Moira O'Neil | 1 Oct 19:51 2004

Submission for listserv


On the Edges of Development:  Critical Interventions

Conference hosted by the UCSB Women, Culture, Development Program (Global
and International Studies) To be opened by Henry Yang, Chancellor, UCSB

Friday, October 15, and Saturday, October 16, 2004.  9 am to 5 pm

MultiCultural Center Theater, University of California at Santa Barbara

Free and open to the public

Development has failed the Third World. Poverty has become increasingly
feminized, environmental degradation continues at an alarming pace, and
conditions for peace and security remain elusive. This is, therefore, an
apt moment to interrogate the paradigm of development.

This conference will bring together academics, activists, and performance
artists from Chiapas, Hong Kong, India, Liberia, New Zealand, Mexico, Peru,
and the United States who will focus on subaltern agency, globalisation and
development through different lenses. Conference panels, all of which are
plenary, include fictions and visions of development, Third World cultures
and politics, space and dissent, refusing development, and truth

Navarasa, a contemporary Indian dance theater company, will perform
Agua-Thanneer-Water on October 16th at 6:30 pm as part of the conference.
This piece is an interplay of dance, music, and theater which brings alive
two stories about the struggle of common people to get water: one set in
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Larry Gross | 1 Oct 21:36 2004

USC Annenberg School Searching for two positions

Please post and distribute

USC Annenberg School Searching for two positions:

Race/Ethnicity and Communication

The School of Communication at the USC Annenberg School for 
Communication seeks an assistant professor specializing in issues of 
race/ethnicity and communication with an emphasis on issues of social 
change. In exceptionally strong cases an appointment at the associate 
level can be considered.  The School of Communication emphasizes 
interdisciplinary approaches to communication and encourages candidates 
from a broad range of specializations and methodological approaches.
Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated record of 
using their professional and/or academic work to make a significant 
contribution to society.

Applicants should send a CV, three letters of recommendation, and 
samples of their work to Race/Ethnicity and Communication Search, Dr. 
Abigail Kaun, Associate Director, School of Communication, Annenberg 
School for Communication, 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281, 
kaun <at>, (213) 740-0934.  Inquiries can also be made to the Search 
Committee Chair:  Prof. Marita Sturken, sturken <at>, (213) 740-3950.

Review of applications will begin on October 15 and continue until the 
position is filled.  USC is an AA/EO employer and is seeking to create a 
diverse community.

Marketing Communication

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Evan Cooper | 2 Oct 19:23 2004

That 70s Show vs Happy Days and American Beauty vs Ice Storm

   I'm teaching a sociology course called the Changing Family this
semester. As such, students are doing comparisons of media
representations of the family from different eras.  Anyone know of any
accessible readings about any of the above shows/movies (That 70s show,
Happy Days, American Beauty, Ice Storm) that deal with representations
of the family.

   Thanks a lot.
                          Evan Cooper
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Catherine Zuromskis | 3 Oct 19:37 2004

Invisible Culture: CFP on Nature Loving

The online journal _Invisible Culture_
<> is seeking
papers for an upcoming issue on the theme of nature loving.

The issue will emphasize the relations between nature and love. Awash 
in a
culture of Disney animation, weather porn, interspecies family albums 
eco-tourism, we ask: How is nature produced and consumed with love? How 
nature used to produce and consume love? What does it mean to be 
with nature? Under what conditions and by what means it is possible,
desirable or obligatory to get close to natural worlds? And what happens
when we do?

Following Raymond Williams’ premise that “the idea of nature contains
an extraordinary amount of human history,” the issue will consider
nature’s multiple meanings and uses in modernity. Nature, here, is
understood as a collection of artifacts jointly constructed through
cultural values, organic life and visual practices.

Topics for papers might include: Nature, sexuality and gender; Nature 
nationalism; Nature photography, film and television; Nature display and
aesthetics; Nature and discipline; Wild, urban and domestic natures;
Representation in the life sciences; Environmentalisms; 
Particular species and their representation.
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Perry Nodelman | 4 Oct 16:28 2004

Children's Literature Association Conference, June 2005

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers to be considered for
presentation at the 2005 Children's Literature Association Conference is
November 30--only two months away now.  We strongly recommend submission of
papers online through the conference website:

In order to submit your proposal you'll need to be ready with information
about yourself, a short abstract for the conference program (about 50 words)
a full abstract (fewer than 500 words), and  bibliographic information about
the primary texts under discussion.

The paper call follows below.

Perry Nodelman

Performing Childhood
Children's Literature Association Annual Conference
June 9 - 12, 2005 | Winnipeg | Manitoba | Canada
Call for Papers

On June 9-12, 2005, the Children's Literature Association will meet at the
Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg, Canada.

We particularly invite proposals for papers and panels exploring the
conference theme, although all scholarly papers on texts for young people
will be given careful consideration.

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Matthew Soar | 5 Oct 00:09 2004

Position in media production/theory at Concordia U.

New job posting - please forward widely.


