Myths and Fairy Tales Area *Deadline Extended*

full name / name of organization: 
SW/TX PCA/ACA
contact email: 

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association's 33rd Annual
Conference
Albuquerque, NM February 8-11, 2012
http://swtxpca.org/

In the Myths and Fairy Tales Area, panels are now forming on topics related to all areas of myth and fairy tale and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales (one or the other is perfectly fine), but we have seen that bringing both genre categories into conversation has led to extremely valuable and stimulating conversations.

Please submit 200 word abstracts and 600-800 word proposals for panels by 15 December 2011, and please note that all presenters must be registered for the conference by 31 December 2011.

Abstracts must be uploaded to the SW/TX PCA/ACA database at:
http://conference2012.swtxpca.org

Papers relating to the 2012 Conference Theme: "Celebrating Foods and Culture(s) in a Global Context" will be given special consideration, and might be as variable as (though certainly not limited to):
--Eating and Devouring in "Little Red Riding Hood"
--Magical Fruits in Classical Mythology
--Food and Entrapment in "Hansel and Gretel"
--Rituals and Eating in Hindu Mythology
--Fairy Tale Poetry: Food and Seduction (Olga Broumas, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, etc.)
--Food, Ritual, and Folklore (Joseph Campbell, James Frazer, etc.)
--Disney Heroines and Food Preparation (Rapunzel, Snow White, Frog Princess, etc.)
--Music, Food, and Myth in the Cherokee Tradition
-- Storytelling as an Act of Feeding the Soul: Scheherazade Narratives
--Picture Books: Illustrating of Fairy Tale Foods

For further details, please follow the link to the full CFP: http://swtxpca.org/CFPs_2011/Special_Topics/CFP-Myth%20and%20Fairy%20Tal...

44049Allusions and echoes – cultural recycling and recirculation June 16-17, 2012Anglia Ruskin Universityberit.astrom@engelska.umu.se1322830584cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalpopular_culturepostcolonialfull name / name of organization: Anglia Ruskin Universitycontact email: berit.astrom@engelska.umu.se

Allusions and echoes – cultural recycling and recirculation

An international colloquium at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, June 16-17, 2012

Deadline for paper/panel submissions is March 30, 2012.

The many ways in which stories are recirculated is astounding – from relatively straightforward retellings of fairy tales and classical myths, to feminist, queer, postcolonial or ecocritical subversions of central themes, to fan fiction's adaptations of beloved characters and story worlds.

The international colloquium "Allusions and echoes – cultural recycling and recirculation" is an opportunity to explore the various ways in which texts communicate over borders of space, time, genre and medium. What themes, motifs, backgrounds and details capture the imagination of authors, readers and viewers? How are they recycled and recirculated from one period, or one audience, to another? How and why do they gain currency again and again? Contributors are invited to cast their net widely and consider not only contemporary works, such as The Canongate Myth Series (2005-2011) and Cinderfella (1960, 2013) but also older texts, such as Chaucer's The Physician's Tale and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus.

Among the topics that may be addressed at the symposium are:
•Recirculation and remediation
•Recirculation and transhistoricism
•Recirculation and cultural transmission
•Recirculation and ecocriticism
•Recirculation and class
•Recirculation and ethnicity
•Recirculation and gender
•Recirculation and queer studies
•Recirculation as political strategy

The colloquium, which is jointly organised by Dr. Berit Åström (Umeå University, Sweden) and Professor Sarah Annes Brown (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK), is aimed at anyone working in the fields of English literature, cultural studies, film and media studies or related disciplines.

If you would like to present a paper (20 minutes), or have a suggestion for a panel, please send a 300-word abstract to berit.astrom@engelska.umu.se by March 30, 2012.

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalpopular_culturepostcolonial 440504th Global Conference: Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners (September 2012: Oxford, United Kingdom)Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netsaf4@inter-disciplinary.net1322832297african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Netcontact email: saf4@inter-disciplinary.net

4th Global Conference
Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners

Friday 21st September 2012 – Sunday 23rd September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers

This multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the crucial place that strangers, aliens and foreigners have for the constitution of self, communities and societies. In particular the project will assess world transformations, like phenomena we associate with the term 'globalisation', new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as well as the impact they have on the conceptions we hold of self and other. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it means for people, the world over, to forge a sense of self in rapidly changing contexts where it is no longer possible to ignore the importance of strangers, aliens and foreigners for our contemporary nations, societies and cultures.

Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Transformations of Self
~ How is Self interweaved with Other? And the many ways in which Self depends on Other
~ Acknowledging the importance of strangers for our lives, for our sense of well-being
~ Recognising our dependence on aliens and foreigners for our communities, cities and towns, for our countries and nations
~ The decline of the value of sameness and homogeneity, the rise of diversity and plurality
~ Opposing the construction of self by othering, excluding and stigmatising

2. Boundaries, Communities and Nations
~ Who is a stranger? Aliens and foreigners to whom?
~ New migrants, new migratory flows and massive movements from peripheral to central countries
~ Trans-national networks and the blurring of boundaries; are we living trans-national and post-national realities?
~ Assimilation, integration, adaptation and other forms of placing the responsibility of change on foreigners
~ What has happened to ideas like acceptance, hospitality and cosmopolitanism

3. Economies, Institutions and Migrants
~ Labour migration as key for economic growth and prosperity
~ The politics of making aliens, foreigners and migratory labour 'invisible'
~ Global politics of money over people; new forms of global exclusion
~ Social movements, new rebellion and alternative globalisations
~ Trans-cultural connections that escape institutional and political control

4. Art and Representations
~ Production and reproduction of cultural typing and stereotyping
~ The contested space of representing self and other, native and foreigner
~ Art, media and how to challenge the rigid constructions of art and culture
~ Fictions of strangers, stories of aliens, fables of foreigners
~ The artistic constructions of otherness

5. Self (inevitably) linked to Other
~ De-centering selves; who am I if not the relation with others?
~ Thinking and acting with others in mind; orienting life inter-subjectively
~ Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of living recognising aliens and foreigners
~ Bonds of care across boundaries of inequality and exclusion, ideologies and religions, politics and power, nations and geography
~ Non-recognition as social and cultural violence

The 2012 meeting of Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners will run alongside a second of our projects on Beauty and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers or panels considering the problems or addressing issues that cross both projects. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 16th March 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd June 2012. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: Strangers Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Dr S. Ram Vemuri
School of Law and Business, Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT0909, Australia
Email: Ram.Vemuri@cdu.edu.au

Rob Fisher
Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net,
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
E-Mail: saf4@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Diversity and Recognition research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

For further details of the project, please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/diversity-recognition...

For further details of the conference, please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/diversity-recognition...

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approacheseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialprofessional_topicsreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44051UPDATE: Children's/Young Adult Literature and Culture Area (12/15/11;2/8/12-2/11/12)Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conferencegypsyscholar@rgv.rr.com1322832485americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conferencecontact email: gypsyscholar@rgv.rr.com

Proposal submission deadline extended: December 15, 2011

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference
February 8 – 11, 2012
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.swtxpca.org

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org

Deadline extended for submitting proposals. Panels are still being formed in the Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture area. Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students and others interested in this area are encouraged to submit an abstract. Graduate students are especially encouraged and will be assisted in accessing any and all award opportunities the conference and/or associations provide.

This area covers a wide variety of possible mediums: traditional book/literature culture, but also comics, graphic novels, film, television, music, video games, toys, internet environment, fan fiction, advertising, marketing tie-ins to books and films, just to name a few. Proposals on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or cross-genre topics are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome, as are presentations that go beyond the traditional scholarly paper format.

The conference theme this year is Celebrating Food and Culture(s) in a Global Context. Proposals addressing this theme in some fashion will be read with special interest.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Food and/or hunger as metaphor in Children's and YA literature/culture
Gender portrayals
Racial and Ethnic portrayals
Use of innovative or "novel" formats for both children's and YA literature
The next "big" thing in children's and YA literature
Film adaptation issues
Historical approaches to children's and YA literature and culture
New readings of children's and YA literature and culture
Re-imaginings of myth, fairy tale, and other traditional stories
Explorations of certain authors in the children's and YA areas
Fan fiction and fan followings of books, films, and authors

Other topics related to Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture will be read with interest.

Please submit proposals of 250 words and a brief bio (100 words) for individual presentations or 500 words for full panels (3-4 people on a panel – please submit contact and brief bio for each person on the panel) to our conference database at http://conference2012.swtxpca.org/. All presenters will have to submit their information to the database eventually, and this makes it easier to organize panels and send acknowledgements and acceptances.

Proposal submission deadline extended to: December 15, 2011.

All accepted presenters will have to register for the conference by December 31, 2011.

For questions or if you encounter problems with submitting proposals to the database, please contact:

Diana Dominguez
Area Chair: Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture
gypsyscholar@rgv.rr.com
The University of Texas at Brownsville

Please visit the Conference website for information on registration, accommodations, transportation options, graduate student paper awards, and audio-visual arrangements.

http://www.swtxpca.org

cfp categories: americanchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 44052UPDATE Literature & ecocriticismSWTXPCAkhada@ecok.edu1322835210ecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesfull name / name of organization: SWTXPCAcontact email: khada@ecok.edu

Call for Papers: Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment
33rd Annual Conference:
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Cultural Association

February 8 - 11, 2012 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Proposal submission deadline extended to: December 15, 2011
For details and information please go to: http://www.swtxpca.org

Panels are now being formed for presentations regarding Literature, Ecocriticism and the Environment. Specific areas might include:

*ecocritical approaches to literature
* environmentally-focused artists and their art
* representations of nature and the environment in popular and American culture
* interdisciplinary approaches to the environment by environmental historians, philosophers, geographers, ecologists, governmental agencies, etc.
* environmental/ecocritical pedagogy & environmental education
* environmental discourse in the media
* the environment in film
* ecofeminism
* environmental issues in the Southwest
* urban environmentalism
* nature writing and its authors
* environmental activism, non-profit, governmental issues, etc.

To submit a proposal, go to http://conference2012.swtxpca.org and enter the proposal into the database. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2011. Accepted applicants will be notified by email, and must register for the conference by December 31, 2011.

Information: Dr. Ken Hada, Chair
Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment
khada@ecok.edu
East Central University
1100 E. 14th St.
Ada, OK 74820
http: www.swtxpca.org

cfp categories: ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies 44053ENVIRONMENTAL UTTERANCE 1-2 Sep 2012University College Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Artsenvironmental.utterance@gmail.com1322835230african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University College Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Artscontact email: environmental.utterance@gmail.com

University College Falmouth inc. Dartington College of Arts

invites you to

"ENVIRONMENTAL UTTERANCE"
1st-2nd September 2012

Deadline for proposals: 31st March 2012

Across disciplines academics and artists are researching and creating practices that are highly contextual (determined by the environment in which they are located), exploring ways of articulating specific environments, spaces or places. This conference examines a specific problematic that attends the dissemination of this work: how to engage with 'being there' when 'there' is not here?

We understand environment (social, built, natural, technological) as that which surrounds and informs us. Through our practice we influence our environment. What we create is shaped by our surroundings. We exist in a relation of mutual exchange; making ourselves other and incorporating that which is other in turn. This conference offers a forum for academics and creative practitioners to come together and engage with articulations of mutual formation: to discuss work as environment.

Such work often relies on direct, personal experience of a particular environment. Transfer and abstraction, necessary for the communication of this work beyond the specifics of this original environment, challenge the work. Negotiating publication or conference environment, for example, necessitates reformulation of the work, engendering changes in texture and experience, in adapting to alternative structures. What do such alterations, translations or transformations, mean for this work?

This conference aims to examine these questions on a very practical level. When it comes to considering environment, what is the relationship between the structures of dissemination and the environment our work seeks to convey? What is the relationship between our academic environment and the work we (aim to) produce? How do we utter our environment?
We invite poets and writers, artists, academics, social and environmental scientists, performers and musicians, among others, to discuss ways of uttering environment. We seek work that explores the phenomenological sense of speaking with environment. We encourage the use of a diverse range of media as part of this dialogue. Participants are invited to find new ways of expressing their research and/or artistic practice in a conference setting that reflects upon this process of adaptation as a process of practical enquiry.

