(((Trans- & Trance)))

17th Annual Graduate Student Conference | Western University, Canada

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures | Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Keynotes by Dr. David S. Ferris (University of Colorado at Boulder) and Dr. Joel Faflak (Western University)

Trans- and trance are ways of life: from transcendentalist impulses in the Epic of Gilgamesh, to Freud’s discussion of the phenomenon of transference, to the rise of transnationalism in modern times, the conceptual import of “trans-“ has always lied in its ability to denote mobility against and across frontiers, positionality along multiple axes, and shifting modes of territoriality within agonistic horizons. Trance almost always followed.

“Trans-” as a concept has steadily grown in importance as a way to inform critical thought and study in many intellectual fields and disciplines.In her 2014 report on “trans-” as one of the American Comparative Literature Association’s “ideasof the decade,” Jessica Berman notes how “‘trans-’ is not a substantive but rather an ‘orientation’ of critical approaches, attitudes, and habits of reading or experiencing”.

The Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, and Theory and Criticism programs at Western University invite you to problematize the concepts of “trans-“ and trance at the 17th Annual Graduate Student Conference to be held from March 5-7, 2015 in London, Ontario, Canada. The conference invites papers that engage critical notions of transit, change, and tumult in multidisciplinary contexts, especially those that highlight “trans-“ as a paradigm of dynamic subjectivity negotiating potentially violent domains. As trance culture seeks to reach the elusive state that lies Beyond, so too do the organizers hope that the conference will provide insight into possible conciliatory modes to the disruptions that the “trans-” phenomenon precipitates.

We encourage interdisciplinary submissions, including but not limited to literature, critical theory, cultural studies, digital humanities, linguistics, film studies, visual arts, music, popular culture, architecture, history, and philosophy. Suggested areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Transformation:metamorphosis, posthumanism, science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, rhetoric, semiotics of architecture, performativity
  2. Trance and the Transcendent:the sublime, the oneiric, the orphic, aesthetics of trance, “the music of the Spheres”, euphoria, consciousness studies, hypnotext and literary mesmerism
  3. Transgression in its various formsproletarian literature, resistance and subversion literature, agitprop, the artist as Revolutionary, experimental literature, the Avant-Garde, the Gothic, queer theory
  4. Transit and Transitions:immigrant literature, displacement, exile, postcolonialism, cosmopolitanism, urban culture, travel literature, border poetics, intersectionality, fluidity
  5. Transsectional figuresthe diasporic writer, the queer, the new feminist, the post- and transhuman, the academic as public intellectual, the digital humanist
  6. Transference:creativity and trauma, psychoanalysis, ecocriticism, literature and epistemology, catharsis
  7. Transfusionlanguage acquisition and development, digital humanities, normcore culture, cultural transmission, medical humanities, new media, pop culture Transtemporal:post-war, post 9/11, literature in an age of terrorism, nostalgia, memory, ephemerality, interruptions, trends, waves, pop-ups
  8. Transculturalism and Transnationalism:hybridity, identity, appropriation, selfhood, folk culture, memes
  9. Transactions:economies of exchange, reader response theory, reception theory, encounters with the Other, linguistic exchange
  10. Translating the trance of the original: translation, transmedial art, photography, Benjamin, Barthes

We are asking those interested in delivering 15 to 20-minute presentations to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to https://www.tfaforms.com/348456 by 10 December 2014. You can also email your abstract, name, paper keywords, institutional affiliation, technical requirements, and a 50-word biography to transtrance17 [at] gmail [dot] com. Abstracts and presentations in both English and Spanish are welcome, and selected papers will be published in an online academic archive post-conference. For more information, please check our Facebook page at Transtrance Seventeenth.

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FIMSGA: A Letter of Solidarity in Support of UWOFA

FIMSGA: A Letter of Solidarity in Support of UWOFA.

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Call for Papers: Conference Proceedings

Jaime R. Brenes Reyes:

Publishing opportunities for Grad Conference at Western…

Originally posted on #BREVITY:

Dear All,

We hope you enjoyed the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Brevity at Western earlier this month. We would like to invite those interested to continue the lively discussions in our online publishing repository.

Submissions should be extended versions of papers presented and accepted papers will be featured on our page (http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/mllgradconference/) at Scholarship@Western. This academic repository, supported by Western Libraries, will also be indexed on Google Scholar. We consider papers as pre-publications, meaning that you will keep authorship rights, and are free to submit versions of your own work to other journals.

Please send your papers to brevitywestern@gmail.com by April 30, 2014. Papers will be reviewed by the conference committee and replies can be expected within the first couple of weeks in May.

Submissions in both Spanish and English will be accepted. All manuscripts must conform to standardized guidelines for formatting i. e. MLA (literature)…

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Book Launch Western University. March 17th, 2014

Jaime R. Brenes Reyes:

Awesome event!

