In light of our current moment marked by economic collapse, heightened political paranoia, racial profiling, and ubiquitous surveillance, this conference wishes to highlight the connection between states of crisis and the wider social question of the prison as a space of social production. "Discipline" as such does not simply imply policies that police subjects, but rather policies that produce them — not just in "correctional facilities," but also in the discourses and practices appropriated by universities, workplaces, hospitals, and bureaucracies. In this regard, we seek to question the normalization of the prison as a model for social relations between classes, sexes, races, and other subjectivities.
Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images
University of Toronto, March 17–19, 2011
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS NOW CONFIRMED: Carol Mavor, University of Manchester, and Michael Taussig, Columbia University.
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
The reciprocal relationship of literature and the city reveals a complexity of urban life that has given rise to literary imagery and themes that define our understanding of the city. Novelists and poets contrast ideal cities with earthly cities, culture with nature, the mechanical with the organic, and the city with nature. These writers embrace our ambivalence toward the city that captivates but threatens, excites but intimidates, showing us the potential for greatness along with the fear of failure.
This special call asks the question, what is the climate of publics-based research in public relations, and what are current challenges and approaches to the strategic segmentation of publics by organizations? The purpose of this special issue is to re-examine and question the basic set of assumptions and will serve as the natural extension of Vasquez and Taylor's (2001) call to explore publics in greater depth and through multiple prisms: "The challenge for public relations scholars and professionals is twofold: to demystify the ambiguity of a public and to link theory with practice for more effective relationships with publics" (p. 154).
- Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference
New Brunswick, NJ
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Plenary Speaker: Donna V. Jones, UC Berkeley English, author of The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Négritude, Vitalism and Modernity. Columbia University Press, 2010.
Sponsored by: Rutgers English Department 20th Century Group, Rutgers Women and Gender Studies Department, the Institute for Research on Women.
On July 31st 2010, we start the CFP for the fourth issue of 452ºF Journal
of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.This CFP is open and
addressed to anyone that wishes to and that holds at least a BA degree.
The bidding terms, which are exposed below and that regulate the reception
and publication of the different articles are subject to the content of
the Peer review System, the Style-sheet and the Legal Notice. These can be
consulted in the Procedures area of the web page.
The interdisciplinary and transnational character of the case study genre has proved of enduring interest to all Western societies, particularly in relation to questions of the sexed self, sexual subjectivity and sexual pathologies.
This workshop will investigate the case study genre and its relationship to different publics and audiences, from patients to social reformers, from moral crusaders to literary audiences.
We are interested not only in how case studies were used to communicate the findings of individual researchers to other members of their academic disciplines - and beyond that, to broader publics - but also in how in turn case studies were used by a range of publics and audiences to refute and dispute academic knowledge.
Gaming Neomedievally: A Festive Video Game Workshop and Poster Session
The gaming workshop and poster session has grown since MEMO started it a few years ago, and once again we're looking for academic gamers who would be willing to share their favorite neo-medieval games with the rest of the medievalist community. Participants need to be able to provide the game and the system to run it (whether a laptop or game console); other A/V equipment such as televisions can be reserved through Congress channels. In addition to bringing the game, participants are asked to provide an informational "poster" that explores some aspect(s) of the
Teaching Round Table: Luring Students through NeoMedievalism: As Gertrude Stein noted, "[w]hat history teaches is, history teaches." Films, digital games and even television are increasingly a template for ideas, fears, facts, and fantasies about the Middle Ages, for better and for worse. How is recent neomedievalist media both more of a challenge and more of an inspiration to medieval studies? This round table invites explorations on how this media might be used to investigate medieval literature and constructions of the medieval past. Both general approaches and specific pedagogical strategies welcome. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Lauryn Mayer at email@example.com. Deadline: September 10.
Fantastic Histories: One of the first protests that tends to arise with any new film,