The Patrick Henry College Literary Colloquium is put on by a group of undergraduate literature students at Patrick Henry College, with the interest of promoting lively and relevant discussion of literary topics. We believe that literature should not be simply left in the classroom, that the study of literature ought to be taken up and applied in the context of everyday culture and experience. Dialoguing about these matters is part of how we learn and grow as human beings, cultivating a deeper appreciation of art and meaning. This call goes out, then, to other undergraduate students to bring what stories or research they have concerning the colloquium theme.
Humanism—the renowned contribution of the Renaissance to academic inquiry and creative endeavors—began as a movement to recover the classical past and to explore what it means to be human. However, as a way of living, humanism did not always align with contemporary views on politics, education, religion, and culture. Thus, humanism has been a subject of debate since its origins. These conflicts still reverberate in our own discussions with regard to the pertinence and role of the humanities today.
The editors of the collection of essays on old age and aging in (currently) British theatre and drama have received a few wonderful contributions on Irish playwrights and plays. We therefore decided to potentially broaden the scope of the initially planned publication and include some more essays, focused on Irish and Northern Irish dramaturgy and old age/aging.
We invite abstracts on the following topics but other notions related to age, the elderly and aging in drama across centuries are likewise encouraged:
• biological, chronological, functional, cultural definitions of old age, senescence and aging in drama but also beyond
• performativity of old age (markers of old age; the old body on stage; etc)
(Women + Queer) of Color Critique Working Group CFP
2016 Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference
Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (US)
Villanova University, Villanova, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2-5 June, 2016
Writing of the Pacific in 1870, Walt Whitman proclaimed that the U.S. was "destined to the mastership of that sea and its countless paradises of islands." While the touchstone year of U.S. Imperialism in that hemisphere remains 1898, literary representations of the Pacific and its peoples are present throughout the long nineteenth century.
In the name of the master's program "Aisthesis: Art and Literary Culture – Discourses and Methodologies from a Historical Perspective," encouraged by the Elite Network of Bavaria and of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, we invite you to apply to participate in the project
Debating Aisthesis as Social Perception, Biopolitics, and New Ideas of Humanism
and to present a paper (20 minutes) at a research atelier scheduled for the week of April 4 to 10, 2016.
1. The topic
Some remarks about the keywords may justify the choice of the topic:
The OED defines 'refuge' as "the state of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger or difficulty." As this all-encompassing definition suggests, refuge is a multifarious concept, subject to many interpretations. Conditions of economic, social and political crisis in our contemporary world have, however, rendered achieving 'refuge' an ever more elusive state.
What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England?
Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies
Fifth Biennial Conference
Zurich, 9-11th September 2016
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Prof. Brian Cummings (University of York)
Prof. Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Center, New York)
Prof. Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Nicolette Zeeman (University of Cambridge)
The theme of the 2016 VSAO conference is "Vicarious Victorians: Transmitting Experience in the Nineteenth-Century." Professors Rachel Ablow (U Buffalo) and Jules Law (Northwestern U) will serve as our two plenary speakers.
We invite proposals that interpret the theme of vicariousness – across spaces, eras, bodies, genres, and media – in broad, interdisciplinary, and imaginative ways. Papers might address:
• virtual tourism, armchair imperialism
• simulations, dioramas, panoramas, maps
• translation, adaptation, reenactment
• identification, sympathy, empathy
• embodiment, psychosomatic phenomena, hypnotism and mesmerism
• photography, telegraphic realism, sound and film technologies
Call for Papers:
Issue 2 (2016)
de genere. Journal of Literary, Postcolonial and Gender Studies / Rivista di studi letterari, postcoloniali e di genere
Laughter and the Intersections of Gender
Eds. Giuseppe Balirano and Delia Chiaro
The very nature of fantastic literature, its readiness to explore alternative worlds and dimensions of reality, makes it into a fertile ground for all kinds of religious, quasi-religious, and even anti-religious conceptions. It seems that religion in fantastic literature appears in at least three distinct ways. First of all, we have to do with what might be called religious apologia, where a specific religion is defended and propagated. This is how C.S.Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia have been often described and criticized because few people nowadays seek religious propaganda in fantasy books.
[UPDATE: Extended deadline is January 15, 2016]
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for a panel at the 27h Annual American Literature Association conference. In light of Edwidge Danticat's most recent concern with the Haitian/Dominican border and citizenship crisis, we welcome papers that explore Danticat's activist and creative work in relationship to borders, citizenship, and denationalization.
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:
Stereotypes are ambiguous mental entities. They are negative insofar as they are thoughts that limit us in our process of categorization of reality. At the same time, they help us to simplify reality itself and the large number of perceptual stimuli we are faced with in every moment of our lives. So, while stereotypes can, on the one hand, be seen as a tool for categorization or as extensions of categories themselves – actually, a special type of category – on the other, they force us to assign a simplistic, superficial and unthinking label to a portion of reality, thus giving rise to biases and prejudices.
Call for Papers
VI Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture
Lisbon, June 27 – July 2, 2016
Deadline for paper proposals: January 31 2016
* Travel grants available *