Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.
"Law and Literature in Sub-Saharan Africa"
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
March 17-20, Harvard University
Organizers: Nicholas Matlin, NYU; Nienke Boer, NYU
The colonial appropriation of indigenous place names has been an abiding concern of postcolonial studies. The severing of names from their semantic, grammatical, and linguistic ties within the native language and their re-contextualization within the language of the settler creates, in a variety of ways for both colonizer and colonized, a gap between the experience and meaning of a place and the name used to describe it, complicating the colonial boundary.
Twenty years ago, Gerald Graff mused in "The Pedagogical Turn" that the future of theory would be in its reapplication from literature to pedagogy. In the intervening years, theory may not have reorganized the literature classroom, but it has transformed critical thinking pedagogy. The work of Wittgenstein, Jakobson, Derrida, Lyotard, Foucault, and others who have informed literary studies has recently been drawn upon by Mark Weinstein, Michael Peters, Tim John Moore and others to shift instruction in critical thinking away from general (informal) logic, which assumes a transparency of language, to thinking as embedded in language and thereby governed by varying modes of reading and writing.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR A VOLUME OF COLLECTED ESSAYS
Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion
From the Birth of Democracy through the Early 20th Century
Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, The University of Alabama (Editor)
Katerina Kitsi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Co-Editor)
Papers are invited for a panel on Lacan and Literature at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention in Hartford, CT. 3/18-20 2015. Papers may be on specific literary figures like Poe and Joyce who Lacan explored, or consist of an in-depth analysis of Lacan's own writings and style. Lacanian analysis of works by authors not specifically examined by Lacan are also welcome. Please send an abstract or completed papers to email@example.com by 9/30/2015; put NeMLA Lacan in subject heading. Papers should be 15-20 minutes maximum.
Call for Papers 46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT
Roundtable: "Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology." The video essay represents an active place where the barriers between disciplines is merged and converging, and where pedagogical practices, as well as analytical examination, can take place across academic borders.
Call for Papers
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
iPhoneography: Low-tech, Mobile, Mutant, and Guerilla Film Theory
Deadline: September 30, 2015
The American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS) invites paper proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, 31 March – 2 April 2016. Papers addressing any aspect of Australian, New Zealand, and South Pacific literary, film, and cultural studies are welcome. Papers on Aboriginal, Maori or other indigenous topics are especially welcome. Proposals from graduate students are strongly encouraged. Presentations are generally 20 minutes long; however, alternate presentation formats will be considered. Please send a paper title and 250-word proposal (or alternate format description) by 15 November 2015 to Brenda Machosky (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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