Leerom Medovoi | 1 Mar 02:17 2009

UPDATE: Institute on Culture and Society 3/15 deadline

Please note a corrected e-mail address below that was in error on the  
original CFP

Marxist Literary Group
Annual Institute on Culture and Society
“Marxism and Contemporary Political Economy”
2009 CFP

The Marxist Literary Group's annual Institute on Culture and Society  
(MLG-ICS) will convene this summer in Portland, Oregon, June 16-20,  
on the campus of Portland State University. The five-day Institute  
will feature an intensive workshop on the current economic crisis  
featuring Martin Hart-Landsberg (Monthly Review/Lewis & Clark  
College), Robin Hahnel (American University/Portland State), and Doug  
Henwood (Left Business Observer).

Reading groups will be held on the French Regulation School led by  
Mathias Nilges; on Marx, fictional capital and the Wertkritik School  
led by Neil Larsen; and on Participatory Economics by Robin Hahnel.   
As always, intensive reading groups on selections from Marx's Capital  
are planned (volunteers are invited).  The institute features  
consecutive (as opposed to simultaneous) panels.

The organizing committee is now accepting submissions for panel and  
paper proposals. As always, any work that engages seriously with the  
Marxist tradition will be considered. The special topic of this  
year’s ICS is
“Marxism and Contemporary Political Economy.” Papers that deal with  
this topic are especially welcome, though not required. Selected  
papers will be published in the online journal mediations.
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clare birchall | 2 Mar 13:44 2009

New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader


Culture Machine is seeking open collaboration on the writing and editing of the first volume of its online
Liquid Books series, New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader:

The first provisional version of this volume - New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader (Version
1.0) - has been put together by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall as a follow-up to their 2006 ‘woodware’
edited collection, New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh University Press and Georgia
University Press). 

>From here on in, however, the idea is for this new online ‘liquid book’ – to which everyone is invited
to contribute – to be written and developed in an open, co-operative, decentralised,
multi-user-generated fashion: not just by its initial ‘authors’, ‘editors’ or
‘creators’, but by a multiplicity of collaborators distributed around the world. 

In this way, the New Cultural Studies Reader will be freely available for anyone, anywhere, to read,
reproduce and distribute. Once they have requested access, users will also be able to rewrite, add to,
edit, annotate, tag, remix, reformat, reinvent and reuse this reader, or produce alternative parallel
versions of it, however they wish. In fact, they are expressly invited and encouraged to do so, as the
project relies on this intervention. 

It is hoped that the New Cultural Studies: Liquid Theory Reader project will raise a number of important
questions for ideas of academic authorship, attribution, publication, citation, accreditation, fair
use, quality control, peer review, copyright, intellectual property, content creation and cultural
studies. For instance, with its open editing and free content the project decenters the author and editor
functions, making everyone potential authors/editors. It also addresses an issue raised recently by
Geert Lovink: why are wikis not utilised more to create, develop and change theory and theoretical
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Salvatore Scifo | 2 Mar 10:31 2009

ECREA events 2009

---Apologies for cross-posting----

Dear Colleagues,

We wish to announce a series of events that ECREA's thematic sections 
and networks are (co-)organising. Please find the information on the 
2009 ECREA events below.
Please note that further events are being planned for 2009 and that 
their details will be circulated over the next few weeks.
For further information about all these events, please visit 


The workshop “Narrative Fact and Fiction: Patterns of narrative 
construction in media stories and differential effects”, to be held at 
the University of Vienna on 4-5 April 2009, is organised by the 
Narrative Network, the Department of Communication of the University of 
Vienna and the ECREA Audience and Reception Studies Section.
The deadline for submissions has expired on 8 February 2009.
Contact: susanne.kinnebrock <at> univie.ac.at, helena.bilandzic <at> uni-erfurt.de

The Second International Workshop on “Global Internet Governance: An 
Interdisciplinary Research Field in Construction”, to be held in 
Brussels on 11 May 2009 is organized by the Global Internet Governance 
Academic Network (GigaNet) in cooperation with three thematic sections 
of the European Communication Research and Education Association 
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park0599 | 2 Mar 21:16 2009

CFP: Sadomasochism and Race in 20th & 21st century texts (3/25/2009; MLA 12/27-30,2009)


I am soliciting papers for a proposed special session titled 
“Sadomasochism and Race in 20th and 21st century texts” at the December 
27-30, 2009 MLA convention in Philadelphia (see following description).

In the emerging body of work regarding sadomasochism and sexual 
domination/submission, there remains a lack of scholarship regarding the 
role that race, ethnicity and nationality play in 20th and 21st C texts. 
Anne McClintock (“Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the 
Colonial Context”), Saidiya Hartman (“Scenes of Subjection: Terror, 
Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America”) and Marianne 
Noble (“The Masochistic Pleasures of Sentimental Literature”) offer 
valuable examples of how sadomasochism and domination/submission possess an 
explicit racial dimension in 19th century works. Likewise, significant 
works by scholars such as Lynda Hart (“Between the Body and the Flesh: 
Performing Sadomasochism”) and Jessica Benjamin (“The Bonds of Love’) 
offer contemporary analyses of sadomasochism and domination/submission but 
do not focus on race.

