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[UPDATE] Deadline Extension (6/30) for Global Lives Conference

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:21pm
Cultural Analysis and Theory Department, Stony Brook University

Global Lives

The rapid changes currently experienced in the different spheres of contemporary life are loosely addressed by the term "globalization."

How do we theorize these changes? And perhaps more importantly, while these changes are often considered a global phenomenon, are they not also shaped by a set of discourses? This calls for a reconsideration of key terms such as "domination" and "hegemony", as well as of the various intellectual/cultural positions associated with them. In particular, we aim to reconsider the cultural sphere as a globalized phenomenon in which cultural products circulate on a worldwide scale, and as a sphere where "global" experiences are articulated.

"Ni fondamentalistes ni extrémistes": Islam in French Hip-Hop (NeMLA 2013, March 21-24, Boston, MA, abstract deadline 9/30/2012)

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:20pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference

This panel explores French hip-hop's engagement with Islam in order to understand its ethnic, cultural, and political significance to youth of immigrant origin in France. While scholarship on French rap music has focused chiefly on constructions of ethnic and racial identity, the question of Islam in French rap remains underexplored. This panel seeks to address this gap in coverage by analyzing how rappers—for example, Abd al Malik, Médine, Rhoff, Diam's, and Kery James—reclaim Muslim identities in their works and refute the binary and essentialist interpretations of Islam imposed on them. Such analyses encourage a pluralistic view of Muslim identities in French public life.

Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 12:00pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for essay submissions on its 2011 Conference Theme: "Play." Essays treating any aspect of "Play" in language, literature, drama, film, and popular culture are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: drama and performance studies; satire and parody; linguistic play; game theory; innovative pedagogies; scholarship as play; hoaxes and cons; queerings; subjectivity and identity performance; sport; transgressions and boundary-crossings; mindgames.

CFP: Queer Self-Representation: It Isn't All About Me

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:50am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Queer Self-Representation: It Isn't All About Me

This panel will examine the significance and radical potential of queer self-representation. The personal continues to be political, and for queer constituencies whose representation by a dominant mainstream has been either absent, negative, or consistently rife with limiting stereotypes, self-representation becomes crucial. However, while queer self-representation may engage with such negative representation, it is not limited to this function. Nor is it limited to a particular genre, including autobiography.

Journal of social sciences "COMUNICACIÓN, CULTURA Y POLÍTICA" (ISSN 2145-1494) call for papers before 29 June 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:48am
Universidad EAN (Colombia)

ISSN 2145-1494, Bogotá-Colombia

Journal of social sciences "COMUNICACIÓN, CULTURA Y POLÍTICA" (ISSN 2145-1494) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Universidad EAN calls for the academic community to sending articles for their biannual editions of the year 2012. The publication focuses on the areas of the knowledge of communication, culture and politics in organizations. DATES OF SENDING ARTICLES: Articles should be referred before 29 June 2012 to the edition's Coordinator, Jennyffer Vargas Laverde, to the following e-mail address: jvargasl@ean.edu.co

Intersections and Parallels between the Worlds of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty (November 9-11, 2012, Durham, NC)

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:58am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)/Flannery O’Connor Society

Readers and critics have long compared the writings of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, especially in terms of their uses of "the grotesque." This panel, a joint venture with the Eudora Welty Society, aims to put O'Connor and Welty's works (both visual and literary) in conversation with each other in ways that are not commonly seen in criticism. While papers dealing with more familiar conversation points between O'Connor and Welty's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of the authors' thematic intersections and parallels. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, O'Connor and Welty's treatments of region, race, gender, and class.

"Milton's Value Now" -- Midwest MLA Special Session, Nov 8-11, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:11am
Mattie Burkert / University of Wisconsin-Madison

Milton, that great radical at the center of the English poetic canon, is often mythologized as being both exemplary of his time and also ahead or outside of it, making his work especially subject to historical revision. This panel invites papers that explore Milton's continued circulation in scholarship, political discourse, and popular culture. What weight or cultural capital does he carry in our narratives about modernity? What relationships of obligation between past and present do contemporary invocations of Milton reflect? What is Milton's explanatory power after our own—albeit economic—fall?

Disabilities in Children's Literature: A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:47am
Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that began its rise to prominence in the late twentieth century, marked by the founding of the Society for Disability Studies in 1982. The portrayal of disabilities is a well-developed substrata of children's literature, and scholarly work has been produced on it, primarily in the social sciences. ChLAQ will devote a single issue to literary approaches to representations of disabilities in children's and adolescent literatures.

Cormac McCarthy and Modernity - NeMLA Convention 2013

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:45am
Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This panel will address the fiction of Cormac McCarthy in relation to "the modern," conceived of as an interdisciplinary concept with multiple literary, philosophical, and socio-historical resonances. We invite the submission of abstracts that explore the ways in which McCarthy's complex works further, represent, or critique the varied legacies of this modernity.

Medioevo Adriatico 4, 2012 (deadline July 1st, 2012)

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:15am
SISAEM - Società Internazionale per lo Studio dell’Adriatico nell’Età Medievale

(Essay collection)

The topics for _Medioevo Adriatico_ are history and culture of the Adriatic in the Middle Ages (V-XV century).

Contributor guidelines:
1. Abstract of paper (100-400 words).
2. Brief CV or resume for each author and co-author.
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: July 1st, 2012.
4. Submission deadline for final papers: September 1st, 2012.
5. Manuscripts may be sent to: Segreteria (AT) sisaem.it

Please email abstracts with a brief CV.
Scholars at all stages of their careers are equally welcome.

For application instructions and further information about Medioevo Adriatico, contact us:

Biopolitics, Society and Performance (31 Oct-2 Nov) Trinity College Dublin

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:14am
Stephen Wilmer Trinity College Dublin

Keynote speakers include Giorgio Agamben, Rosi Braidotti, Oron Catts, Thomas Lemke, and Kira O'Reilly.

This conference invites you to reconsider the notion of biopolitics and its recent transformations in theory and the contemporary world. Conference participants are invited to discuss a variety of topics from a wide range of academic disciplines that address the issues of biopolitics, and/or analyse such art practices. Keynote speakers who have already confirmed their participation include Giorgio Agamben, Rosi Braidotti, Oron Catts, Thomas Lemke, and Kira O'Reilly. See our website at http://biopoliticstcd.wordpress.com/