Floods represent chaos: the overwhelming not just of everyday life but of entire prevailing natural and social orders, the destruction of boundaries and moorings, the triumph of formlessness and flux. This seminar examines, then, the challenges — both formal and ethical — entailed in representing floods. We will investigate the technical modes that attempt to formulate something often defined against form itself, and, at the same time, the moral implications of rendering natural disaster aesthetically. We will further ask what parallels and divergences we might discern between attempts to reassert form rhetorically, and those to reassert social and physical structures, in floods' wake.
CFP: Governing the Hearth: Law and Family in the Nineteenth Century
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference: Family/Resemblance
University of Texas at Austin
March 25-27, 2010
Charting Transnational Native American Studies: Aesthetics, Politics, Identity
Extended Deadline: December 15
Guest-edited by Philip J. Deloria, Hsinya Huang, John Gamber, and Laura Furlan
Roundtable on Teaching Latina/o Literature.
This session will explore ways of teaching Latina/o literature from a variety of perspectives in a diversity of settings and from a range of approaches—both within and beyond Latina/o Studies. What are the particular challenges and opportunities that teaching this body of work present to teachers and to students? We especially want to invite participants who are new to teaching Latina/o literatures to join us. Please send a short (300 word) statement of interest along with a very short version of your CV (1-2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4, 2010.
Now seeking proposals for the following seminar at the 2010 ACLA conference in New Orleans from April 1-4.
As a principal port and cosmopolitan heart of the Confederacy, New Orleans was an early target for the Union forces during the Civil War. Captured early on, it was spared the destruction of other Southern cities. The story of New Orleans's Civil War, then, is one of tension, occupation, and observation from afar. This panel will draw inspiration from New Orleans's position as both intimately involved (New Orleans' Memorial Hall boasts the second largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the country) and yet removed from most of the war's violence to examine representations and remembrances of the American Civil War.
CFP: Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association, 2010
The Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association seeks proposals for the American Literature Association's 21st annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco on May 27-30, 2010.
We are particularly interested in seeking out proposals that address the following topics:
• Representations of Identity in Memoir, Autobiography and Testimonio
• Science Fiction in the Caribbean/Latin American Diaspora
• Roundtable on Teaching Latina/o Literature
"The Aural Archive"
ACLA annual convention, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2010
Proposals due: Nov. 13, 2009
This seminar aims to draw out several theoretical and methodological questions lurking behind recent work in media studies, performance studies, musicology, and literary studies: If the aural realm is ephemeral (as is often said), how does it factor into the historical record? When you listen to your archive, what and how do you hear? And how do you theorize the silences and noises in the archival grain?
An informal network of students, faculty, and activists tentatively working under the banner of "The Protest Study Project" have proposed a weekend conference in New York on March 20-21, 2010 (we are awaiting final approval to hold this event at the City University of New York Graduate Center). The goals of this conference are to provide a forum for academic and activist discussions about the urgent legal, practical, and theoretical issues that emerged from Pittsburgh, and to place these discussions in larger transnational and historical contexts. The conference urges presentations, panels, roundtable discussions, and workshops on any number of perspectives and reactions to multiple issues.
The buzz surrounding recent Austen adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies captures the ambivalence — equal parts horror and delight — evoked by the perpetual resuscitation of the nineteenth century. Leaving others to fight Austen's zombies, this seminar sets its historical sights slightly later, taking the figure of the zombie as a point of departure. Does Victorian Britain, like the zombie, refuse to remain quietly dead and buried? Or do we keep digging it up?
CHOPIN AND LISZT: Two Composers and their Relation to the Parisian Musical Scene
ORGANISED BY: Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca, in collaboration with Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice
DATES: 2-4 December 2010
LOCATION: Lucca (Italy), Palazzo Ducale
The Velvet Light Trap #67 - Seeing Race: Our Enduring Dilemma
Autopsia is an online, international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that provides a diverse forum for scholars and professionals to interrogate and challenge the intellectual and aesthetic dimensions of mass culture. Autopsia invites critical and/or theoretical examinations that further our understanding of the serial consumption and the circulation of ideas, images and objects that flow from numerous centers, margins and multiplicities of production from the Industrial Revolution to the present. The journal welcomes submissions for publication that perform autopsies on a broad range of media: film, literature, art, and philosophy with a particular emphasis on how these cultural productions function as commodities.