Cultural, geographical, political, social, emotional, linguistic, and economic borders, among others, define and determine different aspects of our identities, cultures, and social lives along with literatures and arts. In a world charmed by 'globalization', interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social sciences has thrown further lights on the definitions, conceptualizations, roles and functions of borders. They are understood not only in terms of limits, restrictions, and divisions but also in terms of opportunities, possibilities, and reconstructions.
Call for Papers: Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies
Themed Section: Comics/Fandom: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Intersection of Fan Studies and Comics Studies
Expected publication date: November 2020
Co-Editors: Sophie G. Einwächter (Philipps-University Marburg, Germany); Vanessa Ossa (University of Tuebingen, Germany); Véronique Sina (University of Cologne, Germany), and Sven Stollfuß (University of Leipzig, Germany)
The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction is accepting submissions for a special issue on environmental studies and science fiction to be released in the summer of 2020.
The Gothic, The (Un)Dead, and Festivals of Remembrance
Can the Other Speak? Productive Difficulties in Ethnic and Postcolonial Literature
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
March 5-8, 2020
Deadline for paper abstracts: September 30, 2019
Contact: Misun Dokko email@example.com
Our 2020 NeMLA panel emerges from Gayatri Spivak’s seminal question, “can the subaltern speak?” Following Spivak’s response to this question, we will investigate moments when subalterns cannot speak or have difficulty speaking. Our inquiry into these moments will build on and sharpen conversations about otherness with respect to literary texts and beyond.
“Transsexualité, transidentité: un tabou français?” (“Transsexuality, transidentity: a French taboo?”). Such was the title chosen by the online French news magazine France Infoto illustrate an article published in 2015that discussed the lack of visibility transsexuals and transgender people still suffer from in French society.
“Transsexualité, transidentité: un tabou français?” (“Transsexuality, transidentity: a French taboo?”): such was the title chosen by the online French news magazine France Infofor an article published in 2015that discussed the lack of visibility trans(gender/sexual) people still experience in French society. Indeed, there has been an increasing visibility of trans individuals in film and TV in recent years.
Call for Chapter Proposals – ReFocus: The Films of Antoinetta Angelidi
Edited by Sotiris Petridis and Penny Bouska
Call for Abstracts
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) 2020
Conference Dates: March 19th-22nd 2020, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago IL
Abstract submission deadline: Sept 23, 2019 (9 a.m. EST)
Memory and Materiality in Postcolonial and Postsocialist Literatures
According to Walter Benjamin, “the art of storytelling is coming to an end”; we are losing “the ability to share experiences.” Without storytelling, which was once “a capability that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions,” we are fragmented into a piece of “information” and isolate ourselves in what is believed to be subjectivity (“The Storyteller”). And yet, in exceptional situations, storytelling appears still possible. For example, when the northeast Japan was struck by the earthquake and tsunami disaster, after initial muteness and banal narrativization by the major media (which was indeed a disaster for storytelling), there emerged stories among the survivors.
It’s a commonplace to say that realism is having a moment again, or that realism has never left. This seminar recognizes both that realism is always important and that realist critical projects have proliferated in the past decade. The majority of these renew our interest in literary realism as an aesthetic tradition. Where realism was previously defined in contrast to modernism, naturalism, or more speculative genres, what distinguishes this recent revival in realism seems to be its increased interdependence with these other aesthetic categories and modes. Fredric Jameson’s The Antinomies of Realism, for instance, takes realism not as a static epistemological or narrative structure, but as an increasingly affective mode of estrangement.
Northeast Modern Language Association
Boston, March 5-8, 2020
Feminist Theologies in American Literature
The American Religion and Literature Society seeks proposals for presentations on literary expressions of feminist theologies broadly construed. We welcome presentations on any period, genre, or form of American literature, and those regarding any religious orientation. We particularly encourage papers on works of literature
- that examine the power, enfranchisement, religious ideas, and practices of women
- that consider how religion subverts or reinforces androcentrism and patriarchy
Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media
The Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS) in cooperation with the Department of American Literature and Culture of the School of English of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece, is launching the fourth issue of the electronic multi/interdisciplinary open access, refereed journal with the title Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone
Literature, Culture and Media (Ex-Na). The journal addresses academics, scholars and graduate students engaging in the interdisciplinary study of Anglophone literatures, cultures and media and will be published once a year.
İstanbul Bilgi University is launching a series of annual events dedicated to the intersecting themes of gender equality and sustainability under various academic disciplines. This year’s event will consider the framework of film studies. The inspiration for this inaugural symposium comes from the tireless gleaner of images Agnès Varda, whose legacy of female subjectivity spans more than six decades, from her first film La Pointe Courte (1955) to her final documentary Varda par Agnès (2019). An opening event launching the series will be followed by a one-day symposium to mark the anniversary of Varda’s passing, taking place at İstanbul Bilgi University, March 27-28, 2020.
