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The Apocalypse in Popular Culture Feb 8-11; Abstract Dec 1st

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 11:23pm
Shane Trayers SWTX PCA/ACA

The Apocalypse in Popular Culture
SWTX PCA/ACA February 8-11, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2012, the year of the Mayan predicted apocalypse, will certainly be a stellar year for apocalyptic research. These days the apocalypse is prolific in its depictions, creeping in to all kinds of popular culture. Proposals and panels are currently being accepted for this area. Ideas for topics are included below; however, proposals are not limited to these ideas.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:22pm
Literature in North Queensland

Society is in the balance a significant generational flux. As the baby boomers face retirement, they are sandwiched between caring for their elderly parents and encouraging their adult children to leave the nest. Gen X—now firmly at the helm with Gen Y biting at their heals close behind— is rapidly resisting its entry into middle-age. In the last American election, this generational transition played a key role in electing Barrack Obama, and in Australia the significance of this demographic shift is yet to be fully understood.

Quarterly Issued Literary Magazine Looking to Publish Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Artwork

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:19pm
A Few lines Magazine

A Few Lines Magazine is an internationally read publication which is currently seeking poetry, flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction, and visual artwork of all varieties. We publish on a quarterly basis online and are in the process of printing our first issue. We actively seek the work of up-and-coming artists as well as the work of the established. Our current issue is available online for free to serve as a preview into the type of works we publish.

In addition to the general submissions, we also host a monthly short story contest. Winners of the short story contest will be interviewed and published in a printed anthology called "The Best of A Few Lines 2011-12."

1. (Un)easy Joinings 2. Narrative Discipline - Kalamazoo May 10-13, 2012

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 7:41pm
Medieval Research Consortium of University of California, Davis

The Medieval Research Consortium of UC Davis invites submission of proposals for the following panels for the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies occurring at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 10-13, 2012. Please submit a proposal of 300 words with a completed Participant Information Form (available at: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) for consideration in these panels. You may submit proposals via e-mail or mail a hard copy of your proposal for consideration; all proposals are due by September 15, 2011.

CSA 2012 Panel: (Re)membering the historical "monster"

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 6:59pm
Erin DeYoung (Trinity College Dublin) and Sarah Jo Mayville (UCSD)

This year's theme, "Culture Matters," calls for proposals that critically and creatively reflect on culture and "the material" broadly conceived. How do we theorize the relationship between culture and materiality? In what ways might interdisciplinary formations such as ethnic studies, critical gender studies, queer theory, indigenous studies, and new media studies challenge or redefine notions of the material? How should cultural critics understand the material in relationship to the immaterial? What are the cultural-material aspects of knowledge production both inside and outside the university? How does culture become a material force and how can cultural critics and producers intervene in or transform institutions and material practices?

New Voices, a Graduate English Conference Bodies of Influence: The Human Body in the Humanities and Sciences

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 5:41pm
New Voices, Georgia State University

Call for Papers
New Voices, a Graduate English Conference
Bodies of Influence: The Human Body in the Humanities and Sciences
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
October 20‐22, 2011 

Keynote Speaker: Marilynn Richtarik, Associate Professor of 20th‐Century British and Irish 
Literature and author of a critical biography of playwright Stewart Parker, forthcoming from 
Oxford University Press. 

CFP International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2012 [UPDATE]

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:55pm
Emily Kelley

By the late medieval period, merchants formed an integral part of urban society; among their activities, they facilitated trade between city centers, participated in the governing of cities, and were patrons of churches and monasteries. At the same time, the wealth that they amassed and their sometimes morally dubious activities, such as money lending, often left merchants fearful of what the afterlife would bring, causing them to appeal directly to specific saints for intercession. This session seeks to explore the religious lives of these elite members of urban society, specifically considering the individual saints to whom merchants appealed for their earthly protection and heavenly salvation as well as the manner in which they made these appeals.

Call for contributions for collection of essay: Tchotchkes in the White Cube: Exhibiting Craft and Design in the 20th century

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 10:13am
Dr. Alla Myzelev, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada

Conventional art institutions such as museums and galleries have had problematic relationships with three-dimensional utilitarian objects since their inception. As several scholars, including Ruth Phillips and James Clifford, have argued, conventional displays deprive objects of their functionality and turn them into highly anaesthetized fetishes of high culture. The notorious notion of the modernist white cube has often been challenged and debunked by craft and design practitioners as unsuitable and denigrating for exhibiting utilitarian objects.

Aesthetics in the 21st Century - University of Basel, Sep 13-15, 2012

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:39am
Ridvan Askin / University of Basel

Aesthetics in the 21st Century
University of Basel
September 13-15, 2012

Confirmed Speakers: Graham Harman, Iain Hamilton Grant, N. Katherine Hayles

Ever since the turn of the century aesthetics has steadily gained momentum as a central field of study across the disciplines. No longer sidelined, aesthetics has grown in confidence as evidenced by recent works by major contemporary thinkers such as Jean-Luc Nancy (Muses II), Jacques Rancière (Dissensus; Aesthetics and its Discontents) and Alain Badiou (Handbook of Inaesthetics). In this vein, aesthetics does not merely designate a discipline concerned with theories of art, but more fundamentally the primacy of sensation and sensual encounter itself.

CFP:3rd Global Conference, Experiencing Prison, May 2012, Prage, Czech Republic.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:33am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Experiencing Prison

Thursday 10th May – Saturday 12th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment.

Theorizing Robots (11/01/11; ACCUTE, 05/28/12- 05/31/12)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:11am
Jason Haslam

While the figure of the cyborg has been a staple in cultural theory since Donna Haraway's analysis in 1985, and while artificial intelligence is gaining increased attention, the related figure of the robot has not been subjected to the same level of scrutiny. However, since the term was coined to describe Karel Čapek's (decidedly organic) figures in the 1920 play, R.U.R., and dating back to earlier formations in the automaton and other devices, the robot has been a central figure in discussions of labour, gender, technology, and many other pressing topics.

Crime Scotland

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:05am
Dr. Frauke Reitemeier, Dr. Kirsten Sandrock; Dept. of English, University of Göttingen

2nd Scottish Studies in Europe Conference

Crime Scotland – Then and Now

Goettingen: 31 May - 3 June, 2012