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Forging Ogun's Presence in a plastic society: A look at Wole Soyinka's The Interpreters

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 8:30am
Wazha Lopang University of Botswana

The aim of this article is two-fold. It will analyse how Ogun principles in The Interpreters have been compromised and discarded by individuals transformed by an alien culture. The article will also describe and evaluate the ways in which the Ogun presence manifests itself in a society that is reluctant to look at the past in order to forge a path of self-discovery. In the postmodern age the concept of identity and purpose calls for a psychological weaning from imported cultures with their hegemonic footprints. The absorption of an alien culture is at times not selectively done by members of these African societies.

One-day conference "Literary states of consciousness" - June 2, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 2:29am
Pierre-Louis Patoine, Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Call for paper

Literary states of consciousness

June 2nd, 2016

Institut du monde anglophone
Sorbonne Nouvelle University
5, rue de l'École de médecine, Paris

One-day conference organized by:
Sorbonne Nouvelle's Science and Literature research group (
& Duke University's Neurohumanities Summer School

Poetry and Labour (for MLA 2017)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:44am
Nandini Ramesh Sankar

Papers on the relationship between Anglophone poetry and work/labour, including but not limited to class relations and socio-economic conditions of poetic production.

This cfp seeks paper proposals that might form a special session panel for MLA 2017. The session is not guaranteed acceptance. If you propose to present a paper, please get in touch with the organizer before the deadline if possible.

Submission requirements: 250-word abstracts and 2-page CV
Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2016

Contact person information
Nandini Ramesh Sankar (nandini [at] iith [dot] ac [dot] in)

[UPDATE] Originality (4/3/2016)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 10:43pm
NANO: New American Notes Online


Please consider submitting to Originality in a Digital Culture, a special issue of NANO: New American Notes Online.

Originality as an ideal has occupied an august position in American cultural history, from Emerson's injunction to "[N]ever imitate" to Apple's "Think different" campaign. Yet the very proliferation of coffee mugs, bumper stickers, fridge magnets, and tablet cases bearing Emerson's words and Apple's slogan shows that not only objects but even the ideas they bear can be disseminated en masse. And in a digital culture in which information can be shared more quickly, easily, and cheaply every day, how do we—scholars, teachers, critics, readers—conceive of originality and theorize its value?

CFP for Proposed Panel: Medievalism in Children's and Young Adult Literature – TEMA September 23-25, 2016 Texas A&M University

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 9:09pm
Texas Medieval Association

Panel co-chairs: Melissa Filbeck and Michaela Baca, Texas A&M University

Something about our medieval past continues to fascinate contemporary readers, including a readership most often associated with all that is shiny and new: children and young adults. For this panel, which will be proposed for the 2016 Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) conference, we seek papers that focus on the medieval in texts for young audiences. Some possible areas for exploration include:

•Children's/YA adaptations of medieval texts (including books, television, and film)

•Medieval motifs in contemporary children's or YA literature or film

•The function of medievalism in children's/YA texts

Doris Lessing Studies: Looking Forward, Looking Backward

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 7:15pm
Doris Lessing Society / Mark Pedretti

Doris Lessing Studies
Call for Papers: "Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Comparative Readings of Doris Lessing's Historical and Speculative Fiction"

Green Cities in 18th and 19th Century Literatures

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 5:58pm
Kate Scarth / Dalhousie University

Proposed special session (non guaranteed) for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia.

How do 18th and 19th urban literatures negotiate the boundaries between rural and urban, nature and culture? Papers welcome on, but not limited to, the spatial turn, ecocriticism, health humanities, landscaping, architecture, domesticity, literary history/historiography, genre, formalisms.

250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Kate Scarth (

E-Book Revolution

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 5:42pm
Ellen McCracken

The Popular Culture Forum of the MLA welcomes proposals for this session at the 2017 MLA in Philadelphia (Jan. 5-8, 2017)

Transformations of literary textuality and reading practices on small electronic devices; theoretical approaches from areas such as multimodality, narratology, semiotics, reception, authorship, and screen interface. 300 word abstract, brief bio by 15 March 2016; Ellen McCracken (

Call For Papers - Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium (Submission Due Date: March 31, 2016)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:41pm
Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

This is a call for papers for the 2016 Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium held at Villanova University.

The goal of the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium is to provide a forum for theatre scholars and practitioners to share their research and enter into a dialogue about current trends in theatrical practice and scholarship.

Conference Theme: "Our Day Will Come": Reclaiming the Feminine in Irish Theatre

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Guest Speaker:
Garry Hynes
Artistic Director of the Druid Theatre Company

Fifteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:32pm
New Directions in the Humanities Knowledge Community

Imperial College London
London, UK
5-7 July 2017

The International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.


Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:21pm
The Arts in Society Knowledge Community

Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Paris, France
14-16 June 2017

The International Conference on the Arts in Society is a platform for interrogation of the nature of the arts and arts practices. Its aim is to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. The conference is a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world–on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets, and in communities.