Many novelists in various national literatures touched upon the theme of an emancipated woman in the long nineteenth century. Imagination, as it is believed, has no borders and is dialogical in its nature. Different voices of great emancipationist writers merged into one influential symphony liberating and awakening consciousness of slaves—males and females. If writers did not support directly or sympathized with the image of an emancipated woman, they did reflect on her place in society and her belonging. World literature allows us to take a closer look at the imagined and real women's lives, at their biographies and reminiscent writing.
How have social inhibitions and taboos been addressed by art throughout history? And today, in a climate marked by neoliberalism, and by such phenomena as the "hyper-sexualisation" of culture or the "pornification" of art itself, how are the limits of the permissible, of the "decent", and of freedom of expression being considered? Within the framework of so-called Western civilization, these issues summon up the battles waged around tensions between art, eroticism and pornography. Intensifying as the twentieth century progressed, such tensions reveal how the limits of what is socially permitted have been tied to sexual explicitness and erotic representation.
Penn State’s Department of Asian Studies announces Global Asias 5, a biennial conference hosted to complement the work of our award-winning journal Verge: Studies in Global Asias (published by the University of Minnesota Press). By bringing into relation work in Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Asian Diaspora Studies, Verge covers Asia and its diasporas, East to West, across and around the Pacific, from a variety of humanistic perspectives—anthropology, art history, literature, history, sociology, and political science— in order to develop comparative analyses that recognize Asia’s place(s) in the development of global culture and history.
Since biofiction is gaining legitimacy as a literary category, refining its theoretical framework becomes crucial. One of the main aspects of this process is to understand the uses of a novelist’s freedom to create meaning by altering or complementing the information provided by historical documents. It is our claim that, far from entailing an unfamiliarity with sources or an arbitrary play, the freedoms that biofiction takes are strategic. They express the assimilation of facts into a narrative thread capable of revealing tangled or unspeakable truths that the documents can only suggest, and of inserting these truths into the crevices of dominant narratives.
We would like to call to your attention to a panel that will be held at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, D.C. next spring (March 21-24, 2019). The calls for papers are copied below. Abstracts may be submitted in English or French through NeMLA's online portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17513 until September 30, 2018.
Human/Animal Voices: Language as a Tool for Humanizing the Transcultural Experience
The academic journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (http://www.sf-foundation.org/publications/foundation/index.html), supported by the Science Fiction Foundation at the University of Liverpool, UK, invites contributions for a special issue on Canadian science fiction. The special issue is guest edited by Heather Osborne (University of Calgary, Canada).
ChLA19 "Representations of the Other in Narratives of Rival Nations"
Dr. Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Meral Kaya (Assistant Professor)
Panel for 2019 Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference “Activism and Empathy”, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, June 13-15, 2019
Sandra Cisneros: Intersections and Crossings
MELUS Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH, March 21-24, 2019
Sandra Cisneros is perhaps best known for The House on Mango Street, a “little” book that explores the interior life of a Mexican American girl growing up in a Chicago neighborhood. Although this close focus has tended to position Cisneros as a writer of the minor and the domestic, this panel will investigate the breadth and range of her work and career, positioning her and her work within an intersectional framework that attends in particular to ways in which Cisneros identifies herself and her work as expansively multi-ethnic and multi-national.
Culture, Community, and Change: The 6th Annual 21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conferenc
The 21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference is hosted by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, Bowling Green State University’s Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America & BGSU Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. Program. It is sponsored by BGSU English Department, BGSU General Studies Writing, and BGSU Student Organizations.
Conference Date: November 10, 2018
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
The International Sidney Society invites proposals for two Sponsored Sessions at the Interational Congress on Medieval Studies focused on the life and work of Philip and Mary Sidney and/or the life and work of 16th and 17th century writers within their literary, religious, and political spheres of affiliation and influence. We welcome both traditional and innovative imaginings of "the Sidney Circle."
The Congress is the site of the International Sidney Society's annual meeting, bringing together leading scholars in the field with emerging voices. The conference will be held May 9-12, 2019 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Travel fellowships for graduate students are available on a competitive basis.
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The Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies
25 – 27 April 2019 in Bergen, Norway
Submission deadline extended: 1 Nov. 2018
Confirmed keynote speakers:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference at Chautauqua Institution
Sept 27-29, 2019
Inquiries to Sandra Gustafson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Inviting proposals for panels and individual submissions
Proposal deadline: 15 January 2019
Send a 250-word proposal for a paper or panel and cv(s) of presenter(s) to
2018 Future Humanities International Conference
Investigating Future Territories: Utopias, Dystopias, and Heterotopias
Deadline for submissions:
October 1, 2018
Full name / Name of organization:
The Institute of the Future Humanities (November 10, Department of English, Chung-Ang University, South Korea)
Conference Date: November 10
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.
Essays are invited from academics, scholars, research aspirants and animal advocates.
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.