all recent posts

[UPDATE] "Leaps of Faith: Mania Meets Modernity" SAMLA Nov 6-8 2009

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 6:00pm
Stephen Gallagher

This panel will interrogate the upsurge of the new(?) homicidal/suicidal religiosity in the West. Possible perspectives are political, sociological, activist, and philosophical. Approaches can cover the full range from critical analysis to prescriptions for action action. Some possible ideas, not intended to restrict ideas but to spur thinking on a few possible approaches:

- the suicide bomber as Kierkegaardian hero
- religious mania as a reaction to/ byproduct of Western modernity
- leaps of technological faith: the new high-tech cargo cults (Heaven's Gate, etc)
- the faith of Abraham vs the faith of Andrea Yates
- when religion comes to power: implications from the Taliban to the Christian Right

THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RAMIFICATIONS OF MISUNDERSTANDING AMERICAN ENGLISH (6/25/09; SAMLA 11/6-8/09)

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 4:58pm
Myrna Santos / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

In an ever-changing world, words appear to have more power than ever. Indeed, words can be weapons when inappropriately or ineffectively used. This ambiguity can lead to grave misunderstanding and miscommunication as our global networks are ever increasing. Many times the intent of the USA to convey its purpose is poorly represented. How can we, as educators, effectively teach English in a manner that can avoid literal denotation, while embracing the subtleties, innuendos, and connotations so important to clarity and deeper understanding? This panel will address all subject related topics.

HUMAN RIGHTS ON FILM: ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 4:54pm
Marlisa Santos / South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

This session at November's SAMLA conference (http://samla.gsu.edu/) explores how human rights issues—most commonly human rights violations—have been depicted on film, and the effect that such depictions have on various human rights causes. Though much documentary work has been done in this area, this session focuses instead on fictionalized representations of human rights issues on film. What role does historical accuracy play in the representation of human rights events and causes? How are human rights issues arising in the U.S. treated differently on film than human rights issues arising in other parts of the world?

postcolonial short story essay collection july 2009

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 4:51pm
Dr Paul March-Russell

Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent, Canterbury) and Dr Maggie Awadalla (Imperial College, London/SOAS) are proposing a new collection of essays on the postcolonial short story.

Women and Work: Caribbean Women's Narratives of Migration

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 2:12pm
Kate Caccavaio, Michigan State University

Belinda Edmondson makes a distinction between transatlantic migration of Caribbean male of the 1950s and 1960s and the hemispheric Caribbean migration of female writers a generation later. The male migration was marked by the "scholarship boys" who attended Oxbridge and the women of the 1970s and beyond migrated primarily for economic reasons. Are work and education valued in the same way and how do the gender implications effect this migration and the work of women? I invite papers that examine the works by women writers who try to balance their status as migrant workers and how these migrations effect their identity as Caribbean women for the 2009 Midwest Modern Language Association conference.

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies. 13-15 October 2009 University of Bergamo -Italy

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12:59pm
Flaminia Nicora University of Bergamo Italy PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet “Literary and Cultural Studies”)

International conference

After Writing Back. Present and future perspectives in Postcolonial Studies.

University of Bergamo, Italy 13-15 October 2009

Hosted by:
University of Bergamo
Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures
PhD in Euro-American Literatures/Doctoral School of Humanities (Partner of the European PhDNet "Literary and Cultural Studies")

Writing guides for students on the works of Angelou and Bradbury

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 11:47am
Chelsea House Publishers

Facts on File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and libraries, is seeking specialists to write approximately 80,000-word manuscripts, following established series guidelines, offering strategies and techniques for writing about the works of Maya Angelou and Ray Bradbury. The author must have a PhD, extensive knowledge of the subject's life and works, and an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high school and college. Manuscripts would be due in summer 2010. If qualified and interested, please send a cover letter and cv, preferably via e-mail, to:

Wizard World University-Chicago and Philidephia (Comic Book Convention Conference Series )

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 11:37am
Institute for Comics Studies

The Institute for Comics Studies is soliciting proposals for presentations, book talks, slide talks, roundtables, professional focus discussion panels, workshops and other panels centered around comics or comics related areas of study for Wizard World University—Philadelphia and Wizard World University—Chicago, the academic tracks of Wizard World Comic Book Conventions.

