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Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond and Relationship(s)

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:46pm

Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond and Relationship(s)
3rd Global Meeting

The Making Sense of the Animal–Human Bond Project

Call for Presentations 2016

Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

MLA 2017: William Carlos Williams and Democracy (Deadline March 7, 2016)

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:01pm
William Carlos Williams Society

This panel considers the numerous ways in which the work of William Carlos Williams engages with socio-economic and political formations in the United States. Ranging from Williams's literary and political sympathies throughout his medical and literary career, we seek papers making a contribution to either Williams's studies or U.S. literary history in general. As the titles suggests, this panel is open to consider papers on other topics that tackle similar or relevant questions of concern in academia today.

[UPDATE; 2ND CFP] TIME: Third International Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference 28 August - 1 September 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:08am
Department of English Studies & College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, City of Tshwane

Third International Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference

University of South Africa (UNISA)
College of Human Sciences
Hosted by the Department of English Studies

Theme: Time
Date: 28 August – 1 September 2016
Venue: Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift (South Africa)


Samuel Beckett: Performance / Art / Writing

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:41am
London Beckett Seminar, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Samuel Beckett: Performance/Art/Writing.
26-28 May 2016

A London Beckett Seminar Conference at the Institute of English Studies,School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London

Call for papers

The conference explores the intersections between performance, art, and writing in Samuel Beckett's prose, theatre, poetry, film, and television. Drawing on recent developments in genetic criticism, performance studies, and literary and philosophical analysis, the conference will examine key strands of Beckett's work in a range of media in the context of their interrelationship with current artistic, literary and performance practice.

CFP - Samuel Beckett and World Literature, University of Kent

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 8:54pm
Thirthankar Chakraborty, University of Kent

This international conference is designed to address the questions of Beckett as a figure of world literature and world literature as figured in Beckett. We would like to invite papers, presentations, and performances from students, academics, artists and fellow enthusiasts on the following topics, although participants should not consider themselves restricted by these:
• Beckett's influence, reception and circulation across disciplines
• Rethinking global modernism in the light of his works
• Beckett as a self­translator and studies of Beckett in translation
• Cinematographic and theatrical adaptations of Beckett's plays
• The intercultural, sociological, and political dissemination of Beckett's work

Panelists Sought for NWSA Roundtable - "Queer(ed) Black Bodies and the Contested Space of the Black Church"

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 5:44pm
Gabrie'l J. Atchison, Ph.D.

Panelists sought for NWSA
Queer(ed) Black Bodies and the Contested Space of the Black Church
I am interested in pulling together a roundtable discussion for the NWSA 2016 Conference, Subtheme Four : Borders and Be/longings. "Borders help to produce the conditions for belonging, but also un-belonging, erasure, and violence, including genocidal and gendered violence." (from the CFP)

[UPDATE] Call for Proposals (March 28, 2016): Collection of scholarly essays titled Critical Insights: Flash Fiction

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 2:01pm
Grey House Publishing / Eds. Michael Cocchiarale (Widener University) and Scott D. Emmert (University of Wisconsin—Fox Valley)

Although the term is fairly recent, flash fiction—extremely short narratives typically less than 1000 words—is not especially new. Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Yasunari Kawabata, Isaac Babel, and Franz Kafka all wrote provocative fiction that we now label as flash. However, in the past thirty years or so, these short short stories have been all the rage. Anthologies of flash fiction abound, their pages filled with such literary giants as Robert Coover, Grace Paley, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Updike, as well as other lesser-known but extremely influential practitioners such as Pamela Painter and Michael Martone.

Pop Culture panel at MMLA 2016 Nov 10-13

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:58pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders in all their diverse forms in popular culture. Popular culture by nature transgresses both literal and figurative borders by creating liminal spaces for new ideas and pushing the boundaries of perception. Possible topics include media and adaptation, virtual reality, immersion and interactivity, posthumanism in pop culture, border crossing in graphic narratives, and fanfiction. We welcome papers that discuss all forms of popular media including, but not limited to, film, television, popular literature, graphic novels/manga, visual art, video games, and music.

Neurocultures: Brain Imaging and Imagining the Mind 26-28 September 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:19am
University of Bielsko-Biała, Poland

Neurocultures: Brain Imaging and Imagining the Mind – Second international and interdisciplinary conference organised by the Department of English Studies at the University of Bielsko-Biala.

26-28 September 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Patricia Pisters, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Fernando Vidal, Research Professor at ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies).

The Brain — is wider than the Sky —
For — put them side by side —
The one the other will contain
With ease — and You — beside —
(Emily Dickinson)

MSA 18: Modernism's Planets (November 17-20, Pasadena, CA, USA)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:12am
Cóilín Parsons

CFP for MSA 18 (Pasadena, CA): Modernism's Planets

Planets colliding: Spivak, Friedman, Dimock. The 'planet', as metaphor, object, method, problem, and more, has made multiple entries into the discipline of literary studies, all of which bear on the study of modernism, broadly conceived. Ecocritical, postcolonial, and comparative methods have been at the forefront of the planetary conversation, but, as the word 'planet' suggests, there is more than enough room for more planetary interventions.

Remediating Boundaries between Children's Print and Digital Media (MLA, 1/5/17-1/8/17, 3/15)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 4:31am
Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)

At the outset of their landmark work, Remediation: Understanding New Media, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin explain the "double logic" of remediation accordingly: "Our culture wants both to multiply its media and to erase all traces of mediation: ideally, it wants to erase its media in the very act of multiplying them." Indeed, our culture is increasingly "hypermediated," even as we see more and more calls for immediacy.

[UPDATE] The Life of the Child's Mind: Education and Intellect in Contemporary Literature for Young People

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:35am
David Aitchison / Children's Literature Association

(Proposed session for MLA 2017, sponsored by Children's Literature Association)

This panel will consider the status of the intellectual life of the child in modern and contemporary literature for young people. Just as American culture is often characterized as anti-intellectual, as if the democratization of education entailed a turn away from the life of the mind, literature for the young is sometimes summed up as empty-headed. Even the school story—a genre named for the central role it gives to school experience—is notorious for its lack of interest in academic pursuits. Hence the need to consider those rarer narratives that give expression to the intellectual lives of the young.

Postcolonial Animality

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:30pm
Amit R. Baishya, Suvadip Sinha

From one perspective, postcolonial studies and animal studies should be natural allies as both interrogate the shifting limits of the human-animal binary. However, for a variety of reasons, conjunctions between these two fields have only begun fairly recently. On the one hand, the residues of certain versions of humanism (cf.