Currently, a number of analysts are thinking about what constitutes, assembles, or traces "objects." While Bruno Latour (2005), Manuel DeLanda (2006), Andy Clark (2008), Graham Harman (2009), Cary Wolfe (2010), et al. might not agree on what objects "are," they're all interested in shifting away from the transcendental ego in ways that evade the "modern constitution" or the "bifurcation of nature." And we're interested in how this move -- and all its concomitant effects -- might influence not literary theory, but literary criticism.
Gilles Deleuze defines an assemblage as a multiplicity that "is made up of many heterogeneous terms and which establishes liaisons, relations between them, across ages, sexes and reigns — different natures." Such a form of organization, he argues, is the product of the interactions between the various bodies — physical, psychical, social, economic, linguistic — that compose it. The inherent dynamism of the assemblage is mirrored in the work of those who have theorized it; the concept remains notoriously diffuse and unstable. Following Manuel DeLanda's recent work, we are eager to reconstruct and refine assemblage theory.
Covert Cultures: Art and the Secret State 1911-1989
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Adam Piette (Sheffield)
Dr Trevor Paglen (artist and experimental geographer)
CALL FOR PAPERS in ADAPTATION
The Adaptation Section of the 2011 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference
Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23
Marriot Rivercenter San Antonio, and Marriot-San Antonio Riverwalk
Proposal deadline—December 8th, 2010
Adaptation as Process
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference
Mar 31-Apr 3, 2011 at Pitzer College, CA
SPECIAL THREAD ON NINETEENTH-CENTURY SCIENCE
How did nineteenth century science conceive, construct, and represent the physical world? In what ways did science shape—in what ways was science shaped by—other discourses of the nineteenth century?
CALL FOR AUDIO OR VISUAL MEDIA
FOR ISSUE ON CARLOS MONSIVÁIS
Textos Híbridos, a new electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Latin American chronicle from the Conquest to the present day, invites the submission of audio or visual material for its inaugural issue on renowned Mexican cronista and cultural critic Carlos Monsiváis. A prolific and iconic chronicler, Monsiváis is known for his anthologies of chronicles such as Amor perdido (1977), Entrada libre (1987), and Apocalipstick (2009) as well as his studies on the genre and edited collections such as A ustedes les consta. Antología de la crónica en México (1980; 2006).
"[A] mode of writing is an act of historical solidarity…it is the relationship between creation and society, the literary language transformed by its social finality, form considered as human intention and thus linked to the great crises of History." - Roland Barthes
This seminar seeks papers focusing on the theory of translation from the perspectives of Derrida or Deleuze. Is translation an impossible task, an ethics that lends an ear to the other? Or is translation a matter of creative concepts? How do we develop the idea of (in)fidelity in terms of the strange friendship between the two philosophers? What is the relationship between linguistic signs and recognition/the unrecognizable? Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to:
This seminar seeks papers focusing on the theory of translation from the perspectives of Derrida or Deleuze. Is translation an impossible task, an ethics that lends an ear to the other? Or is translation a matter of creative concepts? How do we develop the idea of (in)fidelity in terms of the strange friendship between the two philosophers? What is the relationship between linguistic signs and recognition/the unrecognizable? Possible paper topics may include but not limited to:
How has American literature understood itself as "world literature"? This seminar is interested not only in the ways American literature "contains" the world (as a multi-national literature) but also in the ways American literature is in the world. We want to think of World Literature not only as a category that describes multi-national or global literatures, but also as a literary and political strategy: the making of new worlds.
The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at Oklahoma State University, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to promoting student academic development and scholastic achievement, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference March 4-5 2011 in Stillwater, OK.
CFP: Eliot at the American Literature Association
The T. S. Eliot Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2011 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 26-29, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Please send proposals or abstracts (up to 250 words), along with a brief biography or curriculum vitae, to Professor Nancy K. Gish (email@example.com). Submissions must be received no later than January 15, 2011.
For information on the ALA and its 2011 conference, please see http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2.
The Department of French Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Francophonies: The Living and The Dead
March 18-19th 2011
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
"Vexillum" is an undergraduate journal that supports and promotes undergraduate scholarship in the fields of Classical and Medieval Studies, and accepts scholarly essays by undergraduate students written on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art history, sociology, philology, and linguistics. "Vexillum" provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to submit outstanding papers for peer review from other undergraduates, an opportunity rarely achieved in the undergraduate years.
The term expressivism has fallen out of favor with many composition scholars in the past few decades. As social constructivist approaches to composition studies become increasingly common, the old myths about expressivism (e.g. it's solipsistic; it privileges the self over the social; it's apolitical) persist. But are the two movements actually antithetical?
The Politics and Aesthetics of Global Waste
Panel Proposal | Ninth ASLE Biennial Conference
June 21-26, 2011 | Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Updated Abstract Deadline: October 29th, 2010
Despite pressing concerns about diminishing resources, garbage continues to accumulate in landfills, oceans, and toxic sites. Although the international waste trade is booming, those peripheral to the world economy—slumdwellers, rural poor, refugees—find themselves reduced to the status of the detritus in which they often live and work.
