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Noncanonical Affects (ALA 2011, Boston, 5/26-5/29; proposals by 12/15/2010)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 5:38pm
Brian Sweeney

The affective turn in literary studies, according to Sianne Ngai, has worked to historicize certain emotions--sympathy, melancholia, shame--even as it has left unexamined the cultural roots of other, less privileged forms of feeling. This panel invites papers concerned with historicizing less "canonical" emotions by exploring their representation/production in literary texts of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.

Especially welcome are papers which

•foreground links between literary canonicity and affectivity;

•situate texts within transnational affective structures and/or discourses; and/or

•consider relationships and tensions between affect studies and the so-called "aesthetic turn."

Relationship Status: It's Complicated - University of Pittsburgh - February 24-25 2011

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:55pm
The University of Pittsburgh French and Italian Graduate Student Association

This two-day conference aims to center its discussion around the role of various contacts in a multitude of relationships within French and Italian studies. Participants are invited to consider the instances and implications of conflict, aggression, collaboration, pleasure, and desire within these voluntary or forced groupings, ranging from literature to cultural studies and beyond. Relevant themes and topics may include, but are not limited to the following relationships:

Human/Natural World

The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:48pm
The Atrium/Ivy Tech Community College

The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices is a peer-reviewed cross-disciplinary journal that invites and encourages innovative, creative and critical articles that spur academic discourse across the disciplines in two- and four-year colleges. Articles published will be those of interest to a broad range of disciplines. We are interested in limited amounts of fiction and poetry, controversial topics in the academy, and articles that cross boundaries. We seek papers that describe best practices and student engagement of controversial topics. The Atrium intends to be a passageway of ideas and practice across the disciplines.

ACLA Seminar: Emergent Authenticity: Fakes, Copies, and the Real Thing in a Global Culture

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:27pm
Russell Cobb / University of Alberta

How does a cultural product come to be accepted as authentic rather than a mere commodity? In 1999, for example, the Cuban government proclaimed that hip-hop was a genre in keeping with an "authentic expression of Cuban culture" after many years of being rejected as a symptom of capitalist excess. Why is Tex-Mex cuisine rejected by literary food writers while other regional varieties of Mexican cuisine are hailed as authentic in North American cookbooks? The idea of this seminar is to examine why the notion of the authentic remains such a touchstone in an increasingly globalized, hybrid culture.

[UPDATE] Comparative Anatomies: Atlantic Science & the Literature of Slavery [Deadline Extended: 11/12/10] ACLA 2011, Vancouver

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:10pm
Britt Rusert, Temple University

This seminar will explore the ways that comparative literatures of slavery, as well as the history of slavery itself, might be re-mapped by attending to dynamic networks of science and knowledge production across the Atlantic World. While various fields have moved toward a more global theorization of slavery (comparative histories of slavery, postcolonial approaches, an increasingly hemispheric Southern Studies, ongoing investigations into the Black Atlantic, and so on), the history of science as it pertains to race and enslavement remains, for the most part, confined within problematic frameworks of the nation-state. In U.S.

[UPDATE] Re-thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society (NEW DEADLINE 11/30/2010, dates 7/1-3/2011, Munich)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 10:16am
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Due to recent responses, we have extended the abstract deadline to 30 November 2010 for the following:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dr. Peter Becker (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
Prof. Dr. David Schmid (University of Buffalo)
Dr. Niall Scott (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr. Margrit Shildrik (Queen's University, Belfast)

"Cultural Form, Spatial Dialectics, and the Question of Autonomy"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:48am
ACLA, (03/31 - 04/03, 2011)

Has the spatial dialectic that critics like Fredric Jameson ("Third-World Literature in the Age of Multinational Capital" and _Valences of the Dialectic_) and Franco Moretti ("Conjectures on World Literature") have recently described as fundamental to our understanding of cultural flows already exhausted itself? Much scholarship that attempts to trace the importation of literary forms in order to historicize the material and geopolitical history of transnational exchanges seems compelled to seek literary artifacts from earlier periods in order to illustrate the ways in which that history has been brought to bear on the relationship between specific literatures.

Computers and Writing 2011 - "Writing in Motion: Traversing Public/Private Spaces" CFP due Nov 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:43am
Sweetland Center for Writing - University of Michigan

Writing is in motion as never before: students text one another on the go and around the clock; colleagues and friends use wikis to brainstorm and to co-author important documents; choreographers and filmmakers use motion-capture technology to "write down" movement and gesture; and poets invent new multimedia poetic forms. The places we write, and the features of the writing we value, are today more varied – and often more contested – than ever before.

We welcome proposals in a variety of formats that interpret the conference themes from multiple perspectives. Regardless of format (see Session Types below), each proposal should provide the following:

[UPDATE] Philippine Literature as World Literature (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, BC, 3/31/11 - 4/3/11)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 12:44am
Will Arighi and Marites Mendoza

"Be an international writer, who happens to be Filipino, and learn to live with the criticisms of being a Twinkie. Anyway, your real home country will be that common ground your work plows between you and your reader. Truly, who wants to read about the angst of a remote tropical nation? Everyone's got enough of their own, thank you very much."