It has been a century and a half since the birth of W. B. Yeats. With the completion of major biographies and textual series, and in the context of technological and economic changes to global literary studies, Yeats studies finds itself at a critical juncture. This conference will gather scholars, critics, and creative artists from around the world to engage with Yeats as a figure of world literature, European and global modernisms, and Irish culture and politics; and Yeats's work as poet, dramatist, autobiographer, and writer of fiction, critical and reflective essays, and philosophy. The larger questions to be addressed concern the field of Yeats studies itself, and the role of Yeats in literary and cultural studies. Where are we now?
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George Meredith and His Circle:
Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks
Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK
24th & 25th July 2015
Friday, 24th July
9.30 Registration, Hardy Building
10.30 Welcome: Vice-Chancellor, Claudia Capancioni & Alice Crossley
Minor Voices? When Major Literary Authors Write for Children
University Bordeaux Montaigne, France
18-19 March 2016
In September 2015, the Departments of English and History and Political Science at Daemen College will host a two-day interdisciplinary conference titled "Death of Empires," dedicated to exploring the role of the Great War of 1914-18 in dissolving the imperial order and initiating the era of nations. The year is ripe for such an event. As well as the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania – a tragedy that signalled the breakdown of distinctions between 'war front' and 'home front' – 2015 also marks the centenary of the commencement of the Armenian Genocide and the failed Allied invasion of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli.
The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.
The 2016 MESEA conference in Warsaw will focus on ethnic and minority discourses that have undergone erasure, yet keep resurfacing, on cultural traces left by groups long gone that have been forgotten and silenced, as well as on cultural inscriptions left by those who have become visible and audible more recently. Yet, in addition to engaging with the archaeological hermeneutics of recovering submerged layers of ethnic meaning, we also invite scholars to engage in the perhaps more radical act of what Sara Dillon has called a "palimpsestuous" reading: a reading that attends to the ways in which multiple inscriptions and competing narratives are intertwined and produce complex meanings.
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference
Hilton Atlanta, March 30 - April 3 2016
37th APEAA MEETING: Call for Papers
21-23 March 2016
Venue: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University Lisbon
The 37th Meeting of the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies inaugurates in 2016 a new format, moving away from the themed paradigm to highlight the range and diversity of British and American studies current research.
February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 24-26, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.
Friday 3 July 2015
Van Midert College, Durham University
Keynote Address: '"Harmonious" Jones and "Honest John" Shore: Contrasting Responses of Garden Reach Neighbours to the Experience of India'.
Professor Michael Franklin, University of Swansea
I am seeking submissions for a prospective special peer-reviewed cluster on the Modernism/Modernity print-plus platform exploring the question: "What is Sexual Modernity?" Does modernity have a sexuality? We might follow Rita Felski's lead in The Gender of Modernity (1995) to ask what is at stake in, or what changes occur when we define the sexuality of modernity as queer, sapphic, heteronormative, perverse, or otherwise? How might these nominations intersect with or alter formations of the color of modernity, colonial modernity, atavistic modernity, or the gender of modernity?
From the proliferation and commodification of print culture in the 18th century to the Forster's Education Act of 1870, those who consumed - and the way people consumed – the arts and culture at large changed irrevocably in England. These factors - among numerous others- culminate Leonard Bast's feeble attempts to fit Ruskin's depictions of Venice to his basement hovel in E.M. Forster's classic Howards End. Bast's story, pushed to the margins of the novel, is primarily that of a working class individual attempting to better his position in life through the arts and culture.
From military patriarchies to feminist dystopias, from the monstrous feminine to cyborg uncertainties, from Ursula LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness to Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, from wars between the sexes to post gender societies, SFF texts have continuously complicated, questioned and reinvented our approach to gender.
We invite proposals for papers considering any aspect of gender in SFF/horror texts or related comics, films, tv, games and music. Topics might include:
Date: 21–23 January 2016 (Thursday–Saturday)
Location: Université de Paris, Sorbonne
CFP: Global Identities in a Digital Age: German-language Culture in
the 21st Century
A joint graduate conference by the University of Toronto and the
University of Waterloo
Date: November 13th, 2015
Location: Hart House, University of Toronto
Deadline for abstracts: July 30th, 2015
Keynote speakers: tba
As inhabitants of a digital global space, we all form identities that may or may not differ greatly from our non-virtual selves. Informed and manipulated by mass media, the construction of our identities is, more than ever, shaped by global discourses. Ideas of nationalism, race, and gender are formed and re-formed in ways impossible to recreate in a non-digital environment.