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Follow Your Passion: Representations of Passion in the Humanities, April 6, 2013

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 8:59pm
Abbes Maazaoui - School of Humanities and Graduate Studies - Lincoln University

The School of Humanities and Graduate Studies at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania is requesting proposals/abstracts for its annual conference, to be held on April 6, 2013. The main conference theme is "Follow Your Passion: Representations of Passion in the Humanities." Approaches across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed. The conference organizers are particularly interested in papers that provide specific readings of passion as depicted in world literature, religion, philosophy, music, and visual arts.

To explore the complexity of passion as a human, aesthetic, epistemological, ethical, political, and cultural phenomenon, the conference will feature papers, panel discussions, and posters and exhibits sessions.

Collaboration as Positioning -- 2013 ACLA Conference, Toronto

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 6:45am
American Comparative Literature Association

"Collaboration as Positioning"

Abstract Deadline: 15 November, 2012
Conference Date: April 4-7, 2013

Requiring the production and negotiation of one's position in relation to others, collaboration can be understood as a process both of mapping a whole and of locating oneself within it. Collaborations arise from the hope that multiple perspectives can generate new positions on problems, both artistic and political. This seminar welcomes papers on historical and contemporary methodologies of creative collaboration, considered as a strategy of positioning. How does collaboration affect our understanding of the relationship between community and singularity, between the private and the public?

Crosshatched Places: Mapping Spatial Complexities; ACLA, Toronto, April 4-7, 2013

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:14pm
American Comparative Literature Association

This panel explores how the trope of "crosshatching"—as elaborated in Mieville's novel, The City and the City, or illustrated by Sergei Larenkov's photography—helps us redraw cognitive maps of contested spaces. Crosshatching, where "two or more worlds inhabit the same territory," illustrates how spaces we live in or move through are palimpsests of differing, often competing, narratives. Consider, for example, riven cities like Berlin or Sarajevo, the Jewish ghetto of Renaissance Venice, the medieval pilgrim's Jerusalem. To negotiate such spaces comfortably, we "unsee" features that might breach the political or cultural truths by which we live.

[UPDATE] Across the Shadow Lines: Diasporas in the Age of Transnationalism (ACLA, Toronto, 4/4-4/7/13; deadline, 11/15/12)

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:44am
Sheshalatha Reddy (Howard University); Parama Sarkar (University of Toledo)

As the movement of peoples across state borders, diasporas are both literal and imaginative insofar as they entail the concomitant crossing of cultural forms. Diasporas forge and decimate local communities, call into question the boundaries of the nation-state, and reconfigure international relations. Ideally, they can result in the creation of new modes of social relations by producing opportunities for education and work and also encouraging the cross-fertilization of peoples, ideas, and arts. Yet migration has historically often been the result of forced labor, persecution, war, environmental degradation, decolonization and neo-imperialism, and the unrelenting spread of global capital.

ACLA 2013 Seminar: Psychologies of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:00pm
Adam Meehan (The University of Arizona

ACLA 2013 (Toronto, ON) – April 5-7, 2013

Seminar: Psychologies of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture

Seminar Leader: Adam Meehan (The University of Arizona)

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2012

Conference Website:

Note: You must submit your papers through the ACLA website submission form; you will select the name of this seminar from the drop down menu:

[UPDATE] Natures 2013--Critical Identities [10-24-12/2-15-13]

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 3:16pm
Natures 2013: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference

Deadline for submissions to Natures 2013 has been extended to October 24, 2012.

Theme: "Critical Identities: Finding and Expressing Critical Points of View in Humanities Scholarship"

All scholars working in the broad field of the humanities are invited to share their experiences working through the issue of finding and expressing critical points of view in their various disciplines. While papers written through an ecocritical lens are particularly encouraged, all submissions that reflect thoughtfully on the conference theme of "Critical Identities" are welcome.