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"Rhetoric of Science and Technology" Conference

New Orleans, November 2002

American Association for Rhetoric of Science and Technology

6th Annual Pre-conference

November 20, 2002

New Orleans, LA

The American Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology
announces a call for papers for its annual Pre-conference on November
20th, 2002 in New Orleans, LA. Building upon the success of the past two
pre-conferences, this year's gathering will feature special sessions
focusing on the rhetorics of stakeholder engagement within the National
Laboratory System. Detailed information on these sessions and a call for
respondents/participants will be forthcoming.

At this time, we welcome submissions for a panel session featuring cutting
edge work being done in the rhetoric of science and technology. Papers
exploring any area of the rhetoric of science and technology are welcome.
New PhDs and graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit.
Submit papers to Joanna Ploeger (see contact information below) by June
15, 2002. Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent as
Word or RTF document attachments.

The American Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology
Pre-conference is held in conjunction with the 88th annual convention of
the National Communication Association, November 21-24.

Please contact the pre-conference organizer with questions or concerns.

Paper submissions and/or inquiries can be made to:

Joanna Ploeger

Department of Communication Studies

105 BCSB

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242

319-353-1996

joanna-ploeger@uiowa.edu



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Humanities Department

Michigan Technological University

1400 Townnsend Drive

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"Decaying Empire/Exuberant Alternatives" Conference

Announced for Madison, Wisconsin, October, 2002

Call for Participation

The 2002 meetings of the Association for Humanist Sociology will be held
October 10-13 in Madison, WI. The deadline is April 15, 2002. Theme:
"Decaying Empire/Exuberant Alternatives."

Presentations do not need to be
directly related to the conference theme. Various forms of participation
are possible, including poster presentations, single presentations,
organization of sessions, panel discussions, and presentations on teaching.
Performance art, installation art and political theater pieces are also
welcome, as is simply moderating a session.

Send a three-sentence summary to Diane Schaefer, AHS Program Chair,
Department of Sociology, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920;
Phone: 217-581-7831; Fax: 217-581-7067; Email: cfds2@eiu.edu. Please
include phone and fax numbers and e-mail address, if applicable. Please
specify any a-v needs. At present we are not able to accomodate PowerPoint
requests.

For more information about AHS or the annual meetings see the website
at: http://www.humanistsoc.org or contact Steve McGuire at 740.826.8288.

Marxism and the Visual Arts Now

University College London

8-10 April 2002

Plenary Themes:

Marxism and Cultural Practice Today

Art or Aesthetics?



Session Themes

Methodology: Dialectic, Negative Dialectics and other Materialist Modes of
Understanding

Marxism and Aesthetic Value

Stages in the Formation of the Popular and the Crisis of Cultural Studies

The Cultural Heritage of the Eastern Bloc

Racialization, Gendering and Sexing of Class and its Implications for
Marxist Cultural Work

Psychoanalysis and Materialist Theories of the Subject

Technology, Commodification, and Cultural Form in the Era of Globalization

What is Living and What is Dead in the Situationist International?

Issues in Cultural Production in Second and Third World Countries

The Sociology of the Contemporary Art World

george writes "e-mail: libasoli.bremen@gmx.de

http://www.libasoli.de

Urgent call for international support (27.01.02)

Campaign for Solidarity with stateless Lebanese Kurds

Deportation of 550 stateless Lebanese Kurds from City of Bremen
After 12 years of settlement in Bremen, going to school, having found
employment or businesses established a group of 550 of our colleagues,
friends, neighbours and schoolmates have been served with deportation
orders.
For two years, a solidarity campaign could win time again and again, but
by now things have been worsened.

We now need any support from any level to get through the obvious
solution: a right to stay on humanitarian grounds.

We need YOUR protest fax or email from wherever in the world you are
based. The authorities need to understand that they are watched by many.
So, please take some minutes to write a protest note to the addresses
listed below.

Making Social Movements:

The British Marxist Historians and the Study of
Social Movements

June 26-28, 2002, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, England

Conference Sponsors

The Social Movements Research Group, Edge Hill College of Higher Education,
The London Socialist Historians Group, The Socialist History Society,
Historical Materialism

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Dorothy Thompson

Brian Manning

Bryan D Palmer

Ellen Wood

On Saturday 4 May 2002 from 10.00am to 6.30pm, the Department of Politics
and International Studies at the University of Warwick will host its fourth
annual conference for postgraduate students working in political theory or
political philosophy. The three previous events have been very successful,
attracting a wide range of high quality papers, and participants from many
countries. Past participants have reported that the conference provides a
useful opportunity for graduate students to gain experience and receive
feedback on work in progress.

As well as postgraduate papers, there will be two Plenary Sessions. Prof.
Harry Brighouse (Institute of Education, London) and Dr. Matthew Clayton
(Brunel) will debate Liberalism, Autonomy, and the Family. Dr. Stuart Elden
(Warwick) will discuss Heidegger's Rhetorical Politics.

Postgraduates interested in giving papers should send abstracts (400-500
words) by no later than March 29, 2002. Papers may deal with any area within
contemporary political theory, political philosophy, or the history of
political thought, but should take no more than twenty minutes to present.
Those interested in attending the conference should reserve a place no later
than April 19, 2002. Attendance is free of charge.

All correspondence, or further inquiries, should be addressed to Dr. C.
Woodard, either at PAIS, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, or
C.Woodard@warwick.ac.uk

If you would like a poster version (Word attachment) of this message please
either contact Chris or stuart.elden@warwick.ac.uk

14th Conference of North American & Cuban Philosophers, Social Scientists

Havana, Cuba, June 18-July 2, 2002

North American philosophers and social scientists are invited to participate
along with Cuban counterparts in this annual event in Havana, Cuba. In past
years as many as 75 North Americans have joined with 140 Cubans for a week
of discussions, followed by another week of visits to various organizations
and sites of interest. The 14th conference will take place at the
University of Havana from June 24-28.

The Institute for Applied Autonomy has posted "ISee", a surveillance-camera-avoidance mapping router for urban demonstration purposes. Visit it on-line at ISee

Topple the WEF with puppets and props! We have some amazing art happening, but there is so much to be created/finished and rehearsed in the coming days. The more vibrant, explosive, and theatrical our pageant, the more successfull -- and powerful -- it will be. These are some of our best tools to get our messages out in a positive way. Please mobilize yourself and your friends this week to do street theater and make puppets! All of these elements will be key in making the WEF actions effective. We also really need people who can pick up cardboard tubes from garment or fabric stores/shops and big flats of cardboard. Anything you can contribute: time, paint, fabric, music -- everyone is welcome!

Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Newsletter

January, 2002


"Prison is a weapon used by the State to crush individuals who step out of
line"

(Michael Collins, former Mayday 2000 prisoner)


Welcome to the January 2002 edition of the ELP Newsletter. Britain is
currently witnessing the proposal of some of the most pro-development,
anti-environmental legislation ever seen. (See "Earth Liberation
Investigation" on page 4). With such proposals being made, ELP would not be
surprised to see an increase in Earth First! style protests. But with that
runs the risk of imprisonment. It is totally unjustified that people should
have to risk imprisonment because they want to try and save one little piece of
the planet. It is totally unforgivable if, once inside, that prisoner was not
given the support they deserve. Remember, no matter how long they are serving,
they all deserve our support. Support the Earth Liberation prisoners.

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