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MATERIALITIES: ECONOMIES, EMPIRICISM, AND THINGS

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference 2012
Hosted by the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
Dec 4th-6th (pre-fix pre-conference Dec 3rd)

‘Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things’

Organising committee: Fiona Allon, Prudence Black, Catherine Driscoll, Elspeth Probyn, Kane Race & Guy Redden.

Call for Papers

Cultural studies has a long history of investigating material practices – indeed it was a founding tenet of British cultural studies – but recently a new turn or return to materialism seems to be emerging in the field.  What this materiality now means is still open, but we suggest that it flags a renewed interest in questions of how to study cultural objects, institutions and practices (methods), what constitutes matter and materiality (empiricism), and how things (humans and non-humans) are being reworked at a time of global economic, environmental and cultural flux.

Our keynotes have all directed critical attention to these questions – to the more-than-human, to new philosophies of matter, to the gendered material and economic circuits of media, and to ‘the heavy materiality of language’. We have invited them to help us in reinvigorating what cultural studies can do today. They include: Ross Chambers (Michigan), Katherine Gibson (UWS), Lesley Head (UoW), Bev Skeggs (Goldsmiths, London), and Sarah Whatmore (Oxford).

We encourage proposed panels and individual papers that engage with the wide spectrum of issues flagged by our title, including submissions that focus on:

· the crossing of science studies and cultural studies;

· questions of method;

· the relation between culture and economy;

· cultural histories of objects and forms;

· new ideas about empiricism;

· placing sexuality, gender and race within the more-than-human;

· the materiality of texts and genres;

· the future and the past of material cultural studies;

· environmental humanities and changing ecologies;

· cultural studies within the anthropocene;

· cultural relations with/in primary and natural resources;

· the new materiality of globalism

Papers and panels not focusing on the theme are also welcome.

Please send submissions to csaa.2012@gmail.com by August 24th and include your name and affiliation. Abstracts for papers should be 250-300 words. Panel submissions must include three individual abstracts, a panel title and a 100-150 word rationale for the panel as a whole.

We will advise all proposers of accepted papers within 4 weeks of this deadline. Please note that accepted presenters will need to register before their paper will be scheduled in the program.

There will also be a separate event, “Pre-Fix”, geared to the needs of postgraduates and early career researchers, on December 3rd. Details of this and the main conference will be on a dedicated conference website soon.

CSAA website: http://www.csaa.asn.au/

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Twitter: csaa2012

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Postgraduate Coursework Convenor
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Taweret

POST-RACIAL IMAGINARIES

Darkmatter Journal is Calling for Papers for a …

Special Issue on Post-racial Imaginaries

http://www.darkmatter101.org/

Increasing reference to the notion of ‘post-race’ is suggestive of an emergent discursive framework in critical approaches to race and racism. ‘Post-race’, ‘post-racial’, ‘post-black’, and associated ideas, are being mobilized in various theoretical, cultural and political discourses to describe new racial formations. Post-race requires us to question in new ways the precepts of race thinking, positing the end of race as a point with which to think racial futures. The imprecise nature of much ‘post-’ talk means there has yet to be a rigorous assessment of the significance of post-race and its cognate terms, beyond simple endorsement or dismissal.

This special issue of darkmatter Journal is interested in delineating the contours of the ‘post-racial’ turn by asking: what is the post-racial? What are the conditions of its emergence? What assumptions and claims does it make about the logics of racism? What critical and political work is the term doing? What does the ‘post’ in post-race mean? How is racism theorized in post-race? What is the relationship between colonial history and the post-racial? When and where is the post-racial? Who claims post-raciality?

Given the multiple registers of post-race talk, these fundamental questions might be addressed in relation to:
  – The shifts from race to ethnicity, cultural difference and multiculturalism;
  – The ontology and epistemology of race;
  – Obama and the politics of anti-racism;
  – Utopia and the end of racism;
  – Modernity, history, nation and racial memory;
  – After whiteness;
  – Feminism, sexual politics and multiraciality;
  – Neoliberalism, Marxism and class politics;
  – Globalism, Orientalism, anti/post/de-colonialism;
  – Post-black aesthetics, popular culture and politics;
  – Digitalization, bio-technologies, genetic engineering and racial mutations

Submissions: between 1,500 – 8,000 words are welcome, as are alternative formats such as commentaries, reviews, audio, visual and digital contributions. Please email a 400 – 500 word abstract to submit@darkmatter101.org

Please note: submissions to darkmatter are now subject to external peer review. If your contribution is intended for the less formal (and non-peer reviewed) ‘commons’ section, indicate this on your submission.

For further inquiries about the ‘Post-racial Imaginaries’ special issue, email: editors@darkmatter101.org

Deadline for Abstracts: 1st Feb 2011
Deadline for Articles: 1st Aug 2011
Publication date: Nov 2011

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Global Capitalism

EXAMINING THE RELEVANCE OF MARX AND MARXISM TO CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL SOCIETY

 

Please Circulate around your lists:

2nd Call for Papers
Examining the Relevance of Marx and Marxism to Contemporary Global Society
Newcastle University, 29th and 30th of January 2011

Rationale, Outline and Aims
The 21st century has so far seen US-led military interventions, global financial crises, identity conflicts, terrorism on a grand scale, environmental disasters and fraught industrial/labour relations. These dramatic events have challenged the notion of an ‘end to history’ and the widespread belief that the collapse of the Soviet Union has made Marx and Marxism irrelevant. With growing instability in the social, political and economic functioning of human societies, we wish to examine the relevance of Marx to contemporary global society.