The Department of Communication Studies invites applications for one 
tenure-track position in media production and theory. Candidates should 
ideally be able to show expertise and investment in two of the 
following three areas: 1) sound; 2) film/video; 3) digital media. They 
must also be able to teach laboratory courses in their areas of 
expertise, and be adept at situating these courses within the context 
of communication studies and the cultural industries. Applicants must 
be able to demonstrate a record of high-quality creative work and 
intellectual participation in the field and must be able to teach both 
key concepts and the history of debates in their areas. Applicants must 
have an appropriate terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in communications or 
a cognate area. The successful candidate will be expected to supervise 
students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, 
normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for July 1, 2005. Please 
forward all applications to the Department contact listed below. Review 
of applications will begin on November 1st, 2004, and will continue 
until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a letter 
of intent, a curriculum vitae, a list of creations/publications 
accompanied by a portfolio, a statement of teaching and 
research/creation interests, and three letters of reference. All 
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and 
permanent residents will be given priority. Concordia University is 
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Orion Anderson | 5 Oct 02:26 2004

Warfare as Sacrifice


In her groundbreaking book, BLOOD SACRIFICE AND THE NATION, Carolyn Marvin
suggests that "our deepest secret, the collective group taboo" is knowledge
that society depends on the "death of its own members at the hands of the
group." At the behest of the group, according to Marvin, the lifeblood of
community members must be shed. Soldiers constitute the "sacrificial class"
to whom we delegate the shedding of blood. The soldier is our chosen victim.
When he dies for the country, Marvin says, he dies for all of us. 

In most wars, the sacrificial mechanism is not transparent. We do not
readily perceive that the meaning of war lies in dying rather than killing.
We say that wars are waged in order to "defeat the enemy" or for the purpose
of "conquest." Our conceptualization of warfare is designed to prevent us
from knowing or saying what is in a certain sense obvious or self-evident:
That the essence of war is destruction and self-destruction. 

To grasp the idea of war as form of self-destruction, one might begin by
studying the First World War. For four years, soldiers were asked to get out
of trenches and to attack the opposing line. For four years, soldiers were
slaughtered as they ran into machine-gun fire and artillery shells. Nine
million men were killed in this war and over twenty-one million wounded.
During one five month period in 1916 on the Western Front, nearly
one-million British, French and German soldiers were killed, an average of
more than 6600 men killed every day, more than 277 every hour, nearly five
each minute. 

What was the meaning of this massive episode of systematic killing and dying
brought forth by the most "civilized" societies of the time? To this day,
historians are unable to comprehend what was going on or to explain why it
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sjlesage | 5 Oct 18:28 2004

Re: Warfare as Sacrifice

Hm.  Anecdotally, as a veteran, I would guess that most soldiers understand this without it ever becoming
quite conscious.  Amongst ourselves we almost never talked about killing, whereas dying--for whom, for
what, under what circumstances it would be a little more acceptable--came up fairly often. 
Interestingly, my ex-husband, also a veteran of the US army, used to make fun of the Marines for their
ethic, which seemed incomprehensible and a bit silly to him, of being proudest not of the battles that they
had won, but of the ones in which they had lost the most men.

Sheryl LeSage
University of Oklahoma
English Department

----- Original Message -----
From: Orion Anderson <libraryofsocialscience <at>>
Date: Monday, October 4, 2004 7:26 pm
Subject: [cultstud-l] Warfare as Sacrifice

> In her groundbreaking book, BLOOD SACRIFICE AND THE NATION, 
> Carolyn Marvin
> suggests that "our deepest secret, the collective group taboo" is 
> knowledgethat society depends on the "death of its own members at 
> the hands of the
> group." At the behest of the group, according to Marvin, the 
> lifeblood of
> community members must be shed. Soldiers constitute the 
> "sacrificial class"
> to whom we delegate the shedding of blood. The soldier is our 
> chosen victim.
> When he dies for the country, Marvin says, he dies for all of us. 
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Yolie Torres-Garcia | 5 Oct 19:15 2004


Dear Faculty, Students and Special Guests!

You are invited to the first UCSD Visual Arts Department Colloquium
for Winter 2004.

Presenter: Ricardo Dominguez discussing SMALL GESTURES

Even before Neo could stop bullets in the matrix, Ricardo Dominguez has 
been stopping bullets in the slipstreams of the culture matrix. He has been 
developing disturbances with "SMALL GESTURES" since the 1980's. During this 
presentation Dominguez will focus on such projects as: the "Cultural 
Vaccines" project with ACT UP/Tallahassee, the "Exits" performances (a 
series of micro-actions on Florida Highways).  He will also take a look at 
his on-line work with the Electronic Disturbance Theater and "Dolores: 10hr 
to 22hrs," a streaming media project with Coco Fusco.

Date:  Friday, 10.08.04

Location:  Visual Arts Facility (VAF) Performance Space

Time:  2:00 PM

Cost:  FREE!

Please do not hesitate to contact me by replying to this e-mail or by 
calling the number listed below should you require additional information. 
And feel free to bring along a friend.

We look forward to see you there!
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Estelle Quimby | 6 Oct 05:43 2004

Crossroads Conference Review

I just came across a review of the Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference that happened this summer in
Urbana, Illinois. The review is posted on the Interactivist website.  It brings up a number of really good
points and some which I find problematic.  Has anyone seen this yet?  It was just posted, but I'm surprised no
one has mentioned it here yet and I'm pretty sure those who went to the conference or have an interest in
Cultural Studies will be interested.

Here's the link:

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