Participants are being sought for paper sessions or discussion panels on Literary/Historical Mash-ups and Remixes in the Fantastic for the 33rd annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.
Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Fan Production and the Fantastic for the 33rd annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.
Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Convergence Culture and the Fantastic for the 33rd annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.
Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Commerce, Collecting, and Commercialism in the Fantastic for the 33rd annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.
Call for Papers: U.S. Latino/a Literary Culture at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on U.S Latino/a Literary Culture for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org
Special Topics: U.S. Latino/a Literary Culture
CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference website: http://www.digitalcrossroads.nl
Deadline for abstract submission and panel proposals: January 10, 2012
Conference chair: Sandra Ponzanesi
Conference coordinator: Fadi Hirzalla
Because of the disjunctive and unstable interplay of commerce, media, national policies, and consumer fantasies, ethnicity, once a genie contained in the bottle of some sort of locality (however large), has now become a global force, forever slipping in and through the cracks between states and borders
– Appadurai 1996, p. 41, Modernity at Large
In his work "The Meaning of the Body" philosopher Mark Johnson argues that aesthetics is not just art theory. Rather, it should be considered to be the study of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions. In this way he rejects both the Kantian view of aesthetics according to which aesthetics is nonconceptual and incapable of giving rise to knowledge and the mind/body dichotomy that underlies it. Johnson introduces the embodied mind thesis into aesthetics.
Imaginary Landscapes in British Women's Writing
British Women Writers Conference Panel Proposal
Conference: June 7-June 10, 2012 Boulder, CO
Paper proposals are invited for a panel-submission on imaginary or fictional landscapes in 18th- and 19th-century British women's writing. What kind of meaning or significance do these landscapes achieve? How do they achieve it? Why create such landscapes? Paper topics may include but are not limited to,
• Symbolic landscapes
• Apocalyptic landscapes
• Lyrical landscapes
• Pastoral landscapes
• Future landscapes
• Past landscapes
Advancing scholarship about women and mythology involves the evolution and refinement of scholarly methods. Suggested topics for this symposium might include, but are not limited to, the following:
What are new paths for the field of women's spirituality? What new models and methods support scholarly inquiry? How shall new methods be evaluated? What are criteria for solid scholarship using these new models? What are the complexities around issues of cultural appropriation? How can scholars understand and address the tensions around rootedness and local culture on the one hand, and issues of lineage and history on the other?
The Projector is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the study of the intersections between media and culture. We are currently seeking essays for our Spring 2012 issue. We are particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of media texts, including those that examine media from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. We invite essays that engage with theoretical debates in media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices. We are also interested in essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.
"Spaces of French Migration, Culture, and Politics in the 20th Century Americas"
February 10-12 2012
We invite faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to participate in a three-day workshop and collaborative conference devoted to questioning the effects that French migration, culture, and politics have had on the formation of public and private spaces in the 20th century Americas. In conjunction with the Institut des Amériques and Georgia State University, we seek to bring together scholars in a range of disciplines to debate some of the following topics in relation to the production of American spaces:
Eds. I. Q. Hunter (Du Montfort University, UK) and Constantine Verevis (Monash University, Melbourne).
Panel on "Victorian Energy Crises"
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012—Rochester, New York, Hyatt Rochester http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html
This panel will consider the ways energy, broadly conceived, was theorized, understood, and represented in Victorian literature, science, and material culture.
Recent events like the austerity and cost-of-living protests in Greece, Israel, and the UK and food protests in several North African countries invite renewed attention to the relationship between violence and economics. Media coverage of these events tends to focus our attention on the violence of the protesters or of autocratic regimes but ignores the economic violence that sparked these protests. During times of economic crises, the violence that always simmers below the surface of capitalism—the violence of dispossession, accumulation, and systematic impoverishment—surges to the surface.
NEW Proposal Deadline: October 7, 2011.
Recently, Native American Studies scholars, such as Craig Womack, Jace Weaver, and Robert Warrior, have argued for American Indian literary nationalism, arguing that "insider viewpoints are relevant and necessary in the examination of tribal literature" (Womack 377). Sovereignty is a key concept in literary nationalism; as Womack writes, "Stories provide key opportunities for community members to present images of themselves on their own terms, another powerful form of sovereignty" ("Theorizing American Indian Experience" 362).