[artinfo] CFP: 2010 MLG Institute on Culture and Society,

Mathias Nilges nilgesm at gmail.com
Mon Jan 4 21:08:23 CET 2010

Call for Papers
2010 Marxist Literary Group, Institute on Culture and Society
Special Topic: "The Dialectic"
Deadline for Proposals: February 15, 2010.

The 2010 Marxist Literary Group's Institute on Culture and Society 
(MLG-ICS) will convene this summer in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 
Canada, June 15-20, on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University. 
The (particularly timely) special topic of the 2010 ICS will be "The 

The Institute will feature consecutive (as opposed to 
parallel/simultaneous) sessions, consisting of traditional panels, 
roundtables, film screenings, performances, and social events. 
Additionally, intensive daily reading and discussion groups will be 
held on "Adorno and the Materialist Dialectic" led by Rich Daniels, 
on Fredric Jameson's _Valences of the Dialectic_ led by Nicholas 
Brown, and on other facets of dialectical thought (volunteers are 
invited to submit proposals for further reading groups).

Well-known for its intellectual rigor and collegial atmosphere since 
being founded by Fredric Jameson and a number of his graduate 
students in 1969/70, the ICS brings together emerging and established 
scholars each year for 5 full days of dialogue and collaboration. As 
is custom, the Institute's organizers attempt to keep critical 
production high and participants' costs low. In 2010, participants 
will, once again, be able to select from several on-campus housing 
options, which at StFX are cost-efficient, new and beautiful, and 
will contribute to the friendly and social environment the Institute 
thrives upon. Housing options include individual rooms, shared 
apartment-style residences, hotel-style residences, and more-each 
option will include generous common spaces and close proximity to the 
conference center. Detailed information regarding housing, travel, 
and further logistics will be sent out to all participants. For 
general information on St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, 
Nova Scotia and the facilities the Institute will utilize, see: 
<http://stfx.ca/>http://stfx.ca/ (StFX has just launched a new 
website, so please excuse potential glitches as our webmasters 
streamline content and infrastructure).

Confirmed speakers for the 2010 ICS include:

Ian Balfour (York University)
Karyn Ball (University of Alberta)
Nicholas Brown (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto)
Ainsworth Clarke (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto)
Rich Daniels (Oregon State University)
Len Findlay (University of Saskatchewan)
Barbara Foley (Rutgers University)
Jason Gladstone (Wake Forest University)
Peter Hitchcock (City University of New York)
Neil Larsen (University of California, Davis)
Leerom Medovoi (Portland State University)
Justin Paulson (Carleton University)
Modhumita Roy (Tufts University)
Imre Szeman (University of Alberta)
Daniel Worden (University of Colorado)

(this is only a preliminary list)

The organizing committee is now accepting proposals for individual 
presentations and panels (3 presentations plus respondent/4 
presentations). We are particularly interested in work that engages 
with any facet of dialectical critique and dialectical thought 
(including antecedents and rigorous refutations thereof). However, as 
always, any work that engages seriously with the Marxist tradition 
will be considered. Selected papers of each Institute will be 
published in _Mediations_, the journal of the Marxist Literary Group 
(<http://mediationsjournal.org/>http://mediationsjournal.org/). As 
indicated above, we also accept proposals for reading groups, 
roundtables, film screenings, and cultural performances that deal 
with the Institute's special topic.

Proposals for individual papers should be 250 words in length, 
include A/V requests (if necessary), a short bio sketch, and contact 
information. Panel proposals should include a brief rationale for the 
panel (100 words or less), bio sketch and contact information of the 
panel organizer, as well as presenters' names, bio sketches and 
contact information, paper titles, and abstracts of no more than 250 
words each. Proposals for all other events should follow the same 
formula (descriptions should also not exceed a length of 250 words 
for each presenter/performer). Please send submissions as .doc, 
.docx, or .pdf files by Monday, February 15, 2010 to: 
<mailto:2010mlgics at gmail.com>2010mlgics at gmail.com.

For questions about the ICS, logistics, travel and other concerns, 
contact: <mailto:nilgesm at gmail.com>nilgesm at gmail.com

Mathias Nilges, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of English
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Canada, B2G 2W5

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