Recently there has been a surge in art of dissent as creators and performers respond to the uptick of injustice, inequality, and authoritarianism around the world. In the wake of the Gezi Taksim protests, public performance and graffiti art exploded throughout Instanbul; Syrian artists have been documenting their pain and satirizing Assad’s brutal regime through digital art, posters, and graffiti since 2011; in Russia, Pussy Riot staged unsanctioned guerrilla concerts against the authoritarian practices of the Vladimir Putin; in China, Ai Weiwei and Jacob Applebaum stuffed panda bears with shredded NSA documents and embedded micro chips containing sensitive information, distributing some to institutions where they could be safely guarded as art objects.
2019 MMLA Conference Theme
"Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers”
November 14-17, 2019
Panel: German Women Writers
We are seeking papers which deal with the literary texts and lives of German-speaking women writers from any period and in any genre. Papers that engage with the Convention theme of “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers” are especially welcome.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
We welcome contributions that examine the turn to ontology in the humanities and the social sciences. What does the shift to ontology signify? What is it purporting to correct or overcome? What is its relation to prior turns (such as the linguistic turn and the cultural turn)? Is the turn to ontology an attempt to liberate continental philosophy from its infatuation with language and power, from its obsession with mediation, relationality, and subjectivity? What are the politics of this turn to ontology? Is it more receptive to non-European thought and to the nonhuman? What kind of philosophy or literary theory emerges when ontology is taken as the starting point?
Topics of interest could include:
Historical Novel Society Australasia 2019 Conference
25-27 October 2019, Rydalmere Campus, Western Sydney University.
Academic Stream: Sunday 27 October
On the final day of the HNSA conference, we will bring together postgraduates, academics, and other interested scholars to consider the complexities of the genre of historical fiction and its readership. What counts as an historical novel is increasingly up for grabs: in terms of period (what counts as ‘the past’—and how past is past?), and the porosity of the boundaries of genre (viz. how historical is historical fantasy?).
Language, Genre, Form, and the Poetics of Francophone Feminine Power
Giving Voice to the Voiceless
Space, Place and Time in French and Francophone Women’s Narratives
Biting Back: Empowerment in the Works of Francophone Women Writers
Seule ! Marginalité de la voix féminine aujourd’hui
“Reflection makes all of us self-aware. It challenges us to think deeply about how we learn and why and why not. [It] deepens ownership [and] helps us get comfortable with uncomfortable. Perhaps most importantly, reflection helps us advocate for ourselves and support others.” –Angela Stockman