Service Learning and Literary Studies
Special Session at the Modern Language Association Convention, Boston, January 3-6, 2013
Service learning enriches and/or transforms the study of literature in the college and university curriculum while meeting community needs. Proposals should integrate theory and practice. 250 word abstract by 1 March 2012; Roberta Rosenberg (email@example.com) and Laurie Grobman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Service Learning and Literary Studies
Due to the recent global constriction of national economies, the impending debt crises of sovereign nations brings to the forefront the relationship between capital and culture. In Ireland, the Celtic Tiger has given way once again to a debt crisis akin to the one of the 1980s, and as austerity driven measures are demanded by the European Union, International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank the national economic crisis has drawn over 100,000 bodies into the streets of Dublin to protest. At such times, when banks receive "bailouts" and the Irish public receives austerity measures, there is a populist sentiment that the people who comprise the political and cultural nation are not the people who comprise the economic nation.
Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2012
The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities (ISSN 2161-3095), a journal of literary criticism particularly interested in giving voice to undergraduate and graduate students, is inviting submissions to its third issue.
Call For Papers
International Journal of Research in Computer Science
eISSN: 2249 – 8265
ISSN: 2249 – 8257
Deadline: 1st April 2012
Notification: 18th April 2012
Revision: 23rd April 2012
Publication: 30th April 2012
The St. John's Humanities Review is a graduate student-run journal at St John's University in New York City that publishes book reviews, essays, and interviews on a broad range of topics in the arts and humanities.
We seek scholarly essays, book reviews, and interviews under the broad heading of Nationalism: Roots and Transgressions. The focus is on the areas of national identity or transnationalism, acculturation, cultural diffusion, or culture shock. The approach may be primarily sociological and historical, or literary in nature.
This panel will examine the cultural politics that left notable modernist women writers on the periphery of literary history even as modernism evolved from a self-consciously marginal position to gain canonical status in academic circles.
Topics to consider include but are not limited to:
• The intersection of militant feminist and suffragette movements and avant-garde culture
• Feminist critiques of canonical modernism and its construction of the public sphere
• Affinities between supposed "cavemen" like Wyndham Lewis, T.E. Hulme, and Henry Miller and feminist discourses derived from works by Rebecca West, Kay Boyle, Laura Riding, Jane Bowles, Anaïs Nin, etc.
The overwhelming success of Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas finally confirmed Stein's celebrity status in the United States in 1933. Yet she lamented that she had become known less as an important author than as the host of a Parisian salon in which famous writers and European painters gathered amidst her collection of modern art. Her earlier, more challenging writing continued to go unnoticed and unpublished despite the wide public appeal of the autobiography and the success of Virgil Thomson's production of Stein's opera Four Saints in Three Acts in 1934.
Will Brooker (Kingston University)
Mike Carey (British writer)
Lincoln Geraghty (University of Portsmouth)
Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this two day conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion and politics in greater depth, to show how through the unique properties of the medium comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes, their relationship to audiences, and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative.
Prospective Conference Panel
Modernist Studies Association 14: Modernism & Spectacle (The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV)
Deadline for submission: April 1, 2012 (please note date change)
Organizer: Will Scheibel, Indiana University
Chair: Faye Hammill, University of Strathclyde
2nd Conference on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics: Structure, Use, and Meaning - SUM 2012, September 20-22, 2012, Brasov, Romania.
The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of theoretical and applied linguistics with a view to placing language in an interdisciplinary dialogue and promoting the merging of present-day approaches to the study of language. At the same time, this conference would be an opportunity to re-enforce the dialogue on research and collaboration in academic and professional contexts. Such collaboration, in turn, is fundamental to the design and implementation of effective pedagogy, assessment and curricula.
New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland)
New Zealand's Cultures: Sources, Histories, Futures
Hosts: Birkbeck, University of London and The University of Northampton
Friday 6 July to Saturday 7 July 2012 at Birkbeck, University of London
We are seeking papers for a panel on Religion and Medicine in North American Culture to be proposed as a special session for the MLA Convention, January 3-6, 2013 in Boston, MA. We are interested in papers that address representations of religion and medicine as intersecting, mutually reinforcing, or oppositional discourses in a variety of cultural texts, including but not limited to literature, film, autobiography/life writing, creative nonfiction and journalism. Proposals addressing texts from any time period or North American region are welcome. Please send 250-word abstract to email@example.com by March 15th.
In the study of diasporic/postcolonial literature, Salman Rushdie and Ngugi wa Thiong'o are among the prominent names. In the existing world order, their thinking deserves some reckoning to better human relations across nations and cultures. This session hopes to investigate the worldview coming from oppositional intellectuals and writers such as Rushdie and Ngugi. Papers delving into some form of comparative study between the work of Ngugi and Rushdie are welcome. Abstracts (300-500 words) are due by March 10, 2012.
"'Narratives of Difference' in the Global Marketplace"
At: School of the Arts, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton
25-26 October 2012