Archive - August 15, 2012

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Michael Thomsen (China & Madagascar 2002-05) Writes about Sex in the 21st Century
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Conference on Peace in Sweden

Michael Thomsen (China & Madagascar 2002-05) Writes about Sex in the 21st Century

Michael Thomsen (China & Madagascar 2002-05) lives in New York but is from Fresno, California, went to UCLA and the Peace Corps, and writes about sex. His new book is Levitate The Primate: Hand Jobs, internet Dating, and Other issues for Men. The book jacket says it is a love story, “told in the margins of a new philosophy of 21st Century sexuality.” Each essay recounts bad sex, shambolic internet dates, moral infirmness, handjobs, blowjobs, an HIV scare, an STD, and a hope-filled cross-country move that ended in shambles. The collection is (more from the promotional material) “an epistolary memento of struggling with identity, circumstance, gender constraints, and time itself–all bound by a stubborn animal faith in love as an act of insupportable ascendency, a kind of levitation, longed-for by creatures never meant to leave the ground.” According to Adam Wilson (Flatscreen): Michael Thomsen writes about sex like someone who’s actually had it. That . . .

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Conference on Peace in Sweden

The European Science Foundation and the Linkoping University are organising a Research Conference on: In search of Peace: Dialogues between theories and practices. It will take place on 20 – 24 October at the Norrköping, Sweden  The deadline is extended to 22 September, and several grants are available for young researchers and scholars. European Science Foundation Conference In search of Peace: Dialogues between theories and practices 20 – 24 October 2012 The search for peace is longstanding. And yet, the concept remains elusive. Most probably the reason is simple, namely that peace is never fully achieved, it is not an end-point, but rather a constant process of negotiation among different actors regarding the terms of their relationships in a myriad of different arenas. In this conference the aim is to investigate peace as a process and the various forms in which it has been conceptually framed and empirically practiced. In . . .

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