Apocalyptic prophecies and futurist narratives have always had a special place in culture, from Y2K fervor to the periodically updated Rapture to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012. In addition to the "real" end-of-the-world predictions, and perhaps in response to them, our literature and pop culture has spawned innumerable fictions of a future unaccounted for. This unknown future folds back upon our past through historical representations of colonialism's reconfiguration of territory, ownership, and identity. In the present, our cultural climate seems to speak to the end of the material world as we have come to understand it, as we transcend print-based media and move up into the digital media cloud.
Call for articles:
SPECIAL ISSUE: TEACHING UNDER ATTACK
The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words) and items for an occasional feature, "The Material Culture of Teaching," which offer historical perspectives on pedagogy or examine material practices/artifacts of pedagogy.
Oklahoma State University's English Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce a call for papers for Frontiers and Borders, its annual conference, to take place March 9-11, 2012 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The conference will feature a keynote presentation on linguistic boundaries from distinguished linguistics scholar, Dr. Dennis Preston. There will also be a reading by Dr. Angie Estes, author of such books as Chez Nous and Tryst, finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.
Troika: An Undergraduate Journal in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2012 issue. The deadline for submissions is February 24th.
The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association invites the submission of proposals for individual papers to its Literature and Religion session. Papers may engage a wide range of religious and literary traditions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the intersection between literature, religion, and the following issues:
- The family
- Representations of the messianic or the apocalyptic
Presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes long (approximately 8 doubled-spaced pages).
The peer-reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry" is dedicated to bringing western and non-western humanities currents into dialogue with each other. It publishes articles, comments, and reviews, and each issue includes an interview with a known figure in philosophy, literature, or literary theory. The journal is most interested in themes of contemporary or perennial importance in the areas of philosophy, aesthetics and literature, written from post-structuralist, critical theory, deconstructionist, post-colonial and/or non-western philosophical perspectives. The journal is edited in the United States and produced in Nepal, and is sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies of Nepal.
The AnaChronisT 16 (2012) invites research papers, interviews, and book reviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in Winter 2012/3. Papers are to be sent to The AnaChronisT (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, H–1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5.) by Thursday, 31 May 2011.
The AnaChronisT http://seas3.elte.hu/anachronist/ welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:
- one hard copy of the essay sent to the above address;
SSAWW 2012: American Women and Ethnographic Subjects
I am seeking papers for a proposed panel at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) conference in Denver, CO, October 10-13, 2012 on the subject of American women and ethnography. Possible topics presenters may want to address include the relationship(s) between ethnographers and their subjects, the effects of the intended audience on ethnographic material, the relationship of genre to nation, and ethnographic subjects and community membership.
Please send a 300-word abstract with full contact information by February 1 to Lynn Domina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This session will focus on innovative ways of translating one-on-one teaching strategies to the larger English or Foreign Language classroom in a context of increasing class sizes and diminishing resources. Panelists with both classroom expertise and experience in writing centers, leading independent studies, and other one-to-one teaching forums are particularly welcome to share creative methods that work. Abstracts that can establish how the proposed strategy is both novel and effective will be given preference.
Please send a 500-word abstract and brief bio or CV to email@example.com by March 15, 2012.
In his 1913 essay, "The Serious Artist," Ezra Pound suggests that writing "good" poetry is as much a matter of aesthetics as it is ethics. The last few years have seen an increased amount of scholarship pertaining to the ethics of modernism. The majority of these critical inquiries, however, have centered on fiction in general and novels in particular. What if we took Pound's claim seriously as a way of shifting the attention of this conversation away from plot and toward poetics? What would an ethical poetry look like? How might poetic form be implicated in the philosophical considerations of ethics? This panel is accepting abstract submissions that entertain these questions and any others that engage the relationship between poetics and ethics.
The Program Committee for the Study of Myth is pleased to invite proposals for presentations and performances at the Symposium in Santa Barbara, California at Pacifica Graduate Institute, to be held August 31 to September 2, 2012. Studyofmyth.org
Feb 15, 2012: Proposal deadline
May 2012: Decisions announced
Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2012: Symposium
The Symposium themes are organized around three broad areas of inquiry and action: Myth in Theory, Myth in Culture, and Myth in Practice.
The First International Djuna Barnes Conference
21-22 September 2012
An International Conference hosted by The Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, in association with Birkbeck College, University of London.
Daniela Caselli (University of Manchester)
Melissa Jane Hardie (University of Sydney)
Scott Herring (University of Indiana)
Teresa de Lauretis (University College Santa Cruz, CA)
Twain's Omissions: Exploring the Gaps as Textual Context
Enduring Barbarism: Heroic Fantasy from the Bronze Age to the Internet
The inaugural popular culture conference will be held at the College of St. Joseph, located in Rutland, Vermont, April 13th-14th, 2012.
We are looking for a wide range of popular culture/ cultural studies papers, topics, and panels that explore the enduring figure of the barbarian in Western popular culture. Graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are encouraged to submit ideas on heroic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and other images of barbarians and barbarism.
Proposal deadline: Jan 25th, 2011
Possible paper topics:
CFP for a special issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany: "Queer Woolf" (Fall 2012)
We invite brief analyses and explorations of how queer studies can help or has helped illuminate Woolf's life and work, and vice versa – how Woolf's work and life nuances or otherwise influences queer studies, broadly conceived.