Instead of presenting what they already know, participants are invited to experiment with their 'potential' environment, using the space of the conference as an opportunity to learn from and with each other. The structure of the conference is specifically designed to support such an exchange. Over the course of two days we seek to create a plastic community of practice. There will be both indoor (seminar rooms, lecture theatres, studios) and outdoor (gardens, orchard, parkland) spaces available to present your work. Your proposal will have to comply with the health and safety norms of Tremough Campus. Please refer to the health and safety guide @ http://environmentalutterance.wordpress.com/ before you start planning your presentation/performance.

The (types of) environments we invite participants to explore in their presentations include (but are not limited to):

natural
social
technological
digital
ideological

logical
intuitive
empathetic
linguistic
imagined

the body
the archive
the laboratory
the book
the recording studio
the gallery
the library
the seminar room
the lecture theatre
the conference

professional
domestic
specialist
private
public

visual
auditory
oral
tactile
olfactory

Those interested in participating are invited to send a paper/performance summary (250 words max) along with an indication of how they wish to present this work (250 words), to Camilla Nelson, Natalia Eernstman and Jeanie Sinclair at environmental.utterance@gmail.com , describing:

- How or what will you present
- The main questions & ideas you aim to explore through your presentation
- The media you will use
- What space and/or additional equipment you require

Special Call to Develop Live Exchange

This is a call for proposals to design a method of documentation to function as an integral part of this 'conference-as-community-of-practice': a method of exchange whereby ideas, insights, lessons learned, questions and connections are cross-referenced between the different times and spaces of the conference. We invite applicants to submit proposals to environmental.utterance@gmail.com detailing a process that will (effectively & inspiringly) collect, record and disseminate participants' experiences. Media and methods might include (but are not limited to) technology, social media, interactive installations, mobile performance, poetic or artistic representations, etc. Selected participants will run their activity for one morning or afternoon of the conference. The material costs required to realize the activity will be reimbursed in consultation with the conference organizers.

Deadline for applications: 31st March

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymodernist studiespoetrypopular_cultureromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44054Foreign Bodies in Avant-Garde Art and Literature [EAM, Univ of Kent, 7-9 Sept 2012] [UPDATE]European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism StudiesMarius.Hentea@UGent.be1322835912interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiestwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studiescontact email: Marius.Hentea@UGent.be

This proposed panel seeks to examine how the art or literature of the historical avant-garde incorporated, disseminated, or rejected foreign bodies. How did the historical avant-garde, which depended upon techniques of alienation and irony, understand the 'foreign'? When considering Kurt Schwitters recuperating other people's junk or the Dada aesthetics of chance, which militated against the category of the 'foreign', it is clear that foreign bodies were an important component of avant-garde aesthetics. The panel is interested not only in the question of the materiality of the body, and the means by which material bodies came to play an important role in dislocating traditional meaning (in either art or performance), but also 'bodies' in a more expansive sense, as something traversing national boundaries. How was space territorialized or deterritorialized in avant-garde art or literature? Given that the avant-gardists were often seen as marginal, 'foreign' themselves either because of their own personal identities (Marinetti's Egyptian childhood, Hans Arp as neither German nor French, Gide and Breton alluding to Tzara as a Romanian Jew) or because of their oppositional aesthetics, how did the avant-garde navigate the space between the foreign and the domestic? Was the avant-garde truly international, or did 'foreign bodies' continue to pose problems?

Please send a 300-word paper proposal and short biography to
Marius.Hentea@UGent.be
by 12 December 2011.

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiestwentieth_century_and_beyond 44055EXTENDED DEADLINE! CFP: Literature (General) SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/15/11; 2/8-11/12)SW/TX PCA/ACAsrees@usao.edu1322839366african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureeighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictheorytravel_writingvictoriancontact email: srees@usao.edu

EXTENDED DEADLINE! CFP: Literature (General) SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/15/11; 2/8-11/12)

Organizers of the 33rd annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for American, British, and other World literatures outside of our other specific Literature areas. Before submitting, see the following link for our present Area list: http://swtxpca.org/documents/123.html#Literature.
Areas of interest might include literary theory; interdisciplinary approaches to literary analysis; aesthetics; historical criticism; genre criticism; and popular forms of literary expression beyond our noted Areas.

Submit 250-word paper abstracts or 500-word panel proposals online to area "Literature – General" at: http://conference2012.swtxpca.org/.

Direction questions about the Literature (General) Area to: Dr. Shelley S. Rees, srees@usao.edu.

Deadline for proposal submissions: December 15, 2011. The conference registration deadline is December 31, 2011. All participants must register by that date or they will not be permitted to present or appear in the program.

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234
Fax: 1.505.766.6710
Conference Rate Reservations can be made at: http://conference2012.swtxpca.org/documents/107.html

For more details on the conference, including information about our areas of study, graduate student awards, conference travel, or touring Albuquerque and Santa Fe, please visit our website: www.swtxpca.org.

Since the 1970s, the Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA has sought to foster interdisciplinary study of popular and American literary, historical, visual, and other cultural and media texts. We like to think we are a unique organization that pioneered the study of Popular Culture before it was cool. While our offerings have grown over the years to include areas of international study, we still invite scholars and artists to share their perspectives on American life in the diverse region of the Southwest.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanchildrens_literatureeighteenth_centurygeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturerenaissanceromantictheorytravel_writingvictorian 44056EXTENDED DEADLINE! CFP: Pedagogy: Teaching Video Games: SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/15/11; 2/8-11/12)SW/TX PCA/ACA srees@usao.edu1322840029humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsscience_and_culturefull name / name of organization: SW/TX PCA/ACA contact email: srees@usao.edu

Seeking presentations for the "Pedagogy" section of the 2012 conference of the SW/TX PCA/ACA on the subject of teaching video games as primary texts. Many instructors have begun using videogames as teaching tools, but recent developments in video game theory allow for interpretation and analysis of these texts *as texts*, not merely as vehicles for tangential applications.

Possible topics for this session include but are not limited to: Strategies for teaching a particular game; Teaching gaming theory; Ludology and pedagogy; Convincing your department/institution to support gaming studies.

Please submit 300-word proposals as Word attachments to Shelley S. Rees at srees@usao.edu by 15 December 2011.
The conference registration deadline is December 31, 2011. All participants must register by that date or they will not be permitted to present or appear in the program.

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1.505.842.1234
Fax: 1.505.766.6710
Conference Rate Reservations can be made at:
http://conference2012.swtxpca.org/documents/107.html

For more details on the conference, including information about our areas of study, graduate student awards, conference travel, or touring Albuquerque and Santa Fe, please visit our website: www.swtxpca.org.

cfp categories: humanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryprofessional_topicsscience_and_culture 44057Meat: Aspects and Approaches. Oxford 13-14 April 2012Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference (Brian FitzGerald, Hannah Bailey, Hugh Reid)oxgradconf@gmail.com1322841237graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalrenaissancefull name / name of organization: Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference (Brian FitzGerald, Hannah Bailey, Hugh Reid)contact email: oxgradconf@gmail.com

The conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students working in medieval and early modern studies. It is intended that a volume of proceedings comprising selected papers will appear in the Medium Ævum Monographs Series. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please) to oxgradconf@gmail.com by 10th January 2012.

Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:

Feasting
Fasting
Lent
(Intellectual) Nourishment
Gluttony
Starvation
Vegetarianism
Hunting and Game
Bones and Skins
Sacrifice
Recipes
Food and magic
Food taboos / prohibitions
Hospitality
Decay
Diet
Killing the fatted calf
(Clean and unclean) Animals
Butchery
Cannibalism
Poison, food and medicine
Corpus Christi
Transubstantiation
Blood

The registration fee is expected to be £12. We hope to organize a conference banquet in Lincoln's lovely hall on the Friday night and will provide details of this as soon as they are available; it is hoped that this will cost in the region of £20. All updates and further information, including details of travel bursaries, can be obtained from the conference website:
http://mediumaevum.modhist.ox.ac.uk/conf_grad.shtml

cfp categories: graduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalrenaissance 44058International Poetry Conference at Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, "Memory, the United States, and Transnational Poetics," 29.-30. JunEnglish Department / Chair American Studies / Ruhr-University Bochum Elisa.Edwards@ruhr-uni-bochum.de1322842690african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: English Department / Chair American Studies / Ruhr-University Bochum contact email: Elisa.Edwards@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

This conference will be devoted to the impact of memory on transnational American poetry and its poetics.
The contributions will highlight how both collective and individual memory shape and are in turn also shaped by poets and poems that stylistically, topologically, or intellectually cross national borders. They shall investigate how memory infiltrates and influences the global circulation of poetic texts that participate – in their very own generic ways – in the global flows of people, goods, and ideas. They shall explore how the "'spatial dialectic' obtaining between mobile processes of transnationalization and strategies of localization or regional coalition" (Rob Wilson and Wimal Dissanayake) influences national poetry and its poetics. Moreover they shall examine the contradictory connections between poetic cultural memory and historiography. Thereby the conference will contribute to the examination of "transnational and international relations . . . excluded from the official national narrative" (Donald Pease) and to uncovering "various ways of vivifying circuits of poetic connection and dialogue across political and geographic borders and even hemispheres, of examining cross-cultural and cross-national exchanges, influences, and confluences" (Jahan Ramazani) in the poetry and poetics of the United States.
Under the larger rubric of "Memory, the United States, and Transnational Poetics" we invite contributions that take up such topics as:

Migration and immigration;
Diaspora and Exile;
Citizenship and national belonging;
Race and racialization;
Post/Colonialisms and Transnationalism; Translation, bi- and multilingualisms; Post-national literary historiography;
Public and private forms of memorialization; Memory, counter-memory, and re-memory; Memory and the gendering of history; Memory and canonicity;
Affect, affinity, and allegiance; Trauma, grief, and mourning.

Please send abstracts to

Elisa.Edwards@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

and Kornelia.Freitag@ruhr-uni-bochum.

Deadline: 15 December 2011

http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/american-studies/dateien/Call_for_Papers_P...

cfp categories: african-americanamericancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialromantictheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44059Call for Proposals: Film & History-- Deadline EXTENDED to December 15Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference • February 8-11, 2012, Albuquerque, NMbradley.lane@seattlecolleges.edu1322843283americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencespopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 33rd Annual Conference • February 8-11, 2012, Albuquerque, NMcontact email: bradley.lane@seattlecolleges.edu

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 15, 2011!

Proposals for papers and panels are now being considered for the Film & History Area of the annual SW/TX PCA/ACA conference. This year's conference theme is Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context."

Our area is concerned with the impact of motion pictures on our society and how films represent and interpret history. Presentations can, for example, feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs from historical perspectives, surveys of documents related to the production of films, or analyses of history and culture as explored through film. Genres could include historical films attempting to define history, propaganda films, documentaries, docudramas, newsreels and broadcast media, war films, music videos and concert films, reality shows, avant-garde, cinema vérité, actualités, and direct cinema. Proposals could consider some aspect of the intersections among film, history, society, and culture, exploring films as social and historical artifacts of the culture from which they arise as well as the role played by film in constructing, shaping, and re-imagining history. Papers may take a single film focus, make comparative considerations, or explore critical films focused on a given era, individual, or historical event. Papers that connect to the conference-wide theme of global food and culture are also particularly sought.

Listed below are suggestions for possible presentations or panels, but topics not included here are also welcome:
• Historical representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in fiction or non-fiction film
• Biographies of key artistic, political, military, activist, or cinematic figures
• Representations of wars, the West, borders, national characters and ideologies
• Documentaries: How true is 'The Truth'?
• Film and social commentary
• Politics and government in film
• Film and the political economy
• Histories of film production, the film industry, or the science and technology of film
• Cult, alternative, and independent films and icons through history
• The histories of particular film schools or film theories
• Pedagogies of teaching film & history

If you wish to form your own panel within the Film & History area, we would be glad to facilitate your needs. Roundtable sessions and international participation are also encouraged.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the Film & History subject area at our conference database at http://conference2012.swtxpca.org.

