"THE RHETORIC OF WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY: Is the rhetoric of waste and sustainability a validation or a critique of neoliberalism? Can we lead less wasteful and more sustainable lives in an era of smart technologies and problem-solving ideology? Can we live off the grid, save the world, and sip fair trade coffee all at the same time? Last but not least, what's the humanistic perspective on empty signifiers such as efficiency, downsizing, outsourcing, sustainable systems, benefits-cost analysis, etc.?
To mark the 45th anniversary of DeLillo's debut novel and his decades of influence, Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, an open access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon, related authors and adjacent fields, will publish a special issue dedicated to Don DeLillo in 2016.
Is subculture a universal category that discloses itself in similar ways, irrespective of differences in historical moments or cultural geographies? Or is subculture inextricably linked to these specificities? This edited volume seeks to engage these questions (amongst others) through a particular scope. Specifically, in what ways can the humanities helped us to understand subcultures during three distinct eras: the Lost Generation, the 1960s and today's digital age?
This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of late 19th- and 20th-century realism and naturalism. Possible topics could include—but are not limited to—theories of realism and naturalism, transatlantic realisms/naturalisms, social vs. psychological realism, women and naturalism, literature and social ethics, and historicist interpretations of realism and naturalism. Papers might address theoretical issues or discuss specific literary works. Proposals addressing the conference theme are especially welcome. By June 10, 2014, please submit a 250-word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Myrto Drizou, Valdosta State University, at email@example.com.
April 17th – 18th 2015: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
In the introduction to his 2011 book Media, Culture and Society, Paul Hodkinson claims that "media have, in one way or another, become integral to what we might term the broader social and cultural environment – something that includes (…) class, gender and ethnic relations, patterns of identity and community, ideas and understandings, practices of intellectual, artistic and creative expression and broader ways of life" (4). Media - and this includes novels, newspapers, film, TV productions, music and computer games – shape, mirror and represent culture and society. What then happens when a medium is taken out of its cultural frame and reinterpreted through another culture's eyes?
CFP: "Truffaut and Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451"
The New Ray Bradbury Review special issue
(Guest Editor: Phil Nichols)
The American Humor Studies Association/Mark Twain Circle Quadrennial Conference 2014 seeks additional papers for the following panels:
-- Hollywood cinema and American humor
-- Humor in the American novel
-- American humor in new media formats
The conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans from December 4-7, 2014. The Four Points Sheraton will provide a conference rate, and participants and attendees are highly encouraged to stay at the hotel.
Due to the short turnaround, please send 100-word proposals to Pete Kunze at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 13. Decisions will be made by Monday, June 16. Inquiries welcome.
College Literacy and Learning is a Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association (IRA) and meets once a year at
the International Reading Association's national convention.
The College Literacy and Learning Special Interest Group has four primary purposes:
1. To provide for an exchange of ideas and techniques with regard to teaching methods and evaluation of students' literacy
and learning in two and four-year colleges and universities, as well as the evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs, textbooks, and teaching materials.
2. To propose and encourage the adoption of certain specific qualifications for the teachers of college literacy and learning programs.
Viscera, an online chapbook from The California Journal of Women Writers, accepts submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art biannually. This submission period is from May 27th - October 31st, 2014.
The California Journal of Women Writers is currently seeking submissions from North American women-identified writers for our second biannual chapbook of poetry, prose, and visual art. There is no overarching theme so feel free to send us your best work.
The deadline to send in your submissions is Friday, October, 31st, 2014.
Ecocritical Perspectives on Cities [Deadline Extended]
In response to the 2014 MMLA conference theme, this panel seeks papers that explore "the lives of cities" from an ecocritical perspective. Some possible topics include, but are not limited to: literary or filmic representations of urban nature; recent trends in urban / suburban ecology (such as urban farming); cities' responses to natural disasters; the rhetoric of urban sustainability; environmental justice in urban settings; the role of the humanities in urban sustainability; and teaching ecocriticism in urban settings. Papers related to any period/genre are welcome.
THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO 15 JUNE.
The 'Exotic' Body in 19th-century British Drama
25-26 September, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
Convenor: Dr Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford)
Funded under the 2011 Marie Curie IEF scheme (EC)
Speakers: Ross Forman (Warwick), Peter Yeandle (Manchester), Hazel Waters (Institute of Race Relations)
• Definitions of 'exotic'
• Staging the 'exotic' body
• Cultural and political backgrounds
• The legacy of 19th-century 'exotic' body
Call for papers for volume XXXIV N°2 of of the magazine "Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes" ("Recherche et pratiques pédagogiques en langues de spécialité") on the theme "Success and Failure in Languages for Specific Purposes" is available at the following address: http://apliut.revues.org/4350
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 June 2014 (see below).
English Linguistics and Didactics
Laboratoire CAS, EA 801
Université Toulouse 2-Le Mirail (France)
Success and Failure in Languages for Specific Purposes
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.
This panel welcomes papers written on the works of Edith Wharton. Ideas include but are not limited to the following topics: Wharton's narrative style, the appearance of New York society in her works, how time creates distance between the old and the new, social expectations concerning manners, the commodity of marriage, choices for women, sexuality, or Wharton's connection to Henry James.
Please submit all proposals to www.pamla.org. and include your name, the name of the organization/institution with which you are affiliated, the title of your submission, and a proposal for your paper (approximately 250 words).
Please direct all questions to the email address above.
Proposals are invited for the Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference to be held in New York City, February 26-March 1, 2015. Email 250-word abstracts, subject heading "2015 Poe Conference," to Barbara Cantalupo email@example.com by June 1, 2014.