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Actually I am from Cyprus, not that it matters much. And no, we haven’t communicated before. And yes, Cengiz is the Turkish form of Genghis. That said, thanks for the appreciation though.

I can't remember if I've previously noticed the MINIMAL VE MAKSIMAL YAZILAR blog before, out of Turkey. But it's run by Cengiz Erdem, and contains a lot of good stuff. (And by the way, is the name "Cengiz" the Turkish form of "Genghis"? Sure looks like it. I hope I haven't communicated with him before and simply forgotten about it; looks like the sort of blog I would have noticed before.) … Read More

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At first it might seem he is. If Bruno Latour is on the right track with respect to speculative realism, as Graham Harman and others would argue, then it might seem that Deleuze is on the right track as well for there are a number of areas where their philosophies converge in significant ways – especially concerning events, multiplicity, and their embrace of an ontological monism. I cover much of this in Deleuze’s Hume. It would also seem that De … Read More

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In the context of Spinoza’s famous letter to Lodewijk Meyer (Letter 12) where Spinoza lays forth the differences, as he sees it, between the infinite and the finite, substance and modes, Spinoza makes an important distinction between eternity and duration: The difference between Eternity and Duration arises from this. For it is only of Modes that we can explain the existence by Duration. But [we can explain the existence] of Substance by Eternity … Read More

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Timothy Murray, Director of the Society for the Humanities, is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 research focal theme: “Sound: Culture, Theory, Practice, Politics.” Six to eight Fellows will be appointed.

ALL FOR FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

The Society for the Humanities invites scholars to reflect this year upon the theme of “Sound: Culture, Theory, Practice, Politics” as a means of analyzing the resonance of historical and contemporary representations, movements, ideas, and negations of sound. Representations of sound abound in visual, textual, and aural realms. Storytelling, poetry, music, theater, oral histories, political speeches, and noise find their way in and out of texts, images, and recordings as various kinds of sound travel through different media. From “voicing” to “listening,” sound shapes the framework of much critical and philosophical analysis of the body, affect, and social publics. How does sound function in establishing parameters of psycho-cultural imaginaries, social practice, religious ritual, and political regulation across the globe? How do manifestations of sound differ in the global context of capitalism and cosmopolitanism, not to mention the specificities of ethnic difference and cultural diversity? How are “voice,” “hearing,” and “listening” defined in various disciplines and in relation to aesthetic properties of the disciplines, such as meter, rhythm, montage, and amplification? What criteria are used for differentiating natural from artificial sounds? Does sound challenge disciplinary distinctions between the visual the oral/aural/tactile? Can the loud noises of industrial culture be distinguished from the synthetic sounds of electronic music, the stammerings of performance and philosophical manifestos, and the burps and sighs of the comics and cinematic sound tracks? Beyond music’s embodiment of sound as artistic form, applicants are welcome to consider the broader sense of sonic environments, the role of silence in private and public space and performance, and the ways in which sound underlies life itself (the “pink noise” of earthquakes and ocean currents) as well as the negative sense of pollution (environment) or weapon (torture and warfare). Possible topics might include the use of sound to mark the passage of time; the correlation of sound to the movement of the body in dance and performance; deafness and disability studies; the sonic promise of sonic cartographic projects of social movements and migrations. Of equal import are the cultural impact of the electronic and digital age and the harmonious collusion of the virtual and the visceral in internet-driven communities. Fellows might also consider sound’s importance to visual studies, the cultural and ethnic specificity of acoustic fields and rhythms in the age of sampling and mixing, and the gender import of voice and spoken narrative. This interdisciplinary invitation is open to study of the broadest cross-cultural range of contexts and media that cross the boundaries of time and space, from East and West/South and North.

