Portal Fantasies offer a unique way to comment on the current political situation, in their capacity as invented worlds with a permeable link to our own. The portal can act as a funhouse mirror, reflecting our own world back to us in grotesque and illuminating ways, or it can offer stark contrasts to our own world which often take the form of escapist, superior alternatives. This session, a direct thematic response to the NeMLA 2018 conference theme of "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds," invites papers that explore how authors have used the portal fantasy to comment on the politics of our world in various ways.
In our current climate of fake news from seemingly authoritative sources, and high journalistic integrity from formerly discounted sources, it is clear that our criteria for evaluating the reliability of sources is shifting. I propose that a lack of news literacy is part of a larger literacy problem: readers need to understand tone from context and form. For as long as we have been assigning our composition or literature classes to read "A Modest Proposal" or anything else with an unreliable narrator, and as long as we have been explaining to potential book banners that a book with blatantly racist characters is not inherently racist, we language and literature instructors have been developing strategies to teach tone.
HIGH MODERNS: LOW ART
This panel at SAMLA 89 welcomes papers about any British modernist author(s) and how art is depicted/utilized in their work. The goal is to examine from diverse perspectives how the “high art” of the modernists utilizes art, low or otherwise, textually. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 89 theme of "High Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture" are especially welcome, and should be a good fit for the session. By June 30, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Joanna Pierce, Mars Hill University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In light of expanding literary theories contributing to a better understanding of emotions and affects in literary texts, this panel will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss various new and important perspectives on the representation of emotions in Italian literature and art.
Proposals that analyze early modern through contemporary Italian literary production are welcome. We seek papers exploring the manner in which writers convey emotions to their readers, to the literary community of their day and, to their society at large.
Indiana College English Association 2017 Conference
The Gift of Words
Friday, October 27, 2017
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus
This year’s ICEA interdisciplinary conference invites researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of
academic fields, including Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Linguistics, the Arts, Theology,
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and other areas to generate discussion about how fiction and other
literatures cherish the gift of words.
In his seminal history The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, Mark McGurl argues that one aspect of the proliferation of graduate creative writing programs in the twentieth century, now the most significant literary patronage system in the U.S., was a pressure on the programs and their participants to “[rationalize] their presence in a scholarly environment by asserting their own disciplinary rigor.” Historically, this has manifested itself in a strong emphasis on “craft,” influenced heavily by the modernist movement and the theories of the New Critics.
For its twenty-eight issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Jorunal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings of contending with crisis.
Since the 1939 publication of Perry Miller’s classic The New England Mind early Americanists have acknowledged the fundamental role New English Puritanism played in the subsequent development of American culture. Scholars like Edmund Morgan, Sacvan Bercovitch, Andrew Delbanco and many others have placed New England at the center of the development of American identity. Yet in the past generation, other scholars have broadened an understanding of regionalism in the construction of American nationhood, with many focusing on the polyglot, multiethnic and religiously non-conformist colonies of New York, New Jersey, and especially Pennsylvania.
A European Conference for the Humanities
Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities
Leuven, 4-6 April 2018
In April 2018, the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven and the KU Leuven Libraries are hosting a European Conference for the Humanities on behalf of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (ECHIC, http://www.echic.org/).
Call for Papers Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 11.2 Theatre and the Kitchen Food and gastronomy saturate contemporary cultural spheres. From social media’s ‘food porn’, reality television and culinary pop-ups to concept-restaurants and the internationalisation of local cuisines. Arguably, menus have recently become a privileged medium for cultural transfer and appropriation, but food has long been both the signifier and transmitter of emotion, identity, ideology, belonging and wealth.
Appel à communications
« Quand l’industrie du cinéma enquête sur ses publics »
(2ème journée d’étude du GREPs)
Jeudi 16 novembre 2017, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
WSQ, Call for Papers: Special Issue
Elena L. Cohen, Graduate Center CUNY
Melissa M. Forbis, Stony Brook University SUNY
Deepti Misri, University of Colorado, Boulder
Saadia Toor, College of Staten Island CUNY
One way of telling the story of feminism is to tell it as a story of protest: protest against, protest for, protest within. In this issue, we invite contributors to reflect on the histories, presents, and futures of protest through a feminist lens.
Since the plays of Sean O'Casey are ripe for analysis beyond historical/new historical readings that examine them in light of Irish nationalism, I am seeking abstracts for a possible panel on O'Casey for the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/) on February 22-24, 2018. O'Casey's work, both that which focuses on the years just before and after Irish independence and that written during his years in England, offers varied resources for scholarship from the perspectives of colonialism/postcolonialism, Marxist theory, and gender analysis.
New Directions in Black Western Studies
Western History Association Conference
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, San Diego, California
01-04 November 2017
We are seeking proposals for the 57th Western History Association Conference workshop and American Studies Special Issue: “New Directions in Black Western Studies.”
If ecology is without nature, as Timothy Morton provocatively argued in 2007, then one may wonder of ecology without the feminine as a corollary. For nature, much like the feminine, has been fetishized, exoticized, and romanticized as a signifier emptied out—a sort of lacuna. If we can be at ease with the gap, vacancy, or interval and, perhaps, theorize about the unfilled space while sorting out the inconsistencies of what it means to represent nature, the feminine, and androgyny, then we might begin to trace the valuable contributions of 19th-century women writers to the development of the term oecologia coined by Ernst Haeckel in 1866 and beyond.