Originally posted on Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace:

simulationThis is an invitation to join us in celebrating

the Indigenous Message on Water


Date: Monday March 17, 2014

Hour: 5:00 PM – 7:00 Pm

Location: Chu International Centre

Room 2130 – Western Student Services Building

The University of Western Ontario. London, ON (Canada).


Dr. Carol Hopkins / Nozhem (Mother Wolf)

carol-hopkinsCarol is from the Delaware First Nation of Moraviantown, Ontario. She is the Executive Director of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation, an organization whose mandate is to support Canada’s First Nations Addictions programs. Her strength in the health profession is the ability to blend western and native traditional health & healing practices in a competent and responsive manner.

For more info, please see: Poster book launch UWO

Please feel free to distribute this information widely.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Conference Proceedings, 2013 (and publishing opportunities)

Jaime R. Brenes Reyes:

Conference proceedings from the Laugh Conference (2013) and reminder for the upcoming Brevity (2014) conference…

Originally posted on #BREVITY:


We are proud to announce the first conference proceedings from the 15th Annual MLL Graduate Conference, “Good Laugh, Bad Laugh, Ugly Laugh, My Laugh”. The proceedings are housed at scholarship@Western, an online academic repository supported by the Western University library system, and are searchable through Google Scholar. They can be found at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/mllgradconference/.

The proceedings have been considered as pre-publications, meaning that the authors keep the authorship rights and are free to submit versions of their own work to journals, or to post in blogs.

In addition, we will be looking for papers to publish in the conference proceedings for the 16th Annual MLL Conference on Brevity, which will take place on March 6-8, 2014. Those who are interested in presenting a paper and, eventually, be published can submit an abstract at brevitywestern@gmail.com by January 1st, 2014.

Finally, we would like to thank Jaime Brenes Reyes…

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Full Fees and Empty Pockets: An Evening with Laura Penny


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November 8, 2013 · 4:51 am


Call for Papers

The students of York University’s Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies (more information about the program is available at http://www.yorku.ca/gradcdis/) launched an academic journal in November 2009. Critical Disability Discourse is a bilingual, interdisciplinary journal, publishing articles that focus on experiences of disability from a critical perspective. The journal considers articles from graduate scholars in a variety of academic fields, but undergraduate students, activists, and community members/organizers are also invited to contribute. Critical Disability Discourse’s goals are to provide emerging scholars an opportunity to contribute to the expanding field of critical disability studies and to gain exposure for their work in the public sphere.

Submission deadline is March 1, 2014.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to the following:

• Critical theory and disability: feminism, post-modernism, postcolonial theory, transnational analysis, Marxism, etc.

• History of disability: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Victorian Age, Industrial Age, etc.

• Law and public policy, and disability

• Qualitative and quantitative research pertaining to disability

• Education and disability

• Culture: disability-related popular culture, television, videos, blogs, arts, literature and film analysis

• Employment, market, workforce, and income security in relation to disability

• Disability-related topics in social sciences: psychology, sociology, geography, political science

• Assessment of accessibility accommodations

• Technology and disability

Submission guidelines are as follows:

1. Articles must critically address a question about an aspect of disability and offer a new angle of thought and insight; they should contribute to scholarship in the field of Critical Disability Studies. Articles must involve a critical argument, rather than be only descriptive.

2. Articles must be submitted in either English or French. Authors must consent to the translation of their articles for publication.

3. In submitting a manuscript, authors affirm that the research is original and unpublished, is not in press or under consideration elsewhere, and will not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by the journal.

4. Articles must be 3,000-7,000 words (including quotations, references, footnotes, tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations).

5. In promoting inclusion and accessibility, the journal accepts and encourages tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations within the article. However, all tables, figures, diagrams, and illustrations must include detailed written descriptions.

6. An abstract of 100-150 words should summarize the main arguments and themes of the article, the methods and results obtained, if the author’s own research was conducted, and the conclusions reached. A list of 5-7 keywords should also be included after the abstract.

7. We ask that authors are mindful of their language choices pertaining to disability and that they justify the use of
controversial words.

8. Articles are peer-reviewed. Authors’ names and other identifying information must be removed in order to be sent to reviewers.

9. Authors are responsible for ethics approval for manuscripts by receiving approval from their own institutions. Proof of ethics approval (if applicable) should be provided to the journal.

10. The journal’s style generally follows the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; English spelling follows the most recent edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

11. Manuscripts must be entirely double-spaced (including quotations, notes, references) in 12-point Times New Roman font.

12. The journal accepts footnotes, but only sparingly.

To submit, register as an author on our website and undergo the submission process: https://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/cdd

If you have any questions, contact CDD Managerial Editor, Elisabeth Harrison, at cdsj@yorku.ca

For more information and updates, please visit http://cdssa.wordpress.com/

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