"Writing Our Hope" is a bi-annual literary journal of creative nonfiction and poetry that publishes student work on themes of tolerance and equality. Submitted works should have a hopeful tone, focusing on solutions and possibilities in the present and future, rather than only a description or cataloguing of injustices in the past or present. In its first two years, "Writing Our Hope" has published the work of high school students, but it is now expanding to include works by college undergraduates, ages 17-24, and their professors.
ecocriticism and environmental studies
I am looking for one more paper to complete this SAMLA special session panel. I welcome papers on any aspect of the Steampunk genre. Papers could address literature, film, art, or other cultural manifestations of Steampunk. Of particular interest are discussions of the ways that Steampunk engages with notions of time and historical discourse, the materiality of Steampunk, and the intersections of technology and literature. By June 1, please send a one-page abstract that includes audio/visual needs and a short vita (with complete contact information) to Kathryn Crowther, Georgia Institute of Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are accepting submissions for a collection of stories, essays, and poems for a proposed book on comparative American spatial concepts, partially titled "Stories the Land Holds." The editors are looking for texts variously addressing "stories in the land" from origin stories, creative non-fiction, fiction, essays, etc. What are the stories the land tells? Vine Deloria has warned us of problems that result from a perspective that is not fundamentally spatial, and such has been the case for current problems that range from ecological disaster to fanatical environmentalism and bundled mortgages. We believe that these complex and problematic American events can be understood more fully from a Native American perspective.
How is digital technology changing methods of scholarly research with pre-digital sources in the humanities? If the "medium is the message," then how does the message change when primary sources are translated into digital media? What kinds of new research opportunities do databases unlock and what do they make obsolete? What is the future of the rare book and manuscript library and its use? What biases are inherent in the widespread use of digitized material? How can we correct for them? Amidst numerous benefits in accessibility, cost, and convenience, what concerns have been overlooked?
CITYSCAPES/LITERARY ESCAPES// COLLOQUE URBANITÉS LITTÉRAIRES
The University at Buffalo (SUNY) in collaboration with the journal Formules (Paris) will host an international conference on "Urbanités Littéraires" / "Cityscapes/Literary Escapes."
The goal of the conference is to study relations between writing and the urban environment, and specify interactive engagements between literature, architecture, and urbanism. Principle aspects to be examined are:
Seeking essays (25-30 pages in length) for a proposed book entitled, PORTALS OF THE PAST: VERTIGO AND THE SPECIFICITIES OF PLACE. In short, this collection of essays will be concerned with explorations of the ways in which specific places in the San Francisco Bay Area (Fort Point, the Presidio, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Mission Dolores) and Monterey County (e.g., Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Point Lobos State Park, the Mission San Juan Bautista, etc.) inform readings/experiences/memories of Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece, VERTIGO.
Postscript General Call for Papers
Deadline: 1 December 2009
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi will host Exploring the Renaissance 2010 on March 18-20 2010 at the Omni Hotel on the seafront in the heart of Corpus Christi's lively marina district. The Andrew Marvell Society will be hosting the 2010 Louis Martz lecture, to be delivered by Professor Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway, University of London). A special session (with presentations by Joan Faust, George Klawitter, and Timothy Raylor) will be devoted to discussion of Marvell's difficult lyric, "The Definition of Love." Other proposals for papers or for sessions are now invited.
Proposals are especially welcomed on the following topics:
• Marvell and Milton
• Royalist Marvell
The theme of the Conference is "Afterlives: Survival and Revival". In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. The conference theme is designed to promote reflection on appropriations, adaptations and continuities in cultural production. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of The Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).
Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:
• new ways of looking at old texts
• textual appropriation and imitation
• textual transmission
Call for Papers and Panels
What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say
A conference at the University of York, UK, 3-5 July 2010, in partnership with the University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University
Postcolonial Studies is firmly ensconced in the Anglophone metropolitan academy: the field has its own specialised journals, academic posts, postgraduate courses, and dedicated divisions within learned bodies. But how well have these configurations travelled to other locations, institutions and disciplines? What topics, questions and approaches remain unexplored? And what's 'theoretical' about postcolonial theory anyway?