Call for short critical and theoretical work on Art, Writing and Visual Cultures.
Rattle is a journal of art, writing, and thought. It offers a speculative space for the text-image relationship to develop, as well as representing those moments of thought and work not easily recuperated into the mainstreams of practice.
Work may include, but is by no means limited to, theoretical and critical writing, page based artworks, reviews, fictions and poetry. We encourage the submission of interesting and unusual work regardless of its form or subject.
Proposals are welcomed but publication cannot be guaranteed before receiving finished work.
This seminar seeks to examine world literature in the wake of German Romanticism. German Romanticism has often been seen as a response to a philosophical crisis that emerged from Kant's formulations of theoretical and practical reason. Because, from the standpoint of theoretical reason, phenomenal nature is always "contingent" and subordinated to the laws of causality, the world of nature is, by definition, not free. But Kant also maintains that freedom, in its resistance to phenomenal desires and causes, is the unique trait or mark of a humanity that is distinguished from animals and machines, though freedom itself cannot ever appear in nature, and thus cannot be theoretically known as such.
This seminar considers the production of narrative in post 1950 cinema as it relates to aesthetically and politically charged questions of globalization and the desires for Utopia.
CALL FOR PAPERS
15th annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
March 24-26 2011
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
Fun & Games
Professor of English & African and African American Studies
author of Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery
he Department of French Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Francophonies: The Living and the Dead
March 18-19th 2011
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
The Projector is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the study of the intersections between media and culture. We are currently seeking essays for our Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 issues. We are particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of media texts, including those that examine media from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. We invite essays that engage with theoretical debates in media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices. We are also interested in essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.
C PRACSIS International Conference
in association with
The University of Madras
February 1 & 2, 2011
Tholakappiar Campus (Main Campus), Madras University, Chepauk, Chennai, India
Contextualising the 'Contemporary' in Culture
The University of Salford and Feelgood Theatre Productions have teamed up to organise an interdisciplinary conference that will explore the various literary, cultural and societal questions raised by Feelgood's production of Slave – A Question of Freedom, adapted from Mende Nazer's critically acclaimed autobiography Slave (Virago). The conference will include contributions from a range of speakers including:
* Mende Nazer (author of Slave)
* Damien Lewis (documentary filmmaker and co-author of Slave)
* Caroline Clegg (director of Slave – A Question of Freedom)
Queer Studies Easter Symposium
11 April - 17 April, 2011 Mexico City
Conference Languages: English, Castilian, German, French and Nahuatl
Deadline for submission of paper proposals: 15. November 2010
When a collective memory of trauma transcends its directly affected community to be taken up by others, it can be said to be "cosmopolitan" (Levy and Sznaider) or "multidirectional" (Rothberg). The concept of a travelling or a genuinely "cosmopolitan" memory is compelling. Indeed, how a memory of trauma travels across cultures, and develops in time as a shared or borrowed memory is a topic that necessitates further discussion. Like Edward Said's notion of "travelling theory," the transition of a memory from a specific context into a new setting or across a transnational space has significant theoretical and pragmatic consequences.
University of East Anglia
School of American Studies
Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams (1911-2011)
American Identities on Stage:
20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference
Call For Papers
To commemorate the Tennessee Williams's centennial, the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, will host a one-day international conference on 26 March 2011, focusing on theatrical representations of American identities. The invited keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Bottoms (University of Leeds).
The cities of the modern Middle East are marked, even defined, by conflict. From Istanbul to Cairo, Jerusalem/al-Quds to Beirut to Tehran, the city is the site where the ideological, ethnic, and religious divisions of the Middle East are crystallized in often violent confrontations. Recent history has shown the world relentless fighting over holy sites in Jerusalem/al-Quds, the Sabra and Shatila massacre, the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, the 2009 election protests and government reprisals in Tehran, and so on. Whatever one's political orientation, it is evident that the city is, alongside truth, the first casualty of such conflict.
Narcotics repeatedly emerge as central elements in the history of colonization and global capitalism. "Legal" or "illegal," state-sanctioned or unsanctioned, the drug trade is fundamental to numerous historical developments, from the European "discovery" of tobacco in the New World, to the Anglo-Chinese Wars over the opium trade, to the interventions of the United States in Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua…
The Penn Undergraduate Law Journal is looking for submissions for its first issue! The Penn Undergraduate Law Journal is a new online academic journal created by the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society and dedicated to legal scholarship at the undergraduate level. We welcome submissions from students of ALL majors, provided that the submissions have a law-related focus.
We encourage articles that have been written by undergraduates within the last two years, especially papers submitted previously for courses in History, Political Science, Legal Studies, English, and other related disciplines.
All submissions are due by October 25th, 2010.