In order to do this, Global Discourse (http://global-discourse.com) is organising a two-day conference at Newcastle University on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of January 2011.

The aims of the event are:
* To examine the relevance and application of Marxian, Marxist, Neo-Marxist and Post-Marxist thought to contemporary issues.
* To reassess scriptural and doctrinal commitments within various ‘Marxisms’.
* To facilitate interdisciplinary, inter-paradigmatic discourse on a range of contemporary issues.

Papers from this event will form the basis of a special issue of Global Discourse to be released in February 2011.

Keynote Papers
The keynote talks will be given by Professor Norman Geras, author of Marx and Human Nature, whose paper will relate to the general theme, ‘What does it mean to be Marxist?’, and Professor Stuart Sim, author of Post-Marxism: An Intellectual History, who will be examining the achievements of Post-Marxism.

Topics, Deadlines and Publishing Process
We are currently soliciting papers addressing the two topics covered by the keynote speakers, namely: ‘What does it mean to be Marxist?’ and ‘Post-Marxism and its discontents’.

We invite the submission of abstracts on these topics by November 15th.
Authors whose abstracts are accepted will then be invited to submit full papers by December 17th. This will enable refereeing priori to publication of the special issue of Global Discourse in February 2011.

We aim, subsequently, to publish a collected edition in print based on these papers.

Please submit all abstracts, papers and panel proposals to the editors at editor@global-discourse.com.

Costs
There will be no conference fee.

A lunch buffet and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

An optional evening conference meal on Saturday 29th of January will be held at a nearby restaurant. We will seek to organise a special rate for the meal and will circulate details in due course. Participants shall bear the cost of their meal.

Places
There will be space for 40 paper-givers and 20 non-paper-giving participants.

Please address all queries and submit all papers to Matthew Johnson and Mark Edward at editor@global-discourse.com.

Global Discourse: http://global-discourse.com/

Global Economic Crisis

With best wishes
Matthew Johnson

 

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The 1960s

THE SOCIALIST 1960s: POPULAR CULTURE AND THE CITY IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Program and Schedule
Fisher Forum 2010

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
June 24-26

The Socialist 1960s: Popular Culture and the City in Global Perspective

THURSDAY, JUNE 24

7-8:30  Film showing: “Wings” (dir. Larisa Shepitko, 1966) (101 Armory Building, 505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign)

8:30-9:30  Panel discussion (101 Armory)

*Chair*: Anne E. Gorsuch (History, University of British Columbia)
Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois)
Eugénie Zvonkine (Cinema, University of Paris 8)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 25*

**Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
9-9:30  Welcome and introductions (Diane Koenker, History, University of Illinois)

9:30-11:  *Panel One: Socialist Spaces*

*Chair*: Anne E. Gorsuch

Lewis H. Siegelbaum (History, Michigan State University), “Togliatti: A Sixties Socialist City in the Seventies”

Susan Reid (Art History, Sheffield University, UK), “Making Oneself At Home in the Soviet Sixties”

Joao Goncalves (Anthropology, University of Chicago), and Marial Iglesias (History and Philosophy, University of Havana, Cuba) “Bring in the Sputnik, Topple the Eagle: The Birth of Socialist Havana in the Early 1960s*”*

*Discussant*: Christine Varga-Harris (History, Illinois State University)

1-2:30: *Panel Two: Youth Cultures*
*Chair*: Padraic Kenney (History, Indiana University)

Anne Luke (History, Wolverhampton University, UK), “Listening to /Los Beatles/:  Being Young in 1960s Cuba”

Rossen Djagalov (Comparative Literature, Yale University), “Musical Counterpublics: Guitar Poetry and International Socialism with a Human Face in the 1960s”

*Discussant: * Donna Buchanan (Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois)

3-5:  *Panel Three: Contact Zones*

*Chair*: Lilya Kaganovsky

Shawn Salmon (History, University of California), “Building Out: the Soviet Hotel in the 1960s”

Polly Jones (Literature, University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies), “The “Thaw” Goes International: Soviet Literature in Translation and Transit in the 1960s ”

Nicholas Rutter (History, Yale University), “Missionary Tourism at the World Youth Festivals of the 1960s”

*Discussant:* Anne E. Gorsuch

*SATURDAY, JUNE 26*

9:30-11:30. *Panel Four: Television*

*Chair*: Roshanna Sylvester (History, DePaul University)

Heather Gumbert (History, Virginia Polytechnic University), “Sixties Television: Redefining Socialist Womanhood in the GDR”

Christine Evans (History, University of California, Berkeley), “The 1960s Soviet Television Game Show as Cold War Genre”

Robert Edelman (History, University of California, San Diego), “From Soccer Tourism to Cosmopolitan Hooliganism: The Consequences of International Club Football inside the USSR, 1965-1975”

*Discussant*: James Brennan (History, University of Illinois)

1-3: *Panel Five: Tourism*

*Chair: *George Gasyna (Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois)

Christian Noack (History, National University of Ireland), “Unchained Melodies? The Soviet Tourist Song Movement between Bard Poetry and Soviet Mass Culture”

Mark Keck-Szajbel (History, University of California, Berkeley), “The Popularity and Peril of Hitchhiking in 1960s People’s Poland”

Rachel Applebaum (History, University of Chicago), “Detour on the Friendship Train: Soviet Tourism to Czechoslovak Cities and the Prague Spring, 1964-1969”

*Discussant: *Diane Koenker

3:30-5:00: *Closing Roundtable*

/The Socialist Sixties in Global Perspective: Questions and Research Agenda/**

**Chair: Diane Koenker

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A great video and song, ‘Daystar’ by Will Roberts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6f_pA5XUPk