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[UPDATE] "To (Not So) Boldly Go: Science Fiction as Instrument of Colonial Enterprise" abstract deadline September 30, 2014

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:13pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Both science fiction and postcolonial theory are concerned with troubling normative understandings of movement, diaspora, and hybridity. Indeed, "The Stranger in the Strange Land" is an oppositional trope that is at the heart of both science fiction and historical colonial encounters. The other-worldliness and futurity of science fiction has offered numerous writers an effective (and increasingly popular) medium to critique political, social, and cultural issues, and in many ways presents an ideal literary landscape to interrogate the colonial enterprise. Even so, there is a relative lack of postcolonial voices in the mainstream SF genre. What accounts for this silence?

"Reimagining the Humanities PhD": NeMLA Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015

updated: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:27pm
Dan Olson-Bang/Fordham University

How can we prepare PhDs for uncharted career trajectories? What challenges await those with doctorates who work both within and without academe?

The Atlantic's Elizabeth Segran asks "What Can You Do With a Humanities PhD, Anyway?" Her article's title reflects growing doubts about the value of a doctoral degree in the humanities. This roundtable aims to imagine how the PhD can be reconceived. How can we open up new possibilities for PhDs that respond to the ways the academy and job market have changed?

EMOTIONAL CONTROL: AFFECT AND CHILDREN'S TEXTS

updated: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 7:19pm
Elizabeth Bullen, Kristine Moruzi, and Michelle J. Smith

Inspired by the 2014 Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research conference on affect in children's texts, we are seeking contributions for an edited collection, Emotional Control: Affect and Children's Texts. During the last two decades, studies of affect and emotion have expanded beyond the field of psychology and been embraced by humanities disciplines including Cultural, Literary and Queer Studies, Philosophy and Sociology. Theorists of affect are typically concerned with the ways embodied and unconscious forms of knowing/being interconnect with the aesthetic, ethical and ideological.

[Reminder] Theater/Performance Studies Panel at El Mundo Zurdo/Gloria Anzaldúa Conference (May 27-30, 2014)

updated: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 3:32pm
Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa

Theater and Performance Studies Panel

El Mundo Zurdo 2015: Memoria y Conocimiento, Interdisciplinary Anzaldúan Studies--Archive, Legacy, and Thought
May 27-30, 2014
Austin, Texas

I am seeking collaborators for a panel focusing on Theater and Performance Studies at the 2015 Gloria Anzaldúa Conference. Papers may explore theater and performance through an Anzaldúan lens and/or study Anzaldúa's work (the archive) as theater/performance. Innovative approaches to the intersections of Anzaldúa's work and theater/peformance are especially welcome.

Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts: On Reason and Revelation

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 2:09pm
Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts
On Reason and Revelation

Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts
University of Dallas, Irving, TX
January 31, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Khalil Habib (Salve Regina University)

The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA) of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce the first Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts. This conference aims to explore the relationship between reason and revelation through the various lenses of philosophy, theology, literature, political philosophy, and the human sciences generally.

Related topics include but are not limited to:

• Faith and reason

• Rationalism and the imagination

International Conference: "Immunity and Modernity: Picturing Threat and Protection" (Leuven, Belgium, 27/05/2015 to 29/05/2015)

updated: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 3:52am
Department of Literary Studies and the Institute for Metaphysics and Philosophy of Culture of the University of Leuven

Call for papers International Conference: "Immunity and Modernity: Picturing Threat and Protection" (Leuven, Belgium, from the 27th to the 29th of May 2015)

Organized by the Department of Literary Studies of the University of Leuven and the Institute for Metaphysics and Philosophy of Culture of the University of Leuven.

Keynote Speakers:
Roberto Esposito
Frédéric Neyrat
Johannes Türk
(more keynote speakers to be announced)

CFNom: Rollins Popular Culture Book Award (11/1/14)

updated: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:36am
Southwest Popular and American Culture Association

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Peter C. Rollins Book Award. This juried award recognizes contributions to the study of popular and/or American culture and, in particular, works analyzing cultural and historical representations in film, television, and/or other visual media. Volumes receiving this award are distinguished by their methodology and research; monographs, reference works, and anthologies are all eligible. Volumes published in electronic formats are also eligible. We invite publishers, authors, and editors to submit any appropriate publications of exceptional quality published during 2013 or 2014.