It seems that someone is always travelling somewhere in the Western. Be it progressive or populist, romantic or realistic, epic or tragic the American errand into the Western's wilderness transmits sets of assumptions about the American Character and the American Experience. Commenting on the economic, psychological, political, and social fluidities of American life, the Western frontier is itself constantly in flux.
As both science and the arts engage in conversations about the proposed new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, this interdisciplinary panel seeks papers addressing the "human layer" in turn of the century and early twentieth century literatures. Currently, scientists measure the human layer quantitatively, defining the human in terms of geological impact. But how is the human layer conceived before such sophisticated scientific measurement was possible? Where does the human species—proven to be a geological agent —fit into the division of the Earth into spheres—the lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere? How does the identification of these spheres affect the concept of the human, or does it?
Wreck Park: Interesting Literatures, Interested Criticism
Wreck Park is a double-blind, peer reviewed publication run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt the canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. The journal welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.
CSECS 2015: Vancouver
The annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference will take place in Vancouver from October 14-17, 2015.
The conference theme is "States of the Book/Le livre dans tous ses états." The keynote speakers are Janine Barchas (University of Texas), and Roger Chartier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Collège de France, and University of Pennsylvania).
Proposals for papers or panels might consider the following themes, although this is not an exhaustive list:
• Authors and editors
• States of the book in the digital age
• Theatre of the book
• Book arts
• The manuscript in the age of print
With the theme of "Arts and Sciences" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the relationship between the artistic and the scientific in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of artistic or scientific innovation or discovery, explorations of pseudo-science and its cultural effects, the influence of literary texts on scientific and/or medical knowledge and practice, the influence of scientific and/or medical progress on the literary imagination, doctors and/or patients as characters in literary texts, art and/or artifice as theme, and the role of the arts and/or the sciences within the larger American culture.
This year's Science & Fiction panel is pleased to engage the convention theme "Arts and Sciences." The session invites papers exploring the relations between science and fiction in diverse cultural expressions such as literature, film, theater, and the visual arts. How does science, broadly conceived, interact with the arts, either as a subject or practice within a production of the arts, OR, how do scientific efforts or practices influence a specific text, shedding light on the interaction of science and art? Explorations of non-English language and non-canonical texts are welcome. Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to Brett Wiley (email@example.com) and Oscar A.
The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (ISSN 2393-9001)
Call for Papers
Volume 2, Issue 2 | June 2015
FOCUS: Reading Queer in Literature, Film and Culture
Submissions are invited for the forthcoming issue of The Apollonian (Vol. 2, Issue 2) on the representations of the 'queer' in the various genres and sub-genres of literature, art, cinema, culture, critical theory, philosophy and history. The papers are expected to be scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a fairly general readership.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
What about those ideas you entertain but never fully develop? Those notions which are reviled and dismissed by peer gatekeepers? Follies so whimsical they unsettle even you?
We're looking for those submissions, the ones shunned by polite society and keepers of the status quo.
Let us be up front: Abstractshuns endeavors to become an ersatz academic journal, middlebrow at best. If Grindr/Tinder (depending on the orientation of the idea) spent a really naughty weekend with Notes and Queries, this would be the spawn, with Courtney Love and Jack Halberstam as godparents.
Please consider submitting 250-word abstracts to the following panel at the 2016 MLA in Austin, Texas.
We invite essays focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously-inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
-the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
-the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
-death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
-the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence
The modernist period, as the theme of this year's conference suggests, was a period marked by revolutions of various stripes: aesthetic, social, cultural, and political. Among these, political revolutions often occupied center stage, both in terms of public awareness but also in terms of modernist praxis. Many modernists participated in radical political actions even as they experimented or facilitated experimentation with radical aesthetics.