As 2014 draws to a close, we're already busy planning for our 6th annual undergraduate research conference at Providence College next Spring! This is a wonderful opportunity for advanced undergraduate students engaged in significant writing projects. Once again, all participants will have an opportunity to publish their work through PC's Digital Commons (see examples of papers from last year's conferences at http://digitalcommons.providence.edu/auchs/2014/.
Deadline: January 25, 2015
Editor: Kevin MacDonnell
"The chief defect of humanism is that it concerns human beings. Between humanism and something else, it might be possible to create an acceptable fiction."
We are excited to announce that the Brandeis English Department Graduate Student Conference will be held on February 13, 2015 and will examine the topic of Melodrama. Lucy Fischer, Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will give the keynote address.
Conference papers invited for a special session on second-generation Vietnam War writers and revisionist histories at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference on January 7-10, 2016 in Austin, Texas. In 2015, the United States government will mark the official fifty-year anniversary of the Vietnam War, making America's longest war something of a cultural relic in national consciousness. And yet, stories about the Vietnam War still abound in contemporary literature and culture, particularly in works by second-generation authors such as Linh Dinh, T.C.
A colloquium to be hosted by Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Chapter, sponsored in part by the Department of English at California State University, Northridge.
January 16, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
California State University, Northridge
Italo Calvino once asked, "who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined?" And while the question maintains its relevance, isn't it about time we turn our attention away from the individual, the "we," and ask this question of the texts produced and the environments in which they are produced?
Powerlines is a graduate student-run online journal and welcomes work that exhibits or complements interdisciplinary approaches to producing knowledge. We feature scholarly and artistic production that enriches understandings of identity and difference, cultures of the everyday, and the politics of power. Specifically, we invite submissions that foreground questions concerning disability, sexuality, gender, race, class, and nation in work that approaches these and other categories of difference from American studies, material and visual culture studies, performance studies, women's studies, public or social history, sociology, anthropology, English, geography, the digital humanities, and related fields.
- PASSAGES -
The 4th Annual English Graduate Student Association Conference
February 21, 2015
Keynote address by Jed Esty, PhD and Samantha Pinto, PhD
Deadline for Proposals: EXTENDED to January 9, 2015
The middle passage, the passage of time, a secret passage. Passing as straight, the passing of a loved one, just passing through. Passages and acts of passing often involve movement and transformations that cross — and sometimes blur — traditional boundaries of place, time, identity, or perspective. This conference will explore how and why passages and passing occur, what they entail, and why they matter.
In a time when even Bridget Jones finds herself in her early fifties, it may at first glance seem unwarranted to speak of the invisibility of ageing women in literary and cultural contexts. In fact, in a review of Mad about the Boy in The Times, Sarah Lyall writes that, "Bridget's amorous adventures … make the prospect of middle age not so bad at all". Constructions like this open up questions about representations of women and ageing. What types of images of the "ageing woman" are created in cultural texts? Do women in later life, in order to become visible, need to find ways to "pass" as younger so that "age shall not wither them" as Kira Cochraine puts it in an article in The Guardian?
The City That Never Sleeps and the City of Angels. Gotham and the Dream Factory. albeit is going bicoastal, and invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the place of New York City and Los Angeles in American culture. Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
The H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) International Society will again be sponsoring a panel at the American Literature Association conference, May 21-24, 2015, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. The call for paper proposals is open ended, although projects working with some aspect of biography would be particularly welcome given the recent publications of H.D. editions and their scholarly framings as well as new interest in critical biography. Please send a brief paper proposal (250 words) along with a biography/CV to Rebecca Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than January 26, 2015.