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Biopolitics and the Humanities: States of Subjectivity [UPDATE}

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:58pm
Rice University

Biopolitics and the Humanities: States of Subjectivity

2010 Rice University Graduate Symposium

Rice University in Houston, Texas

September 17th – 18th, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy C. Campbell*

Submission deadline: June 15th, 2010.

CFP: Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities [Submission Deadline July 19]

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:19pm
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Summer 2010 Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities.

Article Submission Deadline: July 19th

Open Call for Articles

The editorial board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities welcomes submissions for our introductory issue. A diesis (or double dagger) is a typographical symbol that indicates a footnote or point of reference within a written work. Diesis seeks to act as a point of reference in the study of the maturation and diversity of socially and biologically constructed performances of identity through a variety of critical lenses. Essays that explore authorial, literary, and socio-political identities across time, space, and genre are particularly encouraged.

"Contingent Communities" (U of M, Fall '10)

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:58pm
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

"Contingent Communities" (2010)
The Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at University of Minnesota
Dates: 10/15/10-10/17/10

Keynote Speakers: Rey Chow and Peter Hitchcock

First CFP: THE ANATOMY OF MARGINALITY (A Special Issue of "The European Legacy" )‏

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:42pm
Costica Bradatan

(Please circulate widely & apologies for cross-postings!)

First Call for Papers: THE ANATOMY OF MARGINALITY

A Special Issue of "The European Legacy"

Guest Editors: COSTICA BRADATAN (The Honors College, Texas Tech University) & AURELIAN CRAIUTU (Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington)

"Ecocritical Activisms and Activist Ecologies" NeMLA 2011 April 6-10, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: Abstracts Sept 30

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:21pm
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Ecocriticism informs ecological activisms, and vice versa. What kind of change can the intersections and tensions between ecocriticism and activism bring about? While ecocriticism has become an increasingly popular field of inquiry, its positionality remains an issue for negotiation. From Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), which continues to influence mass eco-activisms, to the anti-GMO groups that shape discussions of bioethics, ecocriticism remains in dialogue with practical approaches in what Lawrence Buell has termed a "spirit of commitment to environmentalist praxis" (The Environmental Imagination, 1995). Moreover, current ecocritical scholarship underscores a general distrust of the romanticizing rhetoric of early ecocriticism.

Cinema and the Carnivalesque—2011 SCMS Panel in New Orleans (03/10-03/13)

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:07pm
Maggie Hennefeld / Brown University

The comedic and socially transgressive mode that Mikhail Bakhtin defines as "carnivalesque" primarily concerns literary forms of representation. This panel poses the question: what would it mean for the cinematic medium to be carnivalesque?

Bakhtin emphasizes the following key criteria for the carnivalesque: the replacement of order with chaos; temporary reversals of social hierarchies (crownings and decrownings); aesthetic defamiliarization through parodic or grotesque modes; and dialogical forms of communication that efface any dominant, authorial voice and that seek to negotiate more democratic relationships between "reader" and "text."

This panel welcomes papers that grapple with one or more of the following questions:

[UPDATE] short essays: literature, justice, law, teaching and social change June- August

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:22am
Changing Lives Through Literature

Changing Lives Through Literature is a nationally recognized alternative sentencing program for criminal offenders founded in 1991 on the power of literature to transform lives. CLTL sentences criminal offenders to a series of literature seminars instead of traditional probation. Studies have confirmed that program graduates are half as likely to commit additional crimes than their counterparts in the justice system.

BAD TASTE -- Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 9:15am
22nd Annual Tufts University English Graduate Organization Conference

Keynote Address: Professor Martin Puchner, Harvard University

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:
Bad Taste: we know it when we see it, and yet we do not always know what to do with it. Sometimes celebrated and sometimes repudiated, the forms, genres, images, and topics associated with the category of bad taste are always provocative.

In celebration of our conference's 22nd Anniversary, we are interested in investigating bad taste. We seek to explore the ways in which bad taste is identified and utilized. How does the category of taste create and reify genres? What role does taste play in a consumer society? If Bad Taste can evoke shame or pride, how do we evaluate or classify it in terms of affect?

Intention and Intentionality (NEMLA April 2011)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 10:52pm
Josh Gang, Department of English, Rutgers Univ.

