Although the term “documentary” with respect to film was not coined until 1926 by John Grierson, precursors to this genre have existed for ethnographic purposes from the late-nineteenth century. Defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary as “a presentation (such as a film or novel) expressing or dealing with factual events: a documentary presentation,” this cinematographic form, even from its very inception, has been grappling with the hybrid version, docu-fiction. This latter genre, a combination of seemingly mutually exclusive elements—objective factual and subjective fictional—seems to undermine the very essence of what constitutes documentary cinema.
To broaden the conversation surrounding subjectivity, imperialism, gender and travel, this panel aims to advance the study of travel writing by considering performance as a category of significance to the understanding of the social production of travel narratives. Julia Kuehn and Paul Smethurst, in their introduction to New Directions in Travel Writing Studies (2015), establish a connection between performance and travel, claiming that performativity is a driving force behind the development of travel writing as a genre.
The Futures of Handwriting A symposium sponsored by the University of Louisville and the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School, in partnership with the Filson Historical Society. April 12-13, 2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Hager, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor, Department of English, Trinity College, Author of Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing (2013) and I Remain Yours: Common Lives in Civil War Letters (2018)
Second half of twentieth century sees literary criticism interpreting the role of history, itself subject to interpretations bearing upon the kind of notion one has of history, as one of the dominant modes of creating ‘literature’ along with the persona of the artist. Oscar Wilde says that, “an artist is not an isolated fact, he is the resultant of a certain milieu and a certain entourage” – an assessment which is foregrounded in rise of the intellectual movements of Historicism, New Historicism, and Cultural Materialism during late 1970s USA and early 1980s Britain.
In this Author-meets-Reader roundtable, Martine Sonnet will discuss her work alongside 3-4 scholars working on French-language filiation narratives. Filiation narratives reflect an effort to recover aspects of one’s family history which were not transmitted to the author. The quest for information, garnered through various possible sources, is then incorporated into the narrative. We invite scholars working either on a filiation narrative subgenre or on Sonnet’s work in particular. Papers may be delivered in French or English.
How do comics and related visual media such as illustrated books, comic strips, and animation represent disability differently from other media, and what new possibilities do they propose for thinking about or visualizing ability?
Join us for a one-day conference at Dartmouth College on Friday April 26, 2019.
Close to 100 years ago, T. F. Tout was able to claim in his magisterial six-volume study of England’s letter-writing offices that the administrative history of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century England was "largely unwritten.” Within the last ten or twenty years, however, historians have undertaken socio-cultural studies of medieval bureaucracy and its personnel, moving from prosopographical and biographical sketches to nuanced examinations of the experience and challenges of bureaucratic employment throughout Europe.
It is hard to exaggerate the novelty of English Treasurer Richard fitz Nigel’s Dialogue of the Exchequer, completed c. 1179. Often considered Europe’s first administrative manual, it required the invention of a new genre, the systematic thinking-through of collected bureaucratic knowledge and its categorization and organization. Successive generations of historians have mined this text for data about England’s taxation office and common law, but it has more to offer researchers of bureaucratic and institutional culture, medieval identity formation, and intertextuality.
CFP: MELVILLE’S ORIGINS (UPDATED)
New York University, New York, NY
June 17-20, 2019
Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2018
Travel, Movement and (Im)Mobilities
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Saturday 13th April 2019 – Sunday 14th April 2019
Travel, the daily movements of people (and animals), our mobility and ability to traverse spaces and places is the cornerstone of life in the 21st Century. We take it for granted, we presume it to be a feature of daily life and assume it to be a right which belongs to all of us. But whilst ‘travel’ appears to be initially straightforward, even a cursory glance quickly reveals an intricate, nuanced and multi-layered phenomenon which, even now, we struggle to fully understand or appreciate.
Doris Lessing 100: The Writer's Quest, 12th-14th September 2019.The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia is hosting an international conference to mark the centenary of Lessing's birth.
We invite paper proposals for a special panel sequence on Bonnie Jo Campbell, who will receive the 2019 Mark Twain Award for Outstanding Contributions to Midwestern Literature. These papers will be presented at the 49th annual symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in East Lansing, Michigan, on May 16-18, 2019.
Call for Papers and Sessions
25th Annual Critical Geography Conference: A Quarter Century of Critical Geography
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, October 19-20, 2018
Since the 1970s, scholars and scholarship have pushed to undo different systems of power, for instance: Foucault mapped out the history of state control over bodies; Derrida revealed oppressive systems behind accepted logics; Lugones explained the logics of purity and impurity, showing us that fragmentation is actually a part of the logic of purity and so used to oppress; Crenshaw allowed us to see this logic of fragmentation in the legal system and how this system excludes black women.
