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LUICD Graduate Conference 2011: Imagining Europe - Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:18am
Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines

'Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique'. Otto von Bismarck's elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with 'a consciousness acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical coincidences'.

SOUTH AFRICAN CINEMA, POST-1994.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:00am
Dr. Haseenah Ebrahim/University of the Witwatersrand

We are looking for submissions of critical essays, reviews, and comparative analyses of South African films, of films about South Africa, film discourse and scholarship, and/or essays that examine cinema in or about South Africa, the film industry in South Africa (production, distribution, exhibition, marketing, the post-production, casting agency practices, etc.), film criticism in South Africa, and about education and training, both in relation to film studies as well as film production. Topics may include, but are not limited to, ideological and aesthetic analyses of films, theoretical explorations of film-related issues, questions of representation or of film reception, audiences and exhibition, legislation, institutions and practices ( e.g.

CFP - Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 7:28am
Department of Cultural Studies, The University of Nottingham, UK

Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives

University of Nottingham, UK
28th-29th April 2011

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
China Miéville and Dr. Alberto Toscano

This two day international conference for postgraduate and early career researchers explores interdisciplinary conceptions and representations of radical, counter-hegemonic space.

2010 LCMND Conference, WINNIPEG, MB, October 14-16: hosted by the University of Winnipeg -- THEME: "Marshall McLuhan..."

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 1:24am
LCMND: LANGUAGES & CULTURES Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota (from 1959-2009: Linguistic Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota)

The THEME of the 2010 LCMND Conference is:
"Marshall McLuhan in a POMO World"
See:
http://rhetoric.uwinnipeg.ca/McLuhan_in_a_POMO_World/CALL_FOR_PROPOSALS....

General proposals for the Circle's 53rd Conference are also welcome, & can be submitted to any of the 2010 LCMND Officers at:
http://www.umanitoba.ca/outreach/linguistic_circle/executive/exec2010.sh...

NeMLA 2011 New Brunswick. Music Contingencies in Narrated Americas.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 10:13pm
NeMLA

If we talk about literature and music are we thinking also about the social and the political arena? This panel seeks papers on the intersection between music and narrative works considering how aesthetic experiences may have been used to supply other discourses with the their rhetorical resources, mechanisms or forms. The focus will be on Latin America but comparative submissions with the US are welcomed. Please, submit your 250-500-word abstract (Spanish, Portuguese or English) and a brief biographical statement to Enea Zaramella. Deadline: 18 September 2010.

Narrated Objects: Literature and Material Culture in Latin America, NeMLA April 2011 New Brunswick, NJ

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 6:29pm
NeMLA

This panel will address the relationships between literature and materiality in the Latin American cultural production of the 19th and 20th. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: subject/object relationship; commodity fetishism; materiality and visuality; forms, surfaces, and their boundaries; the text as an object; thing theory. Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements (English or Spanish) to Laura Gandolfi, gandolfi@princeton.edu
Deadline: September 15th

Teaching Southern Writers Outside the South

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 4:03pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO TEACHING SOUTHERN WRITERS OUTSIDE OF THE SOUTH

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Meeting
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 14-16, 2010

CALL FOR PAPERS
Revised Deadline: June 14, 2010

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for submissions to the Society for the Study of Southern Literature roundtable at the 2010 convention to be held in Albuquerque, October 14-16. Submit descriptions of
proposed remarks and brief CV to Tara Powell at tfpowell@gmail.com.

Rendering the Visible, GSU Feb. 11-12, 2011

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 1:50pm
Moving Image Studies Program at Georgia State University

The doctoral program in Moving Image Studies at Georgia State University welcomes paper proposals for a meta-disciplinary conference on the state of "the digital turn."
Keynote speakers:

Akira Mizuta Lippit (University of Southern California)

Vivian Sobchack (University of California at Los Angeles)

MESA 2010 Emerging female frontiers and entrenched socio-political boundaries in the Gulf States".(Submissions due by July 5th)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:10am
Stephanie Cate University of Alabama Huntsville and Annemarie Profanter Free University of Bolzano

We are presenting a special session at MESA 2010 in San Diego " Emerging female frontiers and entrenched socio-political boundaries in the Gulf States".
The rapidly shifting commercial and social policies relating to development, education and cultural identity have been impacted by transnational processes such IT and transportation changes contributing to the new "café society". Regionally and culturally specific delineations such as ; literary cafes, art cafes and informal public gender frontiers that cross those lines held up by neo-patriarchal structures enforcing gender segregation are continuing to evolve. They are one way to avoid the unbreakable rules set by the political systems that are based on historic patriarchal tribal traditions.

