In her autobiography, One Writer's Beginning, Eudora Welty recounts the disappointment she felt as a child when she first learned that "books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass." Looking to unpack the implications of this youthful conception of literature, one that blurs the lines between natural phenomenon and cultural production, the Eudora Welty Society invites paper proposals that explore the significance of "nature" in Welty's work and/or life.
The submission deadline for the Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Colloquium has been extended to February 15, 2014.
The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for the Fifth Annual LLUC taking place on March 29, 2014. Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.
From _The Beverly Hillbillies_ to _Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta_, much of the nation has long viewed the South through their televisions. In recent years, the advent of reality television's "hicksploitation" alongside the rise of scripted dramatic series such as _True Blood_ and _The Walking Dead_ has seemingly kept the South as a small-screen spectacle of wonder and exceptionalism. This panel interrogates these representations.
How and where does an American and/or U.S. (neo)imperialist logic map onto southern spaces? Given that recent critical work has considered the U.S. South as both an internal colonial space for the founding nation as well as a source of broader American imperialisms, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites abstracts for projects that consider the intersection of imperialism and the South — broadly defined.
After the successful 1st Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, AIIC 2013, 24-26 April, which gathered over 400 scientific articles by researchers from more than 100 countries all around the globe, the European Scientific Institute, ESI, University of the Azores and Center for Law and Economic Studies, CEJE are inviting you to attend the AIIC 2014 which will be held at the University of the Azores in Ponta Delgada.
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"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.
We are excited to announce that ROMOCOCO 2014 is now officially a part of Denver Comic Con! The literary conference will run concurrently with the comic book convention, from June 13-15, 2014, in Denver, Colorado. We're accepting proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and hour-long individual presentations from academic and independent scholars. We seek abstracts from all disciplinary and theoretical perspectives related to comic books and graphic novels. Editorial, pedagogical, interdisciplinary, and creative proposals are welcome, along with traditional academic papers. Multimedia equipment will be available to all presenters, and we encourage and prefer visually engaging presentations.
Environmental Influences in Faulkner and Erdrich
(SCMLA Austin, TX; October 18-22, 2014)
The Humanities Review seeks to analyze the ways in which disparate dialectical poles (such as Nature and Culture) are mediated, and in which disparate fields of knowledge conjoin.
To this end, we are seeking scholarly articles that examine the way supposed distinctions are constructed and maintained between authentically linked, contiguous, or identical concepts; the consequences of such distinctions; and the implications of their removal.
In a similar and related vein, we are interested in cross-pollination between academic fields which are capable of illuminating both the strengths and oversights of one or both disciplines and shedding new light on new or stagnating issues.
The Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) is preparing a special Richard M. Nixon issue devoted to focusing on the meaning and legacies both inside and outside the United States of this controversial figure in American history and culture. In April 1994, in the eulogy he delivered at the funeral of Nixon, President Bill Clinton suggested, "[M]ay the day of judging President Nixon on anything less than his entire life and career come to a close." This has certainly not happened: August 2014 will mark the fortieth anniversary of Nixon's dramatic resignation as president of the United States, and still his place in American history is very much under dispute.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing)
Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites researchers to submit their original abstracts of creative non-fiction and research papers on travel/travel poetics for publication in Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, Apr '14, Issue X (online). The works published in the forthcoming online issue will be republished in the print issue of Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, Summer, 2014 (Vol III, Issue I), along with the previous online issue of Jan '14, Issue X, in April-May 2014.
The University of Essex and the British Comparative Literature Association invite postgraduates to submit abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference. We welcome proposals from students in the Humanities, including Literature, Film, Theatre Studies and Creative Writing. We seek papers exploring revolution and evolution in disciplines ranging from gender studies and cultural geography to myth, folklore studies and nature writing.
Possible topics may include:
• Development, progression, transformation and expansion of cultural tropes and motifs
• Evolution of theory and critical thinking
• Revolutions and challenges of theory
• Transfiguration of anarchy, rebellion and insurgency
The conference aims to bring together experts in folklore, medieval and early modern literature and culture as well as contemporary fantasy and science-fiction to explore the fascinating relationship between supernatural creatures and humankind.
We would like to invite contributions that address the nature and function of the beliefs of past eras, their postmodern transformations, and especially those which trace the (dis)continuities in the ways in which these creatures have been imagined and perceived over the ages. From medieval fairies through Tinker Bell to Orlando Bloom's Legolas, from Fafnir to Glaurung or Smaug, the conference aims to investigate the nature of the undying fascination with the supernatural denizens of our (?) world.
Call for Papers
Special Issue on 'Archiving Activism and Activist Archiving'
Ben Alexander, Queens College, City University of New York
Andrew Flinn, University College London, University of London