QUALIFICATIONS

Fellows should be working on topics related to the year’s theme. Their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2010. The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience which may include teaching as a graduate student.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The following application materials must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2010. Faxed applications will not be accepted. 1. A curriculum vitae and a copy of one scholarly paper no more than 35 pages in length. Applicants who wish to have their materials returned should enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. 2. A one-page abstract in addition to a detailed statement of the research project the applicant would like to pursue during the term of the fellowship (1,000-3,000 words). Applicants are also encouraged to submit a working bibliography for their projects. 3. A brief (two-page) proposal for a seminar related to the applicant’s research. Seminars meet two hours per week for one semester (fourteen weeks) and enrollment is limited to fifteen graduate students and qualified undergraduate students. 4. Two letters of recommendation from senior colleagues to whom candidates should send their research proposal and teaching proposal. Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate’s proposed research and teaching statements. Please ask referees to send their letters directly to the Society.

Letters must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2010. Send 3 copies of the full application and letters of recommendation to:

Program Administrator Society for the Humanities A.D. White House 27 East Ave. Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853-1101

For further information:

Phone: 607-255-9274

Email: humctr-mailbox@cornell.edu

Website: www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/

Awards will be announced by the end of December 2010.

Note: Extensions for applications will not be granted. The Society will consider only fully completed applications. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that ALL documentation is complete, and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to the Society before the closing date. Emailed applications will not be accepted. The Society for the Humanities The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University in 1966 to support research and encourage imaginative teaching in the humanities. It is intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars. In addition to promoting research on central concepts, methods or problems in the humanities, the Society for the Humanities seeks to encourage serious and sustained discussion between teachers and learners at all levels of maturity. Fellowships Fellows include scholars from other universities and members of the Cornell faculty released from regular duties. The fellowships are held for one academic year. Each Society Fellow will receive $45,000. Applicants living outside North America are eligible for an additional $2,000 to assist with travel costs.

Call for Papers
Edited by Richard Rushton and Philip Roberts

What is schizoanalysis and how might it be applied to the analysis of contemporary visual culture? This question is both daunting in its complexity and exciting in terms of the possibility for a whole new way of thinking about visual culture it offers. Answering it seems to require that we experiment with Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas and concepts to produce our own new syntheses adequate to the demands of the present creative, historical and theoretical conjuncture we find ourselves in today. That is the challenge we will take up by bringing together some of the most creative and exacting scholars working in the fields of Deleuze studies, film studies, visual culture and digital theory today.

We are now accepting submissions for a special issue of the Deleuze Studies journal, due to be published by Edinburgh University press in 2011.

We would be happy to receive submissions based on work presented at this conference, but are also interested in original contributions inspired by or written in response to some of the ideas developed throughout the event, as well as work from those who were unable to attend but are able to offer engaging scholarship on the meeting between Deleuze and Guattari’s schizoanalysis project and any aspect of the visual, the cinematic, or the database of images that forms our understanding of contemporary visual cultures.

The editors are particularly interested in work that addresses the following themes:

• Schizoanalysis of cinema
• Schizoanalysis and the visual
• Schizoanalysis and art
• Schizoanalysis and digital culture
• Schizoanalysis and the ‘image of thought’
• Intersections between schizoanalysis and the Cinema books

Submissions may be up to 10,000 words long and should follow the journal style.

Submissions should be sent as a Word document to RobertsPL@cardiff.ac.uk no later than October 1st 2010

Speculations I

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Table of Contents

Editorial – Paul Ennis

Articles

Science-Laden Theory: Outlines of an Unsettled Alliance – Fabio Gironi
Thinking Against Nature: Nature, Ideation, and Realism between Lovecraft and Schelling – Ben Woodard
To Exist Is To Change: A Friendly Disagreement With Graham Harman On Why Things Happen – Michael Austin
Interviews with Graham Harman, Jane Bennett, Tim Morton, Ian Bogost, Levi Bryant and Paul Ennis – Petter Gratton

Position Papers

Nomological Disputation: Alain Badiou and Graham Harman on Objects – Nathan Coombs
Response to Nathan Coombs – Graham Harman
Networkologies: A Manifesto, Section I – Christopher Vitale

Book Reviews

Deleuze/Guattari & Ecology edited by Bernd Herzogenrath – Adrian Ivakhiv
The Ecological Thought by Tim Morton – Petter Gratton with a response by Tim Morton
After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion edited by Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler – Austin Smidt

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