Additional questions and inquiries may be directed to

Brad Houston Lane,
Coordinator, Programs in English and Humanities
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98105
206.934.4536 / 206.934.3784 fax
bradley.lane@seattlecolleges.edu

Professors, independent scholars, teachers, and professionals are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are particularly welcome at the conference, which offers awards for the best graduate papers. Please note that SW/TX PCA/ACA only permits one presentation per person per year. The conference features numerous individual subject areas with its own Area Chair and multiple subject area panels. Therefore, please refrain from submitting the same paper to more than subject area or submitting multiple papers to separate areas.

Information about our areas of study, graduate student awards, conference travel, lodging, and the organization can be found at our regularly updated website: http://www.swtxpca.org.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencespopular_culture 44060Body and Awareness: The Discourse Between Anthropology and LiteratureUniversity of Zadar (Croatia)g.hofmann@ucc.ie1322843575americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Zadar (Croatia)contact email: g.hofmann@ucc.ie

The conference would like to establish a forum for debate and dialogue on current theory, practice and form of anthropological and literary work in social and cultural conceptualizations of body and awareness. We invite papers from all disciplines, which present theoretical and historical study on the overall topic: Body and Awareness. The Discourse between Anthropology and Literature.
Following the trace of Czordas' anthropology of embodiment and Nancy's theory of "writing the body," intending to elaborate further on the discourse of semiotics (intertextuality) and phenomenology (intersubjectivity), we would like to include awareness as a phenomenon which we consider pivotal in understanding and deconstructing the common dualities of body and mind, body and self etc.
On the level of discourse we challenge the current crisis in representation to the point of encounter of anthropology and literature and look for ways of 'incorporating' awareness/embodiment in cultural theory. Such theory faces the blurred shaping of cultural practice as it manifests itself today in all spheres of social, literary and artistic life, and it concentrates on ambiguous strategies of response, stretching between archive and vision, confinement and transgression, and searching into the human condition of embodied awareness.
In such a context, 'body' becomes both agent and receiver of processes of awareness, while 'awareness' remains the witness of both bodily and conscious epistemological and practical acts. Embodiment as lived experience is a cultural phenomenon which can neither be perceived as equivocal with 'person' nor as clearly distinct. The process of de-ontologizing the difference and non-difference between body and awareness raises the question: how to objectify the 'body' which is our own? Only as an act of eccentric awareness which is simultaneously both the experience of existential presence and the representation of an objectified and recognizable abstraction. Each claim, either of identity or difference between body and awareness leads us into paradoxes, since in both cases while aiming at truth we get entangled in fictions.
Apart from reframing theoretical presumptions about embodiment as being-in-the-world, we want to discuss various modalities of its appearance in the stream of life – from biological, individual, social, political, cultural, narrative and performing formations of the lived body to the ultimately dead body in its social encounters and literary anticipations.
Crucial questions will be raised: Are we in intercultural situations embodied in the same way as on our cultural home-ground? Does every transnational experience require new embodiment? To look for answers we welcome particularly, but not exclusively, studies which emerge from multisited ethnographies and postcolonial or migrant literatures which genuinely challenge any given concept and idea of body, awareness and embodiment.
Thus language enters the discourse of experience, and writing on cultural diversities enables the crossing of disciplinary borders as an instance of embodiment that in the same act performs and witnesses its own emergence as a dynamic that goes beyond the negotiations about identity and difference of 'body' and 'awareness' as separate entities.
We invite papers engaging with such shifting horizons in the discourse on "Body and Awareness" on the levels of human experience, reflection and imagination, in writing, performing arts and rituals, and within social groups as well as individual lives. The impact of rapid global changes forces us into new ways of thinking in the search for meaningful orientations and solutions of emerging problems, locally and worldwide.
Papers might therefore focus on lived experience either in political, religious or artistic and literary spheres of human practice.

Date and Venue
25-27 May 2012, University of Zadar, New Campus (Novi kampus), dr. Franje Tudjmana 24 i

Organizing Committee
Snježana Zorić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Gert Hofmann, University College Cork, Ireland
Mario Katić, University of Zadar, Croatia

Key Speakers
Frank Chamberlain, University College Cork, Ireland
Klaus-Peter Köpping, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Submission Details
Abstracts (up to 350-words in Word doc.), should be sent to the conference E-mail address (boaazd@gmail.com), Snježana Zorić (szoric@unizd.hr) or Gert Hofmann (g.hofmann@ucc.ie) by 15th February 2012. Please include short biography, contact details and institutional affiliation.
You will be informed about acceptance or non-acceptance of your proposal by 29th February 2012.

Conference participation fees
Participation fee is – € 100
Participation fee for PhD and postdoctoral research students is – € 50.
The participation fee includes all symposium proceedings, daytime refreshments and two excursions into the Velebit Mountains where we are going to see mirila (a unique funeral custom) and to the old castle of Benkovac in Zadar hinterland.

Accommodation
Accommodation is not included in the conference fee. Further information is available on the conference website www.bodyandawareness.info

Enquiries
For queries regarding academic issues please contact either Snježana Zorić (szoric@unizd.hr or tyti28@gmail.com) or Gert Hofmann (g.hofmann@ucc.ie).
Queries about organizational issues may be addressed to Mario Katić (makatic@unizd.hr)
All information will be regularly updated on www.bodyandawareness.info

We look forward to seeing you in Zadar in May 2012.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesgender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44061MEMORY REMAINS. Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, March 31 - April 1, 2012Northeastern University English Graduate Student Associationmemoryremains2012@gmail.com1322845783african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Northeastern University English Graduate Student Associationcontact email: memoryremains2012@gmail.com

Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Keynote Speaker: Marita Sturken, Professor and Chair, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Faculty Speaker: Erika Boeckeler, Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University

March 31 - April 1, 2012

We invite submissions for our sixth annual conference, Memory Remains. Our conference seeks to explore the integral role that memory and its remains play in our daily lives — in public and private constructions of self and reality — as well as in individual and communal narratives. Memory is transitory, yet seemingly permanent; it occupies the borders of ontology, reaching into our sensory and bodily awareness. In short, we rely on our capacity to remember to draw conclusions about ourselves and others, and yet memory is, at its base, unreliable, biased, and transient.

Memory's remains are left over after a moment or an event's conclusion: ruins in former colonial spaces, ephemera in archives, remnants of student writing, practiced or rehearsed personal narratives. To claim that memory remains is a bold pronouncement that argues for memory's haunting quality, but also the resilience of memory, and its fundamental role in shaping human identity. Our conference invites the interrogation of memory and its remains, from across a number of different intellectual fields — anthropology, philosophy, rhetoric, cinema studies, psychology, sociology, geography, political science, history, the visual arts, literary studies, composition studies, narratology, or even biology and neuroscience — as well as methodologies.

You may submit individual abstracts of 250 words or panel proposals, for three participants, of 750 words to memoryremains2012@gmail.com by no later than December 16, 2011. Please include your name(s), department(s), and university affiliation(s).

Call for Art: We are also seeking original artwork, in any medium, for a conference-sponsored art exhibit that explores this year's theme. Works of art will be displayed throughout the conference event. Art submissions should include an image of the work, the title, media, and dimensions, and artist's contact information. Send submissions to memoryremains2012@gmail.com by no later than December 16, 2011.

Presenters might consider, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • Is memory crucial to identity – national, personal, communal?
  • How do memory remains become part of myth?
  • How do the remains of trauma interact with memory?
  • How is memory, and its remains, characterized in novels and poetry?
  • Is visual memory important to narrative construction?
  • What is the legacy of memory remains in postcolonial spaces?
  • Why do we memorize?
  • Why do we archive?
  • How do we record and preserve our memories? What remains do we typically use?
  • Does collective memory exist and, if so, how does it influence a community?
  • What is the role of authenticity in memory?
  • What are earlier (perhaps classical) literary, historical, and rhetorical figurations of memory?
  • How has technology changed humanity's relationship to internal memory, through externalizing the storage of its remains?
  • What is the role of memory in the college writing classroom, and its pedagogy?
  • How does memory "haunt" people, spaces, and official/unofficial histories?
  • What are the haunting remains of memory?
  • How does memory, and its repression or suppression, guide the rhetoric of war and violence?
  • What are the political and legal stakes of memory remains?

We urge scholars to comb through their own memory recesses for intellectual questions related to the construction, deployment, and absence of memory and its remains.

"The original experiences of memory are irretrievable; we can only 'know' them through memory remains – images, objects, texts, stories." — Marita Sturken

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionromanticscience_and_culturetheatretheorytravel_writingtwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian 44062"'The Plains' as a Unique Place in Literature"; MAASA Conference; Tulsa, OK; April 1-3, 2012Brian Brooks / Northeastern State University, Broken Arrowbrooks01@nsuok.edu1322847108americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Brian Brooks / Northeastern State University, Broken Arrowcontact email: brooks01@nsuok.edu

Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County depicts an Oklahoma family dealing with the hardships of death, discord, substance abuse, and other problems while confined by "the Plains." Letts sets the play in a claustrophobic space, a house with the windows covered, to make a statement about life on the plains. His study about family requires the audience to evaluate whether or not the Plains is a distinct place, or if the concerns are of larger import.

The Mid-America American Studies Association has adopted the theme "Re-thinking 'Mid-America' in a Time of Crisis" for its annual conference. Since the conference is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 1-3, 2011, this is an ideal time to discuss the depiction of Oklahoma, the Plains, and the family in literature. This panel invites papers that seek to delimit the Plains in literature. Papers should address the question "what can literature reveal about life on the Plains? Topics include, but are not limited to, the family, the home, conceptions of place, and ways literature defines mid-America as unique.

Please submit 250-word abstracts no later than January 7, 2012 by email to brooks01@nsuok.edu. Please include contact information and a short (100-word) biographical statement.

Link to MAASA website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~maasa/cfp.html

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheatretwentieth_century_and_beyond 44063Queer Teens in Film and Television (Boston, MA; Conference Dates: April 11-14, 2012)Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationk.hart@tcu.edu1322847384african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Associationcontact email: k.hart@tcu.edu

The Adolescence in Film and Television Area Chair seeks individual-paper proposals pertaining to the topic of "QUEER TEENS IN FILM AND TELEVISION" for presentation at the 2012 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts from Wednesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Submissions that explore noteworthy coverage patterns, representations, and themes pertaining to portrayals of queer adolescence/adolescents in film and/or television, during any historical era, are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information by December 15, 2011 at: http://ncp.pcaaca.org

Detailed online proposal submission instructions are available at: http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php

Decisions pertaining to the status of such abstracts will be communicated within approximately two weeks of receipt. All presenters must be members of the American Culture Association or the Popular Culture Association by the time of the conference.

Please direct any questions you may have to the Area Chair: Kylo-Patrick Hart, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, Texas Christian University; k.hart@tcu.edu.

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 44064"Anti-Catholicism and 19th-Century American Women Writers" at the SSAWW Triennial Conference , Oct.10-13,2012 Allison Giffen / Western Washington UniversityAllison.Giffen@wwu.edu1322848843americangender_studies_and_sexualityreligionfull name / name of organization: Allison Giffen / Western Washington Universitycontact email: Allison.Giffen@wwu.edu

Proposed Panel: "Anti-Catholicism and 19th-Century American Women Writers" for the SSAWW Triennial Conference 2012

ABSTRACTS DUE Jan, 23, 2012

I am seeking abstracts for a proposed panel for the SSAWW Triennial conference in Denver, CO, Oct. 10-13. This panel will explore the powerful influence of the discourse of anti-Catholic literature in the work of nineteenth-century American women writers. In keeping with the theme of "Citizenship and Belonging," we are interested in examining the way that anti-Catholic literature participates in the project of mapping out a normative Protestant, American identity. In their important studies, both Susan Griffin and Jenny Franchot have identified a robust tradition of nineteenth-century anti-Catholic literature, noting the way that this work registers Protestant anxiety arising in part from the dramatic increase in Irish and German Catholic immigration, coupled with the growing heterogeneity of Protestant practices.

