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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 9:01am
Libidinal Lives: Economies of Desire in the Long Nineteenth Century

In his controversial work Libidinal Economy (1974) Jean-Franҫois Lyotard famously remarked 'every political economy is libidinal'. With this radical pronouncement, Lyotard identified all hegemonic structures as susceptible to the affective ebb and flow of desire. Forming the cornerstone of the new 'libidinal materialism', Libidinal Economy, alongside Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus (1972), saw the desiring body as inextricably bound up with economic, political and fiscal operations. In the decades that followed, a wealth of theoretical work drew on this challenging juxtaposition of the libidinal and the economic.

[UPDATE] Rupture Symposium 6 June 2011 (abstracts due 1 February 2011)

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Monday, December 20, 2010 - 1:39am
The Division of English / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in association with the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences [CLASS], is organizing a one-day international postgraduate conference on the subject of "rupture" in literature on 6 June 2011.

Disability and Native American/Indigenous Studies, Journal of Cultural and Literary Disability Studies, 3/15/11

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Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:36am
Penelope Kelsey, University of Colorado

In Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia 1900-1950, a Nisga'a elder implores the historian Mary Ellen Kelm: "When we talk about the poor health of our people, remember it all began with the white man" (xv). This special issue of JLCDS invites scholars to consider two interrelated phenomena: on the one hand, colonialism has produced indigenous disability and illness—through the depletion of traditional sources of food and medicine, enforced containment in boarding schools and substandard reservation housing, trauma, poverty and so on. On the other hand, colonial discourse also pathologizes Native people—construing them as genetically prone to certain illnesses, for instance.

CFP - Graduate Conference "Print Modernities" - Deadline January 30, 2011

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 8:24pm
University of British Columbia

"Print Modernities, 1845 – 1945"
A Graduate Conference at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
2-3 May 2011.

This graduate conference will be concerned with the relationships between "modernity" and print production. "Modernity" and "print" should be understood in the broadest sense, and interdisciplinary papers are especially encouraged. We are interested in the commercialization of literary modernism, in the visual representations of modernity, and in the social impact of technical innovations in the printing industry from 1845 to 1945. Possible considerations are:

[UPDATE]Perpetual Crisis: Defending the Humanities--Graduate Literature Conference (Proposals due 1/7/11; Conference 2/24-26/11)

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 10:48am
University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate English Student Association

University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference in Language and Literature (MADLIT)
English Dept. Graduate Student Conference
February 24-26, 2011

The Graduate Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department is pleased to announce the 7th Annual MadLit Conference. Our keynote speaker for this year's conference, "Perpetual Crisis," is Professor Rita Felski. The focus encourages examination of the role of humanistic inquiry and the arts in moments of crisis, and also extends the opportunity to participants to explore broader questions about how "crisis" might appear, be defined, or be addressed in their own areas of study.

[UPDATE] Why Allegory Now?

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 7:59am
University of Manchester

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the University of Manchester

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Friday April 1st 2011

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Prof. Jeremy Tambling, English and American Studies, University of Manchester
Dr. Roger Pooley, English, Keele University

The University of Manchester invites scholars and early researchers to submit papers for the conference 'Why Allegory Now?', an interdisciplinary event which will allow a forum of discussion on the disparate ways in which allegory has been used throughout history, and consider how such an elusive yet prominent form can be interpreted today.

Composition and Decomposition, BAVS Annual Conference, 2011

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 7:36am
British Asociation for Victorian Studies

Call for Papers: BAVS Conference 2011, University of Birmingham

Composition and Decomposition

The University of Birmingham will be hosting the 2011 BAVS Conference, 1–3 September 2011, on the Edgbaston campus. We invite papers that deal with the conference theme of 'Composition and Decomposition' in all its various connotations.

Dickens and the Idea of 'The Dickensian': A Tale of Four Cities, 2-8 February 2012

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 7:30am
Jointly sponsored by: University of Paris-Diderot; Centre Culturel de l’Entente Cordiale, Château d’Hardelot at Condette and Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3; Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent; Dickens Museum and the

The aim of this week-long travelling conference is to celebrate the bicentenary of Dickens's birth, which falls on 7 February 2012, in a manner befitting a writer who has given so much to so many around the globe. It takes the form of a kind of pilgrimage - festive, of course, rather than solemn - joining four cardinal places central to Dickens's life and art. This journey of critical discovery takes us from Paris, where he finished Little Dorrit, to Condette near Boulogne where he spent time with Ellen Ternan, to Rochester and Chatham where he grew up, to end up in London, the city with which he is so often associated (rightly or wrongly), on the birthday itself.

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