Sixty years after the publication of Wimsatt and Beardsley's 'The Intentional Fallacy,' the problem of intention continues to haunt literary criticism. Authorial intention exists--but as literary critics, we don't generally talk about it. Looking to recent work in the history of criticism, literary theory, philosophy, and the history of ideas, this panel asks why this is the case. The theoretical justifications for discounting authorial intention--whether from Wimsatt and Beardsley, Barthes, Foucault, or de Man--have slowly faded into history. But as a practice of criticism and as a practice of teaching literature, that attitude towards intention remains

Collection of essays on African Traditional Religions/African Diasporic Religious belief systems [UPDATE]

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 10:35pm
Cherie Ann Turpin and Anika Cazenave

Proposals are invited for an edited collection of scholarly essays and autobiographical essays on African Traditional Religions/African Diasporic Religious belief systems. The editors of this collection seek to explore the following questions: Who are ATR practitioners? How do they function in African Diasporic communities where Christianity and/or Islam religious practices are expected? Who is out of the "broom closet"? Should they be out of the "broom closet"? How do they define relationships, associations, and/or boundaries with other religious/cultural traditions—and where do boundaries become less certain? What are their intersections with other communities of faith or identity?

Cinema and the Carnivalesque—2011 SCMS Panel in New Orleans (03/10-03/13)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 5:23pm
Maggie Hennefeld / Brown University

"Carnival is the place for working out, in a concretely sensuous, half-real and half-play-acted form, a new mode of interrelationship between individuals, counterposed to the all-powerful social-hierarchical relationships of everyday life" (Mikhail Bakhtin in Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics).

The comedic and socially transgressive mode that Mikhail Bakhtin defines as "carnivalesque" primarily concerns literary forms of representation. This panel poses the question: what would it mean for the cinematic medium to be carnivalesque?

"'What is bettre than gold?': Economies and Values in the Middle Ages"

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 2:00pm
Columbia University Medieval Guild

The Columbia University Medieval Guild is pleased to announce its 21st annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, "'What is bettre than gold?': Economies and Values in the Middle Ages," taking place on 22 October 2010.

4th International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, Lincoln, UK, 28-30 May 2011

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Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 7:44am
Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK

The Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK, is pleased to host the Fourth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts. The conference will be held in Lincoln, UK, from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May 2011. Abstracts (up to 1 page) are invited for papers relating any aspect of consciousness (as defined in a range of disciplines involved with consciousness studies) to any aspect of theatre, performance, literature, music, fine arts, media arts and any sub-genre of those. We also welcome creative work! Please send the abstract to Professor Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, dmeyerdinkgrafe@lincoln.ac.uk Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 March 2011

[UPDATE] Uncertain Arrivals: Forms of Thought, Life, and Emergence

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Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 9:33am
Wake Forest University/Department of English

Conference date and location: September 24-25, 2010 at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Extended submission deadline: July 5, 2010

An interdisciplinary national conference exploring the "creative" production that the current economic crisis might provoke. We welcome paper proposals from scholars and/or artists working in any discipline, field, or historical period.

Women and Travel: 2/15/11

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 5:32pm
Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Call for Papers:

Women and Travel
A Special Issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Deadline: February 15, 2011
Contact: meanes@sage.edu

UPDATE: Graphic Narratives in the Literature Classroom, Chicago Nov 4-7, 2010

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 2:50pm
Midwestern Modern Language Association

Increasingly comic books and graphic narratives/novels find their way onto literature syllabi. Recent anthologies such as _Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills,_ edited by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher, and _Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel,_ edited by James Bucky Carter, emphasize the use for such texts in secondary schools. But what are the benefits of teaching comic books and graphic narratives in college? And how do we best go about doing it? This panel seeks papers that discuss the benefits of teaching these new genres in the Literature classroom.

"Jung's Red Book: Confronting the Unconscious through Word and Image," SAMLA (November 5-7, 2010)

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 1:40pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association, session sponsored by the Society for Critical Exchange

In 1913, at a moment of personal and professional crisis, Jung began recording a series of visions and fantasies in what would become an extended "confrontation with the unconscious." The Red Book, newly published last year after decades kept under a shroud of family secrecy, is rife with all the chaos and horror one might expect an honest accounting of the unplumbed depths of the human psyche to contain. The book has another striking feature as well, however: it is visually stunning. Comprised of flowing calligraphic text illuminated by richly colored and densely symbolic images, it is on its own terms an aesthetic object of great precision and beauty.

Video Stores - Call for Projects (Submissions due August 15, 2010)

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:55am
Media Fields Journal

Media Fields Journal
http://mediafieldsjournal.org/

Inaugural Issue: Video Stores

Call for Papers / Projects:
Please submit by August 15, 2010

This special issue pays overdue attention to the space of the video store as a site of inquiry for media and cultural studies.
We seek a wide range of works (medium–length essays of 1500–2500 words, digital art projects, audio/video interviews) that explore the significance of video stores — how they have (or have not) figured in film and media cultures, histories, and theories. In short this issue of Media Fields seeks contributions that write the video store into film and media studies.

