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Playgrounds: Space, Power, Play DEADLINE DEC. 1 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:03pm
Media Fields Journal

Media Fields Journal: Critical Explorations in Media and Space
Issue 8: Playgrounds
Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013

This issue of Media Fields investigates the connections between media, space, power, and various approaches to "play" across culture and society. In this issue we seek conversations that embrace play in all its polysemy. We invite papers that investigate how mediated play spaces can become spaces to negotiate labor, power, resistance, agency, or subjectivity. To that end, what is a mediated play space? What is the history of mediated play spaces? How are non-play spaces subverted to become play spaces, and what are the political consequences of this subversion? Moreover, what is the political potential of play?

CFP: "Visions of Empire," 6th Annual Medievalist Graduate Student Conference, February 28, 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 4:31pm
Medievalists @ Penn, University of Pennsylvania

Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) is a graduate student organization at the University of Pennsylvania invested in developing a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the Middle Ages. We are pleased to announce our 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference, "Visions of Empire."

Keynote Speaker: Maud McInerney, Associate Professor of English, Haverford College; "Crooked Greek: Genealogy and Prophecy in Geoffrey of Monmouth and Aeneid VI"

Miming Capital, Capitalizing on Mimesis; ACLA, March 20-23, 2014 at NYU

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 3:33pm
Alek M. Jeziorek and Bradford A. Taylor

This seminar will explore how capital denies, appropriates and incites heterogeneous forms of literary and social imitation. While remaining sensitive to the risks of mimetic practice, we seek to understand mimesis as a fraught concept that reflects the precariousness of the subject under capital. Theodor Adorno and Jacques Derrida have already analyzed mimesis in economic terms: the former pitting mimetic comportment and the magical against the rationalizing drive of capital; the latter cynically grouping imitation and exploitation together under the term "economimesis."

With these two poles in mind, this panel seeks proposals that:

Rethink classical theories of mimesis from an economic, materialist perspective.

Negotiating Aesthetic Hierarchies: the Creative Tension between High and Popular Culture April 11-12 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:57pm
Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (GAFIS)

Throughout modern history, the labels "high" and "popular" culture have come to denote two categories which are most often hierarchical and polarized. Yet these categories are never truly stable or impermeable. Many authors and artists have found inspiration in transgressing, resisting, or rejecting the supposed boundaries between high and popular culture which in turn calls these very labels into question. They create hybridized genres, revolutionize traditional forms, and experiment with multimedia forms of expression in order to push their audiences to reconsider their own preconceptions about aesthetic categories and hierarchies.

Proquest/RSAP Essay Prize, essays due December 13

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:54pm
Research Society of American Periodicals

Proquest and the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announce the 5th annual $1000 article prize.

The prize will be awarded for the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in a peer-reviewed academic journal with a publication date during 2013. Two runners up will receive $500 each. Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.

[UPDATE] At the Edge of the Postmodern? American Poetry in the 1950s

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:32pm
The Charles Olson Society / ALA May 2013, Washington DC

Charles Olson was among the first American poets to use the contested term "postmodern" (in a letter to Robert Creeley, August 1951), and the 1950s may be taken as a pivotal or liminal decade in American poetics. The great Modernists (Eliot, Pound, Williams, Stevens) were still at work, but a new generation (including Bishop, Lowell, Berryman, et al.) was on the scene as well. Richard Wilbur and Adrienne Rich were writing poems of formal precision, while Ginsberg was reading "Howl," and schools such as the Confessional, Deep Image, New York, and Black Mountain were emerging. We are interested in papers that explore any aspect of the American poetry scene in the 1950s--literary history, literary criticism, cultural criticism.

[ACLA] Uncertain Understanding: Capital in Science and Medicine Before the 20th Century (March 20-23, 2014 at NYU)

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 1:22pm
Christine Yao / Cornell University

In his influential work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn explains "the reception of a new paradigm often necessitates a redefinition of the corresponding science. Some old problems may be relegated to another science or declared entirely 'unscientific'." This process of drastic redefinition is exacerbated not only due to scientific discoveries and technological advances, but also the professionalization of the field, a process that not only consolidated knowledge, but created new social capital. Critics like Kuhn, Bruno Latour, and Michel Foucault, among others, demonstrate the inherent upheaval that such restructuring of scientific knowledge causes.

Keywords for Late Capitalism: Deadline 1 November

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 1:14pm
ACLA Annual Meeting 2014 : 20-23 March

Raymond Williams described his 1976 "Keywords" project as dealing with interdisciplinary terms that "bound together certain ways of seeing culture and society." In the last forty years new economic formations have generated a new vocabulary: late capitalism, neoliberalism, precarity, vulnerability. These terms are increasingly important to cultural and literary studies: scholars of the contemporary moment employ this economic diction to articulate a crisis in current affective and political arrangements. This panel aims to define these new keywords in terms of their provenance and their effects as they migrate from economic to cultural criticism.

Mark Twain and Money: Call for contributions to a volume of new scholarly essays

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:28pm
Henry B. Wonham, University of Oregon

Questions about Mark Twain's fascination with wealth have played a major role in Twain criticism from the very beginning. It might be argued, in fact, that the foundational disagreement in Twain studies hinges on whether his commercial inclinations fostered his artistic achievement (Bernard DeVoto) or bastardized his talent (Van Wyck Brooks). Rather than prolong the biographical debate, this volume of original essays will draw on recent work at the intersection of economic theory and literary studies (sometimes referred to as the New Economic Criticism) to reevaluate and deepen our understanding of Mark Twain's complicated relationship with money and issues of economy, broadly understood. Topics of interest might include Twain's engagement with:

Chicago Shaw Symposium 2014, May 16-17, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Travel Grants Available

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:00pm
International Shaw Society, ShawChicago Theater Co., Literature and Languages Department at Roosevelt University, Illinois Humanities Council

"Bernard Shaw's Use of Language -- Artistic Innovation, Social Critique, and Political Argument. His Cultural Legacy.

Come to hear papers and talks from scholars/authors/actors/directors, participate in discussions, and see ShawChicago's concert reading of Shaw's Man and Superman.

Call for Contributors: Volume on Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Modernism

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:32am
Ariane Mildenberg, School of English, University of Kent

The goal of this collection of essays is to address critical questions regarding the relationship between modernism and the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who remains today one of the most influential phenomenologists interested in literary and aesthetic studies.

Proposals for essays (7000 words) in English are invited for the following two sections of the volume:

1) New close-readings and critiques of Merleau-Ponty's pivotal texts except 'Eye and Mind', 'The Philosopher and His Shadow' and 'The Intertwining – The Chiasm'.

Bloosmbury C21 Conference 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:21am
Bloosmbury and Centre 21, University of Brighton UK

Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2014: Towards A Twenty-First Century Literature

10-11 April 2014, Brighton, UK

Supported by: Bloomsbury Higher Education Academy UK Gylphi Myriad 3AM Magazine


Dr David James,Queen Mary London

Prof Philip Tew,Brunel University

Prof Lucy Armitt,University of Lincoln

Prof Robert Eaglestone,Royal Holloway

Call for Papers

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 15 December 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:44am
8th International IDEA Conference: Studies in English April 16 -18, 2014, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Muğla, Turkey

The Conference will be jointly hosted by
The Department of English Language and Literature of
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, ELT Department of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University and
The English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA).

The Conference will address topics from the fields of,
"English literature"
"British and Comparative Cultural Studies"
"Translation Studies"
"Linguistisc and ELT"

Abstracts for proposed papers (maximum 250 words) should be submitted to:

Please include your name, affiliation, email address and a brief biography.
Add 5-6 keywords pertaining to your topic.