We invite proposals for an MLA special session on "Peripheral Aesthetics and World Literature" – Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Austin, Texas, January 7-10, 2016. In addition, a journal special issue/edited volume on the topic is being considered. An outline of the project is given below. Please send 300-400 abstracts and queries to Auritro Majumder (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sourit Bhattacharya (email@example.com) by March 10, 2015.
This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.
Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.
Nabokov's works are full of journeys: real and imaginary, fabulous and forbidden, moral and metaphysical, ecstatic and exilic, journeys into madness and into revelation, transgression and time/timelessness, lyricism and cryptogrammaticism, Zonraki and Zoolandia. Please send your 300-word abstracts on the journey as a theme or trope in Nabokov's work to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 17.
This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.
We are inviting proposals for chapters of an edited volume which consider how a focus on borders and border crossings might transform contemporary understandings of masculinities. The volume is intended to foster dialogues between a range of disciplines engaged in the analysis of cultural representations of gender. We are particularly interested in contributions from the fields of Modern Languages and Cultures, English Studies, Film Studies, History and Cultural Studies.
The University of Seville (Spain) will host a Conference on Literature, Language, and Translation "liLETRAd" on 7 and 8 July 2015. Bringing together the three most important facets of language transmission and teaching in a multidisciplinary event, experts from a variety of countries and continents will meet to discuss the scientifically-relevant topics that are of interest to students, teachers and other professionals. In this spirit, the Conference covers a wide range of emblematic points of discussion. For registration information, please see the links below. Papers may be presented in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.
In "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" Louis Althusser notes that "every State Apparatus, whether Repressive or Ideological, 'functions' both by violence and by ideology." Bearing Althusser in mind, this year's panel is interested in papers investigating the various apparatuses and power-relationships which produce such violence – be it ideological, structural, political, physical, historical or otherwise – and how these systems are made sensible, disavowed, overwritten, or function as platforms for resistance in Southern Literature.
Paper proposals of 250 words are due March 7th to Marcus Heiligenthal (email@example.com)
Women's Studies Panel, Session II
Writing (of) Women's Bodies: The Contested Nature of Contemporary Corporealities
Edith Wharton Society
Writing (of) Women's Bodies: Wharton and Early Twentieth-Century Feminism
Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.