Twenty-first century culture has a particular focus on re-imagining and popularizing established narrative genres, a reinvestment of canonical material in postmodern clothing. The next step in the postmodern reinvestment of the epic has now been taken. In 2008, the year after the Harry Potter series concluded in print, Suzanne Collins published The Hunger Games, the first novel in a trilogy that not only invokes the complexity of the epic spirit but also convincingly demonstrates the ambiguity of action--any action--within the hellish context of war.
MODERNISM'S METAPHORS, IMAGES, AND SYMBOLS
Electronic media such as text messages, wikis, and social networking sites are of course changing the ways our students think and write; programs such as Blackboard, WebCT, and Moodle are changing the ways we teach them to write.
Given those facts, however, when does it make good pedagogical sense to turn off the electronics and rely on old school technologies such as pencils, paper, and chalk? Can low-tech teaching offer students productive alternatives to their digital communication habits, or does such pedagogy shelter them, confirming the sense that their writing for a class is separate from their writing in the world?
As universities adjust to new pressures, the experiences and ideas of graduate students remain largely unheard. This 2011 M/MLA panel aims to create a public forum that uses the manifesto form to address issues facing graduate students and recent PhDs. Rather than an airing of grievances, we seek affirmative manifestos that expose the experiences, declare new approaches, and organize existing networks of graduate students and recent PhDs. Manifestos should be 1,000 words or less, and formal experimentation is encouraged. Submit a 250-word abstract to Maglina Lubovich (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Steven Davis (email@example.com) by June 3, 2011.
Proposals are invited for a session on disability and American literature or American Studies at the 2011 South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention in Atlanta, GA. The panel welcomes proposals that analyze any aspect of the topic including fiction, poetry, drama, and film, as well as non-literary materials from all periods. Proposals may interpret "America" and "American" broadly, and panelists are welcome but not required to consider the special convention focus, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World."
By May 1, 2011, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Scott St. Pierre, Montgomery College, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmed speaker: Alberto Toscano
RESISTANCE comprises the first day of 'Whose University?', a two-day symposium organised by Goldsmiths and Birkbeck, co-hosted by GLITS, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (www.gold.ac.uk/ecl/glits) and InC (www.gold.ac.uk/inc), Research Group in Continental Philosophy, 9–10 June 2011.
Call for Papers for Volume 3, Number 2
Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
ISSN 0975-2935 * www.rupkatha.com
Contemporary Trends in Poetry in English/translations
In the 21st century a perception or rather an apprehension sometimes surfaces that poetry will have a slow death in the techno-consumerist world. But contrary to apprehension poetry has survived and is thriving everywhere—in all forms of print and electronic media. In our next issue of the Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, we would like to explore various aspects of contemporary poetry in English/translations from different parts of the world.
African Women in Motion: Gender and the New African Diaspora in the United States
Editors: Ayo A. Coly and Marame Guèye
Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2011
Deadline for complete submissions: November 15, 2011
Oprah Winfrey's 2005 announcement of her Book Club's "Summer of Faulkner" was greeted with skepticism, if not derision, by many cultural and literary commentators. The alliance between Oprah and Faulkner was seen a treacherous merger of pop culture schmaltz and modernist complexity. Recent scholarly excavations of the interdependence of highbrow writers with the literary marketplace and popular culture, however, suggest that the Faulkner-Oprah alliance is merely the most recent manifestation of Faulkner's cultural malleability, evident in his successful Hollywood writing, his best-selling Signet pulp reprints, and his career-long commitment to exploring popular genres like detective novels and the gothic.
This session invites papers on any aspect of southerners as represented in contemporary film. Topics might include (but are not limited to southerners "abroad," "foreigners" in the South, commercialization of southern culture, complications of traditional southern images, the animated South, and developing trends in gender and/or racial representations. We welcome submissions considering independent or popular films. By May 16, 2011, please send 250-word abstracts, institutional affiliations, and contact information via email to Andrew Leiter, Lycoming College, at email@example.com.
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
1 – 3 SEPTEMBER 2011
11th Portsmouth Translation Conference
TRANSLATION AND MEMORY
A workshop conference in collaboration with the British Comparative Literature Association
Saturday 5 November 2011
Park Building, University of Portsmouth
Professor Bella Brodzki (Sarah Lawrence College, New York)
Dr Siobhan Brownlie (Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester)
Dr Ayman El-Desouky (School of Oriental and African Studies)
This symposium brings together poets, academics, and teachers of creative writing to discuss the status of poetry writing and the teaching of contemporary poetry in British universities.
Papers and panel discussions will cover: the current crisis in university finances in relation to creative writing; methods of teaching and inspiring writing; teaching experimental poetry; 'poetry in an age of digital reproduction'; journal publication; composition and revision; and the discussion of specific collaborative projects between writers and academic departments.
Confirmed speakers include: Ian Brinton, Anthony Mellors, Patricia Debney, John Kerrigan, Angela Leighton, Drew Milne, Jeremy Noel-Tod, Robin Purves, Peter Robinson, Alex Runchman
Design. Innovation. Story: an Odyssey of Confluence
Leading academics, designers, professionals and artists will gather at Savannah College of Art and Design for the International Digital Media and Art Association's ninth annual conference, to explore how digital media and art is a confluence of creative innovations. The conference will include pre-conference workshops, keynote and plenary presentations, panel discussions, a juried art exhibition highlighting creative research in interactive media and digital arts, topical discussions focused both on current trends in the industry and also on evolving pedagogy in academia, and social and networking events.