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Music in Literature, NeMLA 2019

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:19pm
Julia Titus, Yale University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

A multidisciplinary research focusing on the complex interrelationship of music and literature has expanded rapidly in the recent years. There are numerous examples in European and American literatures, both in poetry and prose, where music plays a vital rolе (Leo Tolstoy, Chekhov, Proust, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, George Eliot, Henry James, and many others), and while there has been many published studies focusing on the formal relationship between the sister arts of music and literature (Steven Paul Scher “Literature and Music,” Werner Woft “The Musicalization of Fiction,” Delia de Souza Correa “George Eliot, Music and Victorian Culture”), there has not been much research focused specifically on music or musical performance within the text.

Aesthetics of Gentrification

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:35pm
SLOW LAB (University of Oregon, College of Design)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 8, 2018

Aesthetics of Gentrification: Art, Architecture, and Displacement

 

International Conference

University of Oregon in Portland

April 5-6, 2019

 

Organized by the University of Oregon SLOW LAB, this interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields to explore the aesthetic dimensions of gentrification in the present era of accelerated urbanism.

WITCHCRAFT HYSTERIA. Performing witchcraft in contemporary art and pop culture.

updated: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 3:36am
Katharina Brandl and Johanna Braun / University of California, Los Angeles and University of Basel
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 1, 2018

We seem to be living in bewitched times. Witches are everywhere in pop culture, and we're also seeing victims of alleged "witch hunts" pop up all over the place, especially on Twitter and other social media. Pop-stars perform as witches: like Katy Perry in her performance at the 2014 Grammy awards, where she appeared in a cowl before a crystal ball, while later dancing with broomsticks as poles. Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade” (2016) made several explicit references to the historical figure Marie Laveau and magical witchcraft rituals drawn from Yoruba traditions.

NeMLA 2019 Panel: The Future of Trauma Studies

updated: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 8:25am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This pre-approved panel seeks scholars to present at the 2019 NeMLA conference (March 21-24 in Washington, DC) on the topic of trauma studies.

Panel Description:

Within literary trauma theory, no critic is more ubiquitous than Cathy Caruth whose seminal works—Unclaimed Experience (1996) and Trauma: Explorations in Memory (1995)—remain hegemonic more than two decades since their publication. Drawing on the work of psychiatrists Judith Herman and Bessel van der Kolk, Caruth imagines trauma as an “impossible history” and claims that to listen to trauma is to listen to narrative “departure.” Trauma figures into Caruth’s work as silence—a force strong enough to cause language to fail.

2nd Global Conference: The Changing Faces of Evil

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 4:14pm
Progressive Connexions
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 12, 2018

2nd Global Conference:
The Changing Faces of Evil
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday 9th March - Sunday 10th March 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Evil – the things we do as well as the things that happen to us – continues to be a stubborn and destructive presence in our lives. Despite often repeated slogans of ‘never again’ and ‘lessons will be learned’, and in the face of all of the monuments, memorials, speeches and books designed to keep the ills of the past ever in our thoughts, the sheer savagery of the evils we are individually and collectively capable of performing is writ seemingly larger every day.

CFP-Digital Humanities in Foreign Languages & Literatures Courses (NeMLA 2019)

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:16pm
NeMLA, Washington DC. March 21-24, 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

The objective of this roundtable is to discuss best practices to include, organize, and create digital initiatives (ranging from small assignments to large collaborative projects) in the context of foreign languages and literatures courses across the curriculum. What happens when we bring digital initiatives like wikis, blogs, video and image tagging, social networking, mapping, or annotating texts in foreign languages and literatures courses? What happens when we intersect the principles and methods of Digital Humanities with the teaching of foreign languages and literatures?

NEMLA 2019 Panel: The Animal-Human Divide in Victorian Fiction

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:36pm
Shun Kiang / University of Central Oklahoma
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

The quest for science and progress at the expense of ethical concerns of (animal) pain is laid bare in Chapter XIV, “Doctor Moreau Explains,” of H. G. Wells’s science fiction The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896). In this chapter, Edward Prendick, protagonist and narrator, discovers