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Black and Brown Planets: the Politics of Race in Science Fiction—Essay Collection, 6/24/11

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:04pm
Isiah Lavender, III

The mass popularity of science fiction (sf) has shaped the racial politics of popular culture. Through the art and science of governing the complex relationships of people in society in the context of authority, arbitrary, yet traditional, divisions of human beings along lines of color (Caucasian, Negro, Mongoloid, and Latino) have been mirrored in science fiction. In short, skin color matters in our visions of the future. Though W.E.B. DuBois articulates "the color line" as "the problem of the twentieth century" well over a hundred years ago (41), it still remains a fearsome and complicated twenty-first century problem. This problem challenges, compromises, if not corrupts, all endeavors to build a better, more progressive world.

MSA 13: The Global Reach of Modernism and the "British World" (Buffalo, NY; 6-9 October, 2011)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 1:38pm
Modernist Studies Association

Recent landmark works in imperial historiography by such noteworthy scholars as John Darwin, James Belich, and Simon Potter have noted how conceptions of the British Empire began to change over the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Where before overseas migration to the colonies had born an innate stigma, the development of faster communication technologies, the expansion of international finance capital, and the emergence of a cultural sense of pan-Britishness all contributed to a reevaluation of the role of settler colonies within the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

[UPDATE] Collection: The Cartographical Necessity of Exile (abstracts, 5.1.11)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:55am
Karen Elizabeth Bishop

Seeking several articles to round out work-in-progress on:

THE CARTOGRAPHICAL NECESSITY OF EXILE
Editor: Karen Elizabeth Bishop
kebishop@fas.harvard.edu

Derek Walcott identified a cartographical necessity of exile in his 1984 collection of poetry, Midsummer, when he wrote:

So, however far you have travelled, your
steps make more holes and the mesh is multiplied –
… exiles must make their own maps

The Deeds of Love in the Service of Peace

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:27am
Conference on Christianity and Literature October 28-29 2011

In Christian tradition love it is not an attitude, a relation, a feeling, or a condition sufficient unto itself. Love requires action, deeds. Sometimes, great deeds and other times, small ones, hidden from view, invisible but effective no less. Christian tradition also promises a messiah who will bring peace, whose kingdom is the most peaceable. While this implies a kingdom ordered by love, Jesus is still the Prince of Peace and not the Prince of Love--at least in the prophet Isaiah.

Comica Symposium 2011 - Transitions 2: New Directions in Comics Studies

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 7:19pm
Birkbeck, University of London - School of Arts

Transitions 2 is a one day symposium devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than restricting itself to a specific theme, the symposium will highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers bringing together different perspectives and methodoogies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the intention is to spark debate and address a wide spectrum of questions.

We welcome abstracts of 250-300 words for twenty minute papers on topics as diverse as, but not limited to:

3rd annual Louisiana Studies Conference, September 23-24, 2011

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 4:39pm
Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The 3rd annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 23-24, 2011 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference is co-sponsored by the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center, and the NSU College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research.

CinemaSpace: A Two Day Conference on Indian Cinema and the City, 3-4 November 2011

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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 1:55pm
Rice University

CinemaSpace

A 
TWO‐DAY
 CONFERENCE
 ON
 INDIAN
 CINEMA 
AND
 THE 
CITY


3
–
4
 November
 2011

Organized
 By 
Chao 
Center 
for 
Asian 
Studies, 
Rice
 University


CinemaSpace
 proposes
 to
 bring
 together
 scholars
 working
 on
 Indian
 cinema
 in
 an
 attempt
 to
 refocus
 our
 attention
 on
 questions
 of
 technology,
 aesthetics
 and
 the
 production
 of
 cinematic
 space.
 The
 structuring
 of
 the
 cinematic
 city
 will
 be
 the
 organizing
 thread
 of
 the
 conference.
 The
 city
 here
 is
 understood
 as
 a
 placeholder
 for
 bringing
 together
 and
 delineating
 concerns
 of
 aesthetics,
 technology,
 modernity
 and 
development.



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