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PLAYFUL INTERRUPTIONS IN RECENT FILM (6/1/2011; MMLA, 11/3-6/2011)

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 9:13pm
Defiance College

In Jean-Luc Nancy's The Inoperative Community representations are not just works of art (oeuvre); they also, in fact, work. Representations present "community" and thereby give a disparate group of beings an identity, borders, and a body. If representations work, what happens when a work founders, when it falls apart, and opens onto something else? Would this opening then be the place or space of play, even serious play? What does this "absence of work" look like formally? What are the ethical consequences of such playful interruptions? Papers on non-mainstream directors are of particular interest.

Racing the Vampire -- PCA/ACA (12/15/10; 4/20-23/11)

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 6:56pm
Thomas Cassidy / Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Within the post modern context, are vampirism and race both free floating signifiers in search of a signified? Are they overdetermined signifiers, crammed with multiple significations?

This panel will look at race and vampire narratives in film, television, books, and other popular media. Topics could include: race in the Underwold series; re-evaluations of Blacula, Blacula Screams, and Ganja and Hess; Lafayette in "True Blood" and the Southern Vampire series; Octavia Butler's "Fledgling"; Jewelle Gomez, "The Gilda Stories"; Brandon Massey's "Dark Corner" and Steven King's "Salems Lot"; L. A. Banks' Vampire Huntress; Blade as vampire and vampire hunter.

Time, Memory, and Region in American Literature

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:10pm
American Literature Association (conference) Robert Murray, (panel chair)

This panel, proposed for the 2011 American Literature Association convention in Boston, will investigate the intersections of time, memory, and region in American Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. What are the consequences of considering time as Bergsonian duration, or from the perspective of Heidegger, Sartre, or Deleuze? How is time as space related to the idea of time as geographical location? Considerations might include older views, such as Sartre on Faulkner, or newer work, such as Wai Chee Dimock's ideas of "deep time" and nation-states in American literature.

[UPDATE]: Arthurian Legend at the PCA/ACA deadline extended to December 15

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 1:50pm
Arthurian Legend at the PCA/ACA

The deadline for abstract submissions to the Arthurian Legend sessions at the Popular and American Culture Associations has been extended to December 15th!

This year's Popular and American Culture Associations Conference is from April 20-23rd, 2011 at the Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk Hotels, San Antonio, TX

Call for papers and panel proposals on all treatments of Arthurian Legend in popular culture from any period and in any medium. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Panel proposals must include abstracts from all session participants. E-mail submissions are preferred. Please remember to include your contact information on the attached abstract!

[UPDATE] The Sincerest Form: Literary Imitation, Adaptation, and Parody

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 1:00pm
University of Notre Dame Department of English

The Sincerest Form: Literary Imitation, Adaptation, and Parody
Notre Dame English Graduate Student Conference
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
March 3-4, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Professor Julie Sanders, University of Nottingham

(UPDATE) Film Area

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 11:27am
2011 SWTX PCA/ACA Annual Conference

Proposal deadline closing December 15th for 20-minute presentations on contemporary and classical film, ranging from critical essays to analyses employing recognized research methodologies.

The 2011 SWTX PCA/ACA conference will be held jointly with the National PCA/ACA from April 20 - 23 in San Antonio, Texas.

Submit a proposal with:
100-250 word abstract, including paper/presentation title;
current curriculum vitae;
working bibliography for your paper;
contact information: name, address, and email.

Proposals for panels of 3-4 presenters are also welcome.

Submit to:
Richard Crew
Film (General) Area Chair
Dick.crew@gmail.com

HEART2011

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 9:45am
International Workshop on Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies

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First CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2nd International Workshop on
Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies
-- HEART2011 --
Imperial College, London, UK, June 2-3, 2011
http://www.isheart.org
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(In)Visible Subjects: Bodies, Spaces, Disciplines

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 4:56am
UCI Visual Studies Graduate Conference

(In)Visible Subjects: Bodies, Spaces, Disciplines.

An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Graduate Program in Visual and Studies at the University of California, Irvine

March 31-April 1, 2011, Irvine, California

The Visual Studies Graduate Conference at UC Irvine is seeking submissions on (In)Visible Subjects. We welcome work that addresses invisibility, visibility and hyper-visibility, in terms of current social and political discourses surrounding immigration, borderlands and cultures, marginalized communities, subject production, gender issues, queer identities and urban art.

Reading Nollywood: An International Symposium, March 23-25, 2011 at the University of Lagos, Nigeria

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 3:31am
Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria

*Conveners: Professor Duro Oni (University of Lagos),
Professor Onookome Okome (University of Alberta/Pan African University,
Bic Leu (US Fulbright Fellow/University of Lagos)
*Venue: University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
*Dates: Wednesday, March 23–Friday, March 25, 2011
*Deadline for abstracts and proposals: February 21, 2011 to bic.leu@fulbrightmail.org
*Further information: www.readingnollywood.wordpress.com