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cover of the book Graphs, Maps, Trees

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cover of the book How Novels Think

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cover of the book The Trouble With Diversity

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The Valve - Closed For Renovation

Happy Trails to You

What’s an Encyclopedia These Days?

Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

Intimate Enemies: What’s Opera, Doc?

Alphonso Lingis talks of various things, cameras and photos among them

Feynmann, John von Neumann, and Mental Models

Support Michael Sporn’s Film about Edgar Allen Poe

Philosophy, Ontics or Toothpaste for the Mind

Nazi Rules for Regulating Funk ‘n Freedom

The Early History of Modern Computing: A Brief Chronology

Computing Encounters Being, an Addendum

On the Origin of Objects (towards a philosophy of computation)

Symposium on Graeber’s Debt

The Nightmare of Digital Film Preservation

Richard Petti on Occupy Wall Street: America HAS a Ruling Class

Bill Benzon on Whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat?

Nick J. on The Valve - Closed For Renovation

Bill Benzon on Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

Norma on Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

Bill Benzon on What’s an Object, Metaphysically Speaking?

john balwit on What’s an Object, Metaphysically Speaking?

William Ray on That Shakespeare Thing

Bill Benzon on That Shakespeare Thing

William Ray on That Shakespeare Thing

JoseAngel on That Shakespeare Thing

Bill Benzon on Objects and Graeber's Debt

Bill Benzon on A Dirty Dozen Sneaking up on the Apocalypse

JoseAngel on A Dirty Dozen Sneaking up on the Apocalypse

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

MLA Open Thread/Bulletin Board

Posted by John Holbo on 12/25/05 at 04:33 PM

’Tis the season. I’m on a panel on “Zizek and Christianity”. My paper sort of, kind of needs to get written. Oh well. I don’t think I’ll have trouble filling 15 minutes with thoughts about this fellow. Plus I’m not on til Thursday. I’ll tuck session info under the fold, plus info about other Valve author sessions.

Please feel free to use the comment box to recommend sessions, or chat about the conference, or even as a bulletin board to announce stuff. 

Thursday, 29 December

414. Žižek and Christianity

10:15–11:30 a.m., Kalorama, Washington Hilton

A special session

Presiding: Peter Yoonsuk Paik, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

1. “Traversing the Phantasmatic Holocaust,” Matthew Biberman, Univ. of Louisville

2. “Love, Sex, and Death in Žižek’s Analysis of Christianity,” Sheila Kunkle, Vermont Coll.

3. “Žižek and the Limits of Philosophical Composition,” John Holbo, National Univ. of Singapore

Tuesday, 27 December

35. English Studies and Political Literacy

7:00–8:45 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom North, Marriott

A forum

Presiding: Donald P. Lazere, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

1. “How Can Americans under Forty Be Tuned Back In to Following the News?” David T. Z. Mindich, Saint Michael’s Coll.

2. “Student Conservatism and Political Literacy,” Adolph L. Reed, Jr., Univ. of Pennsylvania

3. “Political Literacy in Rhetoric and Composition Studies,” Patricia Roberts-Miller, Univ. of Texas, Austin

4. “Reading and Political Literacy at Risk in Young Americans,” Mark Bauerlein, Emory Univ.

5. “Learning Political Literacy through Chicago’s Public Schools: What’s College Funding Got to Do with It?” Kenneth W. Warren, Univ. of Chicago

Tuesday, 27 December

89. Walter Benn Michaels’s Our America Ten Years Later

8:45–10:00 p.m., Coolidge, Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Christopher Douglas, Univ. of Victoria

1. “Against Race: Walter Benn Michaels and Paul Gilroy,” Wai Chee Dimock, Yale Univ.

2. “Walter Benn Michaels’s Argument,” Sean Joseph McCann, Wesleyan Univ.

3. “Our America and the Thwarted Ambition of Argument,” Kenneth W. Warren, Univ. of Chicago

Respondent: Walter Benn Michaels, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

Somebody else from our roster is doing something as well, but I’m forgetting. (Sorry.) Amardeep has something he’s doing at the South Asian Literary Association conference, which I gather runs in parallel. I dunno. He’ll have to explain.


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