Panels that include participation by comics industry professionals are especially encouraged. ICS will provide assistance with recruiting professionals for participation in WWU panels.

Irish Studies at MPCA/ACA

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:57am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

The Irish Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is extending its deadline for its upcoming conference. The MPCA/MACA conference will be held Friday-Sunday, October 30-November 1, 2009 at the Book Cadillac Westin in Detroit, Michigan.

Please send proposals on any aspect of Irish Studies to the area chair via email or mail. Emailed proposals should be sent to Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University at turner8kathleen@gmail.com. Mailed proposals should be sent to Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Harry Potter MPCA/ACA Oct 30-Nov 1

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:55am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

The Harry Potter area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is extending its deadline for its upcoming conference. The MPCA/MACA conference will be held Friday-Sunday, October 30-November 1, 2009 at the Book Cadillac Westin in Detroit Michigan.

Please send proposals on any aspect of Harry Potter Studies to the area chair via email or mail. Emailed proposals should be sent to Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University at turner8kathleen@gmail.com. Mailed proposals should be sent to Kathleen Turner, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Gender (06/20/2009)

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 8:19am
e-Pisteme postgraduate journal, Newcastle University

Call for Papers: GENDER

The editors invite contributions for the forthcoming issue on the theme of GENDER from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Suggested areas for articles include, but are not restricted to:

Cinema, Film & Television
Embodiment, Space & Time
Feminism, Anti-feminism, & Masculinism
Equality & Liberation
Gender, Sex & Androgyny
Language & Linguistics
Stylistics and Discourse
Teaching, Learning & Acquisition

Please send submissions in Microsoft Word format to: e-pisteme@ncl.ac.uk

All submissions must contain the following information:

Exile & Migration: One-Day Postgraduate Conference (June 11, 2009) - Call for Papers (deadline: May 15, 2009)

updated: 
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 7:33am
University of Manchester - School of Languages, Linguistics, & Cultures

EXILE AND MIGRATION

A One-Day Postgraduate Conference

Thursday, 11th June 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite papers from postgraduates working in all disciplines on any aspect of exile and/or migration. Submissions which engage theoretical or empirical approaches, or diverse methodologies, are welcome. We encourage papers employing interdisciplinary frameworks.
Topics might include, but are by no means restricted to:

CFP : DIASPORAS OF THE NEW WORLD

updated: 
Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 9:09pm
Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique, FWI

The Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Languages, Arts and Humanities (CRILLASH) of the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, welcomes proposals for papers for the 3rd Symposium of the Young Caribbean Researchers to be held October 15-16, 2009 on the campus of Schoelcher in Martinique, French West Indies. The conference is a biennual event for the fostering of innovative research among academics, artists and writers who either belong to the Caribbean Diaspora or have dedicated an important part of their studies to the "Sixth Continent".

[UPDATE] Third Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference

updated: 
Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 8:28pm
FSG/WSCP CUNY Graduate Center

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION TO MAY 20, 2009

Call for Papers: Feminist Pedagogy Conference November 6, 2009

The Third Feminist Pedagogy Conference seeks participants for a day-long conference entitled The Praxis of Feminist Pedagogy

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Fine

The Conference will take place on Friday, November 6, 2009, at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

[Update] Queering Harry Potter

updated: 
Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 7:39pm
Andrew Buzny

We seek to delve further into the mind of Rowling and examine all aspects of the Harry Potter series that lend themselves to a lavender lens. With Dumbledore's ejection from the closet, queer scholars have taken up Rowling's decision at all three major Harry Potter Conferences (Accio, Portus, and Terminus) over the summer of 2008. As such, we seek papers for an interdisciplinary reader on queer and feminist issues in Harry Potter. We welcome critical and passionate papers catering to both students and scholars in the fields of sexual/gender diversity studies, cultural studies, children's literature, and literary analysis. A non-exclusive list of topics are

MSA 11: The Voicing of Poetry

updated: 
Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 6:38pm
Alessandro Porco

In her study of voice, Adrianna Cavarero writes that "there is a realm of speech in which the sovereignty of language yields to that of the voice. I am talking, of course, about poetry." Taking Cavarero's philosophical cue as its jumping-off point, as well as Charles Bernstein's related call for "close listening," this panel welcomes papers that attend, in material ways, to the vocal performance of modern and postmodern poetries. That is, how do poets "voice" or perform their poetry? How does vocal performances inflect andor complicate textual readings of poems? Voice, then, for the purposes of this panel, is disarticulated from homogenizing metaphors of disembodied selfhood (i.e. finding your voice) and community (i.e. vox populi).

