Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CFP MMLA Journal

The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for essay submissions on its 2011 Conference Theme: “Play.” Essays treating any aspect of “Play” in language, literature, drama, film, and popular culture are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: drama and performance studies; satire and parody; linguistic play; game theory; innovative pedagogies; scholarship as play; hoaxes and cons; queerings; subjectivity and identity performance; sport; transgressions and boundary-crossings; mindgames.

All submissions should be sent via email to the MMLA office at mmla@luc.edu by August 1, 2012.

Please read the submission guidelines for additional information.

CFP for ACLA 2013

Call for Seminar Proposals and Papers
2013 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association
April 5-7, 2013
University of Toronto - Toronto, Canada

“Global Positioning Systems”

« Le texte en français suit »
The theme for the 2013 ACLA conference at the University of Toronto is “Global Positioning Systems”.  At once domesticated and uncanny, world-mapping and world-changing, ubiquitous and invisible, GPS technology resonates broadly both as an exemplary metonym of contemporary technology and as a metaphor. Conference presenters are invited to extend the metaphor widely in space and time and to non-technological realms. In particular, we are interested in the capacities of language and literature for world-making and global positioning.

Google’s Earth: How do people position themselves with regard to the globe?  What is the effect of being positioned? Is the earth we are positioned on flat or round? Does it have edges? What existence outside maps do borders have?
Lost Satellite Reception: What about analog Global positioning systems: the postal system, the road system, the electric grid, radio reception, telephone networks? What about sacred sites and pilgrimages? How do obsolete systems collapse? How do they survive? What happens to outdated maps?
Recalculating: How should people position themselves with regard to the globe? How should we think of the nonhuman and larger than human planet where we make our home? What global positioning systems offer alternative modes of citizenship and community?
Orientation: Where are East and West, North and South? We will commemorate the tenth anniversary of Edward Said’s death at the conference.
Navigation: How are movement and displacement positioned in the globe? Where are the sans-papiers, the homeless, the illegal alien and all who do not have a place on the map? Consider the mapping of circulation and the obstacles to circulation, including shibboleths, passwords, passports, identification technology. Consider the possibility of changes in direction.
Contested Cartographies: How is the world mapped differently in different areas? How do those maps map onto each other? What frames are implied? Is common ground possible?
Zooming in and out: What difference does scale make to our understanding of position?
Timekeeping: How is time mapped onto space? Consider History as another Global Positioning System. Does History have different speeds?
Monitoring: The actual technology of GPS partakes of the technology of surveillance, including satellites, cameras, and tracking. How do these change our ideas of self and world? We need to consider power and the ways people are complicit, imbricated, controlled and not controlled by power. What does security mean in an age of insecurity and hypervigilance? How does the new eagle eye technology change our understanding of vision and ocularcentrism?
Targeting: What is the fate of indexicality, the act of pointing, when nothing is present and everything is in reach?

The ACLA invites seminar proposals and individual paper submissions on comparative topics addressing, literally or metaphorically, the theme of Global Positioning Systems and their representation in texts, film and other media.  Seminars will be comprised of from eight to twelve persons.  Proposals/papers should be submitted via the "Propose a Paper or Seminar" link at the ACLA conference website: http://www.acla.org/acla2013

Seminar Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2013
Deadline for Paper Proposals: November 1, 2013

For more information, contact info@acla.org

Système mondial de localisation / Global Positioning Systems

Le thème du prochain congrès de l’ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), qui se tiendra du 5 au 7 avril 2013 à l’Université de Toronto, est GPS (Global positioning systems). À la fois familière et troublante, normative et transformatrice, omniprésente et invisible, la technologie GPS agit autant comme métonyme exemplaire de la technologie contemporaine, que comme métaphore. Nous vous invitons à déployer cette métaphore dans le temps comme dans l’espace, ainsi qu’à la faire voyager jusqu’aux sphères qui ne sont pas spécifiquement technologiques. Un intérêt particulier sera porté aux possibilités de la langue et de la littérature quant à la construction de mondes et au positionnement dans ces mondes.

Google’s Earth : Comment nous positionnons-nous sur le globe? Quel est l’effet de ce positionnement? La terre sur laquelle nous nous positionnons est-elle plate ou ronde? A-t-elle des limites précises? Quelle existence, à l’extérieur des cartes, les frontières ont-elles?
Sans signaux satellites : Qu’en est-il des systèmes de localisation analogiques : le système postal, le réseau routier, le réseau électrique, la réception radio, le réseau téléphonique? Et des sites sacrés ou de pèlerinage? Que faisons-nous des systèmes désuets? Qu’arrive-t-il aux cartes qui ne sont plus adéquates?
Recalculer : Comment devrions-nous nous positionner par rapport au globe? Comment comprendre cette planète, à la fois humaine et plus qu’humaine, que nous habitons? Quels systèmes de localisation offrent des façons alternatives de vivre la nationalité, la communauté?
S’orienter: Où sont l’est et l’ouest, le nord et le sud? Nous commémorerons le dixième anniversaire de la mort d’Edward Said au cours du congrès.
Naviguer: Comment mouvements et déplacements sont-ils positionnés sur le globe? Où sont les sans-papiers, les sans-abri, les immigrants illégaux et tous ceux qui n’ont pas de place sur les cartes? Qu’en est-il du contrôle de la circulation, des obstacles tels schibboleths, mots de passe, passeports ? Qu’en est-il des possibilités de changement de direction ?
Cartographies contestées : Quelles sont les différences dans la façon dont le monde est cartographié d’un endroit à l’autre? Comment les diverses cartes peuvent-elles être projetées l’une sur l’autre? Quels cadres de référence sont en jeu? Y a-t-il un terrain d’entente possible?
Zoom avant, zoom arrière : Quel rôle l’échelle joue-t-il dans notre compréhension du positionnement?
Espace-Temps: Comment l’aspect temporel est-il représenté spatialement? L’Histoire n’est-elle pas un autre « système de positionnement mondial »? L’Histoire a-t-elle différentes vitesses?
Surveiller : La technologie GPS actuelle prend part aux technologies de surveillance (satellites, caméras, repérage). Comment ces technologies modifient-elles notre vision du soi et du monde? Que signifie « sécurité » dans un monde d’insécurité et d’hypervigilance?
Dans la mire: Quel est le sort de l’indexicalité, l’action de pointer, quand rien n’est présent et que tout est à la portée?

Monday, June 25, 2012


A truly terrible video, even by '80's standards, for a truly great song.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Alumni News: Part I The Youngest Tenant

Letters and postcards have been flooding in with news from alumni, but Michele has been leaving them on the table in the library in the East Wing, and, since it's summer, we haven't been in the library much. Now that it's gotten so hot, we finally wandered into the library to look for that copy of Castle Rackrent and found two months' worth of news. We'll get you caught up on everything in stages.

First off,  the Tenants were delighted to receive the following announcement from Jessika Thomas (PhD, '07):

"Dear family and friends,

Jessika Thomas and Todd Ensign happily announce the birth of our son:

Ian Jachin Thomsign
June 6, 2012, at 7:10 am
8 lbs. 5 oz., 21.25 inches

All are well.

With love, Jessika, Todd, and Ian"

Since Jessika is getting ready to start her third year of law school, she thoroughly researched the matter, and you can indeed give the baby a name that combines both parents' names rather than hypenating. This struck us as a pretty nifty idea although it will probably drive some future family genealogist crazy.

Jessika also noted that Ian was born at home, although he has left the house since then. Apparently, he sleeps all the way through a nice lunch out, not unlike some of the older Tenants.