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."
Call for Papers
"Identity and Community after the Cold War Era"
August 25-27, 2011
University of Kansas
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.
6th Global Conference
Wednesday 9th November – Friday 11th November 2011
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers
Mapping the field of the erotic is a complex and frustrating endeavour; as something which permeates lived experience, interpersonal relationships, intellectual reflection, aesthetic tastes and sensibilities, the erotic is clearly multi-layered and requires a plethora of approaches, insights and perspectives if we are to better to understand, appreciate and define it.
Eclectic Representations ISSN 2231 - 430 X is a peer-reviewed biannual journal, which covers English literature from the time of Chaucer to the present day.
• It features scholarly essays on diverse literatures like British, American, and Indian Writing to name a few.
• It encourages the re-reading of familiar authors, as well as those that champion new or neglected works.
• It presents a remarkable diversity of methodologies and examines a wide range of literary and critical topics. The journal remains committed to the re-appraisal of accepted views, and the principle that criticism and scholarship should reinforce the pleasure for which literature and other works of arts are created.
Call for Papers
Extremity and Excess: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
8th + 9th September 2011
University of Salford, UK
This conference seeks to explore ideas of extremity and excess through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media and social sciences.
To deem something extreme or excessive is to place oneself in a position of implied moderation, and suggests an affiliation with other concepts such as temperance, discipline, familiarity, normality, balance, proportionality, sufficiency and rectitude. The extreme and the excessive, on the other hand, can be characterised as what is disproportionate, intemperate, unbalanced, uncontrolled, abnormal, undisciplined, radical and Other.
**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 15 MAY**
MIDWEST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION
2011 Milwaukee, WI!
The African Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, WI from Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October, 2011.
The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of popular culture on the African continent.
Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:
CfP: Production and Consumption in Victorian Literature and Culture
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.
NABMSA's fifth conference will once again bring together scholars and lovers of British music from various academic fields and locales for three days of papers, discussions, and musical performances. The 2012 conference will take place from July 25-28 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.