 'The Good Life," DEADLINE June 1, 2013

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 2:29pm
Journal of Narrative Theory

The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) seeks submissions for an upcoming special issue, "Rethinking 'The Good Life.'"

In a conversation that draws upon her work on "the cultures of affect" to posit the urgency of re-imagining state and civil society, Lauren Berlant asks,

"What if people were to take the opportunity to reimagine state/society relations such that the flourishing of reciprocity were differently constructed and assessed, and in which consumer forms of collectivity were not the main way people secure or fantasize securing everyday happiness?"

Victorian Orientalism(s) - Ragusa Ibla, 28-29 June 2013

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:13am
Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture (Ghent University) - School of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Ragusa (University of Catania)

The 'Victorian Orientalism(s)' joint international conference between the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture at Ghent University (Belgium) and the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Ragusa (University of Catania, Italy) aims to discuss the continuing relevance of Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) as a paramount attempt to define the latent and manifest traces of the East in Western literature and culture. Starting with the postulate that all Eastern societies are fundamentally different from one another, 'Victorian Orientalism(s)' seeks to explore what Sherry Simon (2000) calls 'aesthetics of cultural pluralism', i.e. the many ways in which the Victorians envisioned the East.

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