I am chairing the following panel at the next American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, which will occur on March 22-25, 2012, in San Antonio, TX. Please read the CFP below and submit an abstract if you would like to give a paper related to the topic:
Beginning with Eugene O'Neill's sea plays and continuing through much of his oeuvre are concerns with global themes, including the problematic encounters between cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities. Following recent trends in criticism that have sought to situate modernist writers within post-colonial discourse, this panel intends to consider how plays like Thirst, The Movie Man, Moon of the Carribbees, The Emperor Jones and others intersect with post-colonialism.
This panel seeks papers that complicate and deepen our understanding of the role of religious difference in the development of eighteenth-century literature, culture, and society. Toleration is an inherently ironic and unsatisfying concept that gives the appearance of inclusiveness, but entails nothing of acceptance or equality. Such an understanding of tolerance informs Stanley Fish's claim that "any regime of tolerance will be founded by an intolerant gesture of exclusion" and "those who institute such a regime will do everything they can to avoid confronting the violence that inaugurates it." In other words, toleration is typically a pragmatic doctrine that favors political expedience over freedom of conscience.
Sports in the Humanities
From Jacob wrestling in the Bible to Shakespearean references of bear baiting to Hemingway's Old Man to George Carlin's Football vs. Baseball routine, sport has embodied metaphors that help to explain the human experience and the human condition.
This collection of essays intends to explore the representation of sports in literature, painting, architecture, sculpture, philosophy and religion. From the examination of those representations we will see how sports have long been a common means of understanding how humans have understood themselves and the world around them.
Questions to Consider:
• How have sports been represented in the arts?
Co-Sponsored by the Margaret Atwood Society. This proposed round table for 2012 NeMLA invites brief presentations on all aspects of mothers and fathers, including: mothering and fathering, absent and present parents, parental substitutes, fractured families, the Demeter/ Persephone myth in Atwood's fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Please send proposals of 250-300 words to Danette DiMarco at email@example.com by September 30, 2011.
Making Sense(s) of William Blake
This panel, which will present at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention to be held in Rochester, New York on March 15 - 18, 2012, explores Blake's contradictory depictions of the body in his texts and images, finding new ways to explore the wide range of figurations pertaining to the senses and to foster inquiry of concepts crucial to the analysis of Blake's time, including identity, gender, sexuality, and aesthetics. Send 300-500-word abstracts as Word or PDF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a brief bio.
47th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
California State University, Long Beach
March 1st-3rd, 2012
Drawing the Line(s): Censorship and Cultural Practices
Plenary Speaker: Ilan Stavans
Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College
Special B-Word Public Lecture: An Evening with Azar Nafisi
"Freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they have, or the views they express, or the words they speak or write." ~ Hugo L. Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1963
"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches" ~ Ray Bradubury, Fahrenheit 451
From Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?
Call for Papers
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference, Berkeley, CA, April 12-15, 2012
Teaching Prospects: Young Women as Educators in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
From post-colonial theory to sociology to anthropology, the concept of liminality has offered a means for understanding instances of cultural, social, and political "in-between-ness." I am looking to organize a panel that examines the nature, use, and/or function of the liminal in contemporary literature for the 2012 International Conference on Narrative, to be held March 15–17 in Las Vegas, NV (http://narrative.georgetown.edu/conferences/2012_Narrative_Flyer.pdf).
Calling for papers on any aspect of the HBO series Six Feet Under. Favorite character(s), favorite episode(s), major season arcs, themes. Will accept pitches until 8/12/11.
The journal Preternature (Penn State Press) invites articles that explore the relationship between objects, users and the preternatural world. How were objects construed? In what social, political and cultural contexts were they deployed, and how did the ways they were used help construct experience? How were these instruments related to crucial issues of proof and persuasion?
Sketched by themselves
Society tested by "panoramic" literature
Special issue of the open acces journal 'Interferences littéraires - Literaire interferenties' (number 8, May 2012)
edited by Nathalie Preiss (Université de Reims) & Valérie Stiénon (F.N.R.S - Université de Liège )
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 1ST WORLD HUMANITIES FORUM