Cities are sites of ever-changing cultural and historical encounters, and languages have a significant role in shaping the urban experience. Both predictable and surprising challenges and opportunities arise when city borders are crossed, voices meet, and artistic traditions find their counterparts. Using the Latin word for "translation," translatio, or "to carry across," as a theoretical point of departure, this seminar examines the dynamics of translation in urban spaces and the constructions of imaginative geographies. Translation, in this sense, is not solely a linguistic matter, but more broadly a sensory experience that manifests its traces and residues in music, visual media, architecture, and literature.
ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites proposals for scholarly papers for its sixteenth annual meeting, to be held at the White Stag Building at the University of Oregon in Portland, from Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25, 2013.
The REVISED deadline to submit proposals is November 12, 2012. (Scroll down for proposal guidelines and submission information.)
As we all witnessed over the last 2 years, the Arab world has been shaken as it has never been in its entire history. Autocratic regimes crumbled like sand castles; others started reforms that would have been unthinkable a few years ago; social dynamics have been reconfigured and long crushed and silenced identities came to the surface. The whole world discovered for the first time that the monolithic image they had of this vast region and its cultures was a media-entertained ideological construction. Yet it came as no surprise to anyone in the region that from Casablanca to Sanaa women played a key role in the success of the uprisings that wiped out long ruling oligarchies in the region, ushering in an era of political reforms.
This is a special topics call for papers for the Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference to be held at Dartmouth College April 19 – 21 2013.
Papers are sought that investigate the recent outpouring of works by and about African Americans and black history.
A keynote discussion for the conference will celebrate the accomplishments of Jeremy Love, author and artist of DC Comics _Bayou_, and Milton Knight, veteran animator and illustrator of comics adaptations of Zora Neal Hurston as well as many other authors in the _Graphic Classics_ series. Papers that address any of their works are particularly welcome.
In addition, we seek papers that respond to some of the following questions:
This special topics panel seeks papers that explore the relationship between the human and the hand-drawn image in all of its contemporary forms in media from comics and illustrations in childrens literature to animated cartoons.
Some particular questions to respond to include:
In what ways do these images theorize the human?
What is the status of the hand-drawn image in the age of digital reproduction? How does that status relate to the human?
To what extent do such images intervene upon the aesthetics and politics of realism?
How might the study of hand-drawn images and visual culture pertain to the current status of the humanities?
This special topics panel seeks papers that explore the relationship between religion or religious practice and the hand-drawn image in all of its forms, from comics and illustrations in childrens literature to animated cartoons.
In addition to papers on individual texts or artists whose work merits consideration given the topic, we are also interested in papers responsive to the following questions:
What is the future of illustration studies?
What can comics scholars learn from animation studies and vice versa?
Do illustrated books or graphic novels resist the supposed obsolescence of the book?
What do pictures want (now)?
These and related questions will be explored at the Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College to be held April 19 – 21 2013.
Scholars interested in the illustrated image in all of its mediated guises are invited to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. Nearly all illustrated or drawn 'texts' are eligible for consideration:
*comics and graphic novels
*cartoons and animated films
Conference dates: March 1-2, 2013
Abstracts due: December 15, 2012
CFP: Stephen Crane Panels at ALA 2013
The Stephen Crane Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, on May 23-26, 2013. All topics are welcome. Here, for example, are a few suggestions:
· Crane's depiction of war
· Crane and the arts (e. g., painting, photography, music)
· Crane's depiction of the city
· Crane's poetry
· Crane's journalism
· the Sullivan County tales and sketches
· the Western stories
· the Whilomville stories
· one of Crane's lesser-known novels (The Third Violet, Active Service, or The O'Ruddy)
· Crane's depiction of women
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 39 No. 2 (September 2013)
Special Topic "Phantom Asian America"
Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2013
Since its emergence in the late 1960s, Asian American studies has gained ground in the academy, and yet the term "Asian America" itself remains in doubt. Where is Asian America? Who are Asian Americans? What constitutes Asian American experience and who is qualified to speak for and about Asian Americans? Why does "Asian American" remain an appealing identity category despite its inherent vagueness?
Seeking proposals pertaining to any aspect(s) of the topic Adolescence in Film and Television for presentation at the annual joint meeting of the national Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, to be held March 27-30, 2013 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's ninth annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature (MadLit) will be held February 28–March 1, 2013. This year's conference, "Between Surface and Depth," investigates how humanistic disciplines articulate notions of superficiality and depth in their scholarly practices. Building from the debates surrounding Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus's "Surface Reading: An Introduction" (Representations 108.1 (Fall 2009): 1–21), this conference will explore the implications of using spatial models to conceptualize the location of meaning in language, literature, and discourse.
The Occupy movement, mediated by what we refer to as the "virtual" spaces of the internet, began in earnest with the co-optation of a privately-owned public space in order to allow individuals to draw attention to disparities in how economic and political spaces of power are shared. The disruption of what we assume about the organization of a city, brought about by the prolonged presence of human bodies, thereby discloses the importance of space in 21st century as a cultural phenomenon.
For over 40 years Ernesto Laclau's work has consistently, almost obstinately, sought to rethink the status of the political. This conference reflects on the theoretical debates inspired by these interventions, revisiting older debates, while looking towards new avenues for research opened up by Laclau's work. The conference critically interrogates Laclau's work and the various directions in which other scholars have taken his ideas.
Topics might include, although this list is by no means exhaustive:
· Politics and the Political;
· Antagonism and Democracy;
· Rhetoric and Discourse Theory;
· Discourse Theory and Political Economy;
· Laclau's critique of Marx and Marxism;
This one-day symposium hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London aims to bring together postgraduates and academics to explore how the issues of feminism, influence and inheritance animate or problematize their work and practice in the field of literary study. Through this conference we aim to begin a discussion about the challenges and anxieties, but also the significant rewards of engaging with our substantial feminist inheritance as scholars working in English Studies today. It will seek to consider how contemporary research relates to the rich, complex and extensive history of feminist research in the discipline and explore how new directions in literary study might be informed by the work of the past.