The English word “school” derives from the Greek word scholia, which may also be translated as “leisure.” It is perhaps because of this association between school and leisure that education in Greece and Rome was not confined to the schoolroom but was present in all aspects of Classical life, including its literature. The earliest examples of Greek literature, the poetry of Homer and Hesiod, were written not only to entertain but to teach, while the audiences of Classical theatre were directed to learn from the plays that they watched. Subsequent Greco-Roman literary works frequently emphasized the educational progress of their characters.
In our modern world, which some have argued to be disjointed while immersing itself ever deeper in crisis, the turning back towards “the olden days” and the ensuing nostalgia constitute a noticeable phenomenon, both individually (the memory of biography) and collectively (the memory of History). Another important – and seemingly also quite noticeable – phenomenon is the longing for something vague, indefinite or never existent.
This session will be part of the March 5-8, 2020 NeMLA convention in Boston, MA: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html.
All abstracts must be submitted through the NeMLA submission portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18217. Submission deadline is September 30, 2020.
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Call for Papers
Touring Travel Writing: Between Fact and Fiction
Venue: NOVA FCSH, Colégio Almada Negreiros (Campus de Campolide)
Date: December 5-7 2019
Building on a great conversation at Kalamazoo this spring, Marian Homans-Turnbull and Alexandra Reider are organizing a panel on medieval translation and multilingualism for the International Medieval Congress to be held in Leeds, UK, on 6-9 July We welcome submissions on any medieval language(s), and we're especially eager for submissions on non-English languages this year! Translating Back: Vernacular Sources and Prestige-Language Adaptations Multilingual cultures develop complex practices—and theories—of translation.
Please send an email with interest to email@example.com. The volume is almost complete but I am looking for several chapters as shared at the end of this call. Please see if there are any you may be interested in and we can discuss more about the requirements. I am looking for a QUICK turnaround, but I am flexible. I can send a full CFP when you inquire.
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Working Title: Representations of African American Professionals on TV Series Since the 1990s
Publication by McFarland Press
Edited by LaToya T. Brackett
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In a span of ten years Blumhouse has amassed a film library of over 50 films that includes notable horror franchises as Paranormal Activity (2009-2015), The Purge (2013-) and Insidious (2010-), critically lauded films as Split (2017) and Get Out (2017), and box-office sensations as Happy Death Day (2017) and Truth or Dare (2018). The company was also behind a highly-hyped new installment of Halloween (1978-) and an untitled Dee Rees’ horror film focusing on the lives of black lesbians in rural America that is in development.
The Italian Graduate Society at Rutgers presents:
An Interdisciplinary Conference November 22-23, 2019
DePaul University’s Department of Sociology Presents The…22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference:Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump EraA Graduate Student ConferenceSaturday April 25, 2020
We are now accepting paper submissions (with optional photo attachments) for the annual conference. Send your submissions and final papers to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5, 2020.
In today’s neo- and illiberal nations affects of hate and indignation become a potent force in creating an axiological us and them. Such exclusionary structures of feeling are instrumental in forming nationalist ideologies and sustaining hegemonic discourses on immigration, homeland security and geopolitical conflict. Because nation states often rely on the construction and sustainment of antagonistic affects to naturalize existing power relationships, emotions should be considered an important manifestation of current illiberal crisis. Many of today’s intolerances seem to be embedded in a populist sentiment that feeling is a force more immediate and “pure” than reason.
My name is Denae Dibrell. I am a Lecturer at UTRGV. I will be chairing a roundtable in Boston in March for the NeMLA conference. I am so excited about this.
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"Feminism in the Writing Classroom: A Conversation About Feminist Theory and Decolonization"
NeMLA Annual Convention
5-8 March, 2020
This creative panel seeks to examine how artist-scholars can combine their scholarship and their creative skills to articulate various forms of marginalization. I intend to solicit creative works that lie at the intersection of the textual and the pictorial, which push the boundaries of scholarly inquiry by incorporating the artistic, in an effort to make research more accessible to people outside the academe. As a comic scholar and artist, I firmly believe in the versatility of its hybrid form and its ability to solicit deeply affective responses (which cannot be achieved by purely empirical data).
The Projector is developing a special issue for research articles that examine industrial and institutional developments in film, television, streaming, and/or gaming. The research, which will illuminate production and/or reception factors, could consider changes or events in the US market, national/regional sectors, or the global domain.
The political economy and/or reception studies research will not focus on interpretation or ideological assessment of an individual text. However, the research projects could effectively incorporate critical race theory, postcolonial studies, research on Hollywood hegemony, or other scholarship concerning social realities and identity politics.
Cinematic, televisual, and cross-media cultural production has passed through the end of history (Fukuyama) only to be cornered by “the end of temporality” (Jameson). Today’s illiberal turn is occasioned by the global crises of neoliberal capitalism and the deregulation of state welfare. Consequently, our present is marked by a global epidemic of nostalgia, one that forces Walter Benjamin’s angel of history to reverse flight. In this redirection to what Zygmunt Bauman calls “retropia,” a backward-looking Utopia, our experience of history is rendered ahistorical.
This panel seeks papers addressing the impact of alcohol on American authors from 1940 to 1970. Is it true, as Susan Cheever has argued, that being a writer during this period "almost always meant getting drunk"? The panel will work to separate the myths from the reality regarding the use of alcohol among writers of the period. It will also assess the impact of alcohol on the quality of writing and its impact on the talent of writers.
Pirandello and Scientific Revolution
While the research of our invited keynotes and plenary speakers mostly gravitates around the issues of labour and precarities, decolonizing knowledge and the refugee “crisis” in the Mediterranean, the conference is open to all topics relevant to Cultural Studies. Suggested topics, drawing on the work of our invited keynote, plenary and spotlight speakers, and on more general themes in Cultural Studies research, include:
(Anti-)consumption and everyday life
Borders and mobilities
Critical and cultural theory
I am looking for one or two more essays to round out a volume on close reading in the anthropocene. Routledge has expressed strong interest in the publishing this volume.
Editors: Erin M. Giannini and Amanda Taylor
Written as a collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens(1990) had an active and long-term fanbase before the debut of the Amazon Prime miniseries. Its adaptation, brought to fruition by Gaiman as a promise to Pratchett before Pratchett’s 2015 death, however, has not only brought new fans into the fold, but increased the visibility of the original text.
This panel will focus on uncovering the ideas and philosophies proposed by 17th- and 18th-century French writers to criticize, change, or improve their world. We will discuss their personal ideas, beliefs, and value systems in light of the reality of their time. 17th- and 18th-century authors will include female and male philosophers, moralists, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. The method of analysis is open.
Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2019, to Session ID # 17934
Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA's website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17934
51st NeMLA Convention | March 5-8, 2020 | Boston, MA
Feminist film critics have pioneered work on the intimate relationship between gender and genre, thus problematizing and unsettling long-standing dominant narratives, structures of looking, and spectatorial positions. Indeed, much of the work by feminist filmmakers showcases an innovative use of genre conventions that opens up new narrative avenues and destabilizes audiences' expectations. Considering its historical dimension, the notion of film genre becomes an invaluable category and analytical tool to explore questions not only of sexual difference, but also of sexual orientation, race, class, or culture.
This panel will explore the concepts and stereotypes that lay behind the vision of love and affections expressed by Latin American authors. Its purpose is to create a dialogue about writers’ depictions of love, affections, and womanhood and how those ideas reflect, renew, or challenge Latin American societies. Comparative or feminist approaches in Spanish/English/Portuguese are suitable, but other approaches would also be considered.
Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2019, to Session ID # 17935
Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA’s website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17935
This roundtable endeavors to assess the influence of Donald Trump’s presidency on literature in the US and around the world. Three avenues of inquiry will be featured. First, how has the Trump presidency influenced literature in the US since 2016? Second, are there commonalities between writing in the US and writing internationally owing to the Trump presidency? Finally, focusing on non-US writing, are there perspectives or themes in global literature that are not at all present in US writing that have occurred in the wake of Trump’s presidency?
One of the strengths of comparative literature is that by definition it offers a pluralistic perspective on concrete world events.
Edith Wharton’s New York:
A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society
New Yorker Hotel
June 17th-20th 2020
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Please submit proposals no later than September 15th, 2019 to email@example.com
Eighth Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Call for Papers
Anxieties of Empire: New Contexts, Shifting Perspectives
March 5-7, 2020
In his 1903 The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois poses a question at the heart of the African-American literary tradition: “How does it feel to be a problem?” We see the question’s precursors in Walker’s Appeal, Douglass’ address on the Fourth of July, and Harper’s anti-slavery poetry. It reverberates in Hurston’s “How It Feels To Be Colored Me,” Ellison’s “black and blue,” Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Rankine’s Citizen. Taking up the affective relationship between race and national belonging, these texts ask us to contend with what it feels like to be black in a nation founded on anti-blackness. Indeed, as Baldwin and Coates make clear, the problem lies ever “between the world and me.”
In his famous study on “Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious," Freud argues that jokes, and the laughter they elicit, allow a kind of access to the unconscious. They permit, among other things, the fulfillment of repressed desires, the channeling of aggression into an acceptable social form, and polysemic satisfaction. As the structure of a joke operates similarly to the structure of a dream (by condensation and displacement, metaphor and metonymy), it also enables the revelation of contemporary ideology and its ambiguities. Further, for Lacan, with the child’s “jubilant assumption of his [sic] specular image” in the mirror, laughter coincides with the ego's coming-into-being.
Call for Papers
The 26th Annual Gender & Sexuality Writing Collective
Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
October 25-26, 2019, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester will hold a two-day writing collective on October 25-26, 2019. The writing collective will provide a lively platform for graduate students to workshop a paper with fellow graduate students and faculty from multiple institutions.