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Catachreses? ‘Gender’, ‘Religion’, and ‘Postcoloniality’

December 17-19 2012

Hosted by the Centre for Gender and Religions Research School of Oriental &
African Studies, University of London

on behalf of the ‘Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender Project’
funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

The intimate bonds between colonial scholarship, European colonialism, and
the discursive production and employment of ‘religion’ have by now been
well charted as have the alternately fruitful and vexed exchanges between
feminist, gender-critical, and postcolonial bodies of theory. It is
curious, therefore, that there has been so sparse an engagement in the
field of Religion and Gender (R&G) concerning the potential intersections
between its eponymous objects of study and the constellation of concepts
marked as and by ‘postcoloniality’. Even a cursory review of literature in
the field in the last decade reveals a startling absence of sustained
reflection by R&G scholars on the implications that postcolonial theory
might have for their theorizations of gendered practices, identifications,
and discourses within religious traditions, or of the ways in which the
field itself might require reformulation and revision in light of the
compelling epistemological and ontological challenges posed to metropolitan
academia by a variety of postcolonialisms. Also worthy of note is the
parallel lack of direct attention in postcolonial literature to the
assertion of, or resistance to the imposition of ‘religious’ identities in
response to colonial valuations of culture, communal identity, and social
formations. Under the rubric of ‘postsecularism’, considerations of the
overlooked relationship between gender and religion are only now beginning
to garner attention, as postcolonial scholars have started to attend more
forcefully to the ways that religious affiliation provides rich contexts
within which women are able articulate political imaginaries that are
consciously resistant to secular-liberalist and feminist frameworks of
organising. There is as yet, however, little analysis of the possible
formulations of masculinity that are enabled, prevented, or dissimulated
via the conjunction of ‘religion’ and ‘postcoloniality’. Furthermore,
little attention has been paid to the imperative question as to how
‘postcoloniality’ challenges, criticizes and moves forward discussions
initiated by queer theory in relation to religion.

This workshop offers a timely, perhaps overdue, opportunity to (re)visit
the question of the necessary triangulation of ‘religion’, ‘gender’ and
‘postcoloniality’ or, put differently, to pose the question of the
necessity of thinking these categories together. What imperatives demand
their assemblage, what constraints might require their dispersal? To what
extent might the field of Religion and Gender need to undergo a process of
‘coming to terms’ such that the theoretical categories that underpin its
intellectual itineraries are subjected to renewed critical reflection and
reform? With these questions in mind, the workshop proposes a preliminary
framework of the ‘catachresis’, defined by Gayatri Spivak as the act of
‘reversing, displacing, and seizing the apparatus of value-coding’ , a
definition that extends with political intent the Derridean formulation of
catachresis as indicating the original and indeed originary incompleteness
that is inherent in all systems of meaning. As Derrida has put it,
catachresis ‘concerns first the violent and forced, abusive inscription of
a sign, the imposition of a sign upon a meaning which did not yet have its
own proper sign in language. So much so that there is no substitution here,
no transport of proper signs, but rather the irruptive extension of a sign
proper to an idea, a meaning, deprived of their signifier. A “secondary”
original”‘ (This ‘secondary origin’ produces ‘a new kind of proper sense,
by means of a catachresis whose intermediary status tends to escape the
opposition of the primitive [sense] and the figurative [sense], standing
between them as a “middle”‘.  Catachresis, as the ‘middle’, is here also a
‘between’, an interval that is neither purely semantic nor purely
syntactic; a spacing in other words. As such, the conceptual richness of
catachresis as a thematic focus for the triadic formulation of ‘religion’,
‘gender’ and ‘postcoloniality’ may enable some ground clearing, a space for
reflection on the variety of naming and conceptualizing mechanisms, the
forging of connections, the imposition of systems of intellectual
prescription that have been wielded, challenged and refused with the field
of Religion and Gender. It is the catachrestic nature of these three
concepts that we seek to probe and push here such that the relationship
between categorization and value coding can be disclosed, undone,
displaced, and rethought. What do the terms ‘religion’, ‘gender’ and
‘postcoloniality’ disclose about their own and their respective
incompleteness? What might the assumption of their intersection or dialogic
necessity imply about their inscription in a particular type and time of
‘worlding’? Is the neglect of their intersection by R&G scholars a sign of
their incompatibility or possible emptiness as intellectual
constructs–indeed, as lived realities–or of a troubling lacuna in the
field? What impropriety is promised by the conjunction of these three
concepts and which boundaries might their coalition begin to transgress?

We invite papers on any and all of these preliminary questions. We
particularly welcome papers that combine theoretical reflection with
empirical analysis in exploring and examining the intersections of
‘religion’, ‘gender’ and ‘postcoloniality’. Abstracts of no more than 300
words should be submitted by email to
Deadline*: 29th June 2012

The primary purpose of the workshop will be to identify strategic areas for
future research in the area, contributing to the development and enrichment
of the interdisciplinary study of religion and gender from the perspective
of postcolonial theory and to create a network for future research
collaboration and exchange. Selected papers from the workshop will be
published in the international journal Religion and Gender.

*Contacts:* Dr S�an Hawthorne ( and Dr Adriaan van Klinken (

Centre for Gender and Religions Research, Department of the Study of
Religions, School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell
Square, London WC1H 0XG
Centre email:

The Velvet Light Trap

Call for Papers: Issue 72


Useful Media: Industrial, Educational, Institutional


Submission deadline: September 15, 2012


As breakthroughs in digital technologies compel scholars to address media consumption outside the traditional contexts of the theater and the home, media historians remind us that audio/visual materials have always proliferated in other places: city halls, churches, courtrooms, classrooms, hospitals, union halls, corporate offices, factories, and laboratories. Within such alternative venues, media function as tools of education, justice, agitation, advocacy, professionalization, strategy, training, and proselytizing. These frequently overlooked uses of media, beyond art and entertainment, remind us that the patterns of production, distribution, and consumption commonly invoked by terms like “the movies” or “television” represent only certain configurations within the broader field of media practice.


Recent developments in the accessibility of educational and industrial media–through the Internet Archive, YouTube postings of leaked training videos, and DVD anthology collections (e.g., Treasures from American Film Archives)–have brought these other media venues and practices to a new prominence. Likewise, an increase in scholarly attention paid to “useful” media, as in the recent anthologies Useful Cinema (Acland and Wasson, 2011) and Learning with the Lights Off (Orgeron, Orgeron, and Streible 2012), encourages us to revise our assumptions about how media function in everyday life and rethink the very definitions of media forms that scholars often take for granted.


In that spirit, The Velvet Light Trap seeks essays for an issue on “useful” media. We welcome submissions concerning the production, distribution, exhibition, and/or reception of educational, industrial, and other institutional film, video, television, audio, and new media, past and present.


Topics and approaches may include, but are not limited to:


Examples of educational, industrial, and useful media:

          media used by religious institutions, civic organizations, NGOs, unions, libraries, governments, and prisons

          training films, videos, and software

          closed-circuit television in educational contexts

          sponsored films and institutional advertising

          ambient music within institutional settings (malls, factories, restaurants, waiting rooms)

          audio/visual materials in museum and factory tours

          medical films

          other institutional uses of sound media (records, podcasts, etc.)

          audiovisual and applied media in scientific and social scientific research


Approaches to studying useful media:

          reception, compulsory viewing, and resistant readings

          audiovisual aesthetics and stylistic trends

          useful media and emotional engagement

          production cultures of industrial media

          histories of key practitioners and production houses

          policy and educational media

          useful media and ideology

          representation in educational and industrial media

          educational and industrial media as “found footage”

          institutional media, architectural design, and spatial politics


Submissions should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words (approximately 20-25 pages double-spaced), in Chicago style. Please submit an electronic copy of the paper, along with a one-page abstract, both saved as a Microsoft Word file; remove any identifying information so that the submission is suitable for anonymous review. The journal’s Editorial Board will referee all submissions. Send electronic manuscripts and/or any questions to All submissions are due September 15, 2012.


The Velvet Light Trap is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of film, television, and new media studies. Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin coordinate issues in alternation. Our Editorial Advisory Board includes such notable scholars as Charles Acland, Richard Allen, Harry Benshoff, Mia Consalvo, Radhika Gajjala, Darrell Hamamoto, Joan Hawkins, Scott Higgins, Barbara Klinger, Jon Kraszewski, Diane Negra, Michael Newman, Alisa Perren, Yeidy Rivero, Nic Sammond, Beretta Smith-Shomade, Cristina Venegas, and Michael Williams.


There will be both the  traditional “Brick-n-Mortar” conference (Kent State University Stark) and (new) a “Cloud Conference” online for those who are unable to travel.  Student papers will be considered, but please also note and encourage your students to participate in the STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST (see below).

DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

Send titles and abstracts to:
Dr. Carol Robinson, Conference Chair
Kent State University Trumbull
4314 Mahoning Avenue, NW
Warren, Ohio 44483
FAX: 330-437-0490

Is there diversity in medievalism? How has medievalism represented diversity of religion, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, gender,…? How have medievalist works supported issues concerning equity and inclusion? How have medievalist works oppressed and suppressed? Are there elements of bigotry and discrimination? What about human rights as a medieval concept, as a contemporary concept? Media to consider might include (but are not limited to) any of the following: novels, plays, poetry, films, art works, the Internet, television, historical works, political works, comics, video games. Angles to consider might include (but are not limited to) any of the following: race, gender, sexuality, disability/ability, religion, corporation and/or class, nationality, human rights, political correctness, marginalization, anti-marginalization tactics, rewritten codes, rewritten ideologies, re-affirmed codes, re-affirmed ideologies.

THE BRICK-N-MORTAR CONFERENCE STRUCTURE: This is being hosted by Kent State University Stark (October 18-20, 2012).

THE CLOUD CONFERENCE STRUCTURE (password-protected): Those suffering from the weak economy, we will still be providing a conference experience online (at a cheaper rate).  The Cloud Conference part is being hosted fully online by MEMO and members of the KSU Trumbull Campus (October 15 to November 15, 2012).  Individuals will post papers (PDFs), videos (YouTube),sound recordings, or other media online which will be either hosted directly within the password-protected site or linked to from outside the site (as in the case for YouTube video presentations).  Anyone registered for the Brick-n-Mortar conference will have access to this part of the conference as well and be able to comment/discuss presentations in text format online.

Publication Opportunities:
Selected scholarly papers related to the conference theme will be published in “The Year’s Work in Medievalism.”


DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

Send completed essays to:
Dr. Carol Robinson, Conference Chair
Kent State University Trumbull
4314 Mahoning Avenue, NW
Warren, Ohio 44483
FAX: 330-437-0490

1. Students must be college undergraduates currently enrolled for for classes at their academic institution.
2. Essays must address the theme “Medievalism(s) and Diversity” (see description above).
3. Essays must be MLA formatted, double-spaced, and in 12 point font.
4. Essays must be submitted in PDF format via email or in paper format via regular postal mail to either Dr. Carol L. Robinson or Dr. Elizabeth Williamsen (see the addresses below).
1ST PLACE: The winning essay will be published in Medievally Speaking, be mentioned on the International Society for the Study of Medievalism web site, and receive $100.00 prize money. The paper will also be expected to be presented in a Special Session at the 27th International Conference on Medievalism.
2ND PLACE: The essay that earns Second Place status will be mentioned on the International Society for the Study of Medievalism web site, and receive $75.00 prize money. The paper will also be expected to be presented in a Special Session at the 27th International Conference on Medievalism.
3RD PLACE: The essay that earns Third Place status will be mentioned on the International Society for the Study of Medievalism web site, and receive $50.00 prize money. The paper will also be expected to be presented in a Special Session at the 27th International Conference on Medievalism.
HONORABLE MENTION: Any essay that earns an Honorable Mention status (which may or may not happen) will be mentioned on the International Society for the Study of Medievalism web site. The paper might also be invited to be presented in a Special Session at the 27th International Conference on Medievalism.

Advances in Computed Tomography

You are cordially invited to submit a manuscript to the Advances in Computed Tomography (ACT), published by Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP). It is an international, specialized and peer-reviewed open access journal devoted to publication of original contributions in relevant areas.

Being an open access journal we offer the following advantages:

  • Researchers around the world have full access to all the published articles
  • Widest dissemination of your published work ensuring greater visibility
  • Free downloads of the published articles without any subscription fee
  • Aims & Scope of the journal include:

    • Abdominal and pelvic CT (Virtual colonoscopy)
    • Cardiac CT
    • CT optimization
    • Electron beam tomography
    • High resolution CT
    • Microtomography
    • Spiral computed tomography
    • Adverse effects of CT
    • CT conlonography
    • CT pulmonary angiogram (CTPV)
    • Head CT
    • Lungs CT
    • Multidetector CT (MDCT)
    • Whole body imaging (Full-body CT scan)

    Please read over the journal’s Author Guidelines for more information on the journal’s policies and the submission process. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will undergo language copyediting, typesetting, and reference validation in order to ensure the highest quality of publication quality.

    We also have our own website on Facebook for your research in this area. You can add us as good friends so that we can interact with each other on relevant topics.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the journal.