Islam in Contemporary Italy, NeMLA April 2011, New Brunswick, NJ

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 9:32am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Increased immigration to Italy in the last decades has brought with it both demographic and cultural change. Immigrant communities are reshaping the social landscape of the peninsula and introducing new traditions that challenge the notion of a homogeneous Italian culture. This session aims to look at the growing Muslim community in particular, and the ways in which literature, film, theater and media perceive Islam and the Islamic world in Italy. Please send 250 word abstracts and short bios to Johanna Rossi Wagner at jrwagner@rutgers.edu.

CFP: FRAME- Revista de Cine de la Biblioteca de la Facultad de Comunicación

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 8:09am
Biblioteca de la Facultad de Comunicación de la Universidad de Sevilla

FRAME (http://fama2.us.es/fco/frame/) a lively peer-reviewd journal seeks submissions on all aspects of cinema cultural and creative activity.

The journal is interested in contemporary practices, but also in historical, contextual, biographical or theoretical analyses relating to past cinema cultural activities around the world.
Papers, film reviews or cinema book reviews are all very welcome.

Closing date: July 11, 2010

Earlier submission encouraged.

Particularly interested in works that explore historical, contextual or creative aspects. But all papers will be considered. English, Italian and Spanish papers are welcome.

Reading the Postcolonial Other in Contemporary Film, 2011 Northeast Modern Language Association, April 7-10, New Brunswick, NJ

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 6:04am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Over the last two decades, cinematic privileging of the postcolonial other has evolved a new, significant wedge against the plethora of hegemonic films. From Avatar to Slumdog Millionaire to The Secret of Roan Inish, the popular role of the postcolonial other in film has yielded a new transnational awareness as well as place in contemporary cinema. Additionally, these film depictions have alternately problematized and/or privileged themes of gender, migration, displacement and adaptation. This roundtable will examine through theoretical lenses how and why the postcolonial other has been positioned in privileged and colonized cultures by today's film industry.

NGInfra Academy 2010 / 19-24 September 2010

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 5:39am
Next Generation Infrastructures

The NGInfra Academy
'An exceptional learning opportunity for forward-thinking young academic professionals engaged in the design and management of tomorrow's infrastructure systems'

After a successful launch in 2009, Next Generation Infrastructures will organize the exclusive NGInfra Academy for the second time. Participants of the Next Generation Infrastructures Programme from diverse countries will provide young professionals in the infrastructure business and junior academic researchers with inspiring masterclasses, workshops and insights in their organizations.

Crossing Borders: Traveling, Teaching, and Learning in a Global Age

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:06am
New York Institute of Technology/Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

New York Institute of Technology/Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications Spring Conference 2011
"Crossing Borders: Traveling, Teaching, and Learning in a Global Age"

Location: Nanjing, China
Dates: April 16th and April 17th, 2011
Abstract and panel proposal submission deadline: August 31st, 2010

Affects and Spaces in Latin American Cinema, Performance and Literature, Nemla, New Brunswick 2011

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 7:54pm
Rutgers University

This panel at NEMLA conference in Rutgers University in New Brunswick, aims to discuss the relation between affect and spaces in contemporary Latin American cinema, performance and literature. New approaches to affect theory are most welcome, as are new approaches to space, particularly spaces across genres and beyond face-to-face relations. How are affects and spaces impacted by communication technologies and the growing intensification of cultural hybridization? Please send 300-500 word abstracts in English or Spanish and a brief biographical statements by email to Valeria Garrote vgarrote@eden.rutgers.edu
Deadline: September 15th

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.

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