The power of things
inheres in the memories
they gather up inside them,
and also in the vicissitudes of our imagination,
and our memory - of this there is no doubt.
-Orhan Pamuk, Museum of Innocence
The power of things
CFP: Media Spaces of Gender and Sexuality
Media Fields Journal
University of California, Santa Barbara
This issue of Media Fields investigates the connections between media, space, gender, and sexuality, seeking conversations that center on these interrelations and negotiations. We invite papers that raise questions of how media spaces construct gender, and how gender, in turn, constructs media spaces; how spaces condition and are conditioned by gender performances and sexual practices; and how gender legibility limits (or allows) access to various media spaces.
CONFERENCE DATE: Saturday April 13th, 2013
Proposal Deadline: Friday March 29th, 2013
The San Francisco State University Humanities Department is currently soliciting paper proposals for the 2013 Humanities Symposium to be held on Saturday April 13, 2013. Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long. We are also open to topic-centered panel proposals of 3 presenters per panel. The Humanities Symposium is interdisciplinary in scope and open to all students in all humanities-related fields.
JOURNAL PUBLICATION: All papers accepted for the Humanities Symposium will also be eligible for consideration for publication in the Humanities Department 2013 Issue of the SFSU Humanities Symposium Journal.
Sexual Futures: Versions of the Sexual Past, Visions of the Sexual Future
University of Exeter, UK
5-6 September 2013
The future offers a critical space to negotiate sexual possibilities. It can serve as a doomsday warning, provide utopian fantasies or aspirational goals for real reform. Such visions of the sexual future are often achieved through an imaginative reworking of motifs and elements from the past. This colloquium investigates how and why sexual knowledge, articulated in science, literature, art, politics, law and religion, turns to the past to envision the future.
This symposium is organized by the "Jeudi du Genre" group of the research team "Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes" (CAS EA 801). This research group's discussions have focused not only on showing how notions of "woman" and "man" were changing categories, but also how these processes of re-categorizations were casting one in the margins, meanwhile constructing the other as normative units. This symposium will pursue these discussions, specifically targeting the definitions of the "feminine" and the masculine", whether they originate from artists, scholars, visual and written media or anonymous agents. In their creative, artistic or intellectual processes and productions, how do the latter define and redefine these notions?
University of Kent, 27-28 June 2013
Among the scientific discoveries and emerging new disciplines that contributed to a palpable sense of Victorian modernity, some of the most intriguing involved new understandings of the physical basis of mind as discoveries were made about the structure and operation of the nervous system and the brain. This proposed panel seeks papers that investigate how the emergence of new understandings and interpretations of the mind/body relationship manifested in Victorian fiction. Those interested should email Genie Babb (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Judy DeTar (email@example.com) by March 12.
Mid-century American novels and the reading practices they engender. How do experiments in genre instruct readers in attending to the vulnerabilities of social life after WWII? 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2013; Jenny M. James (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted 20 February 2013.
MLA 2014 CFP
Division on Middle English Language and Literature, Excluding Chaucer
"Feel the Pain: Medieval Trauma"
A Roundtable Session
Call for Proposals for a special session for MLA 2014: Beat Artists, Literature, and Language Writing
Deadline for Submissions: March 20, 2013
This panel is designed to examine ideas of childhood based on the life writing of working class people. How is child labor/schooling discussed in life writing from working class individuals? How are ideas of childhood vs. adulthood altered through the necessities of class and work? Questions such as these can highlight how ideas of childhood are frequently tied to middle class identity and development, especially during the nineteenth century.
Abstracts and CV via PAMLA's online proposal system by 3/31/2013: http://www.pamla.org
Questions should be directed to Sarah MacDonald (email@example.com)
Scientists recently found that migration was a main factor that shaped human behavior (Don Jones, Nature News). According to John Hines, the most extensive human migration took place in the early Middle Ages, while other large-scale migrations include the Puritan migration, the great Serb migrations, the migrations of the Middle Passage, and the nineteenth and twentieth century migrations of impoverished Europeans to the Americas. Apart from with poverty and religion, migration is also often associated with war; climate change becomes a factor that forces people to become migrants. Migration is a matter of geographic movement (diaspora), but also of human psychology (e.g. un-homing, longing, nostalgia, depression); of human rights (e.g.
Unsettling Wonder is a new literary journal that publishes both creative and academic work on fairy tales, folklore, and mythology. We welcome original writing that deals honestly with such topics as worthwhile in and of themselves: new stories, retellings, and imaginative appropriations. We are both an online and a print publication.
We invite submissions for Volume 1, Issue 2: Wise Fools.
Please send your poetry, prose, flash fiction, and academic abstracts to submissions(at)unsettlingwonder(dot)com by 20 April 2013. For more information and to view our submission guidelines, please visit our website
Papers addressing the pioneering HBO show, attendant discussions and controversies, and/or related media exploring twenty-first century feminisms. 250-word abstract and short bio by 13 March 2013 (Deadline Extended); Tahneer Oksman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This special session seeks submissions that employ and/or consider cognitive approaches to literature. In the past several years, literature has proved instrumental in furthering cognitive studies, and this session looks for papers that demonstrate reciprocity in the field of literary studies. Some questions papers might consider are: How do cognitive approaches to literature further literary studies? How is our understanding of literature enhanced by applying cognitive science? Are there limits to the application of cognitive science to literature? What is the future of cognitive approaches to literature?