From post-colonial theory to sociology to anthropology, the concept of liminality has offered a means for understanding instances of cultural, social, and political "in-between-ness." I am looking to organize a panel that examines the nature, use, and/or function of the liminal in contemporary literature for the 2012 International Conference on Narrative, to be held March 15–17 in Las Vegas, NV (http://narrative.georgetown.edu/conferences/2012_Narrative_Flyer.pdf).
The theme for this graduate conference is Seeing the Future in The Past: Critical and Creative Interpretations. It will take place in Chico, CA on November 5th. In the fields of literary criticism/theory, composition, and creative writing we often look to the past for lessons that apply to the present and future. Which authors and eras are still worth looking at and which have been overlooked? Should the literary canon stay the same or change? We spend so much time looking at theory and literature that is separated from us by decades if not centuries. How are these figures and works still relevant to us today? Should we be looking at more contemporary work? In composition, what theory speaks to our time?
Recently, it has become clear that environmental degradation is the biggest hazard facing life on planet earth and has a long colonial and imperial history. Interestingly, ecocriticism as a field has developed mainly in American Studies. But if planetary environmental issues affect the entire planet, how are they represented in literature that is not written in the U.S.?
We live in a competitive sensory environment. The marketing of consumer goods continually appeals to taste, touch, vision, hearing, and smell, compelling other practices to engage our senses in what David Howes describes as a 'hyperaesthetic culture'. This environment is saturated with alluring and intense sense experience that proliferates as technologies such as ultrasonography, satellites and computer applications provide access to things previously beyond human perception. Bodies are cultivated to be aesthetically appealing and optimally available to the senses for commercial, medical and security purposes.
Video Games as Text; Texts as Play
The University of Wyoming is accepting abstracts for its upcoming graduate student conference: Video Games as Text; Texts as Play. The conference will be held the second weekend of April, Thursday the 12th to Saturday the 14th. Abstracts will be due by January 15th. Our keynote speaker will be Judd Ruggill, Assistant Professor, Arizona State.
Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies
The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State
LSU Student Union
February 16th & 17th, 2012
Keynote Address by Meredith McGill, Rutgers University
-ality is a new electronic fiction publication. We are looking for submissions from all authors that relate to any of the -ality words: reality, equality, spirituality, sexuality, corporeality, and so on.
The journal is edited by two graduates from the State University of New York at Binghamton, joined by Richard Burian, a scholar in linguistics and language who hails from Australia, taught in Hungary, and now resides in Canada.
We ask for fiction submissions of no more than 8,500 words, or three 1,000 word flash fiction submissions. Our reading period opens September 1st and ends December 15th for the first issue. Our Spring reading period opens February 1st and closes April 15th.
Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.
Deadline fast approaching! September 30, 2011. This panel will seek to address the role Modern and contemporary literature play during wartime and whether or not they provide a culturally valuable response to conflict. As we move further into the 21st century, and our wars deepen as well, the need to examine our representations of war in literature become more important. Wartime generates a need for many things, but is literature one of them? In a world where science and the military dominate by taking swift, concrete actions during war, it is critical for our discipline to consider the significance of wartime literature and its potential value as a medium of response. Does literature facilitate recovery from trauma?
Imaginatio et Ratio is an E-journal focusing on the arts and theology. Imaginatio et Ratio was started in the hopes that it could serve a growing community of artists and thinkers and strives to present accessible but high quality art, literature and theology/philosophy--as well as news/events, interviews and book, film, art and music reviews. We are looking for contributions for the inaugural issue of the journal.
In general, we welcome the submission of essays/articles, interviews, reviews (book, film, music, art), creative writing, and art that attempts to engage Christian theology in some fashion.
Style and Format:
In an essay titled "Outing Texture" Renu Bora distinguishes between texture as "the surface resonance or quality of an object or material" and texxture (two x's) as "the stuffness of material structure." Put differently, we can say that texxture denotes the historicity of texture. In Eve Sedgwick's rendering of Bora's concept, texxture is thought to be "the kind of texture that is dense with offered information about how, substantially, historically, materially, it came into being." We might then ask: how does the dialectic of texture/texxture influence literary productions and their reception?
43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
March 15 - 18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Call for Papers: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-SWTXPCA 2012
Please make plans to attend our 33rd Annual Conference
February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102
Tel: +1 505 842 1234 or 888-421-1442
Proposal submission deadline: December 1st 2011
The SW/TX PCA/ACA area chair invites papers on Comics, Graphic Novels and Popular Culture.
Any Aspect of Comics and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered.
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Seminar Session at NeMLA 2012 (Rochester) considers 'Rust Belt' as place/condition/plotline. Session examines literary responses to urban centers, presupposing industrial stagnation & political intransigence (Cleveland Rochester Toronto Detroit/Windsor Duluth) Looks to fiction by Wideman, Susan Power, Ondaatje, Jeffery Allen, M. Attwood, Eugenides, Alex Shakar. Asks how writers define Rust Belt? 'Region?' 'Local epic?' 'Workshop of the Nation?' or 'Republic's Slop Sink?' Have its writers produced 'last books of 20th century?' 300-500 words & bio or questions to:
M. Antonucci (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 25, 2011.