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Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 4:02am
Bettina Hofmann; University of Wuppertal and Steinheim Institute for German-Jewish History

The Steinheim Colloquium "Translated Memories" addresses the subject of writing about the Holocaust today : How can memories of the Holocaust be constituted and transformed in a transgenerational and transnational perspective?
Three authors (Richard Aronowitz, Carol Ascher, Doron Ben-Atar), all writing in English, and four literary scholars, hailing from Germany, Great Britain, and the U.S., will reflect on this subject based on their own and other literary texts.
The concept of translation is of pivotal interest in this context. When talking about "translation," we literally mean code switching. However, the term "translation" is also appropriate if one wants to describe psychological mechanisms and cultural processes.

NYMASA 2015 "LOVE" Conference (14 November 2015; abstracts due 1 July 2015)

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 4:28pm
New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA)


New York Metro American Studies Association Call for Papers
Annual Conference Theme: "Love"

Date: Saturday, November 14
Location: Stella and Charles Guttman Community College; 50 West 40th Street Between 5th and 6th Avenues
Abstracts Due: July 1, 2015; Submissions/questions:
Registration: $25 (student, under-employed)/ $50 (full-time employment)

[UPDATE] George Meredith and His Circle

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:54pm
George Meredith and His Circle: Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks, Bishop Grossteste University, UK


George Meredith and His Circle:
Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks

Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK
24th & 25th July 2015


Friday, 24th July
9.30 Registration, Hardy Building
10.30 Welcome: Vice-Chancellor, Claudia Capancioni & Alice Crossley

Call for submissions: Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 9:32am
Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.

Cultural Palimpsests: Ethnic Watermarks, Surfacing Histories

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 3:14am

The 2016 MESEA conference in Warsaw will focus on ethnic and minority discourses that have undergone erasure, yet keep resurfacing, on cultural traces left by groups long gone that have been forgotten and silenced, as well as on cultural inscriptions left by those who have become visible and audible more recently. Yet, in addition to engaging with the archaeological hermeneutics of recovering submerged layers of ethnic meaning, we also invite scholars to engage in the perhaps more radical act of what Sara Dillon has called a "palimpsestuous" reading: a reading that attends to the ways in which multiple inscriptions and competing narratives are intertwined and produce complex meanings.

37th APEAA MEETING: Call for Papers 21-23 March 2016, Lisbon (Portugal)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 2:37pm
Portuguese Association of Anglo-American Studies (FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

37th APEAA MEETING: Call for Papers

21-23 March 2016

Venue: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University Lisbon

The 37th Meeting of the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies inaugurates in 2016 a new format, moving away from the themed paradigm to highlight the range and diversity of British and American studies current research.

Octavia E. Butler: Celebrating Letters, Life, and Legacy - February 24-26, 2016 - Spelman College

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:45pm
Octavia E. Butler Society

February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 24-26, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.

What is Sexual Modernity - 6/30

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 9:32am
Benjamin Kahan / Modernism/Modernity

I am seeking submissions for a prospective special peer-reviewed cluster on the Modernism/Modernity print-plus platform exploring the question: "What is Sexual Modernity?" Does modernity have a sexuality? We might follow Rita Felski's lead in The Gender of Modernity (1995) to ask what is at stake in, or what changes occur when we define the sexuality of modernity as queer, sapphic, heteronormative, perverse, or otherwise? How might these nominations intersect with or alter formations of the color of modernity, colonial modernity, atavistic modernity, or the gender of modernity?

[UPDATE] Consuming Culture in Victorian and Edwardian Literature (SAMLA 87) (6/25)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 8:25am
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

From the proliferation and commodification of print culture in the 18th century to the Forster's Education Act of 1870, those who consumed - and the way people consumed – the arts and culture at large changed irrevocably in England. These factors - among numerous others- culminate Leonard Bast's feeble attempts to fit Ruskin's depictions of Venice to his basement hovel in E.M. Forster's classic Howards End. Bast's story, pushed to the margins of the novel, is primarily that of a working class individual attempting to better his position in life through the arts and culture.