Recent scholarship on the "archive" as well as that on "cultural memory" has focused on the role of language as both mechanism and metaphor. This session seeks to further purse these lines of investigation and find points of intersection by focusing on the revival of extinct or near-extinct languages as a type of archival reconstruction grounded in cultural memory. Papers are sought that explore how and why language revival movements occur in relation to issues of identity formation (both personal and communal) and the relationship of this phenomenon to the notion of cultural preservation vis-a-vi cultural memory and archive.
Please send articles of 5,000-8,000 word articles to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by MARCH 1st 2016 (earlier submissions highly encouraged.) Articles should be in MLA format and not be under consideration at any other journal. Any queries or letters of interest are welcome and should be sent to both the e-mail addresses listed above.
Spectrum, a refereed journal published by the Department of English, University of Dhaka, seeks submissions of scholarly articles, book reviews, translations and creative pieces for its forthcoming issue. Spectrum welcomes contributions by teachers, alumni and current students of English Literature, ELT and Linguistics. Essays on any literary period and any aspect of literature and language, book reviews, as well as short stories, poems and translations are sought. Submissions should not have been previously published, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Only articles/creative pieces recommended by reviewers will be accepted for publication.
Orphan Identities Symposium: Call for Papers
Keynote Speakers: Laura Peters and David Floyd
In 1975, Nina Auerbach commented: "Although we are now 'all orphans,' alone and free and dispossessed of our past, we yearn for origins, for cultural continuity. In our continual achievement of paradox, we have made of the orphan himself our archetypal and perhaps only ancestor" (416).
Central/Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and then in 2009 when Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller received the Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the ways these countries have contributed to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? What should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?
Climate Change: Views from the Humanities
Sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UC Santa Barbara
A virtual conference held online from May 3-24, 2016
Abstracts due March 1, 2016
We welcome papers dealing with climate change from all fields of the humanities, as well as the social sciences. As our goal is to encourage the cross pollination of ideas across a broad range of disciplines on what may well be the most important issue of this century, we are looking for any paper that innovatively deals with climate change.
This panel seeks papers from scholars working across the disciplines interested in employing interdisciplinary or otherwise innovative methodologies aimed at facilitating teaching and learning about the Anthropocene at all levels.
Animals, fairies, and toys, and their relation to concepts of childhood or the child, fill the pages of British children's fiction in the twentieth-century. While childhood as often portrayed in the Victorian period was that of "vulnerability and victimization . . . a comparatively brief, difficult step on the path to adulthood" (Gavin and Humphries), literary representations of childhood from the Edwardian period onward focus less on the child's proper relation to the adult world, and more on cultivating affective ties with a host of nonhuman others. E. Nesbit's "Five Children and It," J. M.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Inaugural Communication & Media Studies Conference held at the University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA, 15-16 September 2016. Proposals are invited that address communication and media studies through one of the following categories:
Theme 1: Media Theory
Theme 2: Media Technologies and Processes
Theme 3: Media Business
Theme 4: Media Literacies
Theme 5: Media Cultures
2016 SPECIAL FOCUS: 'Communication and Media Studies: After the Internet?'
The prefix trans- implies movement and change: between states, among groups and disciplines, across divides, from one way of being or knowing to another. This conference invites graduate students to present research that approaches the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. In the conference sessions, participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas across disciplines in a transdisciplinary setting. Transdisciplinarity allows us to encounter new perspectives – new ways of thinking – that can transform our research by introducing new insights and new directions.
We encourage submissions from all disciplines and universities, including but not limited to:
What cultural work does the medieval past perform in global media and cultural productions—textual, visual, musical, performative, cinematic? Literary scholars and theorists have increasingly explored the varied forms that "medievalism" takes in contexts around the globe.
Journal of Creative Writing Studies is a peer reviewed, open access journal. We publish research that examines the teaching, practice, theory, and history of creative writing. This scholarship makes use of theories and methodologies from a variety of disciplines. We believe knowledge is best constructed in an open conversation among diverse voices and multiple perspectives. Therefore, our editors actively seek to include work from marginalized and underrepresented scholars. Journal of Creative Writing Studies is dedicated to the idea that humanities research ought to be accessible and available to all.
MLA Special Session:
Papers trace economic wealth, poverty, and reparation across particular colonial histories through literary texts, historical documentation, and other forms of cultural production. These are ethical readings touching the violence of capital across the _longue durée_ of modernity. Geographies under consideration include any part of the world impacted by European imperialism during the modern era. Organized by Aparajita De of UDC and Maureen Fadem of CUNY.
Special session for the 2017 MLA Convention. This panel proposes to ask, how will the "formalist turn" in literary studies affect or shape the interpretation of, and new scholarly work on, twentieth-century women writers? Has it already? 300-word abstract, brief bio to Cornelius Collins by March 14.
Guaranteed session for the 2017 MLA Convention. Given the changes in post-secondary education since Lessing's canonization in the US academy with novels like The Golden Notebook, what do we teach when we teach Doris Lessing now, and how (and to whom) do we teach? Potential for roundtable format. 250-word abstract, brief bio to Cornelius Collins (email@example.com) by 14 March. Inquiries welcome.