As queer theory continues to evolve and utopian studies dusts itself off from its relative dormancy until the late twentieth century, the two strands of thought have grabbed ahold of one another in hopes to uncover just what "The Future" might mean to those identifying as queer. This panel seeks papers wishing to join the vibrant conversation of the relationship between queerness and utopianism. Is queerness inherently utopic? Is the future inherently queer? How might queer individuals enact utopic desires? Can we find moments of the queerly utopic and utopicly queer in canonical and non-canonical literature?
Though neither Mr. Thornton nor Mr. Bell evoke "Utopia" flatteringly in Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South, each mention of the term situates the concept of utopianism at the center of the novel's labour dispute and makes the reader wonder if Margaret Hale might not be a utopian heroine. Not considered a utopic text, North & South nevertheless engages itself in a conversation about utopianism (and dystopianism). This panel seeks papers re-reading non-utopic texts (or authors) from the nineteenth century as utopic. By June 1st, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dan Abitz, Georgia State University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme for the 2016 SCMLA conference is "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture," but the topic for this particular panel is open. Proposals for both formal papers and experience-based presentations on the use of technology in the classroom are welcome.
To be considered for this panel, please submit a 350-word abstract to Rochelle Bradley at email@example.com by March 31, 2016.
The conference will be held in Dallas, TX, Nov. 3-5, 2016. Presenters are required to be members of SCMLA but can join the organization after abstracts are accepted.
The Department of Drama and the Trinity Long Room Hub welcome the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) to Ireland for its 35th annual conference in June 2016. ISHS is the world's leading organization for the study of comedy, humor and laughter. Established in 1976, it boasts over three hundred members worldwide across disciplines ranging from the Arts and Humanities to the Social and Natural Sciences – from stand-up comedians, clowns and laughter therapists to researchers in media studies, linguistics and neuroscience. Bringing together a variety of scholars and creative practitioners, ISHS Dublin 2016 focuses on the broad notion of Humor as Embodied Practice.
A Roundtable Session for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia, organized for the Law and Humanities Forum.
Proposals are welcome for 10-minute papers that focus on a single "thing." The aim of the session is to consider key theoretical issues surrounding legal personhood—questions of consent, responsibility, rights, and freedom—as they manifest themselves at the level of substance, form, and lived environment. Taken together, these papers will establish a material archive for personhood and model new ways of putting legal studies into conversation with other thriving subfields in the humanities, such as material culture studies, animal studies, science studies, ecotheory, disability studies, and critical theory.
Feasting, Fasting, Famine: Representations of Hunger in South Asian Literatures and Culture
The South Asian and South Asian Diasporic Forum of the MLA invites proposals on theorizing the politics, aesthetics, ethics, affect, of figurations of hunger in South Asian literatures and cultures. Presentations may focus on hunger in a range of contexts including food insecurity and globalization; class, gender, imperial, postcolonial contexts; on memory, and memorialization, and the historiography of hunger. Among other contexts/aspects, papers may focus on hunger and the state; hunger and violence; hunger and migration; philanthropy/famine relief: a fundamental right or charity? Visual representations of hunger.
We often think of the terms "globe" and "world" as synonymous because they seem to similarly name the totality of the thing on which or in which we all find ourselves living. This panel asks contributors to consider different formations of planetary or worldly experience in the long eighteenth century, if only to highlight the particular implications of considering the world as species of globe.
The English Language Conference seeks papers from scholars in all fields of English, including but not limited to Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, TESL, Creative Writing, and Education. This year's theme is "First Contact." We are looking for stories of first encounters with uncharted themes and outlying characters, texts, and authors.
The American Society of Church History is having its spring meeting in Edmonton, AB, April 7-10, 2016. The deadline for proposals has been extended to March 1. Presenters can come from any academic discipline, but will be asked to be members of the ASCH at the time of the conference.
Please visit http://www.churchhistory.org/conferences/spring-meeting-2016/ for more information and proposal forms.
CFP: Works in Progress
All texts and artworks will have at one stage been a work in progress, despite the tendency to value them as cultural artefacts once they are deemed finished and made available for consumption. Redrafting and editing are processes which strive towards a "final" product, meaning their publication often results in the loss or occlusion of multiple ancillary versions. Such materials are important to our understanding of how texts and works are shaped and reshaped, and by whom.
The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is seeking submission for edition 3:1 (April 2017).
We are interested in papers between 6-8000 words that examine any aspect of East Asian Popular Culture (see below).
Submission details can be found here: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=238/
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Shakespeare Studies at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia and the Rustaveli National Theatre will host a three-day interdisciplinary international conference dedicated to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.
The conference will explore how Shakespeare's work influenced and inspired other works in literature, art, music. The event hopes to unite academics, teachers and students, theatre practitioners and critics, in a series of presentations, roundtable and performances. Participants from a range of disciplines – English, Drama, Education, Music, Modern Languages, Classics, History, Art and Film are encouraged to participate.
Special Panel: Religion in American Literature
2016 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Pasadena, CA; 11/11-11/13, 2016
This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between secularity and literary development in the United States. Some of the questions we will consider are: How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized faith and experienced transcendence? How did it influence the way they responded to suffering? How did they express the tension of living within a secular age? What are the expressions of transcendence within secular culture?
Thinking Machines in the Physical World
2016 IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century
13-15 July; Melbourne, Australia
*Submission deadline now extended to 28 February 2016*
The Society for the Social Implications of Technology invites you to participate in the 2nd IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century: 'Thinking Machines in the Physical World'. The conference will focus on opportunities and threats presented by advances in cognitive computing, in the context of Wiener's technical work and his concerns regarding technology and society. This conference follows the successful inaugural conference in Boston, June 2014.
APPEL DE COMMUNICATIONS – CONGRÈS IRSCL 2017
Le 23e congrès biennal de l'International Research Society for Children's Literature sera organisée par le Children's Studies Program du Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, de l'Université York à Toronto, Canada.
Co-organisateurs du congrès
Cheryl Cowdy et Peter Cumming
Dates du congrès
Samedi 29 juillet au mercredi 2 août, 2017