In Book V of Paradise Lost, Raphael aptly summarizes the difficulties of communicating sacred truths to the human consciousness: "how shall I relate / To human sense th' invisible exploits / …; how last unfould / The secrets of another World, perhaps / Not lawful to reveal?" His intriguing suggestion that earth may be "but the shaddow of Heav'n" invokes a rich complex of early modern traditions that view "the shadow" as an image of the divide between the worldly and the otherworldly, and a figure that can potentially bridge that divide. This panel examines ways early modern English literature exploits and explores "the shadow" in its attempts to mend the gap between material and spiritual worlds felt to be intimately connected, yet inextricably divided.
Papers are welcome on any topic relevant to modern textual studies, textual editing, manuscript studies or digital textuality. 250-word abstracts by 6 June to Jonathan Allison, University of Kentucky: firstname.lastname@example.org
This panel seeks to investigate the reasons for the endurance of Seamus Heaney's importance as poet, critic and translator. Suggested topics include but are not limited to studies of Heaney's poetry, translations, drama, and criticism; the reception and/or influence of Heaney; Heaney's place within modern and contemporary poetry; Heaney's relations with other poets and the poetry of other nations or regions; Heaney and America; Heaney in library archives; the place of Heaney in the classroom and/or the academy. 250-word abstracts by 8 June, 2012 to Jonathan Allison, University of Kentucky, at email@example.com
This panel explores the way authors in Golden Age Spain accounted for textual debts, whether in their own production or in that of others. How do poets trace literary heritage, such as the sonnet or epic forms, or Petrarchan traditions? How do authors view material 'borrowed' or imitated by contemporaries? How do authors figure their own 'borrowings'? Textual forms and modes such as translation, adaptation, the sequel/continuation, and the re-edition are all valuable points of interest, but of equal importance are technical elements such as allusion or style that produce similar forms of textual indebtedness.
In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James informs us that the mystical state operates in an ineffable realm and, as such, language remains incapable of accurately narrating or textualizing the mystical experience. And yet, mystical literature has attempted to find expression for what, ostensibly, can be described as an absence, a lack, a debt within the normative structures of communicative and discursive language. If the mystical experience inhabits a landscape beyond the limits and borders of language, how do writers find the words to describe the ineffable? How do form, word-play, negative dialectics and deconstructive tendencies help structure, out of an absence, a mystic analysis or language of unity?
Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
During the medieval and early modern periods, the Bible was a source of worship, instruction, and entertainment. This panel invites papers that address ways the Bible was read, misread, adapted, or performed. A variety of approaches and perspectives are welcomed. Topics might include translation and adaptation, Bible illustration, the commentary tradition, biblical exempla, apocryphal narrative, and drama.
"The Spaces of Women's Studies" – SAMLA Women's Studies session
Call for Papers
20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference
'The Modern Lesbian'
15-16th February 2013
Hosted by University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with Women's Studies Centre, University College Dublin
The theme for the 20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference is The Modern Lesbian.
Call for Papers and Programs
Media Studies Interest Group
WESTERN STATES COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION
2013 WSCA Convention
February 15 - 19
Conference Theme: GOING GLOBAL: COMMUNICATION IN THE NETWORK ERA
The Department of English (Centre of Advanced Study), and the Centre for Victorian Studies, at Jadavpur University, propose an interdisciplinary conference on 'The Dickens World: Post-Imperial Readings' on [18-20 Dec, 2012] to observe the bicentenary of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), a quintessentially Victorian author whose books continue to be read, filmed and studied around the world. The conference will examine Dickens's imperial and post-imperial destinies, and his centrality to discourses of race, class, gender, reform, religion, empire, philanthropy, industry, work, and the 'civilizing mission' of the British nation.
Conference Announcement and Call for Exhibits
PSYCHEDEMIA: interdisciplinary conference integrating psychedelic experiences in academia.
September 27th-30th, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania,
Visionaries, professionals, and academics from across the sciences, cultural studies, medicine, visual arts, and music are invited to the University of Pennsylvania for the first ever Psychedemia: a conference integrating psychedelic experiences in academia.
Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice (TALTP), a peer-reviewed open source online journal, is accepting articles for our Spring/Summer 2012 issue. We are looking for articles on teaching all aspects of American literature and for essays on lesser known American authors; however, we are particularly interested in articles on using technology in the American lit classroom.
Visit the site for more details on submission or submit manuscripts with abstracts to Patricia.Bostian@cpcc.edu.
MMLA Special Sessions Panel
Cincinnati, OH November 8 - 11, 2012
Call For Papers
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies is soliciting contributions for 400 original entries ("headwords") on a wide range of topics relating to colonial/ postcolonial dynamics. Our coverage is global and ranges historically from cultures of contact (1492) through European colonization and imperialism to the present, with emphasis on movements of decolonization post WWII. With regional editors on three continents we ensure a wide geographical representation.
TEACHING AFRICAN LITERATURE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
This panel discussion will invite faculty members who have taught full courses in African literature to share ideas about book lists, pedagogical approaches, classroom activities, and supplemental materials (i.e., art, film, documentaries, digital sources, etc.). Panelists will also discuss how a course in African literature can be positioned within an English curriculum and within regional studies across the university. By June 30, 2012, please submit abstracts to Renee Schatteman, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.