For the fourth Mutual Images workshop, we seek to explore the dynamic relations between Japan and Europe through the notion of fictionality. These past decades, the growth of cultural exchanges has created new opportunities of fictionalization between European and Japanese. Far from being restrained to its definition as a genre, Fictionality has become a key element in our contemporary society. Whether it is in entertainment media (novel, manga, video games, movies and other forms of current entertainment), Art (photography, painting), or even our perception of the other, the self, and reality, fictionality is present in our everyday life.
Ever since Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Gothic and Science Fiction have been moving in parallel ways – Brian Aldiss refers to the latter as characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mode. Both the Gothic and Science Fiction are replete with allegories and metaphors about the human condition, particularly in topics that are considered taboo, such as ethnicity/"race", the origin and eventual fate of life, or the human place in the cosmos. Both in the Gothic and in Science Fiction, to understand the monster lurking in the shadowy forest or the alien crawling on the space station, is to understand one's self.
Looking for papers for an essay collection on the MTV television show Teen Wolf, with an emphasis on the most recent seasons. This volume aims to discuss Teen Wolf in the context of popular and literary culture, historical analysis, and academic theory, though other approaches are also welcome.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- Monstrosity and/or Hybridity
- Personal Transformation
- Genre Transformation and/or Subversion
- Heroism and/or Villainy
- History and Memory
Date: 22-24 September 2016
Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa | School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Organisation: CEAUL/ULICES – Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa | University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies
We invite submissions focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
· the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
· the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
· death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
· the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence
Special Session for the MLA Convention in Philadelphia, Jan. 5-8, 2017
The College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University invites proposals from scholars on all topics related to"[Re]Defining Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century."
The purpose of this first conference, scheduled for October 6-8, 2016, is to explore the reasons Liberal Arts disciplines are undervalued by students, parents, and others and to examine how we might [re]define or reframe our roles in an increasingly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary academic world in which job preparedness appears to be the goal of higher education rather than critical and analytical thinking and writing. At the conference, we will also discuss the role of and need for a conference on the liberal arts and how we might move forward.
The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) is accepting submissions for special sessions, oral and poster abstracts, and student posters to be presented at LCA XVI at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC September 27 – 29, 2016.
Deadline for special session submission deadline: May 3, 2016
Deadline for abstract submission: May 17, 2016
Deadline for student poster* submission: May 17, 2016
August 25 - 26, 2016
The University of Bamenda, NWR, Cameroon.
"There is no great literature without nationality, no great nationality without literature." (Yeats, 1989: 30)
This year's conference theme, "Border States," provides the perfect starting point for discussions of both the "borderlands" of teaching graphic narratives and the teaching of graphic narratives that explore border states and boundaries. Please send 250-word abstracts (including name and institutional affiliation as well as any audio-visual needs) to Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5th, 2016.
The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. We invite scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) to share their research results and pedagogies; and aboriginal activists and artists to share their experiences, knowledge and art.
The language of the conference is English.
Special Session, 2017 MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Jan. 5-8
In recognition of the five hundredth anniversary (give or take) of the Protestant Reformation, this session seeks new perspectives on how Catholic-Protestant relations have been explored in British literary texts. Texts may be drawn from any period of literature since the Reformation. Preference will be given to papers which carefully historicize their readings of their chosen texts, and/or papers that study well-known works of literature which have not often been read in terms of their engagement with Catholic-Protestant relations. Please send 350-word abstracts by 15 March 2016.
This conference hosts a multidisciplinary conversation on how we contend with the emergence of violence toward difference, before it receives remedial treatment by the law, that is, before it crosses the threshold of the rule of law. Many – perhaps most – forms of discrimination persist for long periods of time beneath the threshold of the law, and may continue indefinitely (one thinks of recent debates about the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State Capitol, following the Charleston Church shooting).