CFP: Literary Ecology, Ecocriticism, Place Studies 6/30/10 / 9/30/10

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:14am
Dr. Karen Waldron, College of the Atlantic, USA Dr. Rob Friedman, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Call for Papers: Literary Ecology, Ecocriticism, Place Studies

Title: Toward a Literary Ecology of Place: Studies in American Literature

Editors: 
Dr. Karen Waldron, College of the Atlantic, USA
Dr. Rob Friedman, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA



Call for Chapters: 

Proposals Submission Deadline: June 30, 2010

Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2010



Uncovering the Tradition of Vitalism in 20th Century Literature- NeMLA 2011

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 7:14pm
Philip Longo

Uncovering the Tradition of Vitalism in 20th Century Literature

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

Uncovering the Tradition of Vitalism in 20th Century Literature

[UPDATE] Chicago--Theatre Capital of America. Past. Present. Future

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 3:42pm
Columbia College Chicago

The organizing committee is proud to announce that the symposium will feature three internationally recognized speakers - Michael Billington, Martha Lavey, and Todd London.

Chicago now supports more than 150 professional theater companies. The symposium focuses on their work but we send our invitation to scholars anywhere who are interested in the evolution of dynamic, innovative theater. Please send your proposals. Come to Chicago May 18-22, 2011 for four days of lively discussion and theatre-going.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Chicago - - Theatre Capital of America:

Past. Present. Future.

Understading Avatar: A Movie Made for the Masses -- NeMLA Convention -- 7-10 April 2011 -- New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 3:01pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Sven Birkerts identifies language erosion as one of the morbid symptoms of the electronic age: "Syntactical masonry is already a dying art; simple linguistic pre-fab is the norm. Ambiguity, paradox, irony, subtlety, and wit -- fast disappearing. In their place, the simple 'vision thing.'" The popularity of James Cameron's Avatar may prove the worldwide spread of this morbid symptom.

Samuel Beckett and the Encounter of Philosophy and Literature Seminar Date April 7-10, 2011,Deadline Submission Sept. 30, 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:51pm
Arka Chattopadhyay as part of the NEMLA 42nd Annual Convention New Brunswick, New Jersey April 7-10, 2011

Call for Papers
Seminar: Samuel Beckett and the Encounter of Philosophy and Literature

Contact email: i) arkachattopadhyay2002@yahoo.co.in
ii) arkaless@gmail.com

Conference Date: April 7-10, 2011

Conference Venue: Hyatt New Brunswick, New
Brunswick, New Jersey

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Sept. 30, 2010
(300-500 words)

Notification of acceptance of papers by 5th of October, 2010.

Deadline for Final Paper Submission: March 15, 2011

Problematizing Religious Oratory Rhetoric in the Streets and the Pulpit November 5-7

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:12pm
SAMLA

This session seeks submissions that examine the relationships and intersections of rhetoric and religion. Topics include, but are not limited to: investigating the rhetorical elements of homiletics; theology and logology; historical analysis of religious rhetoric development; methodology; religion, rhetoric and space; intersections of race, class and gender; language and practice; and controversies within the field. We are particularly interested in proposals that skirt or problematize traditional interpretations of religious oratory rhetoric. By May 1, 2010, please send an abstract of no longer than one page to Amanda Mills, Georgia State University, amills8@student.gsu.edu.

Portus Plus - June 30, 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 9:39am
RETE - Association for the Collaboration between Ports and Cities

1. Portus plus

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture (no deadline)

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 8:28am
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture

The peer-reviewed NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture invites submissions for its 2011 issues. NINE seeks to promote the study of all historical aspects of baseball and centers on the cultural implications of the game wherever in the world baseball is played. The journal reflects an eclectic approach and does not foster a particular ideological bias.

Submissions can be emailed to tstrecker@bsu.edu. Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard-copy submissions can be addressed to

Trey Strecker, Editor
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture
Department of English
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0460

Vox Redux // Ventriloquism

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 6:34am
Autopsia Online Journal

Final Call for Submissions

We want to thank our contributors so far for their excellent contributions, but there is still space for another 2-3 papers to round out our inaugural issue. Here again is the CFP:

Call for Submissions for the inaugural issue of Autopsia:

Vox Redux: Ventriloquism

Autopsia invites articles that critically engage with the motley themes of ventriloquism, including emulating, mimicking, aping, and other discursive forms where ventriloquism is in play. Topics may include:

Theory discourse and the emulations of Derrida, Deleuze, and other "celebrity thinkers"

Jargon (and the war against it)

(Mis)Representing the Other

Roleplaying the Other

Standing in for the Other

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