IV International Conference on Medical Humanities 16 March, 2019 - London, UKLondon Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, School of Applied Social Studies, University of Bedfordshire
“Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”
1st International Popular Culture Conference
Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), December 12-14, 2018
We welcome your participation in the 1st International Popular Culture Conference (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) which will take place in the School of Communication (Av. Américo Vespucio, s/n. 41092-Sevilla) on December 12, 13 and 14, 2018.
A conference on nineteenth-century literature, art, and history to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa, co-sponsored by the University of California Dickens Project: https://mapping.sites.ucsc.edu
Music & Mental Health
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
13th to 14th April 2019
UPDATE: Medical Humanities in the Middle East Posters Accepted until October 8, 2018 The 1st International Conference on Medical Humanities in the Middle East at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar is accepting poster presentations and registration to attend until October 8, 2018. Visit the link below for full information.Contact: Professor Alan S. Weber, firstname.lastname@example.orgURL: http://qatar-weill.cornell.edu/event/mhm
“Queer Corruptions” will examine the theme of queer texts that corrupt characters who encounter them within a narrative. We are looking for papers that explore how a text that is discovered by a character/s in a narrative serves as a queer agent that corrupts the character/s. Consider, for example, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray in which Lord Henry gifts Dorian with a small book bound in yellow cloth that turns out to be Joris-Karl Huysmans’ Á Rebours, a seminal French Decadent novel. It is this book that begins to take hold of Dorian’s psyche and serves as his introduction to queer desire.
This session will present work by scholars on the literature, movements, activism, and cultural production from the regions of Latin/South America, Africa, and Asia, which have, in a showcase of imperial language, been described as the “Third World” by those in the industrial West. This session topic is vital and timely as the Trump administration’s rhetoric toward Africa as having “shithole countries” and the United States’ history of colonization as “taming countries” calls upon us all to actively resist such violently colonial discourse with the narratives, stories, and experiences directly from the people of these areas.
In collaboration with the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS)
Feminism and Technoscience
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Museum of Byzantine Culture
April 6, 2019
Call for papers for the Subcultures panel at the 10th Anniversary of the Annual International PopCAANZ Conference to be held at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 3 - 5 July, 2019.
The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), in association with RMIT University, is marking a decade (2010-2019) devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures.
The Association is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life, as a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies.
Since the 1980s, when the Jameson-Ahmad debate over how to read literatures putatively labeled as “third-world” and the notion of empire writing back to European literary traditions held sway in postcolonial studies, new contexts and ways of reading postcolonial and Anglophone literatures have been introduced and taken up. John J.
“Women Don’t Ask: Negotiating the Academy” [Women’s Caucus] Katarina Stenke, University of Greenwich, K.Stenke@greenwich.ac.uk AND Youmi Jung, Texas A&M University; email@example.com For many women, the idea of negotiation provokes anxiety, as it implies conflict. Convinced that negotiation means one must be aggressive, self-absorbed, and dominant and that negotiation strategies are defined by assertive language, distrust, and uncertain boundaries, many women tend to avoid negotiating.
CFP: CACLALS at Congress 2019
University of British Columbia (Vancouver, B.C.)
June 1-3, 2019
“Listening and Speaking: Postcolonial Circles of Conversation”
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Dr. David Chariandy (Simon Fraser University)
Prof. Jasbir Puar (Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University)
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 40th Annual Conference, February 20-23rd, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.
The Television Area Chair invites interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of television, past or present. Topics include, but are not limited to:
The University of Alabama Languages ConferenceFebruary 8 – 9, 2019
The organizing committee of the ninth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference is pleased to welcome abstract submissions for this year’s conference entitled “The Words that Shape Us: Language, Culture and Identity” to be held February 8-9, 2019, at Hotel Capstone.
We invite abstracts about all languages and all areas of Literature and Linguistics, including, but not limited to:
CFP: 2018 Siegel McDaniel Award for Graduate Research on Philip Roth
The annual Siegel/McDaniel Award, sponsored by the Philip Roth Society, recognizes high-quality graduate student work written within the past year on any aspect of Philip Roth’s work.
We recommend that faculty encourage their students to submit papers, and we welcome submissions from Roth Society members and non-members alike.
Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font to Maggie McKinley, the Philip Roth Society Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attachment and Affect
March 22-23, 2019
The University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference
Keynote by Lisa Ruddick (UChicago)
Master class with Rita Felski (UVA/SDU)
Why does the study of literature matter? What is the relationship between reader and text? How can affective responses to texts inform criticism? This conference seeks to take seriously our aesthetic and affective attachments, the attachments at work within and among literary texts, and the ways attachments form and function.