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Pastoral Sciences, MMLA (Columbus, OH, Nov. 12-15, 2015)

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 5:15pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

Pastoral Sciences

In 1963's The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx introduces the concept of technological pastoral, a space constructed to join modern industry to the ideals of rural harmony. While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been mobilized in the pursuit of pastoral ideals. Examples of such mobilizations may range from ecosystem management and experiments with closed ecological systems (like biospheres) to theoretical applications such as terraforming. Virtual utopias may provide even another axis of analysis, as might some branches of bionics and bioengineering.

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:37pm
Edith Wharton Society

Edith Wharton Society Awards 2015-2016

Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar

Formerly known as the "Edith Wharton Essay Prize," this award, instituted in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar: advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure=track or full-time appointment for
more than four years.

Islamophobia: The Public Muslim and the Critical Muslim (Special Session)

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 2:22pm
MLA 2016

We are all too familiar with news channels reporting the threat of ISIS and debates around Islam's relevance in the modern world. The daily dose of graphic images of ISIS beheadings reinforces the anathema for Islam and its followers. In such fraught times, anti-Muslim racism reigns. Arun Kundnani contends that "Anti-Muslim racism ... appears as the most recent layer in this longer history, a reworking and recycling of older logics of oppression. From this perspective, Islamophobia, like other forms of racism, should not be seen only as a problem of hate crimes committed by lone extremists.

Sonic Horror

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 11:29am
Horror Studies

CFP: Sonic Horror
"Shh—was that a voice?"

Memory and Remembering. Articles: 6/1/2015

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 3:17pm
Abbes Maazaoui, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is requesting articles for its annual publication, The Lincoln Humanities Journal. The special theme for 2014 is "Memory & Remembering." Contributors are invited to examine the issues of representation, transmission, and circulation of memory, as well as the role of personal, cultural and collective memory in shaping meanings, values, attitudes and identities. They are also encouraged to address how dominant national, religious, racial, sexual or ethnic narratives of the past are reproduced or challenged.

MSA 17, Nov. 19-22, Modernism of Politics

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:52am
Matthew Hannah / University of Oregon

The modernist period, as the theme of this year's conference suggests, was a period marked by revolutions of various stripes: aesthetic, social, cultural, and political. Among these, political revolutions often occupied center stage, both in terms of public awareness but also in terms of modernist praxis. Many modernists participated in radical political actions even as they experimented or facilitated experimentation with radical aesthetics.

SLSA Panel: "A Cyborg Manifesto" at 30 March 23rd

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:47am
Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

2015 marks the thirty-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto." This groundbreaking essay has influenced a generation of scholars in diverse fields.

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