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Rethinking Poetics, Columbia University, NYC, June 11-13 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 11:47pm
Columbia-Penn Poetics Initiative

Rethinking Poetics

Columbia University, NYC
June 11-13, 2010

Announcing the Columbia-Penn Poetics Initiative.

We are convening a three-day conference at Columbia (June 11-13, 2010), "Rethinking Poetics." It is our sense that the practices of poetics are in danger of becoming pro forma and that a focused, skeptical examination of basic assumptions will be most useful. Terms continue to be used routinely in circumstances that increasingly call for nuanced or even fundamental change. What does "materiality of the signifier" mean in the era of data mining or platform instability? What does "news" mean? How useful are current periodizations? Such questions can be multiplied.

[UPDATE} CFP Culture After Postmodern Culture conference

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 7:28pm
/Postmodern Culture

Reminder: May 1 is our target date to receive all proposals for papers at the Culture After Postmodern Culture conference at UC Irvine in October 9, 2010. Some funds are available for presenters whose proposals are accepted. We hope to include work revised from the conference in an issue of the journal Postmodern Culture.

For more information see and email

See you in October!

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cultures of Militarization and the Military-Cultural Complex

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 4:44pm
TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies


Cultures of Militarization and the Military-Cultural Complex

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

Theme Double Issue, Summer/Fall 2010. Ed. Jody Berland and Blake Fitzpatrick

For this special issue we seek papers that address cultures of militarization or that raise questions concerning the ubiquity of militarization as a presence woven into the fabric of civic culture. We also open the possibility of holding the terms culture and militarization apart, in order to investigate the ways a militarized presence is normalized or critiqued in private, public and national narratives.

The Allegory of Guillaume de Digulleville (Deguileville) in Europe: Circulation, Reception and Influence 21-23 July 2011

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 4:11pm
Université de Lausanne

The fourteenth-century allegorical trilogy composed by the Cistercian monk, Guillaume de Digulleville (or Deguileville) -- the Pèlerinage de la vie humaine [Pilgrimage of Human Life], Pèlerinage de l'âme [Pilgrimage of the Soul], and Pèlerinage de Jhesucrist [Pilgrimage of Jesus Christ] -- travelled widely across the medieval and early modern world. Digulleville's trilogy first allegorizes human life as a pilgrimage, then envisions a journey through the afterlife as another form of pilgrimage, and finally recasts the narrative of the Christian gospels as a story of divine pilgrimage on earth. Addressed to men and women, both rich and poor, Digulleville's pilgrimage allegories were recopied and illuminated with remarkable frequency during the Middle Ages.

Call for Articles- Catholic Library World (ongoing)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 1:35pm
Sigrid Kelsey, LSU

Catholic Library World (ISSN 0008-820X), the quarterly journal of the Catholic Library Association, is seeking articles for its September 2010 and subsequent issues. The peer reviewed journal is published in September, December, March and June.

Articles are sought covering a wide range of information science and religious topics, from a variety of perspectives. Articles may cover any topic within religious studies, information science, and the broader humanities.

"Birth and Death", Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, 18-20 November 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 7:42am
Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of British Cultures/Englisches Seminar Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The focus of the conference will be on birth and death in contemporary British culture. Both birth and death seem to be essential and existential anthropological facts, but both are at the centre of cultural discourses and practices ranging from religious rituals and artistic representations to medical technologies.

Currently, medialisation and medicalisation produce an (alleged) new visibility of death and birth. In parallel with the rise of technological regimes, there is a counter-movement discernible towards nature and metaphysics – be that the re-invention of birthing rites, hospices and home births, or attempts to re-install religion as a discourse which can truly make sense of life and death.

[UPDATE] The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 5:45am
University of Surrey, UK

The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject

An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Surrey
2-3 July 2010.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dr Andy Mousley, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of De
Montfort, editor of the forthcoming Palgrave collection Literature, Humanism and Posthumanism,

Prof. Steve Dixon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development at the
University of Brunel, and director of multimedia performance research company The Chameleons Group,

Prof. Robert Pepperell, Reader in Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, and author of The Posthuman Condition.

CfP GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (PROPOSAL EXTENSION 26 April; conference 26 June 2010)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 5:00am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Please note, the proposal deadline for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference has been EXTENDED to 26 APRIL 2010.

The second annual conference will be held at Goldsmiths College, in London, UK, Saturday 26 June 2010. The keynote speaker is Christopher Norris.

This year we turn our focus to paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.