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[UPDATE] Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:52pm
Crisis Carnival 2010

Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?

Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society's values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the "real," with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.

[UPDATE] Document/Anti-Document in Asian/American Photography (Special Session, 2011 MLA; 3/22/10)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 7:05pm
Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, U of San Diego; Warren Liu, Scripps College

We seek papers about Asian/American art photography that explore the documentary function, which has all but defined photography from its inception, and interrogate the photograph's long-established function as a document of the "real" in the context of Asian American politics. Accordingly, for artists such as An-My Lê, Dinh Q. Lê, Nikki S. Lee, and Patrick Nagatani, photographic images are more made than found, and photography becomes a dynamic artistic medium rather than an act of recording the object world. In such artists, we are interested in the ways in which photographic aesthetics intersects with Asian American social issues, and in how photography becomes a mode of critical interrogation, beyond the paces of documentary social realism.

Funny Girls: Humor and American Women Writers (SAMLA, 11/5/10-11/7/10, Abstracts by 4/1/10)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 5:03pm
AMERICAN HUMOR STUDIES ASSOCIATION (AHSA)

In 1852, Fanny Fern, the newspaper columnist famous for her biting satires, responded to a letter from a fan who suggested that only a happy woman could write such funny prose: "You labor under the hallucination that I felt merry when I wrote all that nonsense! Not a bit of it; it's a way I have when I can't find a razor handy to cut my throat!" In that vein, we invite proposals that consider how American women writers (from any time period) follow Fern's model, using humor in their writing to ameliorate anger, sadness, frustration, or feelings of oppression and/or marginalization. Although examinations of all genres are welcome, in keeping with SAMLA's theme this year, proposals that discuss the interplay of text and image are especially welcome.

Nineteenth-Century American Literatue and Popular Culture

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:48pm
MPCA/MACA - October 1-3, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN

The MPCA/ACA is seeking paper proposals that address any aspect of 19th century American popular culture. We are especially interested in papers that focus on literature and/or culture from a specific critical perspective; however, no particular approach is required. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- Literature
- Dime novels
- Politics
- Sports
- Religion
- Westward expansion
- Native Americans
- Women in popular culture
- Entertainment
- The Gothic

Modern Literary Theories;A Critical Approach

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:38pm
Dr. Sunita Sinha /Avant Garde: A Literary Forum

Respected Sir/Madam,

'Avant Garde - A Literary Forum' invites an article from you on for an upcoming anthology on Modern Literary Theories to be edited by Dr. Sunita Sinha.

Other publications from this editor are-

[Update: Deadline Extended] Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition (Grad)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:52pm
University of Victoria English Graduate Student Society

Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition (Grad)

The University of Victoria's English Graduate Students' Society invites proposals for this year's graduate conference: Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition. The conference will be held at the University of Victoria from May 13 to 15, 2010.

Call for Indian English poems

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:03pm
MKGV Varanasi, India

Call for Indian English poems
Indian writing in English has produced innumerable poets but only few of them have been fortunate enough to be included in representative anthologies. The proliferation of Indian English poetry in day-to-day journals and newspapers demonstrates the poetic fire that these poets exhibit. It is not surprising that many of these poets have published rich poetry and composed quite a good number of volumes for the sake of satisfying their poetic urges. These uncrowned kings of verses need judicious readers who can appreciate their poetic sojourn.

This Mad Mad Mad Crisis; Where Will It Take Us Next

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 10:25am
April Durham, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, University of California Riverside

A interdisciplinary panel that is part of the [dis]junctions 2010 graduate conference at University of CAlifornia Riverside, April 10-11, 2010.

Dislocations and Ecologies - special issue of EJES: The European Journal of English Studies (ABSTRACTS: October 31, 2010)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:11am
Alexa Weik (University of Fribourg) / Christoph Irmscher (Indiana University) eds.

EJES: The European Journal of English Studies, Vol. 16, issue 1

Special issue on "Dislocations and Ecologies"

Guest Editors: Alexa Weik, University of Fribourg & Christoph Irmscher, Indiana University

This special issue of EJES (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13825577.asp) addresses the dislocation of bodies (human and non-human), concepts, cultures, and goods across borders of various kinds not just in relation to notions of mobility, but with special attention to their interaction with their surrounding environments.

CFP: Feminism 2010

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 7:51am
MP: an International Feminist Journal

MP: Feminism 2010 (Spring Issue) - Deadline April 30, 2010

Feminism 2010: One decade into the new millennium, what have we gained? What have we lost? How do we
shape feminism for the next decade? MP Journal is seeking academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries on the subject of feminism in the coming decade. Submissions may be in any accepted academic format such as MLA, APA, Legal Bluebook, Chicago Style but must be consistent throughout and thoroughly and carefully edited. They will be considered only with the attachment of a 50 word bio and CV and if submitted before midnight on April 30, 2010

Steampunk! The Popular Manifestation of Neo-Victorianism

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 5:26am
Victorian Steampunk Society

Steampunk! The Popular Version of Neo-Victorianism

A One-Day Conference hosted by the Victorian Steampunk Society, September 11, 2010

Lincoln Castle and Lawns, Lincoln U.K.

The Conference aims to explore the rising popularity of Steampunk and to consider its place in the wider field of Neo-victorianism and Neo-Victorian Studies.

This conference is unique in that it takes place alongside the "Weekend at the Asylum" festival which will attract up to one thousand active steampunks to the beautiful and historic City of Lincoln. This makes it the perfect opportunity to meet and talk to some of the leading figures in this aspect of Neo-Victorianism.

Comparative Literature Panel : East/West Cinema

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 1:25am
UC Riverside (dis)junctions conference

This panel is interested in the "narrative representations of the sociopolitical world" as atheme,
particularly as this idea relates to filmic representations of East Asian subjects in "Western" films
(i.e. films directed by "Western" directors, produced mainly for "Western" audiences). Some
film scholars have argued that it no longer makes sense to talk about representations of minority
groups in "national" cinemas, because the entire idea of the nation-state and national cinema is
passé. But the cinematic "global landscape" is in a state of crisis. How can we discuss the
representations of Chinese diasporic populations in Western countries without reference to
national identity?