Travel, travel writing, and the rise of mass tourism in the nineteenth century have received an impressively wide scholarly focus. In informing the willing sightseer, guidebooks like Baedeker’s or Murray’s constructed a particular approach to the foreign and the unknown. Obligatory rather than spontaneous, requisite rather than discretionary, the experience guidebooks delineated and that powerful tourist agencies like Thomas Cook regulated, produced an intrepid British traveler whose thirst for the new and the exotic challenged conventional notions of relaxation and knowledge, while, at the same time, remained a carefully governed cosmopolitan identity.
Chair: José Pablo Barragán (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Call for papers Ekphrasis. Images, Cinema, Theory, Media. Vol. 19, Issue 2/2018
Ekphrasis is a peer-reviewed academic journal, edited by the Faculty of Theatre and Television, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, indexed by Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index, ERIH +, EBSCO, CEEOL
For more information and submission guidelines, please visit: http://ekphrasisjournal.ro
Cinema, Cognition and Art
Reading Reality through Science Fiction
The academic journal Messages, Sages and Ages (http://www.msa.usv.ro/), based at the English Department, University of Suceava, Romania, invites contributions for an issue on “science fiction as reality-check”; the theme issue is guest edited by Roberto Paura (University of Perugia, Italy).
CALL FOR PAPERS special issue ‘Tropical Gothic’
Submission Deadline: 30 December 2018
‘The Gothic’ is undergoing a resurgence in academic and popular cultures. Propelled by fears produced by globalization, the neoliberal order, networked technologies, post-truth and environmental uncertainty – tropes of ‘the gothic’ resonate. The gothic allows us to delve into the unknown. It calls up unspoken truths and secret desires.
The session "Old English Literature, Including Beowulf" is still accepting abstracts in July for the 2018 PAMLA conference, which will be held from November 9-11 at Western Washington University. This call is a deadline extension, so please submit abstracts soon if you are interested. Papers can explore any Old English texts, not just Beowulf.
Use the proposal submission system at https://www.pamla.org/2018/topic-areas
Direct questions to Dr. Derek Updegraff (email@example.com).
The 20th century is characterized by the sheer and fast-paced growth of human exchanges that, related to and flexibly caused by the increase of mobility, travel, migration and wars, affected the cosmopolitanism and hybridity of many writers. The often-difficult systematization of nationhood and the process of decolonization further contributed to the reconfiguration of social, political, religious, and cultural geographies whose boundaries were troubled by dynamics of trespassing. Italy plays an overlooked but significant part in the process of cultural displacement and aesthetic redistribution that characterizes the 20th century.
Dostoevsky’s character Ivan Karamozov declares, “Without God, everything is permitted.” This notion is philosophically provocative and existentially potent, particularly in the study of secular literature from the modern era. Having experienced with Hillis Miller calls “the disappearance of God” or Nietzsche’s “death of God”, secular literature shows several attempts to account for humanity’s place, meaning, and immanent values. This panel seeks to explore questions of existential crisis in the secular age that perforate throughout modern literature and theory. How does one ascribe meaning or purpose to a world of violence, trauma, and suffering? How does modern fiction tease out social problems and what insight to they provide for them?
This panel will present at NEMLA 2019
March 21-24 in Washington DC
Climate change represents a profound conceptual problem. It is both locally and global manifested. It is both knowable by science as well as created by the technologies science has enabled. How do contemporary Anglophone novelists represent these realities? From Margaret Atwood to Nnedi Okorafor to Hanya Yanagihara many contemporary novelists see their novels as both locally specific as well as globally relevant.
The economic realities facing today’s undergraduate population have led to a proliferation of enrollments into PhD programs. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of these neophyte graduate students are waiting for jobs that are either no longer available or never existed in the first place. Concurrently, for right or wrong, in US colleges and universities at all levels, adjunct and contingent faculty members are no longer in the minority. These part-time and non-tenure track (NTT) instructors outnumber their tenured and tenure-track counterparts at many two-year and four-year institutions.
Founded in 2016 in Amsterdam, the Memory Studies Association (MSA) aims to provide a central forum for developing, discussing, and exchanging ideas about the theory and methodology of the broad-ranging field of memory studies. The MSA welcomes all students, scholars, and practitioners interested in memory in both the public and private realms, no matter their home discipline, to come together to help advance the field and exchange work and ideas.
