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From Wall Street to Main Street: The Regional Politics of Occupying (an edited collection, April 1)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:03pm
Todd Comer and Nathan Crook

Broad messages, complicated political positions, and blurred generational and class lines characterize and problematize the Occupy Wall Street movement. As if its connection to the Canadian magazine Adbusters were not enough, this "U.S." movement's clearest and most original position may be its denial of position. Beyond "We are the 99%"—a general position against greed and inequality—the "movement" remains difficult to categorize in terms of the red/blue politics of the United States. The picture becomes even more complicated at the regional level where clear, defining symbols of nationalist power and capital are absent.

Victorian Networks - Submission Deadline March 1, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 12:24pm
North American Victorian Studies Association

The North American Victorian Studies Association Conference for 2012, in Madison, Wisconsin, September 27-30, invites papers on the theme of networks. Keynotes include Amanda Anderson, Adam Phillips, and a visual networks panel with Caroline Arscott, Tim Barringer, Julie Codell, and Mary Roberts. Participants will also be able to sign up for networks seminars of 15 presenters of precirculated 5-page position papers on the topic.

[REMINDER] "Literature and the Philosophy of Technology" Special Session MLA Boston 2013 (March 1, 2012)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 10:28am
Jessica Kuskey

Please consider this CFP for a Special Session for MLA 2013, Boston:

"Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"

Description:
Approaches to literature drawing from philosophy of technology or critical theory of technology. Literary critical responses or challenges to theories of technology.

Submission requirements:
400-word proposal; brief bio

Deadline for submissions:
1 March 2012

Contact person information:
Jessica Kuskey (jekuskey@syr.edu)

* All special sessions are subject to MLA approval.

In the Margin: e-text and its readers (proposals 30 April 2012)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 3:06pm
Drs. Ann-Barbara Graff and Kristin Lucas

We solicit contributions for an edited collection of scholarly essays entitled In the Margin: e-Text and its readers. Considerable scholarship of the past three decades has addressed the history, readership, and materiality of the book. The architecture of the page, paperstock, fount, blank spaces, and readerly annotation have been the subject of economic, material, and theoretical analysis. Attention to how books have been copied, signed, and annotated has illuminated a history of reading and literary activity. The codex, in short, has been invaluable to the material turn in bibliographic and literary scholarship. But what of the digital turn?

AAALS Session at MLA 2013 (Jan. 3-6, 2013)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:13pm
American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS)

Proposals are invited for the AAALS session to be held at the 2013 MLA Convention to be held in Boston from January 3rd through January 6th, 2013. Please send 200-word abstracts to Nathanael O'Reilly (n.oreilly@tcu.edu) by March 15th, 2012. The session topic is "History, Fiction & Australia." The topic may be interpreted broadly and transnational approaches are particularly welcome.

Conversational Exchanges in Early Modern England

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 4:36pm
MLA 2013

Explores the "dynamic and performative process of dialogic engagement" (Katherine Lawson) as a collaborative, compositional methodology. Possible topics: synchronic vs. diachronic imitatio; conversational circles (interpersonal or intertextual); cognitive models. Please send 250-word abstracts to kristen.bennett@tufts.edu or dianne.berg@tufts.edu. Deadline: 3/15/12.

The Aesthetics of Debt

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 2:00pm
Special Session / MLA 2013 (Boston)

Seeking papers for a panel exploring the interconnections of aesthetic and economic debt. What exactly does the trope of "literary debt" owe to the economic mind? Are economic narratives, e.g.- the narrative of money as "value itself," indebted to aesthetic principles?

Papers welcome on topics such as the post-collapse relevance of Harold Bloom's theory of literary influence, Marc Shell's deconstructions of the "Art & Money" binary, and Christian Marazzi's notion of the increasingly "linguistic" nature of capital.

Send 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2012 to Mark Schiebe, CUNY Graduate Center (mschiebe@gc.cuny.edu)

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