The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.
The 2016 MESEA conference in Warsaw will focus on ethnic and minority discourses that have undergone erasure, yet keep resurfacing, on cultural traces left by groups long gone that have been forgotten and silenced, as well as on cultural inscriptions left by those who have become visible and audible more recently. Yet, in addition to engaging with the archaeological hermeneutics of recovering submerged layers of ethnic meaning, we also invite scholars to engage in the perhaps more radical act of what Sara Dillon has called a "palimpsestuous" reading: a reading that attends to the ways in which multiple inscriptions and competing narratives are intertwined and produce complex meanings.
37th APEAA MEETING: Call for Papers
21-23 March 2016
Venue: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University Lisbon
The 37th Meeting of the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies inaugurates in 2016 a new format, moving away from the themed paradigm to highlight the range and diversity of British and American studies current research.
February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 24-26, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.
From the proliferation and commodification of print culture in the 18th century to the Forster's Education Act of 1870, those who consumed - and the way people consumed – the arts and culture at large changed irrevocably in England. These factors - among numerous others- culminate Leonard Bast's feeble attempts to fit Ruskin's depictions of Venice to his basement hovel in E.M. Forster's classic Howards End. Bast's story, pushed to the margins of the novel, is primarily that of a working class individual attempting to better his position in life through the arts and culture.
We must account for the intensity of art, otherwise we can only explain part of our aesthetic experience. This argument is found in critics as diverse as Brian Massumi, Charles Altieri, and Sianne Ngai. Philosophers such as Alfred North Whitehead, Henri Bergson, and Steven Shaviro have argued that much of our perception is not cognitive but intuitive; we connect to the world through our senses.
THE LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS STUDENT CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015
NIGH UNIVERSITY CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (EDMOND)
"Students engaging, transforming, and empowering students"
Abstract submission deadline: Monday, September 21, 2015
Acceptance notification: Monday, October 5, 2015
Registration deadline: Monday, October 19, 2015
CALL for PAPERS: One hundred twenty years after the Lumiere Brothers' Arrival of a Train at Ciotat Station / L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat and about 60 years after the insinuation of television...into living rooms across the industrialized world, contemporary societies are saturated with audiovisual culture. More recently, the rise of widely affordable techno-substrates for production (digital photography) and exhibition (youtube, proliferating film festivals) are clearly enabling toward the "democratization" of audiovisual sophistication, such that the committed college sophomore can readily produce polished short films. In other words, there is much to celebrate!
UPDATE: MAPACA is pleased to announce that this year's special guest and Divine Impact Award winner will be Terry Gross, award-winning host of NPR's Fresh Air. More details will be announced soon.
"The 26th annual Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) Conference will take place November 5-7, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. Proposals are now being accepted via mapaca.net. Please submit a 300-word abstract to one appropriate area. For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit mapaca.net/areas. General questions can be directed to email@example.com. The deadline for proposal submission is June 30, 2015. For more details, visit mapaca.net."
MAPPING URBAN HORROR
Society for Cinema and Media Studies: Atlanta GA, March 30 - April 3rd 2016