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Directors Spotlight: Akira Kurosawa [UPDATE]

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 11:57pm
Popmatters.com

In our next Director's Spotlight series, PopMatters offers readers an insightful week-long series exploring the work one of the most influential filmmakers of the modern era, Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa.

In this expansive series, we invite writers, cinema scholars, film historians and social theorists from all disciplines to offer their thoughts on Kurosawa's work, it's social impact and the director's cinematic legacy.

The Wiregrass Graduate Conference

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 11:39pm
Valdosta State University

August 6 deadline!
We encourage submissions on any topics related to English Studies.

Guest speakers include:
author Dr. Niles Reddick & poet Dr. Brigitte Byrd

Suggested categories include:

· Media Studies

· Popular Culture

· World Literature

· Genre Literature

· British Literature

· American Literature

· Pedagogy

· Composition and Rhetoric

and (writing about) Creative Writing

CFP: Borderlands and Breaking Points: Tension Across the 49th Parallel

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 9:16pm
Kyle Conway, University of North Dakota

CFP: Borderlands and Breaking Points: Tension Across the 49th Parallel

Edited by Kyle Conway and Timothy Pasch

For a certain class of phenomena, the logic of the national border--that is, the logic of the controlled passage from one side to the other--does not hold. Crime operates by definition outside of the legal frameworks on either side of a border. Rivers flow across borders, regardless of the actions of the governments whose territories they affect. Native communities, in particular those on the U.S.-Canadian border, enjoy sovereign status that gives their members special rights when crossing the border.

Reconstruction 10.2, Expertise as Knowledge

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 5:45pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing Reconstruction Issue 10.2: Expertise as Knowledge

Edited by Marc A. Ouellette

Commentary:

Editor's Introduction, Marc A. Ouellette

Articles

Kirsty Best, "Concealing screens: Consent, control and the desiring user"

Scott Francisco, "The Innovation Paradox: How Innovation Products Threaten the Innovation Process"

John V. Knapp, "Literary Quests in Sachar's HOLES: A Middle & High School Game for Literary Learning"

Marc A. Ouellette, "Veni, Vidi, Wiki: Expertise as knowledge and a technocratic generation"

David Prescott-Steed, "Doodle Culture: Meditations on the Great Idle Scrawl"

Jason Tocci, "Arcadian Rhythms: Gaming and Interaction in Social Space"

Reviews

UPDATE: Unreliability as a Narrative Trope in Postcolonial Literature: NeMLA April 7-10, 2011; submissions due September 30th

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 5:14pm
North East Modern Languge Association

Unreliability is a common trope in postcolonial literature, which manipulates narrative focalization and uses unreliable narrators to criticize the possibility of a single reliable perspective. The absence of reliable counter perspectives to balance the unreliable narrator highlights the impossibility of recovering the past, authentic identity categories and representing the other. The absence of a reliable perspective in postcolonial novels exposes ontological uncertainties, futility of the search for authenticity, power imbalances and differential experience of history. The absence of a reliable perspective in these novels thus brings together the political, ethical and aesthetic.

CFP: Call for Contributions on "the depiction of Indigenous bodies"

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 2:46pm
Jura Gentium Cinema

The online journal "Jura Gentium Cinema" (www.jgcinema.org) is seeking articles (3,000-5,000 words) for a special issue on the depiction of Indigenous bodies in motion pictures, from "Apocalypto" to the "Whale Rider".

The articles should critically address cinematic representations of Indigenous cultures that either idealize or negate the Other, while also drawing attention to how films subvert and re-write these representations as part of Indigenous people effort to reclaim their own images and rendering on the silver screen.

Film reviews should be informative and evaluative, without being dismissive: that is, the reviewer should find some value in the work being reviewed.

Asian Conference on Education - CFP extended to September 1, 2010

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 10:47am
The International Academic Forum

http://ace.iafor.org/Submissions.html

Education systems across the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internationalization. The conference theme, "Globalization or internationalization?", has a particular focus on adult, distance and access education, and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Education, including: