Basin City, Caprica City, Coruscant, Gotham City, Mega-City One, Metropolis, Nos Astra, the Sprawl, and so on—SFF teems with iconic urban environments. These cities serve as geographical backdrops, but also provide, as Vivian Sobchack has argued, the "premises for the possibilities and trajectory of narrative action." Yet while Sobchack claims that representations of fantastic urban spaces depict "the failure of modernism's aspirations in images that speak of urban exhaustion, postmodern exhilaration, and millennial vertigo," in SFF, cities also embody unlimited possibilities, transcultural ideals, and utopian dreams. Cities thus function both as beacons of progress and freedom and as harbingers of decay and destruction.
The treatment of post-Renaissance allegory by literary scholars has been consistently negative. Scholars continue to write about the "demise," "abandonment," or "shattering" of allegory during the eighteenth century, as writers purportedly move away from the abstraction of generalization of allegory and towards the concreteness and demonstrability of literal narrative. This panel is dedicated to revisiting the relationship between allegory and the eighteenth century, since the literary form (whether it is understood as a distinct genre or as a mode of writing that can be evoked occasionally) does not go away. Potential panelists are encouraged to submit proposals for any paper investigating the status or role of allegory during the Enlightenment.
Keeping with the conference theme of Literature and the Other Arts, The Eudora Welty Society invites papers that explore multimodality and interdisciplinary collaboration within the works of Eudora Welty. What elements in Welty's fiction, essays, or photography connect to her contemporary moment or a timeless part of human nature? Examples might concern the role of and engagement with politics, jazz and the blues, newspaper and magazine, television and film, translation of oral fairy tales into a written medium or Welty's Robber Bridegroom into a play.
Religion and American Literature panel at PAMLA seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. How do American writers negotiate faith or unbelief? What are the varieties of secularism articulated in their work? How do they explore faith within a post-secular context? The panel especially welcomes papers on the following authors: Cormac McCarthy, Marilynn Robinson, and Jeffrey Eugenides.
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Final Call for Papers.
Deadline: August 1, 2015.
Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies
Call for Papers: Disability and Human Rights
Guest editors: Gian Maria Greco and Elena Di Giovanni
This special issue of JLCDS will investigate issues of disability rights within the human rights agenda from the points of view and methodologies of cultural studies.
Panel: American Travelers and the City
Organizer: Society for the Study of American Travel Writing
Event: ALA Symposium on The City in American Literature
Details: Sept 10-11, 2015 New Orleans, LA
Proposals: Due June 27, 2015 to Andrew Vogel
The Society for the Study of American Travel Writing is organizing a panel for the American Literature Association Symposium on The City in American Literature to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 10-11, 2015. More information is available at The City in American Literature Symposium.
Claudia Emerson, 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner for her collection Late Wife and former Poet Laureate of Virginia, passed away last year at the age of 57 after a valiant struggle against cancer. She and her husband, Kent Ippolito, a musician, wrote songs together and performed. Emerson's work, then, embodies this year's SAMLA theme of "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts." This panel seeks to celebrate her life, so papers on any element of her art are most welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words and any A/V requirements to Lynne M. Simpson, Prof. of English, Presbyterian College, at email@example.com by June 10.
Persona Studies is seeking papers and creative projects that investigate the ways in which personas are produced, managed, used, and disseminated in the contexts of our working lives and careers. What work do these personas do? How does our work shape and dictate them? What are the constraints and effects of these personas?
Abstracts and Expressions of Interest (250-300 words) should be submitted by 19 June 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "2015 Issue 2 Abstract." Full papers may also be submitted at this time.
This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.
We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:
•Philosophy and Rhetoric
FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS
EIGHTH-ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE
SCIENCE FICTION, Fantasy, HORROR, AND LEGEND AREA
Online at NEPCA Fantastic: http://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com
2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 15 June 2015
Affiliate Session of the Pacific Arts Association, to be held at the College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2/3-2/6, 2016
Photography In and Of the Pacific: Collecting the Past, Visualizing the Future
Valetta, Malta: September 24-26
We welcome proposals for individual presentations and full panels at the 6th annual international conference dedicated to small cinemas. This year's edition of the conference will be held in Valletta, Malta.
Call for Papers: The Henri Peyre French Institute Food Seminar:
SALT and SUGAR/SALT or SUGAR?
OCTOBER 29-30 2015, THE GRADUATE CENTER of CUNY
Generally viewed as the ultimate dietary malefactors in contemporary Western cultures, salt and sugar have adopted –singularly, in tandem, or in contrast to one another--many meanings and held many functions in a long historical period, both in France and in lands impacted by French colonialism.
Deadline Extended to 6/10
The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture is an eleven-volume series devoted to the exploration of popular print culture from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present. The key questions are: What did most people read? Where did they get it? Where did it come from? What were its uses in its readers' lives? How was it produced and distributed? What were its relations to the wider world of print culture? How did it develop over time? Two volumes are published (Volume 1: Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660; Volume 6: US Pop Print Culture 1860-1920) and several others are in progress. The General Editor of the series is Gary Kelly at the University of Alberta.