It seems that someone is always travelling somewhere in the Western. Be it progressive or populist, romantic or realistic, epic or tragic the American errand into the Western's wilderness transmits sets of assumptions about the American Character and the American Experience. Commenting on the economic, psychological, political, and social fluidities of American life, the Western frontier is itself constantly in flux.
The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 9th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
CALL FOR PAPERS
What does it mean to risk, and how do we benefit, as well as suffer, from its demands? This proposal for a special issue of Textual Practice takes 'risk' as a productive and important condition in contemporary global dynamics. In a world characterised by new modes of screening and surveillance, ecological disasters, and political instability, what does it mean to take, or refuse, risks. 'Taking a risk' implies an act or decision that threatens a given set of conditions by introducing a new set of circumstances into an event horizon.
This conference considers literary renderings of labor concerns, broadly defined, to explore law.
The responsibility of the state described by Plato, the contracts written by Shakespeare's Shylock, or the works delving into the plight of modern laborers all explore the intersections between Literature and Law. This conference will explore the way that literary renderings of labor concerns, broadly defined, have responded to or have influenced the law.
The 2015 John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Law and Literature Conference is especially interested in the following areas although all submissions will be considered.
Call for Papers:
The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 7th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 26-27, 2016
UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in Texts
I am organizing a proposed panel on representations of the city within Faulkner's texts for the upcoming ALA Symposium "The City and American Literature." I'm looking for 2-4 proposals on any aspect of the city in Faulkner's works. If interested, please send a 250-500 word abstract to email@example.com by June 27, 2015.
Jefferson, Mississippi is definitely on the table, but I am especially interested in his treatments, portrayals, and uses of larger cites (Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.).
The early promise of the Internet as an opportunity to enhance community, bringing people together to work together toward positive ends, long seemed a pipe dream. More recently, social media has become an undeniably powerful site of cultural influence and change. Women's issues in particular benefit from an expanded dialogue online.
The feminist movement has been categorised as a series of different waves, first, second and third, with some contemporary critics suggesting we are now on the precipice of a fourth wave. Each of these stages had their own aims and means of achieving those aims: underlying all was a quest for equality, for some or for all. Increasingly this neat categorization of the feminist movement has been questioned and challenged, especially with the internet age offering a greater platform of communication for female-identified individuals and feminists alike.
CALL FOR PAPERS – DEADLINE EXTENDED
Unity and Division in the History of Art
41st Annual Cleveland Symposium
Friday, October 23, 2015
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
In what ways can the visual arts unite or divide humanity? How can their subjects and functions stir us to collaboration or lead to disagreement, apathy, or even war? How do objects themselves change when their relationships to one another, or to the viewer, are altered or rearranged?
[UPDATE - please note the change to conference dates and CfP deadline)
Bloomsbury C21 Writings Annual International Conference 2016
Writing And Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
31 Mar-1 Apr 2016, University of Brighton, UK
In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least. - Lauren Berlant, "Cruel Optimism"