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"Reading Paratext: the Economies of 19th-Century Play Publishing" Due 5/30 (Conference 11/11)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 10:31pm
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

This alternative-format session is a contemplative "show and tell" in which panelists discuss the same 4 examples of 19th century playscript paratext, the "extra" printed matter around the playtext: title-page, catalogue, advertisement, and character list. Exploring how paratext can open new angles on cultural and economic contexts, the session borrows the model of historical-structural scrutiny in Gerard Genette's influential study, Paratexts, for the case of playscripts, and builds on studies of the intersections of theatre and publishing (J.S. Peters, D.S. Kastan, W.B. Worthen).

Corporate Cultures: Contemporary Economies of Cultural Performance--ASTR Working Group (11/17-11/20/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:45am
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

Corporate Cultures: Contemporary Economies of Cultural Performance

Conveners: Eero Laine, Carly Griffin Smith, Peter Zazzali

Corporate interest in the cultural marketplace has created a complex network of distribution and consumption in the global economy. This has become increasingly apparent in the fields of theatre and performance; from the Disneyfication of Broadway, to political rallies sponsored by media companies, to performances of individuality on social networking sites, live and mediatized corporate cultural performances are expanding the field of cultural production to accommodate increasingly diverse interests.

CFP: Bullying and the Abuse of Power 3 (November, 2011; Prague, Czech Republic)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:07am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Bullying and the Abuse of Power

Thursday 3rd November – Saturday 5th November 2011
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
Bullying is a global problem. Whether it takes place in the schoolyard; the board room; the corridors of academe; a detention centre for alleged terrorists; a government office, or cyber space; and whether it involves insult, physical assault or manipulation of the environment with the intention of making another person's life intolerable, bullying involves the abuse of power. Everyone is affected by it, whether directly or indirectly.

Shakespearean Drama and the Renaissance Sensorium ( RSA 2012, March 22-24 in Washington, D.C. / abstract deadline 5/16/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 10:03am
Jennie Votava / New York University

This panel invites papers that explore the role of one or more of the five senses either as themes in the plays of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, or as features in dramatic performance. Topics may include, but are not limited to, histories/theories of sensation; representations of the senses and early modern phenomenology; sensory mediation between actors and audience; visual and other sensory "cultures"; the senses and affect; the senses and the body politic; sensory hierarchies and gender, class, racial or ethnic difference. Consideration of the "internal" senses (e.g., memory, reason, imagination) as well as the "external" senses of vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are welcome.

Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 7:35pm
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

We invite paper and panel proposals for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment's Off-Year Symposium, "Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North," to be held June 14-17 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Proposals related to the field of literature and environment broadly, or to the symposium theme specifically, should include a 250-word abstract, paper title, your name, and affiliation. Proposals for pre-organized panels are also welcome. Submit proposals to Sarah Jaquette Ray ( and Kevin Maier ( by November 5, 2011.

[UPDATE] CFP: Under Pressure

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 6:34pm
Yetta Howard/Journal of Lesbian Studies

[UPDATE] ***Extended Deadline

Call for Papers: Journal of Lesbian Studies
Special Issue: "Under Pressure"

Contaminating Bodies, Infectious Displays: Women as Performative Currency (working session; 5/31/2011; Montreal, 11/2011)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 5:17pm
American Society for Theatre Research

Anna Gibbs writes: "Contagion is everywhere in the contemporary world. It leaps from body to body, sweeping through mediatized populations at the speed of a bushfire…. Consumer economies actually rely on contagion for everyday functioning, connecting people, money, goods, resources, ideas, and beliefs in global flows of communication and exchange in ways that fundamentally alter relations in the process."

Identity and Community After the Cold War Era

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 12:01pm
University of Kansas Area Studies Centers

Call for Papers

"Identity and Community after the Cold War Era"
August 25-27, 2011
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

Performing Ethos: Queer Publics, Volume 2, Issue 2 (2012)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 11:32am
Fintan Walsh, Trinity College Dublin

While the word 'queer' is often understood to signal aberrance, in the past decade many scholars working within the field of queer theory have sought to broach the subject of queer ethics. For instance, leading theorists such as Leo Bersani (2008) and Tim Dean (2009) have mined the ethical features of certain sexual practices, while Lee Edelman (2004) has forwarded an anti-assimilationist thesis that grounds queer ethical and political projects outside and against kinship and reproductive circuits. Less aggressively, Judith Butler (2004) has advanced an ethic of recognizing and responding to vulnerability, while Sara Ahmed (2010) celebrates the practice of 'troublemaking' in the production of new ethical codes.