The eighteenth century saw the rise of many philanthropic institutions for the laboring classes and the poor, especially with regard to orphanages, charity schools, and hospitals. The emergence of these forms of institutional charity suggests an increased attention to the needs of the underprivileged; at the same time, however, the underlying motivations of such benevolence did not simply exist to support the impoverished, the infirm, or the needy. Charitable giving, either for public institutions or for individual cases, proved in quantifiable ways the moral worth of the philanthropist. Literature of the long eighteenth century is filled with both ironic and sincere depictions of the how charitable giving affects the mind and the body.
This special issue of JNR will seek to explore the slippery notion of the 'will' and its various semantic permutations in the context of such issues as subjectivity, power, logic, desire, freedom, volition, wit, wisdom, theology and metaphysics. One of its main purposes is to investigate what power and signifying force 'the will' possesses, as well as its limitations, and to locate this concept within the aesthetic, political, theological, philosophical and ideological traditions that informed early modern literature and culture.
The issue builds on a symposium held at the University of Strathclyde, and will be guest-edited by Alison Thorne; however, for this issue JNR also welcomes further submissions around this theme.
Thirteenth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women's & Gender History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 1-3, 2012
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2011
33rd Annual Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
CFP: The Film Archive and Cinematic Heritage Abstract/Proposals due December 1, 2011
Conference Theme: Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context" Conference Dates: February 8 - 11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
& Conference Center located in downtown Albuquerque, NM
For an upcoming special issue of *Studies in American Humor* devoted to "Vonnegut and Humor" (please see our call for proposals: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/42617), we would also like to invite book reviews of recently scholarship on the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut. *Studies in American Humor* prefers longer review-essays, but we would welcome shorter reviews (c. 2,000 words) as well. We are especially interested in reviews of the following books:
The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association
17-20 July 2012, Canberra, Australia
Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15 November 2011
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2011
Conference website: http://www.iaba2012.com
The Humanities Research Centre and National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, present Framing Lives, the 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association.
The 6th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST-2011) is Technical Co-sponsored by IEEE UAE Computer Chapter. The ICITST is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practical implementation of secured Internet transactions and to fostering discussions on information technology evolution. The ICITST aims to provide a highly professional and comparative academic research forum that promotes collaborative excellence between academia and industry.
The topics in ICITST-2011 include but are not confined to the following areas:
Call for Essays
Special Issue: Graffiti
Although there are spaces where graffiti artists do speak about their work (Youtube, 'zines, magazines), the scholarship exploring graffiti has been both limited in scope and in depth. This special edition of Rhizomes will offer a collection of essays on graffiti that seeks to create a dialogue between writers who produce graffiti and scholars who attempt to read and analyze this subculture. We, therefore, wish to neither ghettoize the writers nor the scholars; graffiti is about tangible marks on a surface and this special edition endeavors to understand the writers and their markings in both a material and analytical way.
Synthesis 6 (2013)
Call for papers
Efterpi Mitsi and Amy Muse (Issue editors)
Call for Papers
Medieval Sessions at
Northeast Modern Language Association 43rd Annual Convention
Rochester, New York
March 15-18, 2012
Deadline for abstracts Sept. 30, 2011
Please consider submitting an abstract for NeMLA 2012 in Rochester. In addition to the sessions below, the Russell Hope Robbins library at the University of Rochester is rapidly becoming one of the most acclaimed research libraries for medievalists and is one of the headquarters of the TEAMS project. The Robbins Library has recently acquired a significant stained glass and research collection as well.
PCA/ACA Fat Studies 2012 Call for Papers
The racial passing narrative has long been a standard in American
literature and the themes of identity instability, discomfort,
kinship, and belonging have more recently expanded to explore not only race but gender and sexuality. This panel seeks to create dialogue between the history and present of this evolving genre. We encourage papers that explore the interplay of multiple identities in passing narratives, queered color lines, and the adaptation of the trope over time. Submit abstracts to Lisa Brundage, CUNY Grad Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a CFP for a panel proposal for the upcoming British Shakespeare Association conference, February 2012. The theme of the conference is 'Shakespeare Inside-Out'
Shakespeare's inside-out immunities:
Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, a new Open Access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and adjacent fields, seeks articles, reviews and letters for publication.
Thomas Pynchon is an American writer of novels, short stories and occasional journalistic pieces whose influence upon the contemporary American writing scene is virtually unparalleled, leading Harold Bloom, in recent correspondence, to write: "certainly he is still the most important writer alive". Topics for consideration could include, but are by no means limited to:
"Shakespeare and the Natural World"
A graduate student conference jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kings College London
Location: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus
March 30-31, 2012