    Best regards,

    Jesse Hu

    ACT Editorial Office
    Scientific Research Publishing

    Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

    Call for Papers

    The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (ISSN 2162-3309) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives. View the inaugural issue at

    The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication provides a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC informs practices that strengthen librarianship. The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication provides a shared intellectual space for scholarly communication librarians, institutional repository managers, digital archivists, digital data managers and related professionals.

    The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats (e.g. video, datasets, code).

    General topics of interest include:

        Scholarly communication
        Open Access
        Library as publisher and library/press partnerships; including, but not limited to:
            Emerging modes and genres of publication
            Organizational and business models
        Policy issues; including, but not limited to:
            Publishing/deposit mandates
            Impact of governmental or institutional policy
            Policy development for library services
        Digital collection management
        Institutional and discipline-specific repositories
        Digital curation
        Technological developments and infrastructure
        Intellectual property
        Resources, skills, and training
        Interdisciplinary or international perspectives on these issues

    Contributions may be submitted to any of the following categories:

        Research Articles
        Practice Articles
        Theory Articles
        P2 (Post-Peer) Review
        Reviews of Books and Products

    (For full descriptions of these categories, see

    Grey literature (e.g. conference papers, presentations, white papers, etc.) may be revised and submitted for review and publication in JLSC if all copyrights still reside with the submitting author(s). Submissions that are substantially similar to material already available to the public (through a peer-reviewed or non-peer-reviewed venue) will not be accepted, but may be proposed as the focus of a P2 (Post-Peer) Review.

    For more information about JLSC, please visit


    Editors, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

    Isaac Gilman
    Scholarly Communications & Research Services Librarian
    Pacific University
    Voice: 503.352.7209


    Marisa Ramirez
    Digital Repository Librarian
    California Polytechnic State University
    Voice: 805.756.7040

    College & University Media Review

    Need to Publish? About Higher Education? About Technology?

    Consider the College & University Media Review

    as a vehicle for your creativity.


    The Consortium of College and University Media Center’s

    professional journal publishes articles that focus

    on media and technology, related research, instructional

    development, and management and supervision, as related

    to the operation of instructional support service units in

    higher education.


    You can also submit interviews with leaders in the

    field or persons involved in interesting, related practice, as

    well as annotated bibliographies and case studies.

    For more information, please visit

    LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting

    Call for Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting 

    Sunday, June 24, 2012 – 8:00am to 10:00am
    Disneyland Hotel
     North Exhibit Hall Room DE

    The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (15 minutes) onmobile computing for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference at Anaheim, CA.

    The LITA MCIG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of mobile computing. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion.

    Feel free to email me off-the-list ( and/or post your topic at ALA Connect :

    Thank you!

    “Can iPads replace laptops?”

    L&L needs submissions for our Point/Counterpoint and Feedback from the Field departments! We are looking for arguments on both sides of the question “Can iPads replace laptops?”


    One-to-one laptop programs were once considered the Holy Grail of educational technology solutions. But while most schools were still waiting to pull together the funding and support for such a program, technology continued to advance. With hundreds of thousands of free and low-cost educational apps, a portable size, a user-friendly interface, and a relatively low price point, iPads have become the gadget of the moment and, many argue, a better educational solution than laptops. Laptop advocates, however, point out that the larger devices are still better than tablets for many functions that students need, including word processing and video editing. Unfortunately, most schools can’t afford both. What do you think? Are laptops a thing of the past, or still the best option for classrooms?


    Point/Counterpoint essays are relatively informal. For an example of what we’re looking for, check out the May Point/Counterpoint. We need one essay of approximately 400 words on each side of this issue, so consider either defending your argument passionately or playing the devil’s advocate, rather than arguing down the middle.


    If you don’t have time to write an entire essay on this subject but still would like to weigh in, feel free to post a 25- to 50-word response on some aspect of this issue, and we may choose an excerpt to publish in our Feedback from the Field section. Please include your name, job title, city, state or province, and country.


    And if you don’t have time to write anything but do have an opinion, take part in our Reader’s Poll on this topic on the L&L page of ISTE’s website.


    To enter, post your essay on the discussion forum titled “Can iPads Replace Laptops?” on L&L’s group page on the ISTE Community Ning. Please include some form of contact information.


    If you’re not already a member of the ISTE Community Ning, you will be prompted to register. Don’t worry–it’s fast, easy, and free. It may take a day or so to approve your membership; sorry–we do this to prevent spam. Once you are approved, go to the Groups page and click on the L&L logo to join our group. As a bonus, you can read our regular content, including updates on the magazine and discussion forums about hot ed tech issues.


