Economic models now occupy a central place in the analysis of American culture. Concepts such as "cultural capital," "the literary marketplace," and "modes of exchange" are regularly deployed to demystify culture's relationship with power and profit. As useful as economic models have been for opening up new avenues of analysis in American studies, we wonder if this turn to economy in American studies doesn't privilege economic models in ways that ought to be scrutinized. Indeed, it can be argued that the recent financial crises in the United States and Europe are consequences of unquestioned faith in the explanatory and organizing power of economics as a field of knowledge.
Merwin Studies seeks submissions for its second issue. Submissions are due by Spring of 2014.
In the 1978 "Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism," William Rueckert argues that unleashing the "stored energy" of a poem helps create and sustain communities. We invite work that explores and exposes the myriad facets surrounding such energy exchanges. Submissions are not limited to the following questions:
Merwin's 2013 Selected Translations (re)circulates texts through and across languages. How has Merwin's work as a translator unleashed the "stored energy" of a poem?
Autobiography and memoir have become canonical staples, but also contested sites for discussing the boundaries of fictional and non-fictional self-representation. Presentations invited exploring the teaching of these narratives at the intersection of memory and invention.
Please send 300 word abstracts or queries to Stacey Lee Donohue, firstname.lastname@example.org by or before March 14th.
This guaranteed session at the MLA Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia in January is arranged by the Community College Humanities Association. All MLA members (you must be a member by April 1st) are welcome to submit proposals for this pedagogy/classroom focused panel.
The Department of English at Saint Louis University Madrid Campus will host its Twelfth Annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 23 May and Saturday, 24 May. The keynote speaker will be Mary A. Favret, Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.
In the past forty years, research in genetics and genomics, the convergence of the latter with digital technology, and the intrusion of technology into all forms of life have called into question the idea that life is anything simple, natural or biological, and have made available knowledge and resources that may determine mutations or new aggregations in the constitutive elements of life forms and living systems, likely transforming the conditions of existence of life on the planet beyond reversibility.
Michael Clune begins his book, Writing Against Time (2013), with a question: "Is art different from life?" He observes that "according to an emerging consensus, our experience of a description of a house, person, or landscape in a novel or poem, and our experience of an actual house, person, or landscape, are not essentially different." Interdisciplinary approaches are not new. In fact, as Alan Richardson asserts in "Literature and the Cognitive Revolution," Poetics Today 23:1 (Spring 2002), "cognitive scientists . . .
The place of South Asian Americans within the canon of Asian American studies is still peripheral. Although critics like Lisa Lowe and Kandice Chuh have strongly argued for redefining Asian American studies as more inclusive and heterogeneous, a majority of Asian Americanists still seem hesitant to include and acknowledge South Asians in Asian American literary studies.
The Special Session examines immigrant transitions between the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature and film. It welcomes papers that explore various aspects of change related to immigration: self-image, identity politics, cultural contexts, community, family dynamics, health, professional circles, or economic mobility. Please submit abstracts of 250 words by April 1 to email@example.com
"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.
Call for Papers
The Story of Memory Conference: Exploring New Perspectives on the Relationship between Storytelling and Memory in the Twenty-First Century
The University of Roehampton, UK: 4-5 September, 2014
Invited speakers include: Paul Bloom (Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale); Suzanne Corkin (Neuroscience, MIT); Mark Currie (English Literature, QMUL); Asifa Majid (Psycholinguistics, Radboud); Martijn Meeter (Cognitive Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam); Jamie Tehrani (Anthropology, Durham)
The editor of this collection, per the feedback of the interested university press, solicits several more essays that tackle the subject of queerness in the Roald Dahl canon.
Roald Dahl has been the recipient of a slew of insults from anti-Semite to misogynist to general misanthrope. The controversies surrounding Dahl have focused primarily on these aspects of his work and his life, as well as the question of whether or not his texts, with their representations of violence, have been "appropriate" for young people. Yet, much of his work seems to possess the potential for radicalizing gender and sex--a subject that has remained remarkably overlooked by critics. This collection seeks 3-5 more contributions.
Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, "Confluence and Division"
Nov. 6-9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA
What is the modernism of risk? During the first half of the twentieth century an already massive apparatus of risk analysis and administration expanded dramatically, and new modes of risk consciousness came into being. Especially in the financial sector, new kinds of securities, new levels of speculation, new markets for insurance, and new complexities of the global financial system made the condition of being at-risk normative—even desirable—for many people living in western liberal societies.
The 20th Annual PTO Conference asks us to review, reflect and reimagine. We are asking you to consider these questions and shape these important dialogues by submitting proposals, papers, discussions, performances, workshops, debates, you name it, for presentation at the conference. Share your techniques, report on your projects, explore ideas for the future, seek assistance in meeting challenges, get constructive critique of your efforts, and raise new questions about the where's and how's of the struggle against oppression through theatre and education.
We welcome proposals that address our theme as well as one (or more) of the following in some clear way:
•Pedagogy of the Oppressed, coined and elaborated by Paulo Freire.
Update: Deadline for Proposals Extended to Feb. 21
Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination
A symposium sponsored by the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
June 5-8, 2014
Hilton St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis, MO
In honor of Sedgwick's 225th birthday and her 1854 Midwestern trip (the farthest west she ever traveled), the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society will convene its 7th symposium in St. Louis, featuring plenary speakers Melissa Homestead, Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kate Culkin, Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College.
Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.