Over about three decades, three distinct political revolutions took place in three distinct places. Inspired by Enlightenment-era notions (including human equality, the necessity of respecting rights and the state's legitimacy being determined in some measure by the consent of the governed), these revolutions generated radically different results. Each displayed significant internal tensions and cognitive dissonances (e.g. the proclamation of human rights coexisting with the institution of slavery and/or the practice of genocide or mass homicide).
Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
The 37th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
February 10th – 13th, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102
Submission Deadline: November 1st 2015 at conference2016.southwestpca.org
[For the annual American Comparative Literature Association's conference, held at Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016]
This seminar seeks to examine the world of non-canonical literature, and its effects on readership throughout and beyond American society and its interests.
This session seeks to discern and categorize some of the important "entanglements" between the U.S., France and Haiti. It will focus specifically on writers and works from these three countries who look to the different revolutions and their resulting cultures, thematizing human rights as a fundamental social principle and revolutionary thinking as a process. The panel is intended to be cross-cultural and comparative. Papers informed by post-colonial theory or by cultural and ethical frameworks are particularly welcome.
Deadline for submission: Nov. 15, 2015
HERA is pleased to announce an upcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that focuses on noir visions in American culture (www.h-e-r-a.org).
When American movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French couldn't help but notice their dark and emotionally bankrupt quality, dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain feature moody, morally bankrupt characters that take on the big dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.
The University's Reception of Lacan
Thursday, May 12, 2016, University of Bourgogne, Dijon
Conference organizers: Bénédicte Coste and Jennifer Murray
March 17-20, 2016
Northeast Modern Language Association
NeMLA French Literature after the Houellebecq Years
In 1998, Michel Houellebecq confirmed his promising debut, "Whatever", by publishing "Elementary Particles", arguably the fin de siècle masterpiece France had been seeking. With it ended the last derivations of the Nouveau Roman.
At the core of his writing, dark realism evidenced the disenchantment seeping in Western civilization. His depiction of the 1968, his harsh critiques of feminism, as well as other unresolvable aspects of his texts, were deemed disturbing.
Digital technology permeates the daily experience of life in the Western world - through shifting social relations owing to social media, the ability to search and store mass amounts of information, ever-increasing recording and broadcasting possibilities, and so on. Even in areas where cell phones and Internet access are absent, lives are still shaped by new forms of globalization building off possibilities - or new needs - opened up by digital technology. This panel seeks papers which examine the relationship between literature and digital technology.
Paradoxa, Issue in Preparation
Volume 29, "Small Screen Fictions"
Anticipated publication date: December, 2017
Astrid Ensslin (Bangor University, Bangor, Wales)
Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie-Sklodowska, Lublin, Poland)
Lisa Swanstrom (Florida-Atlantic, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)
CALL FOR PAPERS
13th National Black Writers Conference
"Writing Race, Embracing Difference"
March 31, 2016 – April 3, 2016
Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
Sponsored by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College
In her classic essay Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison writes that although the habit of ignoring race may be desirable and generous, "A criticism that needs to insist that literature is not only 'universal' but also 'race-free' risks lobotomizing that literature and diminishes both the art and the artist."
Now that the race-based master narrative of apartheid is beginning to fade from the country's collective consciousness (as seen most clearly in the South Africans born after 1994 who have no lived experience of its system of comprehensive repression), South African literature produced in recent years has begun to explore the human dimensions of new forms of discrimination resulting from social phenomenon such as xenophobia, ethnic tensions, homophobia, language bias, and the misrepresentation of HIV and AIDS. This panel welcomes papers dealing with literary works that identify such human rights violations, explore their causes and ramifications, and challenge the post-apartheid rhetoric of the rainbow nation.
CFP: "The Critical 'I'"
NEMLA Mar 17-20, 2016, Hartford. CT
Abstract deadline Sep 30, 2015
This roundtable examines the explored and unexplored possibilities (and challenges) of the autobiographical "I" in academic scholarship and literary criticism, both inside and outside the academy.
"'Dear Homer, if you are not third from the truth about virtue, a craftsman of a phantom, just the one we defined as an imitator, but are also second and able to recognize what sorts of practices make human beings better or worse in private and in public, tell us which of the cities was better governed thanks to you?'" (Plato, Republic, X 599d)
The Braniff Graduate Student Association of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce the second annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts. This conference will explore the relationship between philosophy and poetry through the various lenses of philosophy, theology, literature, political philosophy, and the human sciences generally. Related topics include but are not limited to:
Organizer: Dominique Zino, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
This seminar seeks to bring into conversation a range of faculty – tenured and tenure-track professors, adjunct lecturers, and graduate students – teaching at two-year and four-year institutions.
We will aim to discuss the following pedagogical questions: What ways of reading, writing, and thinking should students be introduced to in their first two years of college, especially if they plan to study literature at a four-year college or university? What do we value most as teachers of literature? What concepts, skills, or texts do we find most fundamental to helping students to read literature deeply and to apply it to other realms of learning?