2015 marks the 40th anniversary of a controversial talk that Jacques Lacan gave at MIT. Lacan's audience came expecting a discussion of psychoanalytic theory and practice, but what they heard didn't fit within the confines of psychoanalysis. This produced much disappointment among audience members. On this anniversary, we propose to return to the question of where Lacan's thought belongs. Specifically, we want to consider Lacan as a philosopher and in relation to other philosophers. Though Lacan himself constantly emphasized his distance from philosophers like Kant, Hegel, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty, recent thinkers inspired by Lacan have seen himself, despite his stated intentions, as Kantian, Hegelian, or Sartrean.
Washington and Politics on Contemporary US Television (Edited Collection)
We are currently inviting submissions for 2-3 chapters for an edited collection on Washington and Politics on Contemporary US Television.
Television has been accommodating a bigger number of political narratives in the last years. From the dramatic "The West Wing," "Scandal," "Madame Secretary," "Homeland," "House of Cards," to the short-lived yet impressive "Boss," and "Commander in Chief" and the mini-series "Political Animals," as well as the comedic "Veep" and "The Brink," millennial TV is fraught with political plot lines that are edgier and more provocative than their filmic counterparts.
Call for Papers
A Roundtable Sponsored by Medievalists@Penn
at the 51st International Congress of Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 12-15, 2016
vae tibi terra cuius rex est puer et cuius principes mane comedunt (Ecc. 10:16)
Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites submissions for a special issue on The Female American; or, The Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield (1767), a recovered adventure novel featuring a biracial, female heroic protagonist. This previously neglected fiction of the Americas has received increasing critical and academic attention since its re-emergence in the late 1990s. The vibrant critical conversation focused on this text (which includes a critical edition, at least two dissertations, and many journal articles and book chapters) addresses gendered competence, agency, cultural valuation, racial variation, trans-Atlanticism, transdisciplinarity, and engagement with archetype and fantasy, among other topics.
In an academic world of competing theoretical schools, ontological objects, long views, and swerves, scholars can neglect the building blocks of the texts, histories, and languages we study; too often, we overlook the words themselves. This session will focus on individual words or phrases—their ancestries, cognates, and legacies. In so doing, we hope to bring together a diverse range of scholars who share a philological bent. The session welcomes papers from linguists, literary critics, historians,theologians, and others who wish to turn their attention to the rich worlds contained in single linguistic grains. Papers may address issues of etymology, dialect, lexicography, phonetics, textual attestations, and so on.
MLA International Symposia: Translating the Humanities
Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations
Düsseldorf, Germany, 23–25 June 2016
Alternative Nostalgias in literature from the "Other Europes"
Svetlana Boym asserts that our age is marked by feelings of nostalgic longing, that "the sentiment itself, the mourning of displacement and temporal irreversibility, is at the very core of the modern condition". Yet, nostalgia is also often read as "memory with the pain removed" and seen as a retreat into the idealized past because of the unfulfilling present, especially in countries with recent communist pasts.
This panel session will feature the manner in which fairy tales reflect and influence values and ideals of their respective society and culture. In The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim emphasizes on how the fairy tale that an individual has read or listened to during childhood impacts him/her both consciously and subconsciously throughout life.
February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society solicits papers for a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 26-28, 2016. The Society welcomes proposals of 250 words focused on any aspect of Butler's life, work, and influence. Because a major goal of the Society is to encourage the teaching of her works in the academy and beyond, we also invite submissions addressing approaches to teaching Butler in any pedagogical environment. Panel proposals are also encouraged.
Unsettled Bodies, Fraught Environments – Sensation and Science in Nineteenth Century Texts
Call for Entries
iDMAA Conference: Call for Papers DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
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The International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual conference, this year taking place at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU sits on 340 beautiful acres in the shadow of Buffalo and Cherokee Mountains and is home to many unique programs including Bluegrass & Old Time Music, Storytelling, and Appalachian Studies.
In America's bloodiest conflict, the Civil War, more deaths occurred than in all the nation's wars combined. Almost two and a half percent of the American population perished in a war that most thought would last 90 days, not four agonizing years. Thousands were buried in mass, unmarked graves. Even after Appomattox, bones remained unburied in fields for months and even years. Efforts to cope with a loss of this magnitude emerge in various forms during and after the Civil War.
In contrast to the ongoing childhood studies, humanistic gerontology is still largely an unexplored research area, despite more and more attention being paid to old age by historians, sociologists and literary scholars. The latter have taken up the subject of aging and the elderly, trying to create something like an all-encompassing literary "meta-narrative old age" (Johnson and Thane, eds., Old age from antiquity to post-modernity, 17). Johnson and Thane suggest that this may be a fallacy and that one should rather focus on more contained historical and socio-cultural research areas when studying the processes and meaning of aging. This way, for instance, one can avoid interpretative mistakes attributed to Georges Minois.
In a traditional perspective, we define crime fiction as a popular genre regulated by a clearly identifiable set of formal and thematic rules – or "formulae" (Scaggs 2005) – and aligned, with minimal departures, to the paradigm proposed by W.H. Auden in 1948: "a murder occurs; many are suspected; all but one suspect, who is the murderer, are eliminated; the murderer is arrested or dies." (The Guilty Vicarage). In its natural evolution process, the genre has emancipated itself from this formulaic structure and from the thematic limitations to become a privileged site for stylistic experimentation (including documentary fiction, both literary & filmic) and for the voicing of social concerns and political reflections.
Edited Collection: Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves
Dr. Susan Flynn, University of the Arts London
Dr. Antonia Mackay, Oxford Brookes University & Goldsmiths, University of London
Call for Chapters
Proposals submission deadline: 1st November 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1st December 2015
Full chapters due: 1st April 2016
Planned submission: June 2016
I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the PCA/ACA Motherhood/Fatherhood Area on any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.