As part of the forthcoming conference 'George Meredith and his Circle', the organisers are instigating a new blog, which we hope will bring together those who work on George Meredith and his contemporaries as well as those who read and enjoy their work: https://meredithcircle.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/welcome-contributors-inv...
Call for Papers
'There's little left but to be bored or bore.'
Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIV
'Mieux vaut un désastre qu'un désêtre.'
Alain Badiou, Conditions
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
'There seemed nothing to do but live.'
J. M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K
In May 2015, a new edition of THE VICTORIAN will appear. Please send along your articles and reviews for consideration. All aspects of the Victorian period are covered, but with a particular emphasis on literary interpretations.
Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future." While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.
Regular Paper Submission:
Socrates Journal invites Authors/Researchers to submit their research papers for consideration of publication in the regular Issues of the Journal.
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Dokuz Eylül University – Department of American Culture and Literature
1st INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
May 4-5-6, 2016 – Izmir, TURKEY
This symposium will bring together academics from across Turkey and the rest of the world to discuss the idea of the "The Sacred and the Sublime"
The rich and varied Arthurian Mythos has provided inspiration for countless authors over centuries, including the Inklings. Each individual picks and chooses certain parts of that Mythos, and interprets it according to personal inclination, cultural, and chronological biases. Consider, for example: the varied and often contradictory ways the characters are interpreted; aspects of Arthuriana most studied or most ignored; historical background; its place in legend and myth. We also welcome papers focusing on other work and interests of the Inklings (especially J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor Jo Walton and John Rateliff), and other fantasy authors and themes.
For all its many urban topographies, the literary landscape of modernism contains a startling array of greens. From William Carlos Williams's representations of Garret Mountain Park, to Peter's reflections on Mrs. Dalloway in Regents Park or Wallace Stevens' frequent use of Elizabeth Park throughout his oeuvre, planned green spaces play an overlooked role in the development of modernism. We propose that thinking with and through public greens leads to a fresh and often more complex understanding of modernism's tangled engagements with arts, politics, material culture, bodies, and the nature-culture divide.
This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.
Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.
While the Middle Ages are not always though of as a time rich in developments in the arts and sciences, as scholars of medieval literature, we know that this is not the case. Certainly, old and middle English literature can be thought of as an art form itself, and manuscript art and illumination can also be considered as art. Additionally, discussions of arts and sciences within texts themselves (both literary and religious) are plentiful and wildly interesting throughout the Middle Ages.
Extension 15 April/Avril CSECS/SCEDHS 2015
The programme roster for CSECS 2015, "The States of the Book," to be held in Vancouver 14-17 October, is almost full, but we have space for about 25 more paper proposals. Note especially the panel topics posted on the conference website at http://www.sfu.ca/english/csecs/panels---seance.html. Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th!
When politics, arts, history, ethics or philosophy are judged by their ability to disrupt what is visible and sayable, is there a danger that the potential political efficacy in remaining hidden is ignored and the possibility of intervention/action for the already unseen is inhibited? How do artistic practices reflect and engage in strategic invisibility? What are the artistic and political intersections of acting invisible? What kinds of visibility are afforded to whom? How can research approach invisibility without eliminating the invisibility it purports to study? Can there be a methodology of working around (in)visibility and if so what claims can it make to validity?
Following up on the themes introduced in our previous conferences dedicated to "film in the post-media age", the "cinema of sensations", "rethinking intermediality in the digital age", and "figurations of intermediality in film", we invite you to address one of the most puzzling phenomena of contemporary media and film: the intertwining of the illusion of reality with effects of intermediality, connecting the experience of a palpable, everyday world with artificiality, abstraction and the awareness of multiple mediations.
The 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association conference will be held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza from Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4
The Eduora Welty Society invites paper proposals exploring any aspect of Eudora Welty's work and/or life. Please submit abstracts to Joshua Lundy at email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is April 16th.