Taken on its own, "positions" appears an innocuous and static term, suggesting a location, a posture, a place, a job or status. And yet, positioning is always implicit in the critical endeavor, evident not only in the placement of signifiers within a text, but within constellations of texts that we read comparatively. One could further argue that the various acts of positioning and the positions we hold manifest themselves in every facet of human interaction: political, rhetorical, theoretical, ideological, sexual, psychological, cultural and so on.
There is a long tradition of haunting in short fiction, often appearing in the form of ghost stories, folk tales, fairy tales, and legends. Short narrative indeed appears to embrace the supernatural. Elizabeth Bowen explains, for example, in the preface to A Day in the Dark and Other Stories that while she uses "the supernatural" in her short stories, she considers it "unethical' to do so in a novel.
Memories on the Move: Asian Connections
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 42 No. 1 | March 2016
Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2015
In the last ten years memory studies has experienced a gradual shift towards comparative, interdisciplinary, and border-crossing perspectives. Studies on cosmopolitan memory (Levy and Sznaider), multidirectional memory (Rothberg), transcultural memory (Crownshaw), travelling memory (Erll), or transnational memory (De Chesari and Rigney) highlight the circulatory, competing, overlapping, fluid and dynamic nature of the processes of remembrance and cultural memory.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Arts as White Property: Interrogating Racism within Arts in Education
Amelia M. Kraehe, University of North Texas, Department of Art Education and Art History
Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
B. Stephen Carpenter, II, Pennsylvania State University, School of Visual Arts
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 15, 2015
RESTAGING THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE:
New Views on the Performing Arts in Black Manhattan
A one-day interdisciplinary symposium
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Columbia University, New York City
Conference co-sponsors: Columbia University's Department of Music, Ph.D Program in Theatre, Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies and the IRAAS Alumni Council, and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Abstracts are being welcomed for a proposed collection examining the toy as hero. Toys, a celebrated part of childhood and often key figures in children's imaginative play, have a fantastic history of heroism in print and on film. Open to examinations of literature, comics, and film, the collection seeks to be a repository of original essays that analyze the roles toys play as protectors of the child(ren) they love, as heroes of their own stories, or as champions for the greater good.
Possible pieces for consideration:
Papers on Atwood's latest collection, Stone Mattress (2014) and / or its relation to her earlier short stories and prose poems. 250-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2015: Eleonora Rao (email@example.com).
This special session takes the 2015 PAMLA conference theme of "Literature and Time" as an occasion for reconsidering a topic that has interested Faulkner critics for as long as there has been Faulkner criticism. We invite papers that explore the continuing relevance (endurance?) of time as a conceptual framework (formal, historical, psychological, philosophical, ecological, etc.) for understanding any aspect of Faulkner's work, life, or reception, as well as Faulkner's relevance for new critical models for thinking about time.
Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit 250-word abstracts via the online system at pamla.org by May 1, 2015.
Papers addressing how representations of "neurological difference" provide new ways of understanding aesthetic formal tactics, disability, embodiment, and/or human cognition, subjectivity, and sociality. 300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2015; Ajitpaul Mangat (email@example.com).
Sant'Anna Institute (Sorrento, Italy) and the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, United States) are pleased to present the First International Conference
"Women of the Mediterranean"
Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy, June 12-13, 2015
Conference Location: Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy)
Conference Director: Prof. Giovanni Spani (College of the Holy Cross)
Conference Coordinator: Marco Marino (Sant'Anna Institute)
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Barbara Zecchi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)