Can we theorize World Literature as an intellectual and creative practice of resistance against the cultural imperialism embodied by the idea of the Global, the celebration of what Graham Hubbard calls the “postcolonial exotic,” and the hegemony of the English language? Is there a degree of antagonism between World Literature and the Global--or between the notions of translation and lingua franca? In what ways have these various terms been conflated or exchanged, and what do these conceptual entanglements tell us about the stakes and methodology of World Literature as a theory, a field of inquiry, and an institution?
È online la call for contributions relativa alla sezione monografica del numero XIII di «Ticontre» (maggio 2020) dedicata alla scrittura di Cesare Pavese, a cura di Giancarlo Alfano, Massimiliano Tortora e Carlo Tirinanzi De Medici. La deadline per l'invio degli abstract è il 1 novembre 2019, quella per la consegna degli articoli definitivi il 6 gennaio 2019.
Di seguito il testo completo della call:
In occasione del settantesimo anniversario della morte di Cesare Pavese «Ticontre. Teoria Testo Traduzione» ha deciso di dedicare un numero monografico alla figura del critico e scrittore piemontese.
To feel something is “awkward” is to verge on—without exactly arriving at— a judgment: it notes that a situation is uncomfortable without diagnosing what is responsible for that social impasse. (Here one thinks of the childhood staple the “awkward turtle,” which surfaces when there is nothing else to do.) Awkwardness thus names an interval of epistemological suspension: it invokes a placeholder for a situation to which one is unsure how to react and registers an emergent sociality the contours of which are not readily intelligible.
2020 Popular Culture Association (PCA) & American Culture Association (ACA) Joint National Conference
April 15-18, 2020
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
MYTHOLOGY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
Call for Papers
The past decade has seen an outpouring of work on form. Relatively little, by comparison, has foregrounded style. What is the relation between form and style? How does style get us leverage on political and social questions that form does not—and vice versa—and why? Which social contradictions animate style, or is it more a matter of psychic ambivalence? As D. A. Miller has argued, style may aim to get us close, but not too close, to hegemonic social and sexual orders that exclude us. Or perhaps, as Mark McGurl advances, style helps us negotiate our entrance into newly democratizing but elite institutions such as the university. What is the relation between style, social capital, and the body?
For Cather and for the nation, the dawn of the 1920s was a tumultuous time, marked by new freedoms and new entanglements. The Great War had ended and women had won the right to vote, but 1919’s Red Summer and Palmer Raids signalled lingering social discord. Into this unsettled world, Willa Cather brought out Youth and the Bright Medusa, her collection of short stories that marked her departure from Houghton Mifflin and launched her long and successful partnership with a new publisher, Alfred Knopf. In the stories of Youth and the Bright Medusa, Cather’s artists move through a world that is by turns inspiring and enervating.
Wait Five Minutes: Weatherlore in the Twenty-first Century (edited collection)
Editors: Willow G. Mullins and Shelley Ingram
“Don’t like the weather here? Wait five minutes, it’ll change.”
The history of censorship in modern South Asia goes back to the Registration of Books Act (1867), used to track anti-state sedition; and to the various indigenous and British non-governmental associations of civilians who organized themselves as the guardians of literary culture around the same time. Both these currents continue to the contemporary moment in many ways. Genres of dissent are governed by various acts, laws, associations, extra-judicial modes of repression, and more recently, by social media.
This session focuses on positioning the humanities curricula within the growing "global turn" in higher education. In addition to administrative and programmatic perspectives, we welcome fresh insights on expanding the canon and global humanities pedagogies. Recommended areas of specialization include but are not limited to cultural studies, comparative studies, philosophy, translation studies, world literatures, (applied) linguistics, and pedagogy.
April 16 and 17, 2020, University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
Art intermediation in the United States since 1945.
Concepts, scope, spaces
This symposium will look into art intermediation in the United States in the post WWII period. By art intermediation we mean the intermediation provided by the business world, be it the business of the artist him/herself but also, more generally, the fabric of companies which interact with the art world (artists, galleries, museums).
"The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does compete with life."
--Henry James in "The Art of Fiction"
****This is a CFP for the 2020 ACLA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, March 19-22, 2020.***
In The Anatomy of Fascism, Robert Paxton reminds us that fascism has always proved difficult to define. Fascism “seemed to come from nowhere.” Though it “took on multiple and varied forms” and “exalted hatred and violence in the name of national prowess,” it still “managed to appeal to prestigious and well-educated statesmen, entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, and intellectuals.” Despite this, “everyone is” nonetheless, “sure they know what fascism is.”
Translation as Reading
CFP: ACLA 2020, March 19-22, Chicago.
Organizers: Junjie Luo and Eugene Eoyang
Proposals requested for the 22nd Annual Conference of
The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
June 4-6, 2020
Keynote Speaker: TBA
MacBain & Boyd Publishers invites articles for a scholarly anthology about post-recessionary narratives in global film and television, titled Reliving the Crash: Global Recession Narratives in Film and Television. Under a new editorship (Dr. Lauren J. DeCarvalho, The University of Denver), the projected release date is April 2020. Eight chapters have already been accepted and revised. The new editor is still looking for six more chapters to include, especially from scholars whose work reflect a more international focus.
Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019
Call for Papers
46th International Byron Conference
29 June - 5 July 2020
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Proposals are invited for the 2020 Conference of the International Association of Byron Societies, "Byron:
Wars and Words", to be held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 29th June to 5th July.
