Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.
MLA Folklore and Literature Discussion Group
2015 MLA Convention (Vancouver, British Columbia)
"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"
Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. 250 words abstract and CV by 12 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Literature, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.
We are now accepting 150-word abstracts for the firth annual New Critics: Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference. Abstracts must be for critical (not creative) papers, and can be on any subject having to do with literature or composition. We are also accepting abstracts on film or other popular culture criticism. Accepted papers must be readable in no more than 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3, and the conference will be held on the SUNY Oneonta campus (Oneonta, NY) on Saturday, April 19, 2014. This conference is free to attend. We are proud to have PEN Award Winner, Colette Brooks (New School) as our keynote speaker.
Panel: Cross-Dressing and The Expression of Desire in Literature and Culture
What new insights can we learn about gender, sexuality, and desire by examining cross-dressers and the ways they have been perceived in various cultures and time periods? This panel will explore this question by considering how cross-dressing is used to express hetero or same-sex desire in literature, film, or television. Papers presented at this panel will span a variety of historical and theoretical approaches.
Please send 250 word abstracts by February 9, 2014.
[UPDATE] CFP: ENGLISH STUDIES AS ARCHIVE AND AS PROSPECTING
(80 Years of English Studies in Zagreb)
Zagreb, Croatia, 18-21 September 2014
After the great success of the 3° ICHSS held in Rome on September 2013 we have the pleasure to announce the organization of the fourth edition of ICHSS which will be held on May 31 - June 01 2014. We would like to thank all ICHSS 2013 attendees for making the conference a great success. More than 40 nations were represented at the conference, from Japan to Australia, from the USA and Mexico to Europe, Africa and Asia. It gathered more then 500 profesors, researchers and scholars from around the world. We hope to have the same success in the 2014 edition in Budva-Montenegro.
For submissions of abstract and any other information please contact email@example.com
"Life, in Theory" refers to the ways in which the principle of life is assumed and articulated by highly specialized disciplinary knowledge, is entangled with media technologies, and is constantly resignified in relation to specific forms of power. Because the concept of life today does no longer provide sufficient ontological ground to distinguish among different forms of life and to guide ethical, political, legal, medical just actions, the conference aims at generating the context for a fruitful discussion on the ecological stakes of theorizing the bios across science, technology, literature, and the arts.
Although David Foster Wallace's early works enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and were subject to scholarly treatments such as Steven J. Burn's Understanding David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (2003), the field of Wallace studies was still in its infancy at the time of his suicide in 2008. This panel seeks to elucidate the ways in which Wallace's death has influenced – perhaps unduly – the critical trajectories and popular reception of his work. Panelists may take up the following questions as a means of reconsidering the present consensus about Wallace's life and works, of charting new courses of critical inquiry, and of recovering promising avenues of scholarly interest that have faded from view in the wake of his abrupt departure.
Reading, Writing, and Interpreting the (Dys)Functional South
The South and its cultures, traditions, celebrations, music, literature, and dialects have long been a source of fascination, derision, and entertainment for those not Southern. Southerners have the reputation of being backward, racist, and zealously religious. These stereotypes continue to be reinforced through the media and, some would argue, by Southerners themselves.
We welcome papers that treat the theme of cultural function and dysfunction in the transnational construct that has been termed the "global south" (for example, South America, southern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean, as represented both by their inhabitants and by the outside world).
The Robert Frost Review is planning a special issue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of both A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914). The Review welcomes all articles on any aspect of either book, their poems, history, or reception. Please send electronic copies of manuscripts no longer than 5,000 words in MLA style to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
The ninth annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Waycross Campus of South Georgia State College on the South Georgia Parkway (U.S. Highway 82) in Waycross, Georgia, on Friday, May 16, 2014. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussion topics, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to American, British, French, Hispanic, Russian, German, or Slavic literature or language, as well as composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes (approximately eight double-spaced typed pages).
Dear friends and colleagues,
The Executive Committee for Division of American Literature to 1800 invites submissions to the following calls for papers for the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver.
Atlantic Empiricisms: Metropolitan or provincial empiricisms in Atlantic aesthetics, natural histories, politics, economics, ecologies. What's specific to Atlantic empiricisms? How does matter shape bodies, objects, and other structures? c.v., 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Monique Allewaert (email@example.com).
Registration is now open for the one day symposium 'Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment', 8th March 2014. www.hauntedlandscapes.co.uk. The symposium is to be held at Falmouth University, UK in collaboration with ASLE UK-I. Keynote Speaker, Professor Ronald Hutton. Programme and registration details: www.hauntedlandscapes.co.uk . There is to be an associated art exhibition and readings by Professor Julian Wolfreys of his novel 'Silent Music'.
Literature, Politics and Aesthetics: A-disciplinarity
March 28-29, 2014
Keynote: Dr. Gabriel Rockhill (Villanova University, Philosophy)
Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword across the humanities; the term usually implies that scholars make use of the tools of another discipline while remaining within the boundaries of their own. The French philosopher Jacques Rancière points to the impossibility of this project, describing his work as "a-disciplinary" or "in-disciplinary." This conference seeks to reflect on the current state of work within the humanities by asking if the traditional ways of organizing disciplines are sufficient for the future of academia.