As Griffin notes, anti-Catholic literature depicts Catholicism as a kind of "foreign infiltration," one that is "inimical to nationhood." Significantly, this literature tells its story of national identity by way of the family, demonizing Catholicism specifically as a threat to Protestant domesticity. Saturated with images of incestuous holy "fathers" and victimized, captive nuns, this work associates Catholicism with the Old World and the aristocratic and argues for its corrupting influence on the bourgeois, Protestant family of sentiment.

Possible texts for consideration are nativist novels like Helen Dhu's Stanhope Burleigh, and escaped convent tales like Maria Monk's Awful Disclosure's at the Hotel Dieu Nunnery and Rebecca Reed's Six Months in a Convent. We are also interested in investigations into anti-Catholicism in the work of such writers as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martha Finley, Sarah Josepha Hale, and Augusta Evans, as well as educators like Mary Lyons and Catherine Beecher.

This panel is also interested in papers that consider the powerful influence of anti-Catholic literature's rhetorical strategies—its tropes, plot devices, recurring images—in a variety of related genres. For example papers might explore the intersections between anti-Catholicism and:
--The gothic
--Captivity narratives
--Sentimentalism
--The domestic novel
--Abolitionist literature
--Temperance narratives
--Evangelical children's literature

Please send abstracts of approx. 300 words along with a brief professional bio by January 23rd, 2012 to Allison Giffen (Allison.Giffen @wwu.edu)

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference of 2012 will take place October 10-13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

cfp categories: americangender_studies_and_sexualityreligion 44065European Cinema - ECRF Annual Conference (07/16-12 - 07/18/12; 02/28/12)European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF)owen@ecrf.org.uk - graeme@ecr.org.uk1322850578cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF)contact email: owen@ecrf.org.uk - graeme@ecr.org.uk

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* * * CALL FOR PAPERS * * *

Adaptation, Authorship & Ownership

2012 ECRF ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Edge Hill University, UK
16 July – 18 July 2012

The European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF)** invites proposals for its 12th annual international conference.

This focus of this year's ECRF conference is 'Adaptation, Authorship and Ownership'. Presenters are invited to explore any aspect of these areas, in relation to European film and European film cultures. Contributions from the realms of practice and theory are equally welcome!

Each year the ECRF publishes a Special Issue of the peer reviewed journal Studies in European Cinema (Intellect), drawn from the ECRF annual conference.

* Individual Papers: 20 minutes in length (plus 10 minute Q&A)
* Panels: 3 presenters x 20 minute papers (plus 30 minute Q&A)
* Proposal length: Single paper: c. 150 words; Panel proposal: c. 300 words

Please send proposals and address any queries to the ECRF Directors, Dr Owen Evans owen.evans@edgehill.ac.uk and Prof. Graeme Harper gharper@oakland.edu

First Call Closing Date:
28 February 2012
(Early submission is highly encouraged)

** The ECRF is an international research forum, supportive of both established and new researchers. The forum actively encourages exchange and development, and the annual conference is always open, friendly and lively! Each year a different university around the world hosts the annual ECRF conference. Last year's conference was held at McGill University in Canada, the year before at the University of Exeter (UK) and the year before that at Binghamton University (USA). All Welcome!

ECRF online: http://www.ecrf.org.uk/

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesjournals_and_collections_of_essayspopular_culturerhetoric_and_compositiontheatretheory 44066[UPDATE] PULP STUDIES AREA: EXTENDED DEADLINE DEC. 15Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association Coference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 8 – 11, 2012j.everet@usciences.edu1322851940americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association Coference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 8 – 11, 2012contact email: j.everet@usciences.edu

Call for Proposals

The Evolving Hero: Representations of the Heroic in Pulp Fiction

Hyatt Regency Hotel &
Conference Center
Albuquerque, NM

SW/TX PCA/ACA 2012

EXTENDED DEADLINE 15, 2011

Over time, representations of the heroic have evolved from the white hatted cowboy and the unflinchingly honest Superman to the modern, often amoral anti-hero. To this evolution the American dime novels and pulps contributed many memorable characters and heroic types. Conan of Cimmeria, Jiril of Jiory, The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider, Nick Carter, Zorro, Captain Future, The Domino Lady, and Buck Rogers all were influential pulp heroes. For this conference we are calling for papers that treat some aspect of heroes, villains, sidekicks, and significant others that emblazoned the pages of dime novels and pulp magazines. Proposals need not be limited to heroes themselves, but can treat any aspect of heroism, its influences from dime novels and mainstream literature, or its continuation in comics, genre novels, film, television, and online.

Suggested authors and topics:
• Magazines: Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Wonder Stories, Fight Stories, All-Story, Argosy, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spicy Detective, Flying Aces, Black Mask, and Unknown, to name a few.
• Editors and Owners: Street and Smith (Argosy), Farnsworth Wright (Weird Tales), Hugo Gernsback (Amazing Stories), Mencken and Nathan (Black Mask), John Campbell (Astounding).
• Influential Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, A. E. Merritt, Robert E. Howard, C. L. Moore, Fritz Leiber, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Donald Wandrei, Clark Ashton Smith, and Henry Kuttner.
• Influences on Pulp Writers: Robert Bloch, H. Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, and Edgar Rice Burroughs were all influences, along with literary and philosophical figures such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edgar Allen Poe, and Herbert Spencer.
• Popular Heroes: Conan of Cimmeria; Doc Savage; Solomon Kane; Buck Rogers; Northwest Smith; Jiril of Jiory; Zorro; Kull of Atlantis; El Borak; The Shadow; The Spider; Bran Mak Morn; Nick Carter; The Avenger; and Captain Future, among others.
• Artists: Popular cover artists included Margaret Brundage (Weird Tales), Frank R. Paul (Amazing Stories), Virgil Finlay (Weird Tales), and Edd Cartier (The Shadow, Astounding)—depictions of heroes and villains.
• Periods: The dime novels; Argosy and the ancestral pulps; Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and the heyday of the pulps—who are the heroes here?; the decline of the pulps in the 50s and 60s—where do the heroes go?; pulps in the age of the Internet: how does digitization affect heroic representation?
• Theme and Styles: Masculinity, femininity, and sex as related to the heroic in the pulps; the savage as hero, the woman as hero, the trickster as hero, etc..
• Reinvention of the Pulp Hero: Pulps in film, television, comics, graphic novels and other forms are especially encouraged. Possible topics could include film interpretations such as Conan the Barbarian, comic book incarnations of pulp magazines and series; "new weird" reinventions of the pulps such as the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Watchmen; fan films; and newer productions, including the recently released Solomon Kane and Conan.
These are but suggestions for potential panels and presentations. Proposals on other topics are welcome.

Submitting proposals:
Proposals should be submitted directly to the SW/TX PCA/ACA database at the following web address: http://conference2012.swtxpca.org

Alternatively, you may submit your abstract to: j.everet@usciences.edu

cfp categories: americanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygeneral_announcementshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinarypopular_culturescience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 44067KADAR KOLI—THE VIOLENCE ISSUE--Jan 15, 2012Habenicht Presskadarkoli7@yahoo.com1322858567cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Habenicht Presscontact email: kadarkoli7@yahoo.com

The idea for this special issue of kadar koli emerged from a question posted by British poet Keston Sutherland to the UK poetry listserv and to the Sous Les Pavés online discussion group in response to "calls for violence" during and after the U.K. protests: "I … want to know what people think about the wishing for and urging of violence (against whom? just the police, or who else? how?)." One example cited by Sutherland is Justin Katko's "Lines for a Protest Song, After 9 December":

"Sometimes I wish that instead of their horses
They'd call up the hold where they store their guns;
And when they shoot one of us down we'll rise up stronger,
For in the taste of our blood be remembered we are one."

Sutherland's question is an urgent one, particularly for participants in the "Occupy" movement who are debating the role of violence in collective action, its justifications and consequences: What kind of violence? Coming from whom? For what ends? Indeed, from Tunisia to London to Oakland, our current geo-political landscape has been swept by a series of uprisings, reminding us of the power of mass mobilization and of the intimate connection between violence and democracy. What role does or can poetry play in these uprisings? This question suggests the venerable problem of aesthetics and politics: How might thinking about violence alongside poetic practice throw different light on this quandary?

These questions open up other areas of possible inquiry that fall under the general heading of violence and contemporary poetry. How have contemporary poets responded to or documented different kinds and instances of violence? What kinds of poetic practices have been developed as a result of violence? How does violence get defined or named by poetry? Slavoj Žižek says we should distance ourselves from "the fascinating lure" of "violence performed by a particular agent" and instead try "to perceive the background which generates such outbursts." How does or can poetry disclose the unseen contours of the violence that determines our everyday lives? How can poetry illuminate—or sound out—the histories of discipline and punishment that determine the quotidian?

Violence is often said to be "meaningless." But perhaps violence does have meaning. What can it tell us? How does it communicate? Perhaps, it is only the poem that can help us answer these questions. How have poets reckoned with the ways that language itself is bound up with violence? Similarly, how might the poetic act be an act of violence, however necessarily?

Finally, it might be said that the same logics that structure our socio-cultural realities also shape the field of contemporary poetry. Certain "brands" of poetry, for example, remain dominant. The editors would like to see work that tackles the structural violence that shapes our field.

For this special issue of kadar koli, we invite submissions that reckon with the relation between violence and contemporary poetry. We seek poetry, short critical statements (max. 1,500 words), and longer critical essays (max. 4,000 words). We are also interested in art (collage, photographs, drawings). Deadline for submission is January 15.

kadar koli 7 will be produced as a print journal, as well as an open-source, downloadable file, in Spring 2012.

PLEASE SEND INQUIRIES TO: kadarkoli7@yahoo.com

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspoetrypopular_culture 44068[UPDATE] Extended Submission Deadline - 2012 CATR ConferenceCanadian Association for Theatre Researchpkuling@wlu.ca1322860603bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestheatretheoryfull name / name of organization: Canadian Association for Theatre Researchcontact email: pkuling@wlu.ca

CATR Conference 2012, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
(La version française suit la version anglaise.)

CATR/ACRT has extended the closing date for 2012 Open Paper Proposals
until Dec. 15, 2011.

Please remember that applying to present an open research paper does
not limit your application to and participation in other seminars
and/or roundtables. You are encouraged to apply to as many sessions as
you'd like to participate in.

The 2012 conference of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) will take place at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, May 26 to 29, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme of the 2012 Congress is Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World / À la croisée des chemins: le savoir face à un monde incertain

The mandate of the Association is to support and encourage research in theatre and performance studies in Canada, with a special interest in Canadian work. Therefore, topics related to Canadian research are especially welcome. Graduate students are expressly invited to participate whether they work on Canadian or international topics. All session organizers and presenters are invited to address the Congress theme; however, proposals that depart from the official Congress theme will also be accepted. Proposals are encouraged to respond to one of the following suggested topics:

The future of Canadian theatre
Intercultural and international theatre in Canada
Theatre and place: playwriting and diaspora
Changes in theatrical education and pedagogy
Theatre and technology
New media adaptations and interpretations of drama
Theatrical criticism and popular reception
Local and amateur theatres in globalized world
Border crossings: Travelling theatres, actors and writers
Global divide(s): style(s), performance(s), and language(s)

As with our last two meetings in Fredericton (2011) and Montreal (2010), CATR 2012 will offer a variety of participation modes. These include praxis workshops, open paper panels, curated paper panels, seminars and roundtables. Those who wish to submit proposals for more than one format may do so, though preferred mode(s) of participation should be identified. Proposals are now being sought for the following:

1) Open paper panels: There will be a number of sessions featuring grouped 20-minute papers. To be considered for a open paper presentation, please submit a 300-word abstract outlining your research, its context and its significance along with a short bio to Peter Kuling, chair of the conference planning committee, pkuling@wlu.ca by December 15, 2011 Acceptance will be based on academic rigor and originality.

2) Curated panels: There are several curated CATR panels this year. To be considered for one of these panels please respond in accordance to that panel's particular call and send requested information directly to the panel organizer by December 15, 2011. The last four of these listed panels are part of the new CATR fundraising and awards initiatives. Everyone is invited to apply to these keynote awards panels, but applicants without institutional support (artists/practitioners, retirees, grad students or under-employed members) will be eligible to win a CATR award for presenting their work on these curated awards panels. For full details of all the curated panels, their individual calls and contact information, visit the CATR website www.catr-actr.ca and follow the link to Conferences.

a. Performances in Virtual Spaces. Organizer: David Owen
b. Artist-Scholars: At The Crossroads. Organizer: Naila Keleta-Mae and Melanie Bennett
c. CATR Awards Panel – International Research. Organizer: Kim Solga
d. CATR Awards Panel – Theatre, Drama and Performance in French.
Organizers: Francine Chaine and Louise Forsyth
e. CATR Awards Panel – Intercultural Theatre. Organizers: Rahul Varma and Ted Little
f. CATR Awards Panel – Theatre Practice and Performance.
Organizers: Claire Borody and Monica Prendergast

3) Praxis Workshops / Demonstrations: Praxis workshops / demonstrations offer a forum for practitioners in the association to share information from their applied research. They also offer an opportunity for practitioners from the region local to the conference to share their work with CATR members.

Potential workshop facilitators are asked to submit proposals for a 90-minute workshop / demonstration that would be of interest to other practitioners and scholar / practitioners. This research should either be new and/or unique practical research or new applications of existing technique or methodology.

Proposals should be 250-500 words and clearly indicate the experimental nature of the material and the proceedings of the workshop or workshop / demonstration. Please indicate the space and/or equipment needs, the maximum number of participants and if individuals are welcome to audit the session if they do not want to participate. Proposals must be submitted to Claire Borody, chair of the theatre practice committee, c.borody@uwinnipeg.ca by December 15, 2011.

4) Seminars: There are 7 seminars being offered this year. Participation in each seminar group will be limited to 8-12 people. Participation in a seminar does not limit your participation in another type of session at the conference. To participate in a seminar, please respond in accordance to that seminar's particular call and send requested information directly to the seminar leaders for vetting by January 15, 2012. To view full details of the seminars and contact information, visit the CATR website www.catr-actr.ca and follow the link to Conferences.

a. Theatrical Crossroads: Canadian Performance Genealogies. Seminar Leader: Roberta Barker
b. Chasm of Crossroads? Teaching and Research, Creativity and Criticality.
Seminar Leader: James MacKinnon
c. Performance and Brand Politics. Seminar Leaders: Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer
d. Affect / Theatre / Canada. Seminar Leader: Erin Hurley
e. Performing Alternative Globalization. Seminar Leaders: Barry Freeman and Catherine Graham
f. Upsurges of the Real. Seminar Leader: Jenn Stephenson
g. Practice-Based Research in Canadian Theatre. Seminar Leaders: Claire Borody and Monica Prendergast

5) Roundtables: This year's roundtables are:

a. Acting Training in English Speaking Canada: Questions of Diversity
Organizers: David Fancy, Virginie Magnat and Diana Belshaw
b. The Digital Dramaturgy Debate, Organizers: Amanda Lockitch and Justin Blum

Participation is limited to 8 people per roundtable. Participation in this roundtable does not limit your participation in another session at the conference. To participate, please send requested information directly to either group of roundtable organizers by March 1, 2012 (NB the later deadline). To view full details and contact information, visit the CATR website www.catr-actr.ca and follow the link to Conferences.

* Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in either English or French for any of these conference sessions. We encourage your to present your work in the language of your choice. CATR will facilitate assistance with translating slides, handouts, etc to assist participants or audience members who require translated materials.

** For all proposals, participants are encouraged to blend more traditional academic modes with performance practice within panels and/or within individual presentations.

Guidelines for all CATR conference participants:
• Participants must be members of CATR and register for the conference.
• Participants are required to meet the requirements and deadlines of the session for which they are applying, and may be asked to withdraw if they do not do so.
• Participants are expected to attend and participate in the conference session in person (No SKYPE, Online or distance participation during the conference).

Congrès de l'ACRT 2012, Universités de Waterloo et Wilfrid Laurier, Waterloo, Ontario

Le congrès annuel de l'Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (ACRT) 2012 aura lieu à l'Université de Waterloo et à l'Université Wilfrid Laurier, à Waterloo, en Ontario, du 26 au 29 mai 2012, dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines. Le thème du congrès de 2012 est « À la croisée des chemins : le savoir face à un monde incertain / Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World ».

Le mandat de l'Association est de soutenir et d'encourager la recherche théâtrale au Canada. Son intérêt particulier porte sur l'enseignement et les travaux de recherche menés au pays. De ce fait, les présentations sur des œuvres canadiennes ou dans un contexte canadien seront particulièrement bienvenues. On encourage surtout les candidats et candidates à la maîtrise et au doctorat à proposer une présentation, que leur sujet soit canadien ou international. Bien que les organisateurs et organisatrices de séances à thème, aussi bien que ceux et celles qui proposeront des communications libres, soient invités à s'insérer dans le thème central du congrès, d'autres projets seront acceptés. Les propositions pourraient se pencher sur les sujets qui suivent :

L'avenir du théâtre canadien
Théâtre interculturel et international au Canada
Théâtre et lieu : écriture et diaspora
Le changement dans l'éducation et la pédagogie théâtrales
Théâtre et technologie
Adaptations et interprétations théâtrales pour les nouveaux médias
Critique théâtrale et réception populaire
Théâtre régional et amateur dans le village global
Traverser les frontières : théâtres, acteurs et auteurs en mouvement
Clivages globaux de déplacement : modèles, exécutions et langues

Le congrès de l'ACRT 2012 offrira une variété de modes de présentation et de participation suivant le modèle des congrès tenus à Fredericton (2011) et à Montréal (2010). Ceux-ci comportent des ateliers de praxis, des communications libres, des séances à thème, des séminaires et des tables rondes. Les membres de l'Association désirant proposer des présentations dans plus d'un mode sont invitées à le faire, en indiquant toutefois le mode qu'ils préfèrent. Des propositions sont recherchées pour ce qui suit :

1) Communications libres : Nous tiendrons des séances regroupant des présentations de 20 minutes. Pour soumettre une communication, veuillez envoyer un résumé de 300 mots présentant la recherche, son contexte et sa portée, accompagné d'une courte biographie, par courriel à Peter Kuling, président du comité organisateur du congrès, à pkuling@wlu.ca au plus tard le 15 décembre 2011. La sélection se basera sur la rigueur académique et l'originalité.

2) Séances à thème : Nous tiendrons aussi plusieurs séances à thème. Pour participer à l'une d'elles, veuillez soumettre votre nom directement aux divers organisateurs en fonction des exigences de chaque séance, au plus tard le 15 décembre 2011. Quelques séances sont liées aux initiatives de l'ACRT pour accroître son financement et ses prix académiques. Toutes les candidatures pour ces séances spéciales seront examinées, cependant seuls les candidats ne bénéficiant pas de subvention seront admissibles à un prix de l'ACRT. Pour connaître tous les détails et contacter les organisateurs, visitez le site Web de l'ACTR au www.catr-actr.ca et cliquez sur le lien
« conférences ».

a. Performances en espaces virtuels. Organisateur : David Owen
b. Artistes-chercheurs : à la croisée. Organisateurs : Naila Keleta-Mae et Melanie Bennett
c. Prix de l'ACRT – Recherche internationale. Organisateur : Kim Solga
d. Prix de l'ACRT – Théâtre et performance en français.
Organisateurs : Francine Chaine et Louise Forsyth
e. Prix de l'ACRT – Théâtre interculturel. Organisateurs : Rahul Varma et Ted Little
f. Prix de l'ACRT – Pratique et performance théâtrales.
Organisateurs : Claire Borody et Monica Prendergast

3) Ateliers de praxis / démonstrations : Nos ateliers de praxis / démonstrations prévoient offrir un forum où les praticiens de l'association pourront partager leur recherche appliquée. Ils donneront également l'occasion aux praticiens de la région de Waterloo de partager leur travail avec des membres de l'ACRT. Les personnes souhaitant animer un atelier sont invitées à soumettre des propositions pour des ateliers/démonstrations de 90 minutes, qui seraient d'intérêt pour les autres praticiens et chercheurs/praticiens en théâtre. Le sujet devrait émaner d'une recherche pratique inédite ou unique ou de nouvelles applications de techniques ou de méthodologies existantes.

Les propositions devraient compter de 250 à 500 mots et indiquer clairement la nature expérimentale du matériel et des démarches de l'atelier ou démonstration. Veuillez indiquer les besoins d'espace et/ou d'équipement, le nombre maximum de participants et si les auditeurs libres sont les bienvenus s'ils ne veulent pas participer. Veuillez soumettre vos propositions par courriel à Claire Borody, présidente du comité de pratique théâtrale, c.borody@uwinnipeg.ca au plus tard le 15 décembre 2011.

4) Séminaires : Cette année, nous proposons sept séminaires pouvant accueillir de 8 à 12 participants. La participation à un séminaire ne limite pas votre participation à un autre type de séance au congrès. Les personnes intéressées sont priées de lire la description du séminaire auquel elles souhaitent assister et d'envoyer l'information demandée directement aux responsables du séminaire, qui seront chargés de la sélection des participants, au plus tard le 15 janvier 2012. Pour lire la description complète des séminaires et pour présenter votre demande, consultez le site Web de l'ACRT et cliquez sur le lien « conférences ».

a. Carrefours théâtraux : généalogie de la performance au Canada.
Responsable du séminaire : Roberta Barker
b. À la croisée, le gouffre? Enseignement et recherche, créativité et critique.
Responsable du séminaire : James MacKinnon
c. Performance et politique de la marque. Responsables du séminaire: Laura Levin et Marlis Schweitzer
d. Affect / Théâtre / Canada. Responsable du séminaire : Erin Hurley
e. La mondialisation autrement. Responsables du séminaire: Barry Freeman et Catherine Graham
f. Résurgences du Réel. Responsable du séminaire : Jenn Stephenson
g. La recherche théâtrale appliquée au Canada.
Responsables du séminaire : Claire Borody et Monica Prendergast

5) Tables Rondes : Cette année, nous présentons deux tables rondes. Les titres sont :

a. La formation de l'acteur au Canada anglais: questions de diversité
Organisateurs : David Fancy, Virginie Magnat et Diana Belshaw
b. Le débat sur la dramaturgie numérique. Organisateurs : Amanda Lockitch et Justin Blum

La participation est limitée à 8 personnes. La participation à une table ronde ne limite pas votre participation à une autre séance au congrès. Pour participer, envoyez l'information demandée directement aux organisateurs au plus tard le 1er mars 2012 (À NOTER : date limite ultérieure aux autres). Pour connaître tous les détails et contacter les organisateurs, visitez le site Web de l'ACRT et cliquez sur le lien « conférences ».

* Les propositions peuvent être soumises en français ou en anglais, pour toutes les séances de ce congrès. Nous vous laissons libre de présenter votre communication dans la langue de votre choix. L'ACTR fournira du soutien à l'auditoire qui en aurait besoin avec entre autres des traductions et des documents d'accompagnement.

** Quelle que soit la nature de la contribution proposée, nous encourageons les présentateurs à puiser à la fois aux normes traditionnelles de présentation en contexte universitaire et aux méthodes de représentation.

Directives pour les participants au congrès de l'ACRT :
• Les participants doivent être membres de l'ACRT et doivent s'inscrire au congrès.
• Les participants doivent respecter les exigences et les dates limites des séances pour lesquelles ils s'inscrivent. Dans le cas contraire, un désistement pourra leur être demandé.
• On attend des participants qu'ils soient sur place pour la séance à laquelle ils sont inscrits. (La participation par SKYPE, en ligne ou par téléconférence n'est pas acceptable pendant le congrès).

cfp categories: bibliography_and_history_of_the_bookcultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygeneral_announcementsgraduate_conferenceshumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencestheatretheory 44069UPDATED CALLALOO CFPCALLALOOsoursop@tamu.edu1322862859african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: CALLALOOcontact email: soursop@tamu.edu

*CALLALOO SUBMISSION UPDATE: WHEN SUBMITTING WORK, PLACE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN THE AUTHOR COMMENTS SECTION OF THE ONLINE FORM—SPECIAL ISSUE: POSTCOLONIAL*

CALLALOO CALL FOR PAPERS

POSTCOLONIALITY AND BLACKNESS: RISKING THE MOMENT
Ed. Shona N. Jackson and Mikko Tuhkanen

All of our pasts are therefore futural in orientation. They help us make the unavoidable journey into the future. There is, in this sense, no "desire for going back," no "pathological" nostalgia that is also not futural as well.
- Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe

In a time when the notion of an efficacious black internationalism seems but the pipe dream of a few haggard lobbyists and scattered radicals, [one] attempts to hear the border of another future of black internationalism in the archive of its past.
- Brent Hayes Edwards, The Practice of Diaspora

Callaloo seeks creative and multi-disciplinary critical submissions for the special issue "Postcoloniality and Blackness: Risking the Moment," to be published in January 2013.

The issue brings together essays that share the ambition of recent contributors to postcolonial, transnational, and diasporic studies—such as Dipesh Chakrabarty (Provincializing Europe), David Scott (Conscripts of Modernity), and Brent Hayes Edwards (The Practice of Diaspora)—to rethink our present through an involutionary return to the archives of the past. Edwards, Chakrabarty, and Scott revisit moments in black internationalism, diasporic modernity, and postcolonial Enlightenment that might undo the contemporary consensus on—and stagnancy of—what it means to be "postcolonial," "diasporic," and "black." As Scott observes, "from a particular present, a certain past [might be] reconstructed and deployed in the service of imagining the direction in which an alternative future might be sought." At a time when postcolonial and diasporic thought seems to have been fully assimilated into the circuits of academic production and consumption of knowledge, this issue takes up the involutionary work of Scott and others. Our goal is to explore the potential in those moments of "risk" and "unexpectedness" that have characterized anticolonial and independence struggles in the black diasporic world. For example, what remains of Haiti's revolutionary past that might transform the mourning for lost possibilities into an affirmation of unused potential? Similarly, the current political-economic efforts to scale back or eradicate black and ethnic studies programs in the United States invoke the political contestation around the institutional emergence of Black Studies in the 1960s and 1970s. How might this moment of risk nevertheless revisit and revise the productive momentum of the latter? We seek to exert the pressure of "risk" on the present by turning to historical moments whose unfinished potential may not have been played out.

Creative Submissions:
Previously unpublished work in all genres, including interviews.

Critical Submissions:
Investigations may address some of the following questions:

• As two of the most visible examples of risk and unexpectedness in the black diaspora in the last decade, what do Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and New Orleans after Katrina in 2005, as well as the national and global responses to these crises, tell us about the futures and pasts of the black diaspora?
• How do the present-day religious and political conflicts in Sudan necessitate a rethinking of the dominant conceptual centers that inform our discourses of diaspora and postcolonialism?
• How do circuits of black diasporic movement and internationalism, for which the modern city or metropole is not Paris or Berlin but Lagos and Dakar, materially and conceptually "provincialize" Europe?
• How has the paradigmatic frame of contemporary critical theory rendered black diasporic ontologies inadmissible or "precritical"? How are the philosophical legacies of the diaspora alive and proliferative? How might these legacies—especially the thought of being—necessitate a rethinking of the deconstruction of metaphysics?
• What has the establishment of "postcolonial" as the prevailing term for critical approaches to the experiences of formerly colonized subjects meant for other modes of conceptualizing the black experience?
• Has the "postcolonial" created an artificial separation among African and African diasporic people who exist along a continuum of post/neo/colonial and other third- and first-world experiences? How useful has the "postcolonial" been in conceptualizing, for example, Zimbabwe's independence, the brief Ethiopian occupation, Martinique's move from colony to department, or the political status of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands? Are there other, more productive genealogies according to which the histories, experiences, and politics—past, present, and future—of African diasporic peoples can be conceptualized?
• Further areas of investigation may include consumerism, nationalism, language, class, labor, migration, globalization, gender, sexuality, and aesthetics.

Callaloo Submission Guidelines:
Submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2011.

CALLALOO has switched to an online manuscript tracking system. For submission guidelines, please visit http://callaloo.tamu.edu/guidelines.html. To submit your manuscript, please go to http://callaloo.expressacademic.org/login.php and follow the instructions. When submitting online, please write SPECIAL ISSUE: POSTCOLONIAL in the AUTHOR COMMENTS BOX.
Please direct questions or other correspondence to the Guest Editors for this issue: Shona N. Jackson (soursop@tamu.edu) and Mikko Tuhkanen (mikko.tuhkanen@tamu.edu).

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinarypostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44070[Update] Native/Indigenous Studies Area: 2012 SW/TX PCA/ACA February 8-11, 2012Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associationnativestudiespca@gmail.com1322862986african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtheoryfull name / name of organization: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associationcontact email: nativestudiespca@gmail.com

***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DEC. 15 BY MIDNIGHT***
Call for Papers: Native/Indigenous Studies Area

2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's
33rd Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM at Hyatt Regency
Submit Abstracts at http://conference2012.swtxpca.org/
Come present your paper with us! Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Native/Indigenous Studies Area. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are welcomed and encouraged. Paper topics can include transnational and international Indigenous Peoples' issues.
DEADLINE December 15, 2011.
● Indigenous Methodologies and Interpretative Frameworks
● Teaching Popular Culture in Native American Studies
● Life Writing and Native Literature
● Native Art and Artists
● Native peoples across borders: racial/physical/economic/political… etc.
● Native representations in popular culture (television, comic books, graphic novels, video/computer games, etc.)
● Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction
● Indigenizing Popular Culture
● Popular Culture and Language Preservation
● Indigenous Cuisine and Cooking
● Community Empowerment
● Indigenous resistance, regional or global (treaty rights, incarceration issues, sports mascots, etc.)
● Animal Studies and Native Studies Intersections
● Native Peoples' relationships with various Communities of Color
● Structural Inequalities, Social Institutions, and Indigenous Peoples
● Landscapes and Indigenous Ecologies
● Travel, Tourism, and Indigenous Nations
● Native Sovereignty through Television and Internet
● Cyberculture and Social Media
● Queer Theory and Native Studies
● MORE IDEAS ENCOURAGED
Inquiries regarding this area may be sent to Brian Hudson and Margaret Vaughan at nativestudiespca@gmail.com
Please forward this information to people who would be interested in participating.

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studiesethnicity_and_national_identitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturepostcolonialtheory 44071Pragmatics of African English in Digital DiscourseInnocent Chiluwa, Presley Ifukor & Rotimi Taiwoferotai@yahoo.com1322923707humanities_computing_and_the_internetfull name / name of organization: Innocent Chiluwa, Presley Ifukor & Rotimi Taiwocontact email: ferotai@yahoo.com

The proposed publication aims at harnessing research results in the pragmatics of the varieties of English in Africa in the context of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC). We encourage papers representing current state of the art research in linguistics/discourse pragmatics seen in the broad sense as a functional (i.e. social and cultural) perspective on digital discourse.
We invite scholars doing research in any of the varieties of new world Englishes particularly of African origin (e.g. Nigerian English, Cameroonian English, Kenyan English, South African English, Sierra Leonean English, Kenyan English, Tanzanian English etc) and CMC to submit proposals in the following subject areas:
• Electronic Mailing (Email)
• Instant Messaging (IM)
• Internet Relay Chats (IRC)
• Text messaging (SMS)
• Blogging
• Discussion forum
• Virtual community
• Youtube
• Twitter
• Facebook, etc.
Papers should highlight features of African English and show how these manifest in any of the above forms of CMC applying the following pragmatic principles/approaches:
• speech act theory
• Gricean, neo-Gricean and post-Gricean analysis of linguistic performance
• relevance theory
• (im)politeness
• pragmatic presupposition
• deixis
• intercultural pragmatics etc.
Submission Procedure:
Interested scholars and researchers are encouraged to submit a one-page chapter proposal on or before November 30, 2011, clearly stating the purpose of the chapter, its contents and how the proposed chapter meets the overall objectives of the proposed publication. A proposal should include the following information:
(a) Title of chapter
(b) Name of author(s),
(c) Affiliation
(d) Email
Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 31, 2012. Upon acceptance of their proposals, authors will have until May 31st, 2012 to prepare their chapters of 5,000-7,000 words. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent upon acceptance of proposals. The book is tentatively scheduled to be published in the last quarter of 2012 by one of Europe's top language series publishers.

Please e-mail all inquiries and proposal submissions to: robineber@gmail.com
Full contact: Dr Innocent Chiluwa
Department of Languages,
Covenant University, Ota
Nigeria
+234 803 353 6952

cfp categories: humanities_computing_and_the_internet 44072Poetry and Revolution Conference Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC), Birkbeck, University of Londonestaphin@gmail.com1322925062african-americanamericanethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC), Birkbeck, University of Londoncontact email: estaphin@gmail.com

CALL FOR PAPERS

Poetry and Revolution Conference

Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London, 26-27th May 2012

The current crisis makes it possible to think what couldn't be thought before. With its echoes of previous crises of modern society, it places on the agenda a reappraisal of revolutionary art from the point of view of the necessities of the present. Poetry has always had a vital relationship with revolution, notably in the 17th and 18th century bourgeois revolutions (Milton, Blake, Shelley, Victor Hugo are some of the obvious names, as well as popular radicals of the 17c and later) and in revolutionary movements of the 19th and 20th century (Rimbaud, Khlebnikov, Maiakovski, Brecht, Tzara, Vallejo, Suzanne Césaire, Diane di Prima, Baraka, Anna Mendelssohn, Ziba Karbassi, to name just a few). In fact, the names indicate that revolutionary movements have shaped the mainstream of poetry. Conversely poets have articulated the truth enunciated by revolution with a force not to be found anywhere else. It is also true that revolutionary thought, such as Marx's, cannot be properly understood without giving attention to its poetics.

Guest Speakers:
Mark Nowak, Manhattanville College, New York
Joan Retallack, Bard College, New York

Readings and performances by Joan Retallack, Mark Nowak, Harry Gilonis, Sean Bonney, Andrea Brady, Ulli Freer, Keston Sutherland, Maggie O'Sullivan, Marianne Morris and others.

We invite proposals for papers on any of the following topics, or any other you consider relevant:

1. Historical periodisation: the politics of time.
2. Work by proletarian poets.
3. The revolutionary subject in poetry: class, mass, multitude.
4. Situationism.
5. Slogans: Lenin, Deleuze, inscriptions, graffiti, redistribution of the sensible
6. "No revolution without women's emancipation: no emancipation without revolution" (Nicaraguan slogan of the 1970s). The role of gender and feminist movements in the relation between poetry and revolution.
7. The 20c European avant gardes.
8. The Egyptian Surrealist movement.
9. Intermedia work (poetry, film, architecture, agit-prop, etc) as in Eisenstein,
Khlebnikov, Vertov, and others.
10. Revolutionary transformation of language.
11. Revolutionary politics in contemporary British and American poetry.

Send your summary of ca. 250 words to Stephen Mooney: estaphin@gmail.com by 30th December 2011.

Carol Watts, Sean Bonney, Luis Trindade, Harry Gilonis, Edmund Hardy, Steve Willey, Stephen Mooney, Will Rowe, Stephen Watts, Conference Committee.

Do check out the CPRC events page for details of this and other upcoming events at Birkbeck: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/events/

cfp categories: african-americanamericanethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialtheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44073Religion and Theatre Emerging Scholars Panel 2012Association of Theatre in Higher Education - Religion and Theatre Focus Groupabcorts@uga.edu1322928537african-americanamericaneighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Association of Theatre in Higher Education - Religion and Theatre Focus Groupcontact email: abcorts@uga.edu

Call ForPapers
Emerging Scholars Panel 2012 - Religion and Theatre Focus Group
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2012 Conference
Washington, DC, August 2-5, 2012
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
"Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate"

The Religion and Theatre Focus Group is invested in assisting scholars who work with the intersection of theatre/performance practice with religion/spirituality. How have theatre and performance coincided with religiously motivated innovation? What are the religious or spiritual components of theatrical, artistic, cultural, political, linguistic, or economical innovation, and what are their performative counterparts?