    If your Point/Counterpoint essay is selected, we’ll contact you for a high-resolution photo and a short (35-word) bio in addition to your 400-word essay. If you don’t hear from us, keep an eye out for an excerpt from your response in the Feedback from the Field section of L&L. Thanks in advance for a stimulating discussion!


    Best regards,

    Andra Brichacek

    Associate Editor

    Learning & Leading with Technology Magazine (L&L)

    International Society for Technology in Education





    Workshop, Invited Session(s), and Conversational Session: Call for Participation

    Extended abstracts (600-1200 words) can be sent to according to the following deadlines (More details can be found at

    •   May 28th, 2012 for the inclusion of the accepted articles in the pre-conference proceedings
    •   June 8th, 2012 for the inclusion of the accepted articles in the post-conference proceedings

    Non exclusionary topics
    •   Case Methods and Methodologies
    •   Case Studies Research
    •   Case Studies in Education
    •   Case Studies in STEM Education
    •   Consulting Case Studies
    •   Business Case Studies
    •   Case Studies in Management
    •   Information Systems Case Studies
    •   Software Engineering Case Studies
    •   Engineering Case Studies
    •   Medical and Health Care Case Studies
    •   Case Studies in Science
    CASE STUDIES AND METHODOLOGIES AND INTEGRATION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES This workshop will introduce participants to Case Studies and Method by showing the possibilities they generate for the Integration of Academic Activities

    A mix of presentation, exercises and discussion, the topics to be covered will include:

    •   What is the case method?
    •   Different types of case study and how they are used
    •   Steps in developing authentic case studies: from recruiting sites to publication
    •   Facilitating case discussions in the classroom
    •   Measuring case method learning outcomes
    •   Publishing case studies
    •   Opportunities for funding case method projects
    •   Broader impacts of case method on the individual and institution

    If you submit your extended abstract with a short CV of yours, you might be selected as a keynote speaker of your breakout session, in which case you would have more time to present your article, and/or selected as an invited speaker, in which case 1) your presentation and paper will be differentiated as an invited one, and 2) you might be invited to present an additional paper with no additional charge.
    A More detailed Call For Participation can be found at Please email your enquiries and submission for the invited session(s) to

    Thank you for your time

    Invited Session co-Organizers

    If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please send an email to with REMOVE MLCONFERENCES in the subject line. Address: Torre Profesional La California, Av. Francisco de Miranda, Caracas, Venezuela.

    PA Library Association Conference Poster Sessions

    REMINDER:  There is one week left to submit a poster session proposal for the PaLA Conference in Gettysburg.  See below for more information and details on the event.



    The 2012 PaLA Conference Planning Committee invites you to share some of your winning library strategies or programs by presenting a poster session at the PALA Annual Conference, PA Libraries: Leading the Charge.  The conference will  take place September 30 –  October 3, 2012 at the Gateway Gettysburg complex in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    What is a poster session?  It is an opportunity, set aside during the conference, when author- librarians, students, staff or others participating in the professional conference can present an idea, the outcomes of a completed project, or research results to an audience of their peers. The tone is casual and the mode is highly interactive.  The object is to gather feedback and to make connections with others interested in the same subject. This is a forum for library professionals from across the state to share their successful ideas or innovations with colleagues.

    Poster sessions are displayed on poster boards (4 ft x 6ft). Pictures, graphs, data and text are used to illustrate the presentation.   An effective poster presentation highlights, with visual display, the main points or components of your topic; the presenter fills in the details verbally. Poster Sessions can cover any project or program. They are a great way to share your interesting work without doing a formal presentation.  

    Because most of the poster sessions will be presented in the exhibit area, conference registration or obtainment of an exhibit pass will be required of all poster session presenters.  This will enable poster session presenters to enter the poster session area and take part in exhibit hall activities.  Poster sessions will take place during the following times:

    Monday, 10/1/2012, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. for all topics except youth services topics, as this session occurs opposite the Carolyn W. Field Luncheon.

    Tuesday, 10/2/2011, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. for all topics.

    In addition, if demand warrants, an additional session will take place on Tuesday, October 2, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    We invite you to submit a poster session proposal online via the online proposal form.  For working purposes, or to review the form questions in advance of submission, a PDF of the form is also available for viewing.  Please note that all submissions must be submitted via the online form on or before May 31, 2012.

    Thank you, we look forward to seeing you at this Gettysburg address!

    Kimberly Snyder

    Education & Finance Manager

    Pennsylvania Library Association

    220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10

    Mechanicsburg, PA  17055