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African American Women in Rochester | NeMLA | March 15-18, 2012

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 2:27pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel explores modes of self-representation of African American women living in Rochester, New York. For example, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman resided in the Rochester area roughly concurrently; however, each approached telling her story distinctively. Truth promoted abolition through her portraits and public speaking. Tubman gave performances. Jacobs published an autobiography. The panel considers how gender, class and race shape the forms in which African American women in Rochester represent themselves, especially non-linguistic forms such as music or visual art. Papers on women from any era are welcome.

Please send 250-word abstracts by September 30, 2011 to jennifer.sieck[at]gmail.com.

MULTICULTURALISMS: THEORIES AND PRACTICE AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 14th – 17th May 2012

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 1:14pm
The Reconstructing Multiculturalism Research Network and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University

The Reconstructing Multiculturalism Research Network and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on multiculturalisms from 14th – 17th May 2012.

The conference will be held at Gregynog Hall. This residential conference centre is situated near Newtown in mid Wales. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and extensive grounds. (http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx)

Cultural Productions of 9/11

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:01pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Introducing "Cultural Productions of 9/11"

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 11.2

Edited By Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson

Featuring:

Christopher Schaberg and Kara Thompson, "Avatars of 9/11"

Wendy Kozol, "Looking Elsewhere"

Scott Cutler Shershow, "The Time of Sacrifice: Derrida contra Agamben

Daniel Ross, "Passages to Immortality: Arakawa and Gins, Stiegler, and September 11"

Caren Kaplan, "'A Rare and Chilling View': Aerial Photography as Biopower in the Visual Culture of '9/11'"
Marian Macken, "The Event in Miniature: 9/11 and the New York City Model"

David Simpson, "A Confusion of Tongues"

Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue on Evolution

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 7:19am
Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal welcomes submissions from any academic field on the topic of evolution in its myriad forms. Preference is given to papers with an interdisciplinary approach or a focus on interdisciplinarity, though all submissions will be entertained. For further information on submissions please consult our guidelines at: https://ojcs.siue.edu/ojs/index.php/polymath/about/submissions#onlineSub...

[Update]: CFP - The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 7:36pm
The journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

[Update] "Paranoiac Knowledge and Literary Sub-Genres in the Writing of Thomas Pynchon"

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 5:41pm
Scott McClintock/National University

"Paranoiac Knowledge and Literary Sub-Genres in the Writing of Thomas Pynchon"

Panel to Be Held at the American Literature Association Symposium, "Mysterious America: Crime Fiction
in American Culture," Savannah, Georgia, September 22 – 24, 2011 (see ALA website at http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/ for additional information about the symposium).

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: August 15, 2011

Panel Description:

Issues in Contemporary Geek Media - SCMS March 21-25, 2012

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:57pm
Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Over the past decade, geeks -- both real and fictional -- have risen to a position of centrality and immense cultural power within the pop-cultural mediascape. This panel will explore the cultural and industrial issues raised by the rise of the geek as an onscreen and offscreen presence in contemporary media. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the rise of the superhero comic-book blockbuster, geeks in "independent" and alternative media, video games and their adaptation into blockbusters, early influences on the rise of pop cultural geekdom (e.g., Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Woody Allen, John Hughes, et.

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