We invite scholars who have not presented at a major national conference to submit papers in line with the 2012 ATHE conference theme, "Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate." We seek papers investigating the intersection of religion and issues of political and civic engagement.Historically, religion has been at the forefront of political revolution, not to mention cultural change. Possible questions to consider include: how do religious issues inform performances within the political realm? Can religious performance in the political arena reconcile transnational forces at play in the public sphere? What impact has religious performance had on the understanding of advocacy and collaboration in the civic realm?What collaborations have religion/spirituality developed with civic organizations, and what issues have those performances brought to the public attention?

To be considered for the Emerging Scholars Panel, submit a full length, 10-page paper. Papers will go through a double-blind review process, so please do not include your name or affiliation in the paper itself. As well, please submit a 200-page abstract along with the paper.
Please send your paper and abstract as a Word document (with the abstract on the first page by itself) by JANUARY 16, 2012 to:

Alicia Corts
University of Georgia
abcorts@uga.edu

Save the document file name in the following format: R&T ES [Title of your paper]. In the body of your email, include your name, affiliation, paper title, mailing address, phone number, email address, and short bio. You can find out more about ATHE at www.athe.org. We look forward to your submission!

Regards,
Alicia Corts
Graduate Student Representative
Religion and Theatre Focus Group, ATHE

cfp categories: african-americanamericaneighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityinterdisciplinarypopular_culturereligiontheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44074At the Heart of the American Empire(s)(ASA 11/15-18/12; 12/20)Elizabeth Abele and Jamie Harkerheart.2012asa@gmail.com1322949560americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: Elizabeth Abele and Jamie Harkercontact email: heart.2012asa@gmail.com

At the Heart of the American Empire(s), a session at
American Studies Association Convention
November 15-18, 2012: San Juan, Puerto Rico

For much of the nineteenth century, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma were continual battlegrounds for defining the "new" American Empire, and defeating challenges to these definitions.
This session invites papers that examine contemporary revisitings of this historical and geographical territory at the intersection of American slavery, abolition and indigenous people. These works of history, literature, and popular culture go to the Heart to interrogate 21st-century American Empire. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to by Dec. 20, 2011. Interdisciplinary approaches welcome. Organized by Jaime Harker, Mississippi State University; Elizabeth Abele, Nassau Community College.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesinterdisciplinary 44075Waste: An Interdisciplinary Conference (March 30-31, 2012)The University at Albany English Graduate Student Organizationegsoalbany@gmail.com1322955081african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: The University at Albany English Graduate Student Organizationcontact email: egsoalbany@gmail.com

The University at Albany English Graduate Student Organization presents its 10th annual graduate conference:

WASTE

March 30-31, 2012

There are as many ways to conceptualize waste as there are ways in which waste permeates our world. It is ubiquitous; it figures into existence at every level. The history of waste is a history of equivocation, affirmation, disavowal, subsistence, persistence, inconvenience, differentiation, destruction, and decay. From the pragmatics of city sanitation to the logistics of disaster relief, from the remainders of mathematical equations to the emotive excesses of sentimental novels, the problem of "what remains" is central to the practice of academic inquiry.

For our 10th Annual Conference, we invite graduate students in any discipline to consider the challenges and productive yields of waste. Presentations are expected to be approximately 15 to 20 minutes. For research or critical presentations, please submit a 250-word abstract to egsoalbany@gmail.com by February 1.

We also invite graduate student artists to submit proposals. The conference will offer an opportunity for creative writers, visual artists, photographers, sound artists, digital artists, and any students actively engaged in other creative media to present and discuss how their work deals with waste. In what ways is waste encountered in the artistic process? How do you materially, thematically, or conceptually address waste? Presentations are expected to be approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Please email a small sample of your creative work (.mp3, .jpeg, .tif, .avi, .mp4, or .doc files) as well as a 250 word description of your proposed presentation to egsoalbany@gmail.com by February 1. Video projectors, computers, speakers, and other technologies can be arranged to supplement presentations.

Possible avenues for exploration may include:

-ruins and fragments, relics, monuments, artifacts
-ecology, environmentalism, conservation, recycling, reusing, eco-terrorism
-surplus value, wasted labor; toxic assets, ponzi schemes, hostile takeovers
-mathematical remainders, repeating series, infinite decimals, fractals
-the nonhuman and things; nature and matter
-bio-waste: feces, vomit, phlegm, bile, pus, dismemberment; evolution and vestigiality
-theological waste and apocalypses
-natural catastrophes, plagues, and "acts of God"
-historical and political devastation: industrialization, war, terrorism, genocide, post-colonialism
-bad tastes: camp, kitsch, porn, pop, sentimentality, pulps, and other aesthetics of "trash"
-editing and revision: new editions, unfinished works, and translations; cast-offs of canon formation and literary leftovers
-aural matter: noise, static, feedback
-figures of waste (grave-diggers, collectors, corpses, cadavers, and the undead); ruined women, prodigal sons, wayward youths and other literary archetypes
-collage, bricolage, detournement, found art, sampling, palimpsest, and other artistic recyclings
-differentiating waste: garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, jetsam and flotsam, leftovers
-waste sites: heaps, landfills, dumps, attics/basements, catacombs, battlefields, abandoned areas, fallout zones

cfp categories: african-americanamericanclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centurygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarymedievalmodernist studiespopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissancerhetoric_and_compositionscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44076Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War Journal of Postcolonial Writing - Special Issue Call for Papers monica.popescu@mcgill.ca, ctolliver@uh.edu, jftolliver@uh.edu1322961515african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Journal of Postcolonial Writing - Special Issue Call for Papers contact email: monica.popescu@mcgill.ca, ctolliver@uh.edu, jftolliver@uh.edu

We invite papers that explore the impact of the Iron Curtain on alliances forged by black intellectuals after World War II for a Journal of Postcolonial Writing special issue on Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War. The aim of the volume is to explore the intersection between diaspora studies (especially Black Atlantic research), postcolonial criticism, and Cold War theory.

During the past two decades, much valuable scholarship has focused on cultural exchanges between intellectuals in Africa, the Americas, and Western Europe leading to the establishment of Black Atlantic studies (starting from Paul Gilroy's seminal book The Black Atlantic and developed in valuable recent contributions by Brent Hayes Edwards and Yogita Goyal). This volume aims to expand the scope of black diaspora studies, by moving the focus beyond African and West Indian diasporas in London, Paris or New York and beyond a reverse movement of African-American and Caribbean intellectuals who traveled to Africa in search of cultural roots. After World War II, black intellectuals also traveled to Eastern Europe and East Asia on state business or for intellectual training, they established cultural and diplomatic links across the Indian Ocean, or worked within Lusophone and Spanish speaking communities across the Southern part of the Atlantic. Studying these often-neglected cultural alliances will respond to new directions in both postcolonial studies and Cold War research. For instance, Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih in the introduction to their 2005 volume Minor Transnationalism have criticized binary models of postcolonial analysis and have made an appeal for scholarship that transcends interactions between the First and the Third Worlds. Similarly, in the field of Cold War research, recent work by Odd Arne Westad (The Global Cold War) and Andrew Hammond (the edited collection of essays Cold War Literature: Writing the Global Conflict) moves away from the two-world structure that focused on the USA and the USSR, which has long dominated traditional Cold War research.

We invite contributions that engage with but are not limited to the following issues:

The conjunction of diaspora studies, postcolonialism, and the Cold War: How does exploring the black diasporas' contribution to the global Cold War both expand the corpus of literary texts and geographical areas under consideration and bring new questions to established research?
Possible examples include

  • black intellectuals in the Eastern Bloc
  • black diasporas within the Indian Ocean World
  • tricontinental relations (between Africa, Latin America and Asia)

Class and gender discourse during the Cold War: How did black intellectuals like Frantz Fanon, Claudia Jones, Richard Wright, Michelle Cliff, or Kwame Nkrumah meditate on the conjunction between race, gender, class, and ideological affiliation with the West or the East? How do we offer a nuanced account of the solidarity and tensions between elite intellectuals and the oppressed masses?

Decolonization: How did the age of decolonization change the dynamics between countries in Africa and the Caribbean on the one hand and the two Cold War superpowers on the other hand? Did this transition elicit an awareness of the USA and the USSR as neocolonial powers?

Representation (literary, cinematic, etc): What literary forms and genres did black intellectuals inaugurate or adopt during the Cold War? How do they interact with established Cold War genres from the West (e.g. detective novel, science fiction) or the East (e.g. socialist realist novel)? On what aspects of the diasporic experience do they focus? How do writers and other intellectuals navigate the multicultural and multilingual experience of diaspora?

Texts and institutions: What forgotten stories does the history of material texts and of cultural institutions generated by these diasporas reveal? How did publication, funding, censorship, and political affiliation with the Western world or the Eastern Bloc affect the visibility of black intellectuals and their works?

Important Dates
Abstract deadline (350-500 words) → 1 February 2012
Submission of articles → 1 June 2012

cfp categories: african-americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identitygender_studies_and_sexualityjournals_and_collections_of_essayspostcolonialtwentieth_century_and_beyond 44077Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments, Submission deadline: 18 MarchSFB/TR8, University of Bremensmiae2012@informatik.uni-bremen.de 1322986430interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: SFB/TR8, University of Bremencontact email: smiae2012@informatik.uni-bremen.de

We invite you to submit a paper to The 1st International Conference on Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments (SMIAE 2012): http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/smiae/2012/ , to be held at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (http://www.acl2012.org/), on July 8th - 14th, 2012, in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

This workshop will focus on issues, applications, and development tools in the field of Speech and Multimodal Interaction in Assistive Environments (SMIAE). It will be concerned with all topics which fit within the purview of speech and multimodal communication in environments suitable for the elderly and people with age-related physical or cognitive disabilities. Assistive environments are an application area of the research field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). This research field is supported through a European technology and innovation funding programme, which promotes intelligent assistant systems for a better, healthier, and safer life in the preferred living environments through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Human-computer and human-robot interaction are key technological tools in the area of Assistive Environments, and as such the workshop will particularly aim to draw together speech and multimodal work in these areas. Moreover, both theoretical and applied computational work regarding multimodal interaction in assistive environments will be welcome at this workshop.

The submissions deadline is March 18th, 2011 (Check the website on Important Dates for notification to authors and camera ready deadlines).
Submissions for long or short papers are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings. Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2012 style guidelines here and should be submitted through the START system.

Suggested Major Areas or Tracks are the following:
Speech-enabled systems in assisted living environments
Speech in interaction with gesture and other modalities in assistive environments
Speech and multimodality in assistive robotics
Control of smart devices through speech and multimodal approaches
Speech/Text-to Speech software in Web applications designed for the elderly
Speech and multimodal interaction in e-Government and e-Health in assistive environments
Communication in assistive environments (e.g. Peer-to-Peer)
Talking agents in assistive environments
Multimodal ICT used in elder care

All Submitted papers will go through double-blind reviewing processes (at least three reviewers). Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference will have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers.

For any questions, feedback or comments, feel free to contact the organization committee at smiae2012@informatik.uni-bremen.de

SMIAE 2012 organising committee,
Dimitra Anastasiou,
Desislava Zhekova
Cui Jian
Robert Ross

cfp categories: interdisciplinaryinternational_conferencesscience_and_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44078Finishes: Arts and Texts in Cinema and MediaCinema Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNYgcfilmconference@gmail.com 1323008015americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: Cinema Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNYcontact email: gcfilmconference@gmail.com





Date: March 29th and March 30th, 2012
Location: The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave., New York, NY

Does a story ever truly finish, or does it carry on when translated into another medium? When a work of art is reinscribed into a cinematic or televisual text, does it in some ways get a new lease on life? For instance, does David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly (1993), based on the play by David Henry Hwang which itself uses Puccini's Madama Butterfly as a source, rely on audiences to know and recognize its previous source texts to make a larger point? Is this a case of artistic vampirism or taking advantage of the originary text to gain traction and promotion?

