Jacques Lacan refined and elaborated on the ideas of Freud. Freud liked to say he discovered the unconscious; Lacan liked to say that he discovered that the unconscious is structured like a language. Like Freud, Lacan found his own psychoanalytic thinking stimulated by reading literature. His seminar on "The Purloined Letter" by Poe is one lecture that comes to mind, but Lacan's later years were consumed by his exploration into the works of James Joyce. Papers are invited on any aspect of Lacan and Literature. Papers may be on specific literary figures like Poe and Joyce whose works Lacan explored, or consist of an in-depth analysis of Lacan's own writings and style.
Submissions in PROSE
Generally, we're looking for people who want to critically examine our society through their writing. This can be done in a variety of ways.
We accept editorial prose, traditional academic papers, book reviews, film reviews, television reviews, memoir narratives, flash fiction, art reviews, and open letters.
Last year (2014) marked the tenth anniversary of the leaked photographs from Abu Ghraib. Over this period these images of torture have been studied to serve as inputs for various discursive claims: the efficacy or the immorality of torture; and, when set alongside other well-known images of war-violence and lynching, they have been diagnosed as symptoms of a long history of American racism and neo-imperial agendas. The photographs, in short, have most commonly been read as valuable and interesting primarily for their evidentiary value, for answers they might offer to some preexisting question.
Feminist Pedagogy in the Two-Year College
How do two-year college instructors put feminist theory into pedagogical practice? This roundtable discusses forms of feminist pedagogy in the community college classroom. Participants are invited to share methods and ideas of pedagogy for teaching in women and gender studies and/or feminist approaches to learning and classroom strategies across the disciplines. Papers should aim to address gender and sexuality issues, along with race and class, within and outside the rapidly transforming academic space of the two-year college.
60 years ago, the literary and musical landscapes were forever altered by several landmark works in music and literature. With "Pithecanthropus Erectus," Charles Mingus eschewed written arrangements in lieu of having his band mates learn the compositions by ear; on "Brilliant Corners," Thelonius Monk gave the world his arguably most complex composition; and "Saxophone Colossus" is widely regarded as Sonny Rollins's masterpiece. Similarly, 1956 witnessed the publication of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl and Other Poems," a landmark work with far-reaching aesthetic, political, and social implications; in a related vein, Jack Kerouac composed "Visions of Gerard," arguably his most personal and linguistically-complicated novel.
Since the 1970's, the world has increasingly seen the proletarianization of creative work: crafts that were once considered holistic and inalienable are increasingly being performed in circumstances that render them piecemeal and remote from their producers. The novel, itself a mode of creative work, has begun to respond to this shift in different ways throughout the world. In this panel we intend to examine portrayals of modes of intellectual labor – artistic labor, office work, academic endeavors – and consider how the representations of these modes depict the shifts surrounding creative work, and the possibilities that they offer for reconsidering the impact of that shift. How does the end result of creative labor change in these novels?
21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposal Deadline (for panel and individual presentations): Friday, August 14, 2015
We invite proposals for scholarly and creative works and readings for the third annual 21st Century Englishes graduate student conference to be held Saturday, October 24, 2015, hosted by graduate students of the Department of English at Bowling Green State University.
CONFERENCE THEME: Englishes Now and Then, Then and Now
The College English Association—Caribbean Chapter (CEA-CC), a gathering of scholar-teachers in English, welcomes proposals for presentations (20-minute papers) for our 2016 annual conference which will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, in Mayagüez on Friday, March 11 and Saturday March 12, 2016. The topic for the 2016 conference is Animals in Literature and Film. The conference will explore the role of non-human animals in the literary imagination. Animals have had a ubiquitous role in literary representation from antiquity to the present. This role has acquired an important focus in recent critical theory, especially in posthumanism approaches.
Over the last decade, the vibrant subfield of Afro-Asian Studies has played an integral role in advancing comparative racial analysis, highlighting the deep and under-recognized history of political cross-fertilizations that have taken shape among Africa's and Asia's diasporic communities and, in particular, between these continents' anti-colonial nationalist leaders, such as Chairman Mao, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Ho Chi Minh.
SYNOPTIQUE Journal Colloquium
October 16-17, 2015
HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS: Laughter and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Film and Media
DEADLINE EXTENDED: August 15th, 2015
Colloquium hosted by the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema