In the field of Anglophone studies in France and elsewhere, Lacanian theory remains an omnipresent marginality. Like Freud, Lacan is amply cited in current critical papers, but generally as a 'peppering' element, rarely as a fully assumed structuring theory of reading. It is to those who are engaged in a process of reading and deciphering subjectivity from within a Lacanian critical orientation that this call is primarily addressed. As an emanation from a research group interested in questions of gender and sexual identity, this conference will be particularly attentive to the intersection between the arts and women and to the implications of the Lacanian formulas of sexuation and the concepts of love, desire, and jouissance.
Call for Paper: Slumdog Millionaire and Bollywood
We are currently looking for an article that explores Slumdog Millionaire's relationships with Bollywood as part of a forthcoming collection, already under contract with a publisher, on Slumdog Millionaire. Given that this collection is due to be published later this year, the deadline for submissions will be tight. If you are interested in contributing, please submit a brief (less than 500 word) abstract to Ajay Gehlawat at email@example.com, no later than February 15, 2012. Please note that the completed essay (to be approximately 5,000 words in length) will be due by February 29, 2012.
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS is published twice a year with provision for other special editions. JMMS seeks to be as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities, particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS addresses not only monotheistic religions and spiritualities but also Eastern, indigenous, new religious movements and other spiritualities which resist categorization. JMMS papers address historical and contemporary phenomena as well as speculative essays about future spiritualities.
This panel examines bawdy-house life and customs during an era of increased anxiety over race, sex, class, immigration, expansion, urbanization, and industrialization.
Topics and/or critical paradigms can include, but are certainly not limited to: miscegenation, class, disease, immigration, urbanization, industrialization, expansion, politics, temperance, manners, conduct, prostitution, gambling, race, gender, abolitionism, feminism, religion, sporting life, critical race/queer theory and reader-response.
Send 1-page abstract and brief bio as Word attachment to Rebecca L. Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, with 'MLA 2013' in subject line.
The Joseph Conrad Society's 2012 Annual International Conference, its 38th, will be held from 4-7 July 2012 at Bath Spa University's Sion Hill Campus in the centre of the historic city of Bath.
Proposals of 150-200 words on any topic related to Conrad's life and work are welcome. Given the upcoming centenary of the publication of Chance, which the Society will mark with a special issue of The Conradian, papers, or panels, on the novel are especially welcome. Proposals, due on 20 April, should be sent to Tim Middleton: email@example.com
Essays are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Sonic Studies that will reexamine the most persistent accounts of television sound, from the 1980s to the present, and reflect on these accounts in terms of contemporary changes in the production and consumption of television. Studies on television sound typically begin by emphasizing that the fundamental differences between film and television—differences in terms of structure, content, and modes of address—are a direct result of the fact that film privileges the eye over the ear, while television privileges the ear over the eye.
English Literature and Translation Studies:
An interdisciplinary/international postgraduate conference
17th-18th May 2012 Cankaya University Ankara
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara warmly invite our colleagues/students to send proposals for a 20-minute paper on English Literature and Translation Studies. This conference welcomes papers centering upon English Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Literary Translation, English Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature and Literary and Cultural Theories.
The English Department at the University of Cincinnati invites you to submit proposals for an interdisciplinary academic conference held on June 1, 2012 focusing on the value of sharing works in progress as a means to increase experimentation, build community, and test new ideas. Rather than soliciting finished products from participants, we seek work that shows its seams, represents thinking in action, invites revision, and resists closure. In other words, don't hide your process; advertise it.
This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.
The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.
How do literary works in Britain explore the economic, philosophical, social, and political dimensions of "statist" theory and practice? Possible topics include the utopian/dystopian potential of statism, emerging ideas about risk and insurance, new theories of consumption and production, the role of bureaucracy, forms of collectivism, regional 'place' vs. the abstract 'space' of the state, etc. Proposals on any relevant authors, themes, forms of cultural expression are welcome. -- Lauren Goodlad will be on this panel as a respondent.
For a Casebook of Critical Essays I am looking for scholarly essays from qualified scholars on aspects of the West in film or literature in various genres or critical approaches such as the 21st Century Popular Western, the post-West, the postmodern West, the Beat West, the Urban West, Non-"Western" films or novels about the West, Perceptions of the West, Feminist Reactions to Western texts, or studies relating to New Western History or new Western environmentalisms. Studies of individual authors and works are welcome as well. Send me solid, theory-based studies pointing in new directions for Western studies.
PROPOSALS ACCEPTED THROUGH APRIL 2012
FULL-LENGTH PAPERS THROUGH JULY 2012
Have you long pondered Ringo's existential torpor in "A Hard Day's Night"? Hotly debated the gender politics of "Girl"? Are The Beatles your "myth to live by"?
Turn your Beatle musings into a creative academic treatise and submit an essay for The Beatles as Literature section at the PAMLA Conference this October at Seattle University.
The Beatles' wildly diverse catalogue and career offer infinite opportunities for studies in mythology, folklore, gender politics, Marxism, poetry, childrens literature, and comparative religion, to name just a few.
Abstracts and paper proposals are due March 31
Please write to Jocelyn Heaney for details:
For a proposed session at the 2013 MLA conference, we seek papers that offer new thinking about Shakespeare's relationship to Ovid.
For example, how does Ovid influence Shakespeare's visions of gender? How is desire manifested in Ovidian violence, whether on Shakespeare's stage or in his poems? How do modern adaptations of either author's work ask us to rethink the relationship between Shakespeare and Ovid? Can Shakespeare's classical sources help us understand the linkages between gender, love, and brutality in his plays and poems? How do Ovid's mythical or poetic paradigms for transformation, desire, and transgression resonate in scenes of Shakespearean violence?
CFP: 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment
20 more contributions are being sought for this two volume edited collection, which is under contract and slated for publication in late 2012/early 2013.
I invite proposals for a collection of critical essays on MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, particularly those with interdisciplinary approaches to the programs and (where applicable) their companion online spaces.