The increasing pervasiveness of narratives in the everyday life of today's global mediated world has been explored extensively in literary theory and criticism, linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and policy making. Narratives are associated with traditional genres such as the novel and the short story, but also with the stories we live by, with the idea of story and storytelling as reflected in newspaper articles, websites, blogs, forums, visual narratives, oral stories, testimonies. Yet, very few studies address tales of women's permanent or temporary transnational relocation.
Dickens Day: Dickens and History
Senate House, London
Saturday 12th October 2013
Dickens Day, now in its 27th year, is looking at how history, in all its manifold forms, features in Dickens's life and work. Dickens's early career was overshadowed by his intense desire to write a historical novel, emulating the success, literary kudos and profits of Sir Walter Scott. The result, Barnaby Rudge, was only moderately successful and has been unduly neglected by readers and students alike. At the other end of his career, his second historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was an immediate success and remains one of his most famous, read and studied works.
This conference will consider the interrelationship between formal structures of knowledge and literary writing / discourse. It will interrogate the deep discursive interplay between non-fictive and fictive forms and address critical issues associated with this historical division.
How are paradigms for the collection and transmission of knowledge about the natural world informed, transmitted, and transmuted by literary means? How might literary criticism play a role in the interrogation of epistemological genres associated with the categorization of the human, including but not limited to philosophy, jurisprudence, anthropology and biology?
Topics might include (but are not limited to):
Materiality & Corporeality: The Body in Popular Fiction and Visual Culture
Postgraduate Conference, University of Portsmouth
Thursday 6th June 2013
Keynote Speaker: Professor Julian Wolfreys, Loughborough University -
Of Bodies, Being, and Loss: Memory, Amateriality,
and the Spectrality of Touch
PAMLA 2013 Conference (Nov. 1-3): The Other Detective (deadline April 15)
The detective has nearly always been seen as an Other, a figure that occupies some other space, between law and criminality, between society and its fringes. This panel will expand on this understanding to include the overtly Other Detective, the one that exists as a racial, ethnic, class, gendered or any Other.
Please submit proposals via the PAMLA website:
LIMINA CONFERENCE 2013
Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference
To celebrate the launch of volume 19 of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Collective is pleased to announce...
The 8th Annual Limina Conference will be held on Friday June 14, 2013 at the University of Western Australia, Perth.
Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that one is entitled to by virtue of being human. In her recent study _Inventing Human Rights_ (2008), Lynn Hunt argues that rights were imagined as natural, inalienable, and universal in eighteenth-century sentimental literature, prior to their promulgation in the revolutionary Declarations. Specifically, for Hunt, it is by extensively documenting the flagrant wrongs suffered by various disenfranchised groups—women, slaves, prisoners, the insane— in the form of rape, enslavement, and carceral torture that sentimental fiction implicitly underscored their rights to bodily integrity and self-possession.
Notions of monstrosity or the monstrous in Jewish tradition and in representations of Jews. Potential issues: containment/contagion, normality, pathology, inclusion/exclusion, ritual, heresy, health/disease. Abstract of 250 words or less by 15 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (email@example.com).
The Zionist imagination in global literatures and cultures. Potential topics: pre- or proto-Zionist texts, Christian Zionism, post-Zionism, Israel and its others. Abstract, 250 words maximum by 10 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies.
Revelations is a peer-reviewed, open-access blog which provides a forum to showcase and distribute emerging work on Katherine Mansfield. It establishes a communal space for academic conversation by early career researchers in this rapidly developing field.
Over the past several years, a debate regarding the place of online writing instruction has endured on college campuses around the world. Although online course delivery increases educational access to some segments of the population, there are some scholars who believe that the online delivery is inherently inferior to more traditional methods of instruction. Compound that with the traditional lack of formal education in online pedagogy that most instructors receive.
This panel will focus on the verbal and visual depictions of death as a physical reality, philosophical concept, and/or social construct in children's literature from a range of theoretical perspectives and literature from varied cultural backgrounds, time periods, genres, and media forms. Submit a proposal of approximately 500 words though PAMLA's Online Proposal system by April 15, 2013: http://www.pamla.org/2013/
If you have any questions about this particular session, please contact Lesley Clement at
The President of the MLA, Marianne Hirsch, has announced her theme for the 2014 meeting of the MLA in Chicago: "Vulnerable Times addresses vulnerabilities of life, the planet, and our professional disciplines, in our own time and throughout history. Its aim is to illuminate acts of imagination and forms of solidarity and resistance that promote social change."
Ambigua: Revista de Investigaciones de Género y Estudios Culturales
Monograph edited by Juan Jiménez Salcedo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) and Thomas Hochmann (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History
International conference to be held at the International Slavery Museum and the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 27–28 October 2013
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