Do some stories conclude in the textual arena until cinema or television decides on a re-encounter with them, therefore rendering the same stories, once again, unfinished? What about when borrowing happens across genres, such as when James M. Cain's noir thriller was remade by the Neorealist Luchino Visconti? How does the change in context change the contours of the story? In what ways do such moves from literature to film influence our understanding of both texts?

When can we call a film "finished"? Is it once the script is written, when production is wrapped up, in post-production, or once it has been rated and is ready to be screened? Does the Director's Cut finish the job left undone by the Theatrical Cut, such as in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, which exists in upto seven versions?

Do actors and actresses finish once they are done with individual movies? What happens when a newer actor "acts like Bogey" or "does a Liz" in their own work? In what ways do actors and directors mould their own, or others', past history to help their own work? Do the aura of certain gestures or modes, behaviors, live on beyond the individual?

The Center Cinema Studies Group of The Graduate Center, CUNY invites interdisciplinary paper and panel proposals for our biennial graduate conference on topics dealing with these and other ideas about finishing and finishes.

Please send 300-word abstracts of 15-20 minute papers on any topics related to these or other ideas about finishes and finishing to Annie Dell'Aria and Ria Banerjee at gcfilmconference@gmail.com by 12/15/2011. Accepted papers will be notified by early-January. Keynote speaker TBA.

Possible questions include, but are not limited to, the following:
● How and why is a pre-existing work of art reinterpreted by another, newer one that refers to it?
● How does inserting a picture or musical work nuance or change our understanding of the filmic work as a whole?
● In terms of film history, in what ways do directors handle the shift from text to cinema?
● In what ways do directors remain true to the original intention of the artwork they use in their own work, and how do they twist and change these meanings?
● In the switch from text or artwork to cinema, does the texture of the work change?
● Can using certain pre-existing works of art within one's own text allow the filmmaker greater freedom from censorship?
● In what ways does a director rely on extra-diegetic associations around himself or his key actors, to give his work a different finish from what it might otherwise have, such as when Lars von Trier makes another movie with a Hollywood "big name" like Kirsten Dunst after his highly-publicized previous attempt at the same in Dogville?

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualitygraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypopular_culturetheorytwentieth_century_and_beyond 44079Teaching Music HistoryAmerican Musicological Societymsumeric@gmail.com1323008318cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinaryfull name / name of organization: American Musicological Societycontact email: msumeric@gmail.com

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: EIGHTH ANNUAL TEACHING MUSIC HISTORY DAY
RIDER UNIVERSITY, LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

The Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society, the Greater New York Chapter of the AMS, and Rider University announce the Eighth Annual Teaching Music History Day, to be held Saturday, March 31, 2012. Teaching Music History Day is a forum for exchanging ideas on effective teaching, and is open to all who have an interest in teaching music history. We extend a special invitation to those who are involved in public musicology, as well as scholars who teach related courses.

Call for Presentations

The program committee welcomes proposals for papers, roundtables, panels, or demonstrations that deal with any aspect of the teaching of music history (widely defined). We hope to devote one session to each of the following issues:

(1) Curriculum: In an increasingly diverse and fractured musical world, what should music history curricula entail? Does it still make sense to have "core" music history courses that all music majors must take, or should curricula provide more music history options for students? In a world where our music major graduates will perform in a wide variety of musical traditions, should the repertoire explored in classes for music majors be different from the repertoire used in non-major courses? If so, why? What are the goals and objectives of teaching music history that should determine such decisions?

(2) "Public Musicology": This includes teaching of music history through writing books for the general public, blogging, reviewing concerts and CDs, teaching classes at community centers, giving pre-concert talks and public lectures, organizing festivals, and so on. What are the goals of "public musicology" and what are the pros and cons of different approaches to accomplishing these goals? How do these activities affect the musical experiences of "students"? How does "public musicology" deal with longstanding myths, such as "music as a universal language" and "composers must suffer to write great music."

(3) New Technologies and New Pedagogies: For teachers both inside and outside of academia, how can teachers employ blogs, wikis, and other Web 2.0 applications to help students create their own map of the musical universe? What new methods have you tried to help your students achieve their learning objectives?

Please submit your proposal in the form of a 300-word abstract in the body of an email to msumeric@gmail.com. Be sure to include a brief description of your mode of presentation and please list your equipment needs. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2012. Accepted proposers will be notified by January 31, 2012. As this event is sponsored by AMS-GNY, we request that all presenters pay the $15 membership fee ($10 for students) for the chapter.

The members of the program committee are: Candace Bailey (North Carolina Central University), Matthew Baumer (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Andrew Dell'Antonio (University of Texas at Austin), David Harnish (University of San Diego), Eric Hung (Rider University; ex-officio) and Sharon Mirchandani (Rider University).

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgeneral_announcementsinterdisciplinary 44080Eros, Pornography, and Popular CulturePopular Culture Associationmuirkb@appstate.edu1323023438cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culturefull name / name of organization: Popular Culture Associationcontact email: muirkb@appstate.edu

Hi All:

Please join us for the 2012 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, in Boston, MA, April 11-14, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place. Below is information you need to submit a paper or panel and attend the conference. Feel free to cross-post.

Please note: conference dates are one week later than usual, avoiding the religious holidays, and making it easier for all to partaicipate.

To submit a proposal: http://ncp.pcaaca.org.

Detailed instructions are available at: http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php

For Conference details: http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/national.php

Home Page: www.pcaaca.org

cfp categories: cultural_studies_and_historical_approachesgender_studies_and_sexualitypopular_culture 44081Animals in SocietyUniversity of Missouri Cross-Disciplinary Projectmrfb7d@mail.missouri.edu1323024882childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyondfull name / name of organization: University of Missouri Cross-Disciplinary Projectcontact email: mrfb7d@mail.missouri.edu

The MU Cross-Disciplinary Project (formerly known as "The Body Project") invites all graduate students and related researchers to submit proposals for our fifth annual conference. The 2012 theme is "Animals in Society." We welcome proposals for research or creative projects, including artworks, literature, performances, posters, papers and/or panels, and various other forms that escape our imagination but may live in yours.

Individual Proposals
For individual proposals, please submit the following documents:
• Curriculum vitae
• Cover Sheet indicating your name, the title of your work, the form your presentation will take [artworks and posters will be displayed throughout the day; individual papers, readings, or performances will be 20 minutes in length], and any audio/visual requirements for your presentation
• Abstract of approximately 300 words

Group/Panel Proposals
For group proposals, please submit the following documents:
• Curriculum vitae for each group/panel member
• Cover sheet indicating names of group members, the form your presentation will take [group panels or performances will be 60 minutes in length], and any audio/visual requirements for your presentation
• Abstract of approximately 500 words

Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2012
Contact: Marissa Fugate, mrfb7d@mail.missouri.edu

The following are suggested categories, but proposals are not limited to this list:

Animal Citizenship
Human/Animal Divide
Dynamic Systems Disabilities and Animals
Narrative Theory
Nonhuman Agency Animal Aesthetics
Animals and Education
Food Production Technological Uses of Animals
Human/Animal Rights
Animals in War/Violence
Phenomenology Gender/Sexuality
Disease Anatomy/Physiology
Economic Impacts
Biopolitics
Affective Relationships
Cloning
Psychoanalysis
Cognition
Architecture/Sculpture
Genetic Manipulation
Hybridity
Music/Performance
Animals in Politcs
Urban/Rural Animals

cfp categories: childrens_literaturecultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongraduate_conferencesinterdisciplinarypoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialscience_and_culturetwentieth_century_and_beyond 44082Teaching Poe to Today's College Readers - ALA May 24-27, 2012 Dr. Amy Branam, Poe Studies Associationabranam@frostburg.edu1323025221americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachesfull name / name of organization: Dr. Amy Branam, Poe Studies Associationcontact email: abranam@frostburg.edu

The Poe Studies Association solicits proposals for papers on teaching Poe to be delivered at the American Literature Association's 23rd Annual Conference May 24-27, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center.

Confronted with a 2004 National Endowment of the Arts report that declared Americans "alliterate," how are college teachers convincing students, even their English majors, to read – and be enthusiastic about – Poe? How are his works relevant to their lives? Do you use social media or multi-media to engage them? Do you take a more traditional route to pique their interests? Proposals on all college-level courses encouraged (i.e., introduction to literature, survey, and special topics).

Please send a one-page abstract in Word to Amy Branam at abranam@frostburg.edu by January 16, 2012.

Please put "PSA-Teaching Submission" in the subject line.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approaches 44083Poe and the Idea of "Eldorado" - ALA May 24-27, 2012 Dr. Philip Phillips, Poe Studies Associationphilip.phillips@mtsu.edu1323025345americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachestheoryfull name / name of organization: Dr. Philip Phillips, Poe Studies Associationcontact email: philip.phillips@mtsu.edu

The Poe Studies Association solicits proposals for papers on "Eldorado," the poem and the idea, as reflected in Poe's life and works, to be delivered at the American Literature Association's 23rd Annual Conference May 24-27, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center.

Poe's "Eldorado" was published in The Flag of Our Union on April 21, 1849, during the California Gold Rush, an event that also inspired Poe's hoax, "Von Kempelen and His Discovery," and caused the population explosion of San Francisco. Using "Eldorado" as a point of departure, consider such topics as Poe and gold, the positive and negative consequences of "gold seeking," the literary legacy of the Gold Rush and/or Poe's "Eldorado," etc. Papers on all aspects of the literary, theoretical, cultural, or biographical significance of "Eldorado" are invited.

Please send a one-page abstract in Word or Pages to Philip Edward Phillips at philip.phillips@mtsu.edu by January 16, 2012.
Please put "PSA-Eldorado" in the subject line.

cfp categories: americancultural_studies_and_historical_approachestheory 44084Special Issue of *Literature and Theology* on Cognitive Theory, Literature, and ReligionPaul Cefalu (Associate Profess, Department of English, Lafayette College); Julia Reinhard Lupton (Professor of English, University of California, Irvine)cefalup@lafayette.edu or jrlupton@uci.edu1323038464african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorianfull name / name of organization: Paul Cefalu (Associate Profess, Department of English, Lafayette College); Julia Reinhard Lupton (Professor of English, University of California, Irvine)contact email: cefalup@lafayette.edu or jrlupton@uci.edu

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Literature and Theology: Cognitive Science, Literature, and Religion

We invite essays that bring together the fields of cognitive science, literature, and religion. Such topics might include the cognitive nature of prayer, ritual, faith, mysticism, myth-making, and belief as represented in the literature of a particular culture and historical period; principles of neurotheology as reflected in reading practices, literacy, the use of analogy and metaphor; theory of mind and the construction of God-images in literature and culture; cognitive theories of acting, dramaturgy, and performance in devotional and religious texts; and more multidisciplinary inquiries from the related fields of evolutionary psychology, neurophilosophy, and cognitive anthropology.

Accepted essays will be published in a Special Issue of the peer-reviewed journal Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press).

Please send essays of no longer than 7,000 words to Paul Cefalu, Lafayette College (cefalup@lafayette.edu) and Julia Reinhard Lupton, University of California, Irvine (jrlupton@uci.edu). Deadline for receipt of essays is September 1, 2012.

cfp categories: african-americanamericanbibliography_and_history_of_the_bookchildrens_literatureclassical_studiescultural_studies_and_historical_approachesecocriticism_and_environmental_studieseighteenth_centuryethnicity_and_national_identityfilm_and_televisiongender_studies_and_sexualityhumanities_computing_and_the_internetinterdisciplinaryjournals_and_collections_of_essaysmedievalmodernist studiespoetrypopular_culturepostcolonialreligionrenaissanceromantictheatretheorytwentieth_century_and_beyondvictorian