This panel seeks to fill the gap described above by inviting essays that 
feature a dual consideration, that is, contemporary textual examples of 
sexual (play) enactments of social domination, suffering, servitude, and 
pain that reference (actual) histories of racial oppression, slavery, and 
trauma. This panel is open to interdisciplinary approaches, literary, 
philosophical, historical, and psychoanalytical, as well as to a variety of 
media, literary, cinematic, and are artistic.

Please send abstracts of up to 500 words to park0599 <at> umn.edu by March 25th. 
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Vogan, Travis Thad | 2 Mar 22:05 2009

Visible Evidence XVI

Paper submissions are now being accepted for Visible Evidence XVI, 
which will be held at the University of Southern California in August 
2009.  Instructions and deadlines for submitting papers to already 
constituted panels and for open call are available at:

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Melissa Click | 2 Mar 22:16 2009

CFP Twilight

CFP: Bitten by Twilight: Youth culture, media, and the Twilight saga

Edited by Melissa Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, and Lissa Behm-Morawitz

Proposal deadline: April 10, 2009

The editors seek essays that explore Stephenie Meyer¹s wildly popular
Twilight series. We are particularly interested in essays that explore the
cultural significance of the Twilight phenomenon and its impact on youth
culture. The collection will feature scholarly work from a diversity of
theoretical and methodological perspectives, including: analyses of the
series¹ messages, production and marketing processes, and audiences. We
welcome work from a wide variety of disciplines, including: communication,
sociology, cultural studies, psychology, religious studies, and gender

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

--Representations of gender, race, class and sexuality
--Religion, morality, and values
--Feminist and anti-feminist themes in Twilight
--Intended and unintended audiences
--Fans and anti-fans
--Genre and vampire/werewolf folklore
--Relationship models (romantic, friendship, and familial)
--Space and place in Twilight
--Celebrity culture and Stephenie Meyer, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen
--Translation of the series for the screen
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Jonathan Gray | 2 Mar 23:44 2009

RE: CFP Twilight

cool idea, Melissa. Not a Twilighter myself, but sounds like a neat project,


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Sam Binkley | 2 Mar 19:17 2009

life coaching


does anyone know of any research on the topic of life coaching from a  
cultural studies perspective?  i'm particularly interested in anything  
that is influenced by positive psychology, from a popular culture  



Sam Binkley
Emerson College

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dgc2105 | 3 Mar 01:06 2009

CMSC "Sound In Circulation" Conference this Saturday

Hi Cultural Studies list,

I'm proud to announce the 2009 Columbia University Music Scholarship  
Conference.  If you're in the New York City area please come, and say  

Daphne Carr

Sound In Circulation
Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2009

March 7, 2009, 10am-6pm
Free and open to the public
301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University

Keynote: Ned Sublette
Ned Sublette is the author of The World That Made New Orleans: From  
Spanish Silver to Congo Square (Lawrence Hill Books, 2008) and Cuba  
and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo (Chicago Review  
Press, 2004; paperback, 2006), and the forthcoming The Year Before the  
Flood: Music, Murder, and a Homecoming in Louisiana (Chicago Review  
Press, 2009).

	Music has been the leading form of creative work circulated through  
internet networks and as such has enjoyed broad scholarly and public  
debate in the last few years.  The questions of sound in circulation ?  
how authors prepare sound to travel in time and space, how those  
sounds move through time and space, and how listeners interact with  
those sounds  ? are much broader than that of file-sharing or digital  
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Anthony Fung | 3 Mar 04:04 2009

Re: Call for paper: Asian Pop Culture

Call for Paper

The edited volume looks for contributors who can write on different 
aspects of Asian Popular Culture. For those who are interested, please 
contact Anthony Fung at anthonyfung <at> cuhk.edu.hk or email him an abstract 
by March 20, 2009

Asian Popular Culture: The Global Cultural (Dis)connection

edited by Anthony Fung
published by Routledge

Summary of the volume

<>This edited volume is a medium level textbook as well as a reference 
of Asian popular culture. Each chapter will be an in-depth concrete 
study of a particular phenomenon or process of popular culture in a 
city/ an area/ a country in Asia and all the chapters are connected by 
the common theme "The Global Cultural (Dis)connection." To serve as a 
textbook for senior undergraduate in classes (e.g. international 
communication, globalization and communication, popular culture, Asian 
media, etc), authors in the book provide thick description of the 
background and context of the places where the cultural phenomenon is 
popular, and illustrate the concepts with examples, case study and 
empirical studies. In other words, different from elementary textbooks 
which explicate popular culture using point-by-point or 
concept-by-concept format, this book grounds all the analysis in real 
historical and cultural contexts with a comparative perspective. 

Also as a reference book, the entire volume sheds light on the theme of 
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