CFP MSA XIV Las Vegas, NV October 18-21, 2012 Archaeology & Spectacle
We seek submissions for an edited collection on techno-Orientalism, dubbed by David Morley and Kevin Robins and refined by Greta Niu as the practice of ascribing, erasing, and/or disavowing relationships between technology and Asian subjects. From Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu in the early twentieth-century to William Gibson's late twentieth-century cyber adventures, figurations of Asian people and landscapes have been uncannily linked to societal desires and fears in speculative discourses of science and technology.
6th Global Conference
Fear, Horror and Terror
Friday 7th September 2012 – Sunday 9th September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for Papers:
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues which lie at the interface of fear, horror and terror. In particular the project is interested in investigating the various contexts of fear, horror and terror, and assessing issues surrounding the artistic, cinematic, literary, moral, social, (geo) political, philosophical, psychological and religious significance of them, both individually and together.
This conference will be devoted to the impact of memory on transnational American poetry and its poetics.
1st Global Conference
Monday 3rd September – Wednesday 5th September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford
Call for papers
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org)
"Poetries and Sciences in the 21st Century"
This is to invite proposals for contributions to a themed issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews on the topic of "Poetries and Sciences in the 21st Century", to be published as volume 39, number 1, March 2014.
The next issue of the Trespassing Journal focuses on the concept of genre and the ways its definition and conceptualization as a method of classifying literary and artistic works have presented stimulating difficulties. If genre is broadly defined as a set of conventions that define a text, then we must assume that trespassing a genre's limits has always been fundamental to its definition. As such, the search for a "pure" example of any genre would be futile. Nevertheless, genre has a functional utility that cannot be ignored. It is used as a powerful marketing tool for cultural products. The mere mention of a genre has the power to secure the popularity of the work in question, a fact confirmed by the success of fantasy and mystery genres.
Location: Stony Brook University, Manhattan Campus
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Laura Kipnis; film director, author and faculty at Northwestern University
Best Paper Prize: Drafts Due January 16, 2012 at conference email address above.
The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Center for Humanities and Culture at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) will host the NYIT-Nanjing International Film Festival and Symposium from Saturday morning, April 21, through Sunday, April 22, 2012.
The Film Symposium, which consists of scholarly presentations and panel discussions by prominent directors, producers, and academics accompanies the international student and amateur filmmakers short narrative and animation film competition, which has evolved over the past four years.
CRITICAL EDITIONS IN SCHOLARSHIP AND IN THE CLASSROOM
Moderator: Archie Burnett, Boston University
THE USE OF NAMES
Moderator: Debra Fried, Cornell University
Gary Roberts, Tufts University
We seek papers on the use of names, conventions of naming, or changes of name, in Poetry and in Fiction, especially but not exclusively the use of personal names. Examples might include:
• Papers on the uses of names in dialogue, dramatic speech, literary conversations: what some of the effects of/motivations behind deploying names when someone is talking?
• Papers on names as elements of lexis or diction: names as words, words as names; the placement and poetics of names in various verse designs or prose textures.
• Papers on the ethics of naming name in literature.
THE RULES OF THE WRITING GAME: HISTORY AND FICTION FROM VERGIL THROUGH GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH AND THE ARTHURIAN VULGATE CYCLE, TO GIBBON AND CARLYLE
Moderator: Nancy Partner, McGill University
We take this as our premise for this session: "Both historiography and fiction are genres of writing, not bundles of fact or nonfact in verbal shape. In either case, then, it all boils down to the rules of the writing game."
STEPHEN J. MERINGOFF SEMINAR ON RALPH ELLISON
Moderator: Adam Bradley, University of Colorado
We seek papers from high school and college teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars on any aspect of Ralph Ellison's career: his early stories, Invisible Man, Shadow and Act, Going to the Territory, his writing on music, his relationships with other authors (Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, etc.), his reception history, Juneteenth, and Three Days Before the Shooting.
LITERATURE OF CALIFORNIA
Moderator: Robert Mezey, Pomona College
B. H. Fairchild, Claremont Graduate University
Timothy Steele, California State University, Los Angeles
THE LITERATURE OF MEDIEVAL ENGLAND, 1100-1500: QUESTING FOR PERFECTION, CONFRONTING IMPERFECTION
Moderator: John Fyler, Tufts University
It seems that two equally strong impulses lie behind much of the secular and religious literature produced during the high and late medieval centuries in England. One is toward perfection, or transcendence, or structures of completeness and symmetry; the other is toward the acknowledgment, analysis, and comprehension of imperfection, in the form of sinfulness, failure, or inescapable incompleteness.