One of the most effective ways of learning is to immerse ourselves in the cultures we study; yet, we often encounter problems when these cultures are separated from us by constraints such as geography or time. When studying various people, places, events, and works, students and teachers rarely have the resources to visit each (if any) historical landmarks pertaining to their subject matter, restricting both research and teaching to textbooks and/or an amalgam of materials from various resources. The Virtual Education Project (VEP) is a large-scale pedagogical undertaking directed at providing both students and teachers with visual introductions to historical and contemporary landmarks (worldwide) relevant to the study of the humanities.
A Special Issue of Feminist Formations Co-edited by Jennifer Nash and Emily Owens
If women's studies (WS) can be described as occupying a space between precarity and legitimacy in the contemporary, corporate university, how do we experience, feel, and inhabit the discipline's in-between location? "Institutional Feelings" theorizes the contemporary institutional iterations of WS, with attention to the pressures, perils, pitfalls, politics, and potential pleasures of this partial institutionalization.
This Northeast Modern Language Association panel will examine the relationship between detective fiction and technology, broadly defined. Why do detective characters choose their technologies—notebooks, magnifying glasses, DNA analysis? How can we read detectives as figures in active response to emerging technologies? Does technology pose its own mysteries which require the negotiation of the detective figure, or is the detective himself or herself a technological development?
7th-8th November 2014, University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, in association with Sibéal Irish Postgraduate Feminist and Gender Studies Network , and the UU Research Graduate School
'If I survive, it is only because my life is nothing without the life that exceeds me, that refers to some indexical you, without whom I cannot be.' (Judith Butler).
Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture
Area of the 36th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association.
February 11-14, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Our area now includes "dystopia"! The Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture Area is calling for papers about anything apocalyptic, dystopic, or disaster-related. This can be in movies, television, literature, graphic novels, or any other cultural examples of disaster, dystopia or the end.
The Lehigh University English graduate program is organizing our first annual conference on "Literature and Social Justice" for March 7th, 2015, to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals for 15-20 minute presentations by MA and Doctoral students on all aspects of literature and social justice across any specialties within the discipline of English, comparative literature, or modern languages. Scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical methodologies are welcome to submit abstracts. Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:
-questions on whether literature should be socially or morally "useful"
-the current state of didactic literature
Call for Papers: Picking Through the Trash
PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought
***Extended CFP Deadline: August 31, 2014***
"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures."
"[T]rash talks to us, or certainly speaks of us. However much we want to put trash and garbage and waste and rubbish out of sight, out of mind, out of smell, there is considerable evidence that we take them to be revelatory of all manner of not insignificant facts about individuals, communities, civilizations, or that tired old workhorse the 'human condition.'"
—Elizabeth V Spelman
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.
Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014
"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University of Texas at Austin
Websites, social media platform, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, and studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, exhibited, and distributed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print. It includes submissions from postgraduate students with a diversity of interests and backgrounds, including specialists in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.
Each issue features articles and notes from current postgraduate students, along with book reviews. Original literary compositions and artwork are also welcomed.
Articles for the next edition are to be submitted via email to the General Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org by the following deadline: Monday 29 September 2014.
We are inviting papers for a seminar to be hosted at the American Comparative Literature Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, in Seattle, Washington on March 26-29. This seminar explores how settler colonial studies contribute to our study of comparative literature, both within and beyond Anglophone settler spaces.
This proposed panel seeks to continue the conversation begun at the "Shirley Jackson: Beyond the Gothic" panel at the American Literature Association Conference in May 2014 in Washington, DC. With so much renewed attention in Jackson's work (a collection of previously unpublished works is set to be released by Random House in 2015), this panel is interested in readings of Jackson's work that go beyond the gothic or horror. The range of possible topics is broad, but of particular interest are essays that address her lesser known essays, short stories, or novels, speak to her influence on contemporary or current authors, or use emergent theoretical reading practices (i.e.
Despite the substantial reconceptualization of the field of American literature in recent decades, century-based constructs typically remain in place throughout the field, particularly in relation to "nineteenth-century American literature" versus "twentieth-century American literature." Courses are taught, textbooks sold, and academic jobs are constructed around such distinctions. Such logic particularly limits scholarship on the turn into the twentieth century, often characterized as a midpoint on a teleological trajectory culminating in literary modernism.
Issue 3 of The New Union is now available to read online (www.new-union.co.uk) We are now looking for contributions for our fourth issue, which will be published at the end of October 2014. If you have something you would like to contribute, please send it to email@example.com by Friday 17 October 2014.
Do you want to promote and defend the value of the arts and humanities? If so, why not contribute to The New Union by writing for us. We are currently on the look out for interesting and powerful articles that reflect the importance of the arts and humanities in the twenty-first century.
We are interested in proposals on all aspects of Wilder's work––and on its relation to the work of other writers and to the several eras of his productive life, from the 1920s through the 1970s––as a dramatist, novelist, screenwriter, librettist, essayist, lecturer, adapter, translator, teacher, and scholar; and from any critical perspective (e.g., gender studies, queer theory, and post-structuralist theory). Given Wilder's connection to Newport, we also encourage papers that deal with Wilder and Newport. Furthermore, because Wilder's relationship to his family was important to his life and art, we welcome papers dealing with the work of his siblings and his parents.