In the trajectory of neoliberalism and an increasingly global marketplace, the necessity of undercutting the Western subsumption of the world is urgent. As Jean-Luc Nancy has argued, however, such a saturation of Western meaning, though potentially catastrophic, is not a forgone conclusion. On the contrary, it is precisely at the limit of the Western notions of telos and subjective agency that a new conception of the world can be collectively understood and created. It is also against such a limit that feminist discourses challenge the universal subject in the name of sexual difference and theories of intersectionality.
Call for Chapters
Reminder: Call for Papers, for the next NeMLA conference, in Boston, March 5-8, 2020.
NeMLA’s theme this year will be:"Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures"
This is an accepted session.
Antebellum City Texts: Print Culture and Emergent U.S. Metropolitan Spaces
A recent trend has seen many writers create literary narratives that confront twentieth-century events while inscribing into that past the authors’ contemporary selves (e.g.: Binet 2009; Jablonka 2012; Foenkinos 2014). These biographical meta-narratives seem dictated by the impossibility to construct one’s own subjectivity without facing the very notions of civilization and humanity that our violent pasts have reconfigured.
Call for chapters
Extrapolating Nostalgia: Special issue of Science Fiction Studies
Translation Reviewis a peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing the best new scholarship on all aspects of literary translation studies. Each issue highlights a translator in an interview and features articles and essays on the history, practice, and theory of translation, as well as translations of contemporary international writers into English.
Please see instructions for authors available at the link:
The University We Want
This seminar asks when we let ourselves engage in utopian thinking, what do we want the university to be? We recognize that the university needs to change, but what should we change it into? How should teaching and learning happen? Who should make decisions and how? What should these institutions identify as their mandate, and how should they exist within their community? What might radical approaches rooted in ecologically responsible practices or decolonization look like?
From the restorative wines of Marko Kraljevic to the apple wedges festering in Gregor Samsa's back and the grand feasts peppering the novels of Gogol and Dostoevsky, images of food and drink in the Russian and Eastern European literary imagination are tantalizingly abundant. Collectively, they appear in novels, films, folktales and works of art as consumed objects and metonymic representations of the landscapes and human practices that cultivate and prepare them. However, these images also form a constellation of symbols and metaphors through which we can trace the particularities of identity and social belonging, historical experience, and the engagement of the individual with the local and global environment.
Call for contributions to an edited collection
Writing STEAM: Composition, STEM, and a New Humanities
Deadline for Proposal Submissions: September 30, 2019
Editors: Dr. Vivian Kao, Assistant Professor of Composition, Department of Humanities, Lawrence Technological University; Dr. Julia Kiernan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Liberal Studies Department, Kettering University
Contact email: VKAO@LTU.EDU
Call for Papers: BARS PG/ECR Conference 2020, ‘Romantic Futurities’
Call for Papers:
British Association for Romantic Studies Early Career and Postgraduate Conference
Keats House, London, 12-13 June 2020
Professor Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)
Dr Emily Rohrbach (University of Manchester)
Dates: 6-7 April 2020
Venue: University of Insubria, Como, Italy
Call for papers deadline: 24th November 2019
Committee: Paola Baseotto (Insubria University), Omar Khalaf (Insubria University), Marie-Christine Munoz-Levy (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3)
Confirmed keynote speakers: Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex) – Alessandra Petrina (University of Padova)
The role of education in shaping and impacting the world has never been contested and will certainly be held as an unwavering belief as long as there is life on earth. However, human capacity to provide the appropriate education that would meet the needs of every generation has always been doubtful. Countries across the globe have invested large amounts of money on reforms that were intended to improve education, yet the results have often been unsatisfactory.
EJAS (European Journal of American Studies) is accepting submissions for a special issue on the American neuronovel to be released in April 2021.
The word “neuronovel” was coined by American critic Marco Roth in a famous 2009 article, “The Rise of the Neuronovel.” According to Roth, in contemporary Anglo-American fiction “the novel of consciousness or the psychological or confessional novel—the novel, at any rate, about the workings of a mind—has transformed itself into the neurological novel, wherein the mind becomes the brain.” To illustrate his statement, he then quotes a long list of examples:
How can we apprehend the “terms of translation” shaping the construction and circulation of texts and artifacts across space and time? What sites and contexts of cultural and linguistic encounter move us to question those terms? Translation can be understood as always entangled with its surroundings, in tension with and inseparable from the place of its construction and of its reception at different times and places, suggesting that the complexity of language relations can remain constant across sites of inquiry; it can also have a flattening effect for the receiver, often blurring the line between “speaking of” and “speaking for”, and obscuring the networks of actors and processes involved in its making.