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[REMINDER] Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period, January 20, 2012, The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchest

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 7:49am
Michael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou / The University of Manchester

This one-day academic conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of performance in the early modern period (taken broadly to include the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries). We intend to interrogate what performance and its related terminologies and practices might have meant to early modern readers, playgoers, and congregations; how performance shaped and/or undermined distinctions between private/public bodies and selves. Although drama is an essential point of reference for this discussion, we encourage that "historicizing performance" be taken as broadly as possible. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

Sensible Flesh: Rethinking the Body in the 21st Century - Seminar group 17th Oct, 14th Nov, and 12th Dec 2011; London

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 7:13am
Zoe Roth/Fusako Innami, Comparative Literature Department, King's College London

Keynote speaker: Dr. Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths University), 17th October

'I cannot move without it. I cannot leave it there where it is, so that I, myself, may go elsewhere. I can go to the other end of the world; I can hide in the morning under the covers, make myself as small as possible. I can even let myself melt under the sun at the beach – it will always be there. Where I am. It is here, irreparably; it is never elsewhere. My body' – Michel Foucault

3rd Global Conference: Making Sense of: Pain (May 2012: Prague, Czech Republic)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 6:32am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Making Sense of: Pain

Saturday 19th May – Monday 21st May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
Pain and the body's vulnerability to it are inevitable aspects of the experience of all sentient beings. Pain is universally feared. Many, if not all, fields of human activity have the potential to occasion pain – and much of what we do as individuals and/or collectivities involves our efforts to prevent, ameliorate, cure or avoid pain. Nonetheless, despite the unpleasantness and sometimes the agony of the experience of pain, we are also capable of enduring it. Depending on the context, we may do so willingly.

7th Global Conference: Cybercultures (May 2012: Prague, Czech Republic)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 5:36am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

7th Global Conference

Thursday 3rd May – Saturday 5th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues and implications created by the growing adoption of information technologies for inter-human communication. The project will also focus on assessing the continuing impact of emergent cybermedia for human communication and culture. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural contexts within which cybermedial and technological advances are occurring.

[UPDATE] Alfred Hitchcock - Albuquerque, New Mexico February 8-11, 2012

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 9:19pm
Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association - 33rd Annual Conference

Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock

Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
33rd Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 8-11, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Phone: 1-505-842-1234
Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2011

Conference Website: (updated regularly)

Panels now forming for presentations on the films and career of Alfred Hitchcock. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2012: Forbidden Places and Prohibited Spaces in English Women's Writing (1640-1740) (Abstracts due 9/30/2011)

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 9:05pm

In early modern England, travel has the disruptive potential to alter the female traveler as well as to question, defy, and change the shape, rules, and parameters of her social space. Physical journeys open up opportunities for more impalpable travel, including but not limited to social, political, and internal journeys. As Rosi Braidotti has said, "some of the greatest trips can take place without physically moving from one's habitat. It's the subversion of set conventions that defines the nomadic state, not the literal act of traveling" (Nomadic Subjects, 5). This panel seeks to draw a connection between the physical act of traveling itself and the variety of figurative journeys that ensue because of a woman's movement in the world.


Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:50pm
CUNY Graduate Center (Comparative Literature Department)

CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan

Chaos: Transformative Power, Antagonistic Liberator and Threatening Master

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:33pm
More than Thought- A Scholarly Literary Journal Devoted to Consciousness

Chaos has long been a tormentor as much as a liberator. In addition, it has been a master by way of intimidation and fostering dread. The great fear of the unknown has terrorized many a person into submitting to comfort in a cage. The exploration of chaos and its relationship to consciousness may yield fruitful results as the absence of structure and order has the potential to give to a new worldview. What kind of relationship does chaos have with the development of consciousness? How does literature present chaos and its effect on consciousness? Whatever the conclusions, it is likely to prove rich and abundant for furthering human understanding.

Eastern Religions in Ethnic U.S. Literatures (MELUS, April 19-22, 2012)

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:10pm
J. Stephen Pearson, U of Tennessee

Submissions are being accepted for a panel that discusses depictions of or references to Eastern religious traditions (e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, etc.) in ethnic U.S. texts.

Topics of interest include (but are certainly not limited to):

~ how religious traditions, beliefs and practices are altered for a U.S. context
~ how they assist and/or interfere with the process of Americanization
~ how they promote and/or hinder community identity
~ how they are viewed by people from other traditions
~ etc.

Religious Transnationalism in Ethnic U.S. Literatures (MELUS, April 19-22, 2012)

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 8:01pm
J. Stephen Pearson, U of Tennessee

Given the connection between many religions to specific geographical locations outside of the United States (for example: Jerusalem, Rome, Mecca, the Ganges, Tepeyac, etc.), religious practice can be seen as a common and powerful means of transnational experience in the U.S.

Submissions are being accepted for a panel that discusses depictions of or references to such transnational aspects of religious practice and/or belief (from any tradition) within ethnic U.S. texts.

Send a 1-page abstract by Sunday, 16 October to Dr. J. Stephen Pearson (U of Tennessee, Knoxville) at . Panelists will be notified by the 23rd of October.

CFP: Theatre & Performance Studies, Abstracts Due 12/1/11

Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 12:39am
33rd Annual SWTX PCA/ACA Conference

Panels are now being formed on topics related to Theatre & Performance Studies in its various forms and approaches. This new Special Topics Area to SWTX PCA/ACA encourages dialogue between varied fields of performance scholarship (i.e., performance studies; theatre, dance, and cultural studies; as well as queer and post-colonial theory), and exploration of critiques of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, technology, and nation. Papers across performance modes, cultural contexts, and historical periods are welcomed. Topics might include but are not limited to: