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.
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.
Please consider this CFP for a Special Session for MLA 2013, Boston:
"Literature and the Philosophy of Technology"
Approaches to literature drawing from philosophy of technology or critical theory of technology. Literary critical responses or challenges to theories of technology.
400-word proposal; brief bio
Deadline for submissions:
1 March 2012
Contact person information:
Jessica Kuskey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
* All special sessions are subject to MLA approval.
"Retrofitting English Studies: When Diversity Becomes an Afterthought"
April 14-15, 2012 PLEASE NOTE THESE ALTERED DATES!
Speaker: Jay Dolmage
Ezra Pound's iconic statement that, "To break the pentameter, that was the first heave" has covered over a more complicated history of modern prosody. This panel seeks papers that place modernist poetics in conversation with 19th-century prosodic debates. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2012; Erin Kappeler (email@example.com).
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?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15th, 2012. The session topic is "History, Fiction & Australia." The topic may be interpreted broadly and transnational approaches are particularly welcome.
Writing Mothers\Daughters: 1780-2012
A one day conference at Newman University College, Birmingham
Thurs 28th June 2012
Keynote Speaker: Sonya Andermahr, University of Northampton
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 3/15/12.
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 (email@example.com)