Global climate change is perhaps the most serious threat human beings have ever faced. Human-caused global warming is already upon us with increased temperatures, extreme weather events, massive storms, unprecedented drought, flooding, wildfires, melting ice, sea rise, warming and acidification of oceans, and growing animal extinctions. Scientists now predict that, within a generation, planetary catastrophes may significantly disrupt global food production, create unlivable temperatures in many regions, submerge cities, and create hundreds of millions of refugees. Unchecked, climate change has apocalyptic consequences not only for human beings, but for all life on earth.
CfP: The Sound of the Past
What is the role of sound in historical fictions? How can we try to replicate what the world sounded like in the past? What is the role of music in period dramas? Why are contemporary musicals with historical settings so popular? How can sound be described in historical novels?
“Renaissance(s) / Rebirth(s)”, the theme chosen for the 2020 SAES conference, is particularly relevant in the context of postcolonial literatures in English. Often called “new literatures” in the early years of their emergence, postcolonial works were – and are – frequently characterised by their attempts to renew literary forms, genres and language. These innovative practices sought, and often still seek, emancipation from European norms and canons, with the risk of creating new orthodoxies, like the primacy of the novel in the Indian postcolonial literary scene.
NeMLA 2020 BOSTON
The 51st Annual Convention will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5-8, 2020.
- Paper abstracts are due by September 30, 2019.
- Poster presentation proposals are due by September 30, 2019.
- Undergraduate abstracts are due December 1st.
We are honored to announce the 9th International Conference on Language, Literature & Culture and Crossroads III Conference. This combined conference is organized jointly by the University of Białystok (Poland) and Çankaya University (Ankara, Turkey) on June 4-5, 2020 in Białystok, Poland, and the topical theme of the conference will be “Risk and Safety” in different areas of human sciences.
Prof. Dr. Gerd Bayer, Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg
Dr. Anna Barcz, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich
CFP: Armistead Maupin’s Transgressive Tales
2020 Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference
April 2-5, 2020
ACCUTE 2020 (May 30-June 2) - Member Organized Panel
“This Book is Trash!”: Genres and Forms of Disposability, Ephemerality, and Disintegration
Panel Organizer: Kelly McDevitt (email@example.com)
CALL FOR PAPERS
No Country for Old Men?
Ageing Masculinities in Irish Life & Culture
NUI Galway,June 3-4th 2020
Proposal Deadline: 15th November 2019
Biofiction (literature that takes a real biography as its point of departure) is powered by what Colm Tóibín has recently called “the anchored imagination”, which grants the fictional narrative a certain ambiguous (almost duplicitous) credibility. But what do biographical novels mean as world-making vehicles? Is the recent boom in stories that rely on the real past, yet project contemporary visions upon it, only a sign that we are trying to build a coherent world-image of centuries past, or is it also an attempt to bring into being a new way of seeing and/or being in the present?
Publishers and authors are invited to submit or nominate for consideration articles and chapters on the works of Herman Melville that were published in 2018. Preference is given to newer scholars in the field of Melville studies.
JAMES HOGG AT 250: CALL FOR PAPERS
An International Conference marking the semiquincentennial of James Hogg. University of Stirling, Scotland, 1-3 July 2020. Call for PapersPaper and panel proposals on any aspect of James Hogg's life and work are now invited. AbstractsAbstracts of no more than 250 words, of papers lasting no longer than 20 minutes, should reach the address below by 1 December 2019. Panel proposals are also welcome: please enquire prior to submission. Abstracts may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Victorian Studies Association of Ontario-Sponsored ACCUTE Joint Session: “Eco-Victorians: Water, Land, and the World,” For the Humanities Congress at the University of Western Ontario, May 30th-June 5th, 2020
Can we theorize World Literature as an intellectual and creative practice of resistance against the cultural imperialism embodied by the idea of the Global, the celebration of what Graham Hubbard calls the “postcolonial exotic,” and the hegemony of the English language? Is there a degree of antagonism between World Literature and the Global--or between the notions of translation and lingua franca? In what ways have these various terms been conflated or exchanged, and what do these conceptual entanglements tell us about the stakes and methodology of World Literature as a theory, a field of inquiry, and an institution?
È online la call for contributions relativa alla sezione monografica del numero XIII di «Ticontre» (maggio 2020) dedicata alla scrittura di Cesare Pavese, a cura di Giancarlo Alfano, Massimiliano Tortora e Carlo Tirinanzi De Medici. La deadline per l'invio degli abstract è il 1 novembre 2019, quella per la consegna degli articoli definitivi il 6 gennaio 2019.
