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The Berkeley Conference on Precarious Aesthetics, October 15-17, 2015 (Submission May 1)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:26am
Berkeley Center for New Media

Confirmed speakers include:
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Christine Ross, McGill University
Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley
Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley
Jacob Gaboury, Stony Brook University
W. J. T. Mitchell, University of Chicago

Is it … always an advantage to replace an indistinct picture by a sharp one? Isn't the indistinct one often exactly what we need? (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, §71)

[UPDATE] Literature & Politics Panel @ SCMLA

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 3:54pm
South Central MLA (www.southcentralmla.org)

Extended Deadline: April 6.

This is an open topic session. We seek papers exploring the intersections of literature and politics. Please send abstracts of 250-300 words.

PAMLA 2015 113th Annual Convention: Rhetorical Approaches to Literature

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 3:11pm
PAMLA 2015 113th Annual Convention: Rhetorical Approaches to Literature

Proposals are invited on any aspect of Rhetorical Approaches to Literature. PAMLA 2015's special conference theme is "Literature and Time," so papers that consider Literature and Time will be particularly appropriate, but proposals on any topic related to Rhetorical Approaches to Literature are equally welcome.

Submission Deadline: May 15

Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website

For questions about the session please contact Diana Shaffer at

[UPDATE] SLSA 2015 Panel: 'The Biopolitics of Sensation'. With Patricia Clough + Orit Halpern

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 2:01pm
Mark Paterson

We have confirmed the participation of Patricia Clough (author, The Affective Turn, and Beyond Biopolitics) and Orit Halpern (author, Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945).

As in our previous post, we are still seeking submissions for our panel "The biopolitics of sensation" for SLSA (Society for Literature, Science and the Arts) meeting, 'After Biopolitics', at Rice University, Houston, Texas, November 12 – 15, 2015.

Deadline is soon, March 30th. Please send c250 word abstracts to both organizers:

"Silence and Documentation," July 10-11 2015 — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 15 APRIL

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 1:41pm
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver BC

Call for Papers: Silence and Documentation
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference
July 10-11 2015
Keynote: TBA

"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence."
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978

"When we (as readers) fill in the gaps that the writer has peppered throughout the book, we form a meaningful bond with the book. We are not just pulling information from it; we're participating in a reciprocal relationship, creating and deriving meaning in an extravaganza of interpretation."
—Wolfgang Iser, Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology

UPDATE: Hearing Voices (4/6/15; MSA 17, 11/19-11/22, Boston)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:34pm
Reena Sastri; Modernist Studies Organization

Hearing Voices (panel, Modernist Studies Association annual conference, Boston, November 2015)

How do we hear poetic voice? How do poems reflect and respond to language as spoken and heard? Moving beyond habitual equations of voice with sincerity, what perspectives might we bring to bear on the phenomenon of hearing and the idea of voice in the poetry of modernism and after?

Between Nation and World: Modernist Communities in Crisis [MSA17 Boston]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:58am
Marius Hentea, Manchester Metropolitan University

Between Nation and World: Modernist Communities in Crisis

This proposed panel for MSA 17 explores the ways in which modernist writers, and the communities they form, navigate between the demands of national authorship and an imagined world 'republic of letters'. The panel is especially interested in how modernist communities are reshaped and reformed during moments of geopolitical crisis, when the boundaries of national and global citizenship are renegotiated and reimagined. What do fellow writers, critics, and the public expect in terms of national or global political belonging and attachment, and how can these expectations or duties inform (or deform) the literary?

Professional Reading: Art or Science?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 9:21am
Andrew Kopec/ Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

Extending from the conference theme — Arts & Sciences — this special session for the 2015 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Columbus, OH seeks papers that engage the vibrant debates over critical "reading."

-To what extent do new modalities of reading imagine themselves as an art, a science, or both?

-What's at stake in the calls for new reading practices, from surface reading to distant reading, from zoomable reading to dialectical reading, and so on?

-To which specific conditions do new reading practices respond?

-To which rhetorical, theoretical (interpretive), and/or scientific traditions do these practices turn or, alternately, shun?


Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 7:55am
University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and The Institute of English Studies (, LondonUK)

2nd International Conference of the University of Banja Luka (BiH) in cooperation with Institute of English Studies, University of London (UK)

Present-day Perspectives on Language, Literature and Culture.
Banja Luka, June 12th and 13th, 2015


The Modernist Bildungsroman (MSA 17 Boston, Nov 19-22, 2015)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:06pm
Matthew Burroughs Price, Penn State

In Unseasonable Youth (2011), Jed Esty suggests that the "modernist pressure on bildungsroman conventions goes beyond raising the possibility that the genre can no longer serve those functions" of representing modernity and middle-class identity: "it also raises the possibility that it never did." Esty's claim (and other related recent work) challenges us to reexamine the modernist engagement with the tradition of the bildungsroman genre—and to ask just how revolutionary that engagement really was.

M/MLA Panels on Children's Literature

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:47pm
Megan Musgrave

Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, Nov. 12-15 2015

We seek papers which deal with contemporary critical issues in children's literature from any period and in any genre. Papers that address the informal Convention theme of "Arts and Sciences" are especially welcome.

Please send 250-word abstracts, along with your institutional affiliation and role, to Megan Musgrave at memusgra@iupui.edu by April 5, 2015.

[UPDATE] Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practice

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 3:19pm
International Digital Media Arts Association

[UPDATE] Please submit by June 15, 2015 to be considered for both online publication and forthcoming print publication. Regular contributors are also sought for blog columns and reviews.

The Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practice is dedicated to providing a platform for scholarly and creative publishing on the burning issues in the rapidly evolving, always contested, and unpredictable field of new media and digital media arts. The purpose of the journal is to provoke questions and discussion on digital media arts research and practice as a means of moving the field forward with rigor, thoughtfulness, and collaboration.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

From Diagnosis to Discourse - Midwest Modern Language Association - November 12 - 15, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 2:42pm
Sarah Eilefson, Loyola University Chicago and Devon Madon, Illinois Math and Science Academy, chairs

This panel proposes to explore the relationship between the science of medicine and the art of representation. The power of language to create and control lived experiences within a social context is widely accepted. We know that the way in which we experience gender, sexuality, and other identity constructs are formed by the words we use. We also know that power dynamics are shaped and reinforced by domestic and public discourse. This panel seeks to explore these issues in the medical field. How does the language we use to represent medical realities shape or create the experience of various medical conditions? How can the diagnostic categories we use to describe illness or other disorders influence the ways in which we experience them?