Since WWII visual and written work documenting traumatic historical events in diverse geographic locations has emerged as one of the most prolific spaces of artistic production, yet still remains a relatively under-examined area of scholarly analysis. This is particularly true of comparative and interdisciplinary work. This seminar will focus on imaginative and testimonial narratives from sites of cultural or historical rupture/disruption/insurgence and the ways in which such narratives re- envision states of emergency as moments of artistic invention and/or transformation.
Organizers of the 33rd annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on American, British, and other World literatures outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting, see the following link for our present Area list: http://swtxpca.org/documents/123.html#Literature.)
CFP: Endless forms most beautiful: Science in 19th Century American Literature
I would like to propose a panel of papers that explores the role of science (rather than technology) in 19th century American literature for the 23rd Annual American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Panels are now forming for presentations on topics related to the new conference area of South Asian Cinema. Listed below are suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included
here are also very welcome.
The work of Satyajit Ray
Nehru and Indian cinema
Social problem films
Partition in Indian cinema
Indian silent film
Hindi Cinema's Golden Age (Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Guru Dutt)
Diasporic Indian filmmakers
The Graduate Student Association of the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department is pleased to invite papers for the 8th annual MadLit conference to be held March 1-3, 2012. This year's theme, "Visual Memory: Mind, Monument, Metaphor" seeks to investigate the role that vision plays in the creation, recollection, and use of memory as well as to challenge the relationship between optic experience and the visual idioms often used to describe these processes.
Graduate students are hybrid creatures in academia: we are both educators and students, innovators and learners. As we strive to master the foundational knowledges of our disciplines, we also challenge preconceptions, explore neglected or newly discovered areas, rethink our assumptions; ultimately, we create new knowledge.
This year, the Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) warmly invites our colleagues from all disciplines to share the ways in which they are revising, reforming, and recreating accepted disciplinary knowledge to form the next generation of scholarship. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and also encourage proposals from traditional humanities.
Catwoman to Katniss is an interdisciplinary conference examining female images in electronic, graphic, and textual media within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Featured in this conference are keynote speakers C.S. Friedman and Dr. Rhonda Wilcox. Friedman is the bestselling science fiction and fantasy author of such works as In Conquest Born, and The Coldfire and Magister Trilogies as well as many other novels and short works. Dr. Wilcox is a professor of English at Gordon College, a founding editor of Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies in Small Screen Fiction, Editor of Studies in Popular Culture and Coeditor of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.
The Langston Hughes Society will sponsor a panel at the 2012 American Literature Association Conference that reexamines the vexed relationship between political and aesthetic radicalism in Hughes's writing. Critical judgments of Hughes have long distinguished between the works of a politically-radical, leftist Hughes and the works of a formally-radical, modernist Hughes. For instance, Hughes's sociopolitical Marxist verse of the 1930s, when not dismissed, has been devalued in relation to his modernist blues- and jazz-informed verse experiments of the 1920s and 1950s.
Many obscure, enigmatic and buried symbols enrich children's picture books, poetry, and fiction. Secrets, nonsense, allegory, symbols, ciphers, dreams, or "things buried" may be central to a story's theme or may be hidden in the text or the book design itself, discovered not only by doing multiple readings, but also by upside down and forwards and backwards readings. Is there a special relationship, for instance, between such concepts as "secrets" and "dream" and children's literature? Does children's and/or young adult literature conceal "secret" knowledge? This panel invites papers that explore these topics through a variety of critical theoretical lenses as well as formalistic readings.
This panel explores how experiences of immigration, refuge or exile have been told through American children's literature. How have these experiences been passed on through storytelling, folklore, folktales, poetry, picture books or other forms of children's literature, such as video games and other forms of digital media? How has global cultural awareness influenced identity understanding in children's and young adult literature? What questions do these topics lead us to ask about authenticity, relevance, and specificity in story depiction in literature? What other questions are raised?
Science and Method in the Humanities (3/2/12, abstracts due 11/7/11)
Rutgers University announces "Science and Method in the Humanities," an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University).
John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the manufacture and dissemination of printed books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries).
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
February 8-11, 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2011
Conference Theme: Foods and Culture(s) in Global Context
Building off of this year's ACLA theme of "Collapse/Catastrophe/Change," this panel seeks to explore the space left in the wake of these three Cs. What remnants or remainders are left in their afterness? How do we mark the time of these events or the coming of these events? This panel will take as its starting point the act of mourning which is called to recognize these events, as well as the naming of the events. We will also call into question the act of remembering as binding. How is writing the space of afterness; can writing stitch together what remains of a collapse? Does the mere recording of the event eternalize it or memorialize it? How does catastrophe call us to bind together the spaces that surround and make them anew?