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Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman (deadline: March 30, 2012)

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 12:15pm
Dr. Amy Propen, Rhetoric and Composition, York College of Pennsylvania (; Dr. Colbey Reid, Literary Studies, York College of Pennsylvania ( Dr. Dennis Weiss, Philosophy, York College of Pennsylvania (d

In the early days of the Internet, there was much talk about moving from the offline world to the online world. Fanboys to cybertheorists proclaimed the demassification of culture. Life, we were told, would become increasingly virtual and the world of things wouldn't matter much. In their 1994 preamble to "Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age," cyberlibertarians Esther Dyson, George Gilder, and George Keyworth nicely articulated this early Internet dream: "The central event of the 20th century is the overthrow of matter. In technology, economics, and the politics of nations, wealth—in the form of physical resources—has been losing value and significance.

Joseph Conrad Society Annual Conference, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:44pm
Joseph Conrad Society (UK)

The Joseph Conrad Society's 2012 Annual International Conference, its 38th, will be held from 4-7 July 2012 at Bath Spa University's Sion Hill Campus in the centre of the historic city of Bath.

Proposals of 150-200 words on any topic related to Conrad's life and work are welcome. Given the upcoming centenary of the publication of Chance, which the Society will mark with a special issue of The Conradian, papers, or panels, on the novel are especially welcome. Proposals, due on 20 April, should be sent to Tim Middleton:

[REMINDER] Post-Graduate Student Conference on English Literature and Translation Studies 17-18 May 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 4:26pm
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara, Turkey

English Literature and Translation Studies:
An interdisciplinary/international postgraduate conference
17th-18th May 2012 Cankaya University Ankara
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara warmly invite our colleagues/students to send proposals for a 20-minute paper on English Literature and Translation Studies. This conference welcomes papers centering upon English Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Literary Translation, English Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature and Literary and Cultural Theories.

[UPDATE - NEW DATE] Works in Progress: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, June 1, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 2:30pm
Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati

The English Department at the University of Cincinnati invites you to submit proposals for an interdisciplinary academic conference held on June 1, 2012 focusing on the value of sharing works in progress as a means to increase experimentation, build community, and test new ideas. Rather than soliciting finished products from participants, we seek work that shows its seams, represents thinking in action, invites revision, and resists closure. In other words, don't hide your process; advertise it.

MLA Special Session: "British Literature and the State, 1870-1930" (deadline 3/10/12; Boston 2013)

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 6:26am
Benjamin Kohlmann

How do literary works in Britain explore the economic, philosophical, social, and political dimensions of "statist" theory and practice? Possible topics include the utopian/dystopian potential of statism, emerging ideas about risk and insurance, new theories of consumption and production, the role of bureaucracy, forms of collectivism, regional 'place' vs. the abstract 'space' of the state, etc. Proposals on any relevant authors, themes, forms of cultural expression are welcome. -- Lauren Goodlad will be on this panel as a respondent.

LGBTQI Graduate Students and Academia

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 6:15pm
Ervin Malakaj, Graduate Student Caucus of the Modern Language Association

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 MLA annual meeting (Boston, Jan. 3-6, 2013). Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) to Ervin Malakaj ( by March 10.

Somaesthetics Essay Prize 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 5:48pm
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its first annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2012 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies. The prize essay will be recommended for publication in an upcoming special issue of the philosophical journal Pragmatism Today on somaesthetics.

[UPDATE:Extended Deadline and New Email Address] "Rough Music": Representing Violence (March 31, 2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 3:05pm
Southern Methodist University English Graduate Students

"Rough Music": Representing Violence – an interdisciplinary graduate conference sponsored by the Southern Methodist University Department of English on
March 31, 2012

In The Plague of Fantasies, Slavoj Žižek describes Lacan's readings of classical, literary, and philosophical texts as "a case of violent appropriation…displacing the work from its proper hermeneutic context." And yet, he argues, "this very violent gesture brings about a breathtaking 'effect of truth'" and "a shattering new insight."