Di seguito il testo completo della call:
In occasione del settantesimo anniversario della morte di Cesare Pavese «Ticontre. Teoria Testo Traduzione» ha deciso di dedicare un numero monografico alla figura del critico e scrittore piemontese.
To feel something is “awkward” is to verge on—without exactly arriving at— a judgment: it notes that a situation is uncomfortable without diagnosing what is responsible for that social impasse. (Here one thinks of the childhood staple the “awkward turtle,” which surfaces when there is nothing else to do.) Awkwardness thus names an interval of epistemological suspension: it invokes a placeholder for a situation to which one is unsure how to react and registers an emergent sociality the contours of which are not readily intelligible.
2020 Popular Culture Association (PCA) & American Culture Association (ACA) Joint National Conference
April 15-18, 2020
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
MYTHOLOGY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
Call for Papers
The past decade has seen an outpouring of work on form. Relatively little, by comparison, has foregrounded style. What is the relation between form and style? How does style get us leverage on political and social questions that form does not—and vice versa—and why? Which social contradictions animate style, or is it more a matter of psychic ambivalence? As D. A. Miller has argued, style may aim to get us close, but not too close, to hegemonic social and sexual orders that exclude us. Or perhaps, as Mark McGurl advances, style helps us negotiate our entrance into newly democratizing but elite institutions such as the university. What is the relation between style, social capital, and the body?
For Cather and for the nation, the dawn of the 1920s was a tumultuous time, marked by new freedoms and new entanglements. The Great War had ended and women had won the right to vote, but 1919’s Red Summer and Palmer Raids signalled lingering social discord. Into this unsettled world, Willa Cather brought out Youth and the Bright Medusa, her collection of short stories that marked her departure from Houghton Mifflin and launched her long and successful partnership with a new publisher, Alfred Knopf. In the stories of Youth and the Bright Medusa, Cather’s artists move through a world that is by turns inspiring and enervating.
Wait Five Minutes: Weatherlore in the Twenty-first Century (edited collection)
Editors: Willow G. Mullins and Shelley Ingram
“Don’t like the weather here? Wait five minutes, it’ll change.”
The history of censorship in modern South Asia goes back to the Registration of Books Act (1867), used to track anti-state sedition; and to the various indigenous and British non-governmental associations of civilians who organized themselves as the guardians of literary culture around the same time. Both these currents continue to the contemporary moment in many ways. Genres of dissent are governed by various acts, laws, associations, extra-judicial modes of repression, and more recently, by social media.
Call for Papers
Myth and Fairy Tales
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019
This session focuses on positioning the humanities curricula within the growing "global turn" in higher education. In addition to administrative and programmatic perspectives, we welcome fresh insights on expanding the canon and global humanities pedagogies. Recommended areas of specialization include but are not limited to cultural studies, comparative studies, philosophy, translation studies, world literatures, (applied) linguistics, and pedagogy.
April 16 and 17, 2020, University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
Art intermediation in the United States since 1945.
Concepts, scope, spaces
This symposium will look into art intermediation in the United States in the post WWII period. By art intermediation we mean the intermediation provided by the business world, be it the business of the artist him/herself but also, more generally, the fabric of companies which interact with the art world (artists, galleries, museums).
"The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does compete with life."
--Henry James in "The Art of Fiction"
****This is a CFP for the 2020 ACLA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, March 19-22, 2020.***
In The Anatomy of Fascism, Robert Paxton reminds us that fascism has always proved difficult to define. Fascism “seemed to come from nowhere.” Though it “took on multiple and varied forms” and “exalted hatred and violence in the name of national prowess,” it still “managed to appeal to prestigious and well-educated statesmen, entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, and intellectuals.” Despite this, “everyone is” nonetheless, “sure they know what fascism is.”
Translation as Reading
CFP: ACLA 2020, March 19-22, Chicago.
Organizers: Junjie Luo and Eugene Eoyang
Proposals requested for the 22nd Annual Conference of
The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
June 4-6, 2020
Keynote Speaker: TBA
MacBain & Boyd Publishers invites articles for a scholarly anthology about post-recessionary narratives in global film and television, titled Reliving the Crash: Global Recession Narratives in Film and Television. Under a new editorship (Dr. Lauren J. DeCarvalho, The University of Denver), the projected release date is April 2020. Eight chapters have already been accepted and revised. The new editor is still looking for six more chapters to include, especially from scholars whose work reflect a more international focus.
Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019
Call for Papers
46th International Byron Conference
29 June - 5 July 2020
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Proposals are invited for the 2020 Conference of the International Association of Byron Societies, "Byron:
Wars and Words", to be held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 29th June to 5th July.