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Urban's Space, Media's Place

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 7:05pm
UCLA Mediascape

COLUMNS – "Urban Space, Media's Place"

The massive growth of both urban environments and media worldwide has created a new and unique area of scholarly interest across the humanities and social sciences. The proliferation of media, especially socially oriented iterations, across the urban landscape has affected people from both within these urban centers, as well as outside them. The aim of this issue is to address the ways that media has placed itself front and center in modern urban spaces. Of particular interest is research that comments on the use of "urban space" and "place" across media, especially incorporating social media.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 3:39pm
International Departments of English Association (IDEA)

International Departments of English Association (IDEA) is pleased to announce: In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies, an international interdisciplinary conference for language teachers, translators and literary scholars to be held in Kyrenia in collaboration with Near East University, on September 26th and 27th, 2013. The symposium aims to discuss the narrative aspect of English Language Teaching in conjunction with Literary and Translation Studies.

[UPDATE] PURITY: A Call For Papers

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 3:18pm
Excursions Journal

"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil

"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner

"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie

PURITY is a division, a concept, a value-system, a fallacy, an ideal state, a doctrine, a transfer. It marks the territories of sex and contamination, mathematics and martyrdom, economy and resistance, music and annihilation.

Renaissance Conference of Southern California Annual Meeting (cfp 1/30/13; meeting 6/1/13)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:36pm
Renaissance Conference of Southern California

Renaissance Conference of Southern California
57th Annual Meeting
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Huntington Library, San Marino CA

Keynote Speaker
Heidi Brayman Hackel
University of California, Riverside

The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes paper proposals on the full range of Renaissance disciplines (Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science)

Please send a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to:

Andrew Fleck (andrew.fleck@sjsu.edu)

or by mail to:

[UPDATE] CFP: special issue on mise-en-scene

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:21pm
The Cine-Files, a scholarly journal of cinema studies, www.thecine-files.com


Submission Deadline: March 30, 2013 for articles. February 15, 2013 for abstracts.

The Cine-Files, a peer-reviewed online journal of cinema scholarship, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2013 special issue on mise-en-scène.

Topic: Cinematic Mise-en-scène

[UPDATE] 26th Annual GAFIS Symposium at UW-Madison: (Dis)illusion, April 12th-13th 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 12:20pm
GAFIS (Graduate Association of French & Italian Students), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Illusion is commonly defined as a false idea or belief, often the product of misperception or deception, intentional or otherwise. Its etymological basis in the Latin verb illudere reveals an element of mockery that is evidently lost in the modern connotation of illusion and yet remains, arguably, in that intriguing phase of disillusion that often follows it. How does one distinguish illusion from reality? How do our evolving perceptions of the world around us affect our understanding of self and the human condition? Is disillusion a necessary evil, or an essential part of this understanding as it leads to new possibilities for development and discovery?

CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED: "Consent: Terms of Agreement," IU Grad Conference 2013 (feat. keynote Lauren Berlant)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 2:22am
Indiana University Graduate Conference (Hosted by Dept. of English GSAC)

Call for Proposals: "Consent: Terms of Agreement"
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
Submission Deadline EXTENSION: Jan. 15th

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an International Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled, "Consent: Terms of Agreement," to be held at Indiana University - Bloomington from March 21-23, 2013. Join us for our 10th annual conference, hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English. See below for details:

The Worlds of Thomas Pychon -- RMMLA 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 8:35pm
(RMMLA) Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Thomas Pynchon has codified himself in the Postmodern cannon as one of the most prolific and inspirational authors alive. His published literature includes works such as Gravity's Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49, and Against the Day, among other novels and short stories. The extent of Pynchon's literature reflects cultures contextualized in the uniquely prophetic and veiled prose; a prose which, while in the postmodern genre, analogize the development of technology and society. Thomas Pynchon is an experimental author, at times using science as metaphors in his novels and short stories, worthy of analysis. As Pynchon continues to write, it is important for scholars to discuss his literature as it develops.

III Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture - Lisbon, June 24 to June 30 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 7:27pm
The Lisbon Consortium

There is perhaps nothing more contentious than culture. Both as value and practice, it has certainly become the new discursive paradigm of the 21st century, despite of or maybe even because of its prolific signification to address matters that range from philosophy to politics, the economy to religion, ethnicity and aesthetics. Either as value or material creation, culture informs actions and labour practices. In its variety and spoken by many voices, culture is always at work, in a way that will necessarily require that it be graphed in the plural, as cultures.

Science and Literature Panel-RMMLA 2013 Vancouver, Washington

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 7:04pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

The Literature and Science session of the RMMLA invites interpretive
papers focusing on science and its intersection with written
methods of transmission. They might include the reuse of
scientific matter in literary forms; the relationship of
individual writers to science and of certain scientists to
literary figures of their day; the combination of scientific
and literary methods of knowledge making. Papers focusing on
the representation or integration of science in specific
literary texts are especially encouraged. However, proposals
dealing with any aspect of the interdisciplinary field of
literature and science are welcome.

'Neither Here Nor There: The (Non-)Geographical Futures of Comparative Literature'

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 6:51pm
Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature

Call for Papers
Issue 3.2 (Summer 2013) 'Neither Here Nor There: The (Non-)Geographical Futures of Comparative Literature'
This is a Joint Special Issue between Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Peking University Journal of Comparative Literature, and Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature.
In this special issue, Inquire invites article submissions that consider the relationship between geography and the study of literature. As always, Inquire encourages intellectual discussions that approach the text from inside and outside, considering the movement of literary artifacts across geographical spaces as well as the significance of geographical movement within literature.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 6:21pm
7th Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

7th Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul Jay, Loyola University Chicago

Call for Submissions: Interstices #14 "Immaterial Materialities"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 4:44pm
Sandra Karina Loschke/ UTS

Interstices Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, Issue 14

Immaterial Materialities: Materiality and Interactivity in Art and Architecture

Materiality has recently claimed centre stage in architectural discourse and practice, yet its critical meaning is ever receding. Tropes like material honesty, digital materiality, material responsiveness and dematerialisation mark out an interdisciplinary field where scientific fact and artistic experimentation interact, and where what in fact constitutes materiality and immateriality is constantly re-imagined.