Modernism and Scientific Knowledge (MSA 2009)

updated: 
Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 3:23pm
Modernist Studies Association 2009

MSA 2009 (Nov 5-8, Montreal): Modernism and Scientific Knowledge Panel CFP

The first half of the twentieth century produced both scientific and cultural revolutions; what it also produced, as CP Snow pointed out in The Two Cultures, was the perception of an even greater divide between scientific and "non-scientific" knowledge.

But in fact, throughout the modernist period, scientific knowledge and non-scientific knowledge—like literature and literary criticism—proved to be inextricably linked. And this is what this panel hopes to explore: how 20th century science can inform our understanding of modernist literary practice and how literary modernism can change the way we discuss the history and practice of science.

The Taste of 1759

updated: 
Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 1:33pm
Canadian and North East American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

"The Taste of 1759"

The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) and the North East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) will be jointly hosting their annual conference in Canada's scenic capital city on November 5-8, 2009. The theme of the conference is "1759".

Textual Ancestry (5/17/09; GEMCS, 10/22/09-10/25/09)

updated: 
Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 11:00am
Misty Krueger / University of Tennessee

The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies; October 22-25, 2009; Dallas, Texas

Textual Ancestry

In keeping with the GEMCS conference's theme of "tracing footprints," this panel explores how a text's literary ancestors affected the conception, production, and/or dissemination of that text. Papers should examine the impact of textual predecessors on a specific work or body of work, or papers could address how one author's work directly influenced another's. Papers that address all genres and historical periods related to early modern studies are welcome.

The Story of the Story: Ethics, Therapy, and Life Writing

updated: 
Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 9:16pm
Flinders University

The Story of the Story: Ethics, Therapy, and Life Writing

28th-­30th September 2009.

Flinders University, Adelaide. South Australia.

Convenors: Dr Kylie Cardell and Dr Kate Douglas

Keynote Speaker: Dr Margaretta Jolly, University of Sussex UK.

Modernism and Scientific Knowledge (MSA 2009)

updated: 
Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 5:48pm
Modernist Studies Association 2009

Modernist Studies Association 2009 (Nov 5-9, Montreal): CFP, Modernism and Scientific Knowledge Panel

The first half of the twentieth century produced both scientific and cultural revolutions; what it also produced, as CP Snow pointed out in The Two Cultures, was the perception of an even greater divide between scientific and "non-scientific" knowledge.

CFP: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Legend NEPCA (6/1/09; Queens, NY 10/23-24/09)

updated: 
Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 3:10pm
Michael A Torregrossa/The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

CALL FOR PAPERS
SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND LEGEND AREA
2009 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Queensborough Community College (Bayside, Queens, New York City) , Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24, 2009
Proposals by 1 June 2009

Proposals are invited from scholars of all levels for papers to be presented in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length and may address any aspect of science fiction, fantasy, and/or legends in popular culture.

Adoption: Secret Histories, Public Policies: Third International Conference on Adoption and Culture

updated: 
Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 10:17am
Marianne Novy/Sally Haslanger/Emily Hipchen/Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

Adoption has often, though not always, involved secrecy. How has secrecy or openness affected the history, experience, and representations of adoption? How have literature and film portrayed the impact of secrecy and disclosure on adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents? What is the impact of recent revelations of secret histories in memoir, books such as _The Girls Who Went Away_, documentaries such as _First Person Plural_ (the creators of both will be keynote speakers)? How and why did adoption secrecy, and the practices it hides, develop differently in different cultures, countries, and even different states? Where are alternatives to secrecy practiced and how do they work?

Pages