This panel looks at the representation of the scientific 'body' in the literature of the greater eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Some of the questions that might be posed here could include how this literary/historical period perceived, defined and/or categorized scientific constructions of the body? What role did gender play in this construction? How did the non-scientific community adapt or subvert scientific understanding about gender and the body?
This panel probes the representation of the grotesque and science in early modern European discourse, whether in the travel narrative or other literary discourse, such as memoirs, letters, notes on experiments, or even the publications from various royal societies. The narrative may, in fact, be factual or fictional, published or in manuscript form. While the definition of the term "grotesque" and its context is relatively open, the grotesque must be clear and it must connect with early modern science and literary discourse in some immediate way. For this panel, I will consider early modern as dating from 1500 to 1700. Please forward by April 28, 2016 an abstract of 250 words and a vita to J. A.
In a 2008 interview, a former female IRA volunteer of the Northern Irish Troubles explained, "Sometimes you wonder if your life had to be so different…you only resort to that type of method [violence] when you've nothing else, when your back's against the wall. War is not nice; war is a bad thing and nobody unless they really have to should really go there…war's hell." Violent political conflict under any circumstance is less than utopic, yet for many women it is the very catalyst that allows them to move away from traditional gender roles. What does examining women in fictional works where political conflict is the backdrop tell us about cultural notions of especially gender, but also of race, class, sexuality, and religion?
Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference (APWT) 2016
25th – 27th November, Guangzhou, China, plus follow on events in Hong Kong and Macau.
This year, APWT's annual conference 'Ideas and Realities – Creative Writing in Asia Today' will be hosted by the Centre for Creative Writing within the School of Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou.
CFP: Specialists: Passions and Careers (extended - collection Professional Development for Academics)
Racism and Discrimination in the Sporting World
An interdisciplinary volume to be edited by:
Professor of French and Fulbright Scholar
Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.
What is it about culture and society that creates an environment in which an athlete is able to excel or fail in his/her respective sport? Which factors, such as racism, discrimination, financial advantage or hardship, propel or hinder an athlete's achievements? This volume seeks to explore how the world of sports is often a microcosm of the real world and the many ways in which it uniquely reflects cultural and societal issues. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines.
Since Bram Stoker's seminal vampire novel, Dracula, published in 1897, the figure of the vampire has been a persistent presence in Western popular culture. Though largely the remit of adult audiences since the 1970s, the vampire has become increasingly present in narratives (books/films/television) for younger children. In fact, in the 21st century, one might even ven-ture to say it is a staple of the genre. During this time the meaning of the vampire itself has drastically changed from a symbol of otherness and potential danger to one that accepts dif-ference and offers agency to all young readers.
thresholds is a new digital journal co-edited by Whitney Trettien (UNC) and Fran McDonald (U. Louisville). The journal's platform bears witness to the dynamic processes that constitute reading and writing by way of a split-screen architecture. On the left side of the screen, we publish short essays (essayer – trial, attempt, test). The right side of the screen is populated by the various text fragments, images, audio, and video clips that inspired the author and propelled the corresponding work. Unlike a footnote or endnote, these fragments are not explicitly harnessed to the essay's main body; they do not rustle the reader toward a specific interpretative conclusion.
In order to promote dialogue between East and West we welcome papers that address a broad range of issues, especially in relation to literature, art, film, and popular culture. Interdisciplinary and theoretical approaches are encouraged and especially approaches that focus on contentious political and moral issues. While traditional forms of presentation are welcome, participants may also make use of less conventional modes involving, for example, pictorial essays or the incorporation of social media. The conference will take place at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 1-2, 2016. Scholars from all parts of the world—East and West—will be very welcome.
Call for contributions to an edited volume of essays
Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL - Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Deadline: April 30, 216
The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.
The Mythgard Institute at Signum University is pleased to announce the third annual Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (known affectionately as MidMoot III) on September 24-25, 2016 at the University of Maryland at College Park. Additional details about the symposium will be announced in the summer, including special guests. We are accepting proposals now for short presentations intended to foster discussion. Presentation topics are welcome in the following areas:
This is a call for short proposals (title + 50-100 words) that could be developed into longer essays for a collection on intertitles - the printed text in silent movies. Potential topics include:
Intertitles and silent cinema
Intertitles and translation
Intertitles and adaptation
Intertitles in other mediums
Reading on screen
Projected text/embedded text
intersections of text and image
Short proposals due: July 1st, 2016
Email: Gregory Robinson ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the project, visit:
Romancing the Zombie: Falling in Love with the Undead in the 21st Century
Ashley Szanter, Weber State University
Jessica K. Richards, Weber State University
'While we talk, the sun is getting older. It will explode in 4.5 billion years.'
Jean François Lyotard, 'Can Thought Go on Without a Body?'
'living on can mean a reprieve or an afterlife, "life after life" or life after death, more life as more than life, and better; the state of suspension in which it's over - and over again'
Jacques Derrida, 'Living On: Borderlines'
'Whether my life had been before that sleep
The Heaven which I imagine, or a Hell
Like this harsh world in which I wake to weep,
I know not'
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'The Triumph of Life'