The early twenty-first century is a complicated time for regional literatures, particularly the literature of a relatively small region like Atlantic Canada. Globalization, interest in diasporic studies, and an increasingly post-national sensibility are pushing the reconceptualization of national literatures, with considerable implications for regional literatures. Furthermore, it is a time when Atlantic Canada is undergoing considerable cultural change and its future is very much in flux, with the prospect of economic crisis on the one hand and the possibility of a resource-based economic resurgence on the other.
The Editors of MFS solicit new feminist scholarship on neglected women writers from the first half of the twentieth century. Feminist readings of single texts, essays on groups and/or movements, and overviews of a single woman's career are equally welcomed. We are particularly interested in new theoretical approaches to modernism emerging out of feminist theory, imbued with what Sianne Ngai calls "a feminist attentiveness to a persistence of sexual hierarchies" (2). How can a feminist attentiveness to women writers shape the conversation at a time when New Modernist studies have largely shifted the focus away from gender toward history and nation?
This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of 19th C American literature, but especially those theorizing representations of illness and medicine. We invite papers that address autobiography, fiction, philosophy, poetry, diaries, and science writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
--madness and mental illness
--the home, hospital, and asylum
--the wounded body or soul
--pathographies, case studies, patient-authored narratives
--nurse-roles and healthcare
ATHE 2012 PRE-CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
Spaces of (Dis)location: Call for Papers
The College of Arts, University of Glasgow, is excited to announce Spaces of (Dis)location, a two-day multidisciplinary graduate conference taking place on 24th – 25th May 2012.
As national and cultural boundaries are blurred in our increasingly global society, the ideas of space and location – whether physical or metaphysical, real or imaginary – are evolving. This notion provides the stimulus for a conference that we hope will inspire creativity and debate across many subjects in the arts and humanities.
The Harvard Celtic Department cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social science topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.) for their 32nd Annual Celtic Colloquium, to take place at Harvard University, October 5-7, 2012. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited. Attendance is free.
Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will be a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.
Special Topics Session: "Subverting and Perverting: Bad Grrls in Fiction"
This special topics session is a follow up to a successful roundtable at the annual 2010 MELUS conference in Scranton, PA; the 2010 roundtable was inspired by poet-writer Marilyn Chin's _Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen_. In this novel, or book of tales, Chin's Chinese-American twin female protagonists subvert the dominant expectations of gender and sexuality. Papers are not limited to Chin's book. I am interested in paper proposals that examine the works of contemporary women writers/poets who raise questions about gender and sexuality within and across various ethnicities.
Papers on Nabokov as an American writer; his interest in specific American literary figures (Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, etc.), in American landscapes and settings, or in American culture, broadly conceived; his role in the American canon. 300-word abstracts by 19 March 2012 to Christopher A. Link (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PLEASE NOTE: This is to be the guaranteed panel of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society at MLA next January. Presenters must be members of the MLA no later than 7 April 2012 and members of the Nabokov Society by the time of the conference.
NEW BOOK SERIES
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Series Title: Cine-Aesthetics: New Directions in Film and Philosophy
Publisher: Lexington Books
Contact: Steven Rybin, email@example.com
Editors: Steven Rybin, Georgia Gwinnett College
Stuart Kendall, California College of the Arts
Thomas Deane Tucker, Chadron State College
The Journal of New Zealand Literature (JNZL) is calling for expressions of interest in a fully-funded Special Issue for 2013.
* Proposals must align with JNZL's mandate to publish new peer-reviewed scholarly work on New Zealand literature and cultural studies.
* Proposals need the majority support of JNZL's International Advisory Board.
* The proposer/s will take responsibility for organising any related conference/symposium and for issuing relevant calls for papers.
The Journal of New Zealand Literature offers an annual prize for a publication in the area of New Zealand literary studies.
* The Prize is available to graduate students and to emerging researchers who have completed their PhDs within the last three years.
* There is a cash prize.
* The winning entry will be published in JNZL 30 (2012).
* Entries are judged anonymously.
* Entries are judged by the International Advisory Board of JNZL. Judging is by majority decision.
* The adjudicating panel reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.
* Non-winning essays may be considered for publication in JNZL in the usual way.
Please submit the following:
The Humanities Center at Wayne State University invites papers on the theme, "Apocalyptic Imagination" for its Fall Symposium scheduled to take place on November 16, 2012 in Detroit, MI.
The 4th Biennial Philosophy and Literature Conference at Purdue University
"Truth, Thought, and Technology"
This panel will explore Asian American literary participation in the tragic mode. Reasons for this exploration include:
- the desire to explore some of the aesthetic dimensions of Asian American fiction that have long been neglected by critics.
- the desire to recuperate tragedy/the tragic for the 20th Century, where it has often been dismissed as no longer applicable
- the desire to break down longstanding binaries between existential and political approaches to the tragic.
- the desire to better understand possible political ramifications of tragedy/the tragic in the 20th Century
- the desire to examine the role of genre in knowledge production and ethics