Call for Proposals
“Vampires: Consuming Monsters and Monstrous Consumption”
Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural is a peer-reviewed, online journal looking at the supernatural, the uncanny, and the weird. Revenantis now accepting articles, creative writing pieces and book, film, game, event, or art reviews for a themed issue on ‘Vampires: Consuming Monsters and Monstrous Consumption’ (due 18 January 2020), guest edited by Dr Brooke Cameron and Suyin Olguin.
Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World
19–21 March 2020 Maynooth University, Ireland
This interdisciplinary conference explores the reception and transmission of medical knowledge between and across England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and Scandinavia during the medieval period, and will draw on history, literature, philosophy, science, religion, art, archaeology and manuscript studies. It will interrogate medical texts and ideas in both Latin and vernacular languages, addressing questions of translation, cultural and scientific inheritance and exchange, and historical conceptions of health and of the human being within nature.
“I am a citizen of the cosmos” Cynic Diogenes replied in the fourth century BCE when he was asked about his origins. What does it mean to be a global citizen today? Highly complex, multilayered and always contemporary, the concept of cosmopolitanism offers fertile ground and uncharted waters for scholarly interpretations. For millennia, philosophers have theorized on the meaning of global citizenship in an effort to identify who are the “kosmopolites”, the real citizens of “the Small World, the Great” in the words of Nobel laureate Odysseus Elytis.
In an ever changing world the problems of setting boundaries as well as the need to create meanings and establish understanding of diverse phenomena have always been of the utmost importance for humanity. Borders, boundaries, frontiers, and borderlands, naturally formed or man made, are grounded in various ethical traditions, and have always been associated with limits and restrictions. The ongoing process of globalisation is changing the role and stereotypes of borders, so that they are often seen as opportunities rather than constraints. However, in some cases they are still being militarized and conflicted.
The twentieth century, violent and brutal, offers a wide spectrum of material that deserves further analysis. The Great War introduced the first aspects of modern warfare; the Second World War, even more devastating in its atrocities, advanced war further. The Cold War introduced modern society to new methods and technological advancements of warfare, beyond anything our species had seen. The thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Iron Curtain in 1989 altered the balance of global power yet again.
Food is a basic foundation of culture and society, it is vital to our health and well-being and it plays a significant role in our everyday creative engagement with nature. The shifts in activities surrounding food acquisition, preparation and consumption are not only essential for learning a culinary tradition but for examining a broader societal change.
This conference will explore food as a complex cultural product, an indicator of social, religious and political identity. It will focus on people's relationship with food and discuss how food choices are determined by historical period, region, class, gender, kinship and/or ethnicity.
International Conference on Medical Humanities 14-15 March 2020 - St Anne's College, University of Oxford
“Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”
As Sarah Lawall stated in her essay, the world-literature perspective is not one, but multiple. By looking at literature comparatively, we can enrich our understanding of the historical and cultural context of the literary works, to look over the horizon of our own tradition and to see how cultures interact.The conference will consider the theory and the practice of comparative literature and will discuss the transformations and travels of literary genres and texts across time and space. It will explore the connections of literature with history, philosophy, politics, and literary theory, and study the intersections of literature with other cultural forms such as film, visual arts, music and media.Topics may include, but are not limited to:
The origin myths of multiple cultures describe a primordial order of life which emerges from the subterranean world into an upper world of light and growth. In recent eras, light has come to serve as a metaphor for learning and technological advancement. The term “enlightenment” continues to portray humankind as both the embodiment of spiritual growth and an historic era in which science and the humanities grew intertwined. Like moths, we are drawn to the light—everything from the sun to gilded manuscripts to the screens of our own computers. This conference examines the way light has and continues to reveal significant aspects of the human condition.Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
Childhood is a crucial stage in the formation of personality, value orientations, self-image and ideas about the world. However, the subject of childhood has become the target of research relatively recently. A wide range of problems and an interdisciplinary approach to this phenomenon have extended the boundaries of the academic and professional research interests. Nowadays, the study of children and childhood is an integral part of the humanities and social sciences. We invite psychologists, educators, sociologists, anthropologists, cultural and literary scholars, historians, art experts, lawyers, linguists and specialists in other fields to participate in the conference.
Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
The conference seeks to explore the past and current status of gender identity around the world, to examine the ways in which society is shaped by gender and to situate gender in relation to the full scope of human affairs. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
Migration has been a constant feature of human history – “homo migrans” have existed ever since “homo sapiens”. Recently the themes of migration and integration have been especially topical in Europe and in other parts of the world due to massive and ever-growing movement of population. These spreading in-flows of immigrants have a strong impact on the social, economic and political climate of host countries, which are often highly challenged by the growing number of immigrants and, therefore, have to review their immigration and integration policies to adjust to the contemporary processes of globalization.
Decay as a state of nature is inevitable, yet it is something that could be at least postponed: decay in art as the main decadent idea has been on the cultural front row long enough to make certain conclusions about its essential characteristics. Decay as a philosophical issue is much more complex than its natural incarnation: French Symbolists and, later, fin de siècle authors regarded decay as an inseparable part of any type of cultural cognition. Its original interpretations can be found in the ideas of Schopenhauer, Hartmann, Nietzsche, Wagner, Bergson’s intuitivism, modern scientific discoveries and folklore. The art of decay feels the need to justify its aesthetic principles, to explain to the public audience its goals and tasks.