This prospective panel seeks papers for the International Girls Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, Indiana, USA - 28 February - 2 March, 2019. Our panel explores girls’ online reading practices and narrative sites of participation, broadly defined. Reading online involves the consumption of texts but also the production of meaning as a real-time in-kind response, which may include comments, reviews, fan homages, and correctives.
Borders Inside and Out: Representing the Border across cultures
Middlemarch ends by praising those “who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” This was not, of course, the fate of the novel’s author. Born in 1819, George Eliot became one of the best-known writers of Victorian England. In addition to her novels, Eliot wrote on social and religious questions, translated German philosophy and criticism, and lived in an at-the-time scandalous relationship with fellow writer George Henry Lewes. Few regarded Eliot with indifference: Nietzsche called her a “little moralistic female;” Trollope complained that she was “obscure from her too great desire to be pungent;” Woolf said that she created “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.”
Cosplaying White Working-Class ‘Authenticity’
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention March 21–24, 2019, Washington, DC
Co-chairs: Shannon Mooney and Hannah Taylor
This call is for an accepted roundtable session at the 50th Northeast Modern Language Association convention in Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019. Please submit abstract (300 word limit) through the NeMLA system: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17239
SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies
November 2–4, 2018 ◆ Sheraton Birmingham ◆ Birmingham, Alabama
SAMLA is again pleased to offer prospective participants the opportunity to submit abstracts to a General Call for Papers. The General Call for Papers will be used to build programming from accepted abstracts that did not resonate with any of our currently published CFPs.
Media Literacy and Academic Research is a high-quality open accesss peer-reviewed journal focused on the academic reflection of media and information literacy issues, media education, critical thinking, digital media and new trends in related areas of media and communication studies. The journal is devoted to addressing contemporary issues and future developments related to the interdisciplinary academic discussion, the results of empirical research and the mutual interaction of expertise in media and information studies, education studies as well as their sociological, psychological, political, linguistic and technological aspects.
Dear UPENN colleagues,
Sorry for cross-posting the following information, which we hope will be of interest to scholars working across differing areas of global cult media. Below is the CFP for the 12th annual Cine-Excess international film festival and conference. This takes place at Birmingham City University between the 8th- 10th November 2018, with screenings also planned at other venues within the region. We look forward the possibility of welcoming you to the event:
Open Call for Papers, Issue 4.1 (Spring 2019)
A Day Workshop
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Friday 28 September, 2018
we are pleased to invite you to the Conference “Theater and drama in prison. Prison in theater and drama” organized by the Department of History and Theory of Theatre, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences.
The conference will be held in Warsaw at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences on 22-23 November 2018. We welcome abstracts by 20 September, acceptance notification will be sent by 5 October. Detailed information as well as registration form can be found below.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The digital age is changing the way we access the past. Previously, writers often accepted family lore, the recollections of elders, as a way to access the past. However, in the digital age, lore may be proven false. A recent post on a Facebook Ancestry.com group reported that a common disappointment for many users is that their DNA results indicate no Native American ancestry despite family legend of a great-grandmother “Cherokee Princess.”
Papers will be presented as part of a panel at the 2019 Northeast MLA convention in Washington D.C., which will take place from March 21-24, 2019.
Proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2018. For enquiries, contact Gayatri Devi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leslie Fiedler describes American fiction as “bewilderingly and embarrassingly, a gothic fiction… a literature of darkness and the grotesque in a land of light and affirmation” (Love and Death in the American Novel, 29). However, for settlers within the early colonies and citizens of the young republic, the wilderness of the supposed New World not only represented material promise, but also unknown danger. This panel proposes a move away from the more common “land of light and affirmation” reading of American nature towards an ecogothic approach.
This panel proposes a historical approach to the study of women’s participation in the press industry as editors of magazines, newspapers, and periodicals. We invite scholars to work from a transnational perspective in order to compare editorial strategies and trace different journalistic traditions in Europe and the US. In addressing these issues, this panel seeks to explain how women shaped the periodical field throughout the long nineteenth century while navigating the challenges of the industry and advocating for gender equality.
The interdisciplinary turn in the field of Translation Studies has raised a number of questions regarding the interweaving of theory and practice, the development of hybrid approaches to the target text, the power of translation to shape cultural relations, and the growing expectations of the reader for truth and clarity. In this context, the role of the literary translator becomes ever-more pertinent. His/her verbal dexterity as well as the ability to capture the narratological complexity of the source text define the subtle border between content and form and shape the identity of the translated work of art.