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Cultures of Differences: National / Indigenous / Historical, May 24 to 30, 2010

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:06am
International Association for Philosophy and Literature

The International Association for Philosophy and Literature will be hosted from May 24 to 30, 2010 by the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. The conference theme is "Cultures of Differences: National / Indigenous / Historical". The final deadline for applications is approaching (November 7), but inquiries may be directed to Dr Hugh Silverman at or Dr Lynn Wells at We welcome proposals for individual papers and for organized sessions.

[UPDATE] Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts; 23-24 April 2010

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 6:17pm
Nathan Waddell / University of Birmingham


Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Doug Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading
Darko Suvin, McGill University

Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference presentations that consider modernism in relation to utopia and utopianism, in written, visual, aural, and plastic media.

The aim of the conference is to encourage debate between and across disciplines with a focus on the varied historical, cultural, technological, and intellectual settings in which the modernism/utopia nexus might be clarified and explained.

CFP: Mood and Gender (WiG 2010) (03/15/10)

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 9:47am
Coalition of Women in German

Mood and Gender: Pre-Twentieth-Century Panel of the Coalition of Women in German Annual Conference in Augusta, MI (October 21-24, 2010)

Second Annual Graduate Conference on Lit. and the Humanities at U. of Arkansas. April 9th, 10th, 2010

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 9:15am
Graduate Students in English at University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas will be hosting its second annual graduate conference on literature and the humanities on April 9th and 10th, 2010. The conference seeks papers that deal with literature in relation to any aspect of the humanities: language, history, philosophy, etc. Panel proposals are encouraged. Our goal is to promote communication and dialogue within the graduate community.

This year, we are excited to announce that we will be expanding our conference to include panels on creative writing as well: poetry, fiction, translation. Panel proposals are encouraged here as well.

There is no registration fee for the conference.

Polluted Places/Impure Spaces

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 1:37pm

Participants in this seminar will examine the voices that emerge from polluted or impure sites. This "pollution" could take many forms, and comprise an array of relations. Any polluted locations — in as many forms as we can discern or devise — are fair game for our study: prohibited or tabooed Superfund sites, reconstituted dumps, artificial nature, tainted texts and ritually impure space.

These are the places that invite "cleansing" in the name of "purity" — like the swamps around New Orleans from which the maroon Bras Coupé strikes in G.W. Cable's The Grandissimes.

New Directions in Critical Theory: Borders, Power, Community-- April 30-May 1 2010

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 7:42pm
New Directions in Critical Theory

New Directions in Critical Theory
April 30-May 1, 2010
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

New Directions in Critical Theory: Borders, Power, Community

"Borderlands, contrary to frontiers, are no longer the lines where civilization and barbarism meet and divide, but the location where a new consciousness . . . emerges."
—2010 New Directions Keynote Walter Mignolo
(From "Globalization, Civilization, and Languages")

"The Life of the Text: Creation, Reception, and Explication" [12/1/09;2/19/10]

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 2:56pm
Natures 2010--a graduate student humanities conference--Feb. 19, 2010

Graduate students working in all areas of humanities studies, including art, film, history, religion, literature, and the performing arts are encouraged to submit abstracts. Papers on a wide variety of subjects will be considered. Topics may include, but not be limited to:
The Life of the Text: Creation, Reception, and Explication
(how texts are produced, read, or investigated)
Creation: conditions of composition and inspiration
Reception: seeing the text/reading the text
Explication: practices and examples of scholarship on texts
Visual texts/auditory texts/tactile texts
Children as producers or consumers of texts
Film as/and text: the intertextuality between film and other disciplines

Global Nonkilling Working Papers

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 7:25am
Center for Global Nonkilling

The Center for Global Nonkilling, an organization working to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world, is launching in January 2010 its "Global Nonkilling Working Papers" series. The collection will published in a regular basis both on print and online, with all contribution been made freely accessible through its website. The series will incorporate original scientific works that tackle issues related to the construction of nonkilling societies, where killing, threats to kill and conditions conductive to killing are absent. Extension should be within the 10,000 to 20,000 word range.

[UPDATE] Gender, Nature and Culture (May 20-22, 2010, Helsinki, Finland)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 6:12am
4th Christina Conference on Gender Studies / University of Helsinki

The 4th Christina conference explores the complex connections among gender, nature and culture. Recent research has increasingly viewed nature and culture as inherently entangled and inseparable, suggesting that nature is often understood through discourses of gender and, conversely, that gender is made sense of through historically contingent assumptions about nature. Building on this growing body of scholarship, the conference asks how this mutual intertwining of nature, culture and gender has been theorized, represented and experienced in the past as well as the present. The conference aims to be a meeting point for researchers from different disciplines.

Media, Medium, Mediation: Media Aesthetics Before 1900 (ACLA 2010)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 10:30am
Rachel Teukolsky

This seminar proposes to explore the aesthetic effects of early media--understood as "discourse networks," or channels of communication--by unsettling the idea of media itself. What might it mean to see media as medium, mediation, an in-between state, something mixed, or hybrid? Rather than seeing media history as a march of technological innovation, critics now describe emergent and residual media; they look to media in transition, overlapping media, co-existing visions of the retrograde and the futuristic. The idea of "media aesthetics" itself suggests porous boundaries between works of art and means of communication.

VICTORIAN SYSTEMS AND STANDARDIZATION - abstracts due November 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 10:25am
Victorian Studies Association of Ontario - Association of Canadian Collage and University Teachers of English

Congress 2010: Victorian Studies Association of Ontario/ Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Joint Session


Our little systems have their day…
Tennyson, In Memoriam, Prologue, st. 5

Writers in Love (3/1/10; 11/11-14/10)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 10:11am
Cynthia J. Miller/Film & History

Call for Papers
"Writers in Love / Writers and Love / Writing and Love in Film and Television"
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Second-Round Deadline: March 1, 2010

AREA: "Writers in Love / Writers and Love / Writing and Love in Film and Television"