This session invites proposals for papers that rethink the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character and characterization in the nineteenth century. Papers might consider character in relationship to affect and feeling; cognitive studies and theories of mind; digital textual analysis; or political and economic theory. Please email a 250-word abstract and short bio to Anna E. Clark (email@example.com) by 13 March 2015.
Call For Papers
The Journal of Improvisation in Professional Practice
A partnership with The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University
This panel explores the relationship between forms, logics, and rhetorics of "pastness" and the politics of identity in the present. It asks what it means when discourses that once animated forms of contemporary identity are consigned to the past, and it queries the mechanism by which such "pastness" is produced. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the idea of a post-race society, the relationship between contemporary race politics and the Civil Rights Movement and/or Black Power, the relationship between contemporary feminism and first/second/third wave feminism, literary periodization, and queer pastness.
Send 150-250 word proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 10, 2015.
This conference is designed to explore the relationship between David Foster Wallace and short fiction. The organisers particularly welcome proposed papers on as yet unstudied, or understudied aspects of Wallace's own use of the short story, as well as its influence on contemporary short fiction. What is evident in Wallace's own short fiction is a continued experimentation with the possibilities of the form, framed by the almost inescapable influence of the form's recent history. Wallace's engagement with Barth - and 1960's postmodern fiction more generally - has been well covered by critics, but there is little discussion, as yet, on the ways in which Wallace employed short fiction as a means of understanding genre, period, and styles of writing.
Keynote: Marius Kociejowski
"Self-identity is inextricably bound up with the identity of the surroundings."
– Lars Svendsen, A Philosophy of Boredom
Taking place on 2nd June 2015 at the University of York, this interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.
Leisure is a central rather than a peripheral feature of culture. Indeed, the divide between leisure and "productive work"—to which it is traditionally opposed—has never been an impassable wall, but rather a porous boundary involving dynamics of control, negotiation, and hybridization. Far from a mere holiday or retreat from society, leisure represents a specific domain of activities in which core social and cultural values and structures are expressed, reified, transmitted, learned, manipulated, and resisted.
Papers exploring literary, cultural, historical, or pedagogical approaches to food (or lack of food) in fiction and memoir. 300 word proposals by March 15 to email@example.com
This is a guaranteed session arranged by the Community College Humanities Association. While we very much encourage community college faculty members to submit proposals, all are welcome!
You must be an MLA member by April in order to be accepted. The 2016 Modern Language Association convention will be held in Austin, Texas on Jan. 7-10.
Call For Papers: WVU English Graduate Student Union 2015 Colloquium
Theme: Local Labor: Work In and Out of Central Appalachia
Date: Saturday April 4th 2015
Situated between the coalfields of southern Appalachia and the industrial and agricultural centers of the upper Monongahela, north-central West Virginia is heir to a significant legacy of labor pride and problems. The 2015 West Virginia University English Graduate Student Union Colloquium invites abstracts from all disciplines for academic and creative presentations exploring our 2015 topic of "Local Labor: Work In and Out of the Central Appalachians." Proposals may discuss, but are not limited to:
Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and feasting in traditional outlaw narratives, or texts that have characters who are outsiders, tricksters, transgressors, or marginals. This session will consider the presence and function of food and feast in texts (broadly defined), with an eye to considering whether and how instances of food preparation and eating can be said to display, to develop, or to subvert the conventional ideas of community and fellowship most commonly associated with foods and feasts. This session encourages papers that examine post-medieval texts, cultures, and practices, especially Australian, Native American, Pan-American, and Eastern.
Deadline now February 10, 2015
"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."