The horror genre is structured around encounters with the unknown. Yet the meaning of these encounters (narratively, as well as in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality) remains in flux, even within overarching myths such as that of the vampire. One example is the Swedish novel Let the Right One In, which centers around a boy's encounter with a MTF transgender vampire. This text simultaneously employs the threat of Cold War ideologies, with the possible invasion into Sweden by Soviet missiles triangulated around the drama of "encountering," and befriending, the vampire. This panel invites papers that analyze such complex modern encounters within horror, and how the genre stages encounters with social, political, and economic concerns.
Immigration and migration call into question the boundaries of American literature. As writers from all over the world reside in the United States and as writers from the United States often take on global themes, U.S. literature seems to be moving away from a national practice towards a global one. This panel invites papers that concern themselves with transnational American literature. Paper submitted to this panel may address the following questions: What differing or related perspectives on globalization emerge in American literature and postcolonial literature? How does the global flow of capital influence textual production, circulation and reception of texts?
Video games are a space in which encounters are enacted on many different levels. There are encounters within the game's narrative space; encounters at the interface of player and narrative; and encounters within the external gaming space (think two-player games). These encounters can also be broken down into player-computer and player-player encounters. This panel invites papers that explore these different spaces of encounter in video games. How do these spaces disrupt normative discourses on sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, and social class? How do these encounters disrupt or challenge the player's identity? What are some implications of network-mediated encounters in massively multiplayer online games?
This year's (dis)junctions conference invites papers for a panel exploring the concept of "encountering" as it relates to issues of embodiment and sensory perception. In traditional conceptions of knowledge and of reading, the visual has maintained a privileged and almost disembodied epistemological position. With the rise of critical perspectives exploring the materiality of the body, the primacy of sight as an interpretive strategy for a textual encounter has been called into question. How can bodily awareness and embodied encounters subvert this dominant reading paradigm?
When we encounter dolls as grown-ups, what is it that we are encountering? What might personal and cultural doll-identifications betray about relationships with the past, with gender and sexuality, with play, with tenderness and with terror? This panel invites submissions which reflect upon the sociocultural meaning of the doll as text, as artifact, or, more traditionally, as an enduring literary and filmic obsession. In psychoanalysis as well as in the popular imagination, dolls have long played the role of uncanny object. This panel is particularly interested in the way in which new technologies, products and markets have uncannily reproduced, intensified and responded to anxieties and hauntings from the past.
Studies of celebrity, fame, notoriety, and stardom have become increasingly complex and important in our media saturated society. Beginning with studies of fame--which focused on a wide variety of figures that operated in the public sphere, including politicians, religious figures, and military heroes--and studies of stardom--which interrogated stars like Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Diahann Carroll and Lucille Ball as symbols of societal fears, prejudices, and desires--the field of celebrity studies has continued to evolve, accommodating the changes in media and the relationship between the individual and the public sphere in the 21st century.
This panel invites papers that explore the notion of encounter within the context of Critical Digital Humanities. The conference theme theorizes that encountering is related to, but hardly synonymous with interaction and mediation - two theoretical lenses more frequently deployed within the Digital Humanities field. As such, one area in which papers on this panel might focus, then, is in further explicating the theoretical constellation made up by these three terms. How can we further theorize the differences and similarities within mediation, interaction, and encounter?
Deadline for abstracts 4 March, 2013
Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher conference
22nd and 23rd May, 2013 - Institute of English Studies, London, UK
**SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 21, 2013**
"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." – F. Scott Fitzgerald
"You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." – Harvey Dent, Batman: The Dark Knight
Richard Harrison, Mount Royal University
Aruna Srivastava, University of Calgary
CFP: Teaching Hemingway and Race (Kent State UP essay collection; deadline for abstracts is March 31, 2013; accepted essays due June 30, 2013)
The goal of the Teaching Hemingway series is to present collections of essays with various approaches to teaching emergent themes in Hemingway's major works to a variety of students in secondary and private schools and at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teacher-scholars who have used Hemingway's work in domestic, international, HBCU, MA/PhD, MFA, and many other settings can apply.
Friday Evening Speaker
Kelly Kinney, Binghamton
"Back to the Future: How a Nascent Program Built a Culture of Writing--and Won the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence"
Saturday Luncheon Speaker
Richard Miller, Rutgers
Author of As if Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education (1998) and Writing at the End of the World (2005).
New York University
April 4-5, 2013
Keynote by Asa Mittman (California State University, Chico) on April 4
Conference on April 5
**DEADLINE EXTENDED: ABSTRACTS NOW DUE JANUARY 25TH, 2013**
Stowe and Religion
In Oldtown Folks, Harriet Beecher Stowe famously complains that "woman's nature had never been consulted in theology." Yet, as the daughter, sister, and wife of clergymen, Stowe was herself steeped in the theology and religious practice of her day. Through her fiction, Stowe sometimes challenges the patriarchal leadership of the Christian Church and articulates an alternative vision of spiritual life that she figures simply as "the Religion of Christ."
Papers are sought on any aspect of religion, spirituality, or theology in the work of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Possible topics of exploration in Stowe's fiction include but are not limited to:
The Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks panel proposals for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, November 21-24, 2013.
Possessing, as we do, a diversity in critical methodologies that is both inclusive and illuminating, the members of the Sports Studies caucus are dedicated to a consideration of sport that relates to issues of broader relevance: enriching and deepening connections between our work and the work of our not-so-sports-inclined colleagues. We seek proposals that examine the wider cultural resonances of sport even as they address the 2013 Annual Meeting theme: "Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent."