The shared origin of text and textile in the Latin texere, to weave, is a critical commonplace. Many of the terms we use to describe our interactions with words are derived from this common linguistic root, and numerous other expressions associated with reading and writing are drawn from the rich vocabulary of cloth. Textiles are one of the most ubiquitous components of material culture, and they are also integral to the material history of texts. Paper was originally made from cotton rags, and in many different cultural and historical settings texts come covered, wrapped, bound, or decorated with textiles.
The Society for the Study of Southern Literature issues a call for papers for the 2013 Modern Language Association Conference held on January 3-6, 2013 in Boston. The session will focus on representations of southern heroes in various media, whether in fiction, film, graphic novels, television, art, memorials, tourist attractions, anniversary or birthday celebrations, school curricula (revisionist or otherwise), biography, et cetera. We invite papers dealing with larger-than-life figures, from Civil Rights activists to Confederate veterans to celebrated authors, in any southern context, be it U.S. Southern, hemispheric, multiethnic, et cetera, particularly as they interrogate the political and ideological underpinnings of constructions of heroism.
Abstracts, approximately 250 words, and current CV by 15 March 2012
Papers sought interrogating the theoretical usefulness of concepts like "border-crossing," "transnational," "cosmopolitan," "frontier," etc. How has these terms' analytical applicability evolved or been challenged?
This conference will be the seventh in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar series. The theme of this year's conference was inspired by a statement offered at an Earth Day event at Middlebury College in 2010 honoring John Elder, where an editor from Orion Magazine declared that "Nature Writing is dead." The obvious rejoinder to such a declaration is "what do you mean by 'nature writing'?" The 2012 conference will address this issue, and invites papers dealing with writers of natural history such as Henry Thoreau, John Burroughs, and other nineteenth-century authors through the more politically-charged writing of modern writers.
Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012
Confirmed plenary speaker: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen)
Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?
In 2012 the University of Exeter will invite undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to learn while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.
Call for Articles: Journal of Literary Theory, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013)
JLT – Journal of Literary Theory
Edited by Fotis Jannidis, Gerhard Lauer and Simone Winko
Published by de Gruyter
The Journal of Literary Theory invites contributions for Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013)
THEORIES AND MODELS OF LITERARY HISTORIOGRAPHY
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2012
Australasian Association for Literature Conference 2012: Literature and Censorship
Dates: 10-12 July 2012
Venue: University of New South Wales, Canberra.
Northcott Drive, Campbell,
Canberra, ACT AUSTRALIA
Keynote speaker: Peter McDonald (Oxford University)
"Chinese-Americans, when you try to understand what things in you are Chinese, how do you separate what is peculiar to childhood, to poverty, insanities, one family, your mother who marked your growing with stories, from what is Chinese? What is Chinese tradition and what is the movies?" –Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
2013 marks the centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth. Papers on all genres and topics welcome, focusing particularly on aspects of her work that are important right now. 1000-word abstract by 15 March 2012. Special sessions are subject to approval by the MLA.
For years, African writers such as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Ousmane Sembène, Ama Ata Aidoo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have contributed a unique global perspective on diverse topics such as colonialism, oppression, and the cultural and historical identity of Africa.
This panel seeks papers which discuss the unique perceptions of these and other influential African authors, and how the authors' views provide readers with an intimate, firsthand view of African living. Topics could include but are not limited to: postcolonialism, ethnicity and national identity, cultural studies and historical approaches and gender studies.
2012 CALL FOR PAPERS: FIRST NOTICE
The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals in the area of Ethnic and Race Studies for its annual conference on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2012 at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York.
NEPCA conferences seek to be those where graduate students, junior faculty, independent researchers, and senior faculty convene as equals. NEPCA prides itself on offering intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects. Papers are generally 15-20 minutes in length. NEPCA encourages creative delivery of papers, though they can also be read.
This permanent section on Bibliography and Textual Studies at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference welcomes paper proposals for a panel or group of panels on topics related to the conference's theme of "debt," both literal and metaphorical. The permanent section traditionally explores points of intersection between the disciplines of literary studies and history of the book. Proposals for 2012 should merge the permanent section's disciplinary and theoretical focus with the theme of debt, addressing sub-topics like indebtedness and influence, oaths and promises, literature of demand, the funding of literary productions, or another closely related topic.
The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.com) is organizing a special issue to analyze the work of Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan.
Papers examining his books, articles and multi-media presentations are welcomed. Secondly, contributions should engage the following themes; however discourse will not be limited to the following:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(Submission Deadline: February 23, 2012)
Interdisciplinary English Studies
Red River Graduate Student Conference
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
March 23-24, 2012
*Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Houston, University of New Mexico
The English Graduate Organization at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, invites you to consider issues of interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in literature, rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies, cultural studies, and communication studies at this year's Red River Graduate Student Conference. Other topics related to language, writing, and culture are also welcome.