Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.
The American Religion and Literature Society, affiliated with the American Literature Association, invites papers exploring how folk and indigenous religious traditions serve to unsettle or redefine conventional assumptions about religion's engagement with literature, about the secularity of American literature, or about the way literary scholarship traditionally delineates disciplinary boundaries between American literature and world literature. We welcome studies pertaining to all indigenous and folk religious traditions, broadly defined, and from all theoretical perspectives.
Please submit a 500-word abstract by January 4, 2016 to Ray Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submissions only.
The EGSA of UNC Charlotte announces its sixteenth Annual Graduate Student Conference, one of the largest graduate conferences in the southeast. This interdisciplinary event welcomes all graduate students to submit their scholarly or creative original papers, readings, panels, and presentations on the subject of Culture and Contact.
We invite a thoughtful exploration into the cultural contact that is attempted through communication, with consideration for broader implications as cultures become more globalized.
Consider the following questions:
Rural Freaks: Marginalization, Liminality, and Queerness in Rural Spaces
February 18-20, 2016
Keynote Address: Dr. J. Jack Halberstam
Abstract Proposals of 50-150 words due by 15 January 2016
February 18-20, 2016
The mission of the conference is to bring awareness to identities and people that exist outside the metropolis and how their lives are shaped by their relegation to marginalized spaces.
25th Annual CDE Conference, Eichstätt, 26-29 May 2016
The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE) is pleased to announce its 25th Annual Conference (26-29 May 2016). It is organized by the Chair of American Studies, Faculty of Languages and Literatures, at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt/Germany, and will be held as a residential conference at the Collegium Willibaldinum in Eichstätt.
THEATER AND MOBILITY
The 2016 CDE conference addresses the ongoing debate on issues of mobility in relation to contemporary drama and theater in English worldwide.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Charles W. Chesnutt Association
American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26‐29, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
The Charles W. Chesnutt Association welcomes abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentation at two sessions on the work of Chesnutt at the 2016 ALA conference in San Francisco.
(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities
Third Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference
University of California, Merced
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis
Our call for submissions is now OPEN. We are currently accepting visual art and poetry submissions for our next issue from September, 18, 2015 to December 1st, 2015.
Send 3-5 poems to thebearinvisible [at] gmail [dot] com in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf in an attachment. Do not include any identifying information on your submission. In the subject line of your e-mail, include your full author name and the type of submission. Example: "Frank O'Hara, Poetry." All submissions are blind read by three, independent readers. Including a bio with your submission is not necessary, but you will be requested for a short bio if your piece is selected. Please do not include your submission in the body of the e-mail.
"Monsters die out when the collective imagination no longer needs them." — Glen Duncan
"You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous." — John Steinbeck
When is a text an impostor? When does it speak with a monstrous voice? How is authority conferred to texts? At what point does an imposition become a keystone text? How does a field change in relation to these emerging impositions? Is the revolutionary already normative? Is it possible to answer these questions within a developing field of study? How do you situate the individual vis-à-vis a field?
"The imaginary" invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadowy, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive.
For Lacan, the imaginary is the beginning: "I began with the Imaginary, I then had to chew on the story of the Symbolic ... and I finished by putting out for you this famous Real." For sociologist John B.Thompson, the social imaginary is "the creative and symbolic dimension of the social world, the
dimension through which human beings create their ways of living together and their ways of representing their collective life."