The American Camp Association reports some 12,000 summer camps in the United States alone, and there are nearly a thousand more in Canada. While especially popular in North America, summer camp is a global affair. Certain iterations of summer camp loom large in the popular imagination – Scout Camp, band camp, bible camp – but camps engage a staggeringly diverse range of interests and activities, from sports to language learning, computing, forensic science, weight loss, and so forth. Some camps are specialized; some have a general education and/or elective curricular structure.
Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, July 2016
The Emerson Society sponsors a panel at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering each summer in Concord, MA. The Emerson Society enjoys some flexibility in determining the focus of the panel, but it aims to support the conference theme whenever possible. The theme for the coming year is "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary," with the idea of examining the transcendentalist as "Proto-ecologist, Reformer, and Visionary." For information on the conference theme, please visit www.thoreausociety.org, though we welcome papers that consider the relationship between Thoreau, Emerson, and transcendentalism more broadly.
University at Albany 14th Annual EGSO Conference: Crisis and Recovery
April 1-2, 2016
Critical Keynote Address: Patrick Deer (NYU)
Creative Keynote Address: Elisa Albert (Columbia)
"Home" might sound like a place, but time is also one of home's critical axes. Temporality conditions the mythic past, the material present, and the protected (or vulnerable) future of home, intersecting with histories and projections of nation, labor, gender, sexuality, race, kinship, and collectivity. This panel uses speculative narratives to ask: what happens to our sense of home and its geopolitical implications when normative conceptions of time are disrupted?
The French PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center invites papers from all disciplines that examine early modern, modern, and postmodern places of memory in French-language texts from a wide variety of perspectives: literature, theory, philosophy, gender, art history, film and media studies, sociology, economics, neurosciences, medicine, psychology, and psychoanalysis.
From St. Augustine's "memory palace" to Derrida's "archive fever," a rich tradition of literary, critical, and philosophical thought has sought to localize memory while also questioning its limits and perfectibility.
OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS
'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)
Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.
JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, founded in 1971 as The Journal of Narrative Technique, is a refereed, international journal published three times a year by the Department of English at Eastern Michigan University. JNT continues to follow the high standards set during its first four decades of publication; the newly focused JNT showcases theoretically sophisticated essays that examine narrative in a host of critical, interdisciplinary, or cross-cultural contexts.
EcoMaterialisms: Scales of Matter(ing)
The Second Annual EcoMaterialisms Collective Conference
Keynote: Zakiyyah Iman Jackson George Mason University, English
University of California, Davis May 13-14, 2016
The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association invites submission of essays to be considered for a special issue in the environmental humanities. We are seeking submissions that stake out a critical space exploring the possibilities and implications of fugitive readings in environmental criticism. Drawing on the interdisciplinary nature of the environmental humanities, we encourage ways of describing, analyzing, and theorizing that are counter-discursive and slippery in their multivalent uses and applications and are, therefore, uniquely productive, contested, resistant, transformative, or reveal a shared environmental sensibility.
The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 63rd Annual Meeting will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, September 16-18, 2016. The keynote speaker will be Susan Kingsley Kent of University of Colorado Boulder.
The Robert Frost Review welcomes submissions on any aspect of Robert Frost's poetry. Please send electronic attachments of manuscripts no longer than 5,000 words in MLA style to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 2016 for consideration. Thank you so much. Jonathan Barron, editor.
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
Eleventh Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing
Co‐sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute
Public Subjects and the Digital Realm
Friday, March 25, 2016 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs
Keynote Speaker: Alexander Reid, University at Buffalo
"Composing with Deliberate Speed: Writing Future Digital Publics"
The Subject of Women in Proust
Proust's narrative in A la Recherche du temps perdu suggests that women are merely objects in Marcel's development. But how are women in Proust's fiction more than just objects? Given their centrality to the text, a reexamination of the ways in which Proust writes female characters is overdue.
We are looking for papers that move beyond women as objects of desire. Despite extensive descriptions and metaphors, female characters seem to slip away from concrete definition, defying assured characterization.
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn), The Silent Wife (ASA Harrison), The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins), are just three recent novels that have captured the commercial imagination and conceivably shifted the critical perception of what a contemporary crime thriller is and should be doing in the second decade of the 21st Century. The terrain is domestic, the narrative perspective and criminal perpetrator firmly female. However, the political is of course ever present in relation to gender and society. The crime thriller has always been a peculiarly modern form. Its transition to an urgent, necessary and contemporary form of literary expression is arguable, and lies at the core of the discussion within this collection.
Panel Series: The German Graphic Novel