Evolutionary Love: Relations and Identities in a Virtual World
Belonging and possession have long been treated as foundational to the missions and activities of museums and archives in how they connote, establish, explain, and demonstrate the ways collections belong to them; determine and express who possesses custody, ownership and control of artifacts; and, by extension, consider the knowledge surrounding objects, makers, places of origin and residence that they supply. Typically, museums and archives express their interests in possessing collections through practices of acquisition, loan, attribution, provenance, exhibition, scholarship, conservation, and rights and reproductions.
For its 2015 SAMLA panel, the Georgia and Carolinas College English Association seeks proposals that address the theme of carnivalization and the carnivalesque. As articulated by Mikhail Bakhtin, "carnival celebrated temporary liberation from prevailing truth and from established order; it marked the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions. Carnival was the true feast of time, the feast of becoming, change, and renewal. It was hostile to all that was immortalized and completed." Topics include but are not limited to:
• the liberating subversion of popular humor on the literary and cultural tradition
• the overturning of hierarchies in popular carnival
The Problem of Time in Contemporary Fiction is a panel that considers a wonderful challenge for both critics and writers: how time informs works of literature. In all fiction, the problem of time is a wonderful challenge: does imbuing a work and its characters with history add necessary depth or can it distract from the problems at hand? Can a writer ask readers to look beyond the final page? Do representations of 'real' time limit the inventiveness of works or are they necessary in allowing readers entry? In looking at both original stories by writers exploring innovative approaches to time as well as critical papers about already published works, this panel will consider the problem – if it's a problem at all – of time in contemporary fiction.
(dis)junctions 2015: Strange Bedfellows
"Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows."-Shakespeare's The Tempest (2.2)
University of California, Riverside's (dis)junctions conference invites papers and panels that push at the boundary of contemporary scholarship. Our critical focus, "Strange Bedfellows," is geared specifically toward innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to cultural, literary and theoretical texts. We are looking particularly for scholarship that emerges from the disjunction of incongruent forms, that thrives on the border of the unfamiliar, and that transgresses the boundary of the expected.
The quint's twenty ninth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 15th May 2015—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.
All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.
The 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association conference will be held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza from Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4.
With the deadline to submit CFPs a few weeks away (May 15th), we are still looking for new, exciting proposals to add to an already impressive array of submissions for SAMLA 87. Our CFP submission form is easily accessible on the homepage of our newly redesigned website at samla.memberclicks.net.
Our theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, invites scholars to look at the intersections of art, artistry, art forms, artists, film, creative writing, theory and criticism, culture,performers, authors, literature, and more.
20. – 22. May 2016 at the University Paderborn, Germany
Waiting shapes the narratives of individuals and societies alike. Yet, waiting is more than just one realization of the present. Far from being a mere form of intermittent white noise, waiting could be conceptualized as the unravelling of and the reflection on a plurality of possible futures. Waiting simultaneously foregrounds the often paradoxical agency/passivity of the waiting subject as explored, for example, in the narrative of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey.
August 21-23, 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(Please note that the new deadline is May 13, 2015.)