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Literatures of Modernity Symposium 2011

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:45am
Second Annual Literatures of Modernity Symposium, Ryerson University

"It is in its transitoriness that modernity shows itself to be ultimately and most intimately akin to antiquity," Walter Benjamin writes in _The Arcades Project_. For Adorno, modernity was a quality and not a chronology. How is modernity related to temporality? How is modernity related to technology, identity, the city? What are some of the popular icons of modernity? This symposium invites proposals on any aspect of modernity as expressed in literature or culture. In addition to academic proposals, the committee welcomes proposals for creative projects including photography, painting, video, film, or performance.

Conrad and Faulkner: Revisiting the Modern--MLA 2012, January 5-8, Seattle

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:17am
Jay Watson / William Faulkner Society, Debra Romanick Baldwin / Joseph Conrad Society

The Joseph Conrad Society and The William Faulkner Society invite proposals for a planned collaborative session at MLA 2012 in Seattle, "Conrad and Faulkner: Revisiting the Modern." We seek comparative approaches to the two writers' texts or contexts exploring any aspect of modernity and/or modernism. 300-500-word abstracts or 20-minute papers by 1 March 2011 to Jay Watson (jwatson@olemiss.edu) and Debra Romanick Baldwin (dbaldwin@udallas.edu).

Leo Bersani, Henry James: Henry James Review; deadline: Mar. 1, 2011

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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 5:25pm
Henry James Review

Leo Bersani's 1976 A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature was, at the time of its publication, a pathbreaking work of literary criticism and theory. The book as a whole, and Bersani's chapter "The Jamesian Lie" (originally published in Partisan Review in 1969) in particular, radically altered understandings of the structures of desire in James. A Future for Astyanax helped open up James Studies to sophisticated psychoanalytic analysis and to what was, at the time, called "Theory." In reading James with Racine, Emily Brontë, Stendhal, Histoire d'O, Gide, and Robert Wilson, Bersani defamiliarized the Henry James of American and Victorian Studies.

CFP: Making Sense Of - Health, Illness and Disease 10 (September, 2011; Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 2:23pm
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

10th Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease

Tuesday 6th September – Thursday 8th September 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the processes by which we attempt to create meaning in health, illness and disease. In previous years, this interdisciplinary conference has attracted delegates from around the world, including practising clinicians, academics from a variety of disciplines, and persons involved in community-based organizations.

CFP: ATHE Performance Studies Focus Group Emerging Scholars Panel - DEADLINE EXTENDED: New Deadline: February 15, 2011

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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 12:51am
Performance Studies Focus Group - Association for Theatre in Higher Education

CFP: ATHE Performance Studies Focus Group Emerging Scholars Panel
DEADLINE EXTENDED! New deadline: February 15, 2011

The Performance Studies Focus Group at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference invites submissions of papers for its Emerging Scholars' Panel. The theme of the conference is 'Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures' and it takes place at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois from August 11-14, 2011.

PAMLA 2011--"Animals as Self/Other" [3/25/11; 11/5/11]

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Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 9:33pm
Lora Geriguis

"Animals as Self-Other"--
Instead of measuring human-animal valuation based on their relative ability to "think, reason, or speak…[t]he first and decisive question [should] be to know whether animals can suffer" (Derrida 1997). An exploration of the complexities of the human-animal identity continuum, including human causes of and responses to animal suffering.

The 109th annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) will be held on the beautiful campus of Scripps College in Claremont, CA on November 5 and 6, 2011. This panel will be scheduled for November 6 (Sunday).

[DEADLINE EXTENSION] [Pre]Occupations: Working, Seizing, Dwelling (4/16/2011) [KEYNOTE: Timothy Brennan]

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Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 6:57pm
URI Department of English

[Pre]Occupations: Working, Seizing, Dwelling (Saturday, April 16th, 2011)
The 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference hosted by the Department of English at the University of Rhode Island


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy Brennan, Professor of English, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, and American Studies at The University of Minnesota, and author of several books, including Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (2008), Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (2006), and At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (1997).

Forming Identity, Transforming Space: An International Graduate Student Conference

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Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 9:42am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain

Forming Identity, Transforming Space
Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference
The Department of English and the Division of Languages and Literature
Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain
29-30 April, 2011
(Submission deadline 10 March, 2011)
slumadridconference@gmail.com

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Kinnahan, Professor of English, Duquesne University.

'Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — present)' : 24th June 2011

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Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 9:37am
One-day Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.)

'Anything that does modify a state of affairs by making a difference is an actor - or, if it has no figuration yet, an actant'

(Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005)

Whilst questions of human subjectivity and/or identity remain a persistent focus in literary and cultural studies, this one-day postgraduate symposium aims to consider how we might explore and account for agency from unexpected sources. Papers, plenaries and discussions at this symposium will place the non-human, the object, the supposedly 'lifeless' at the centre, with a view to casting new light on and rethinking definitions of human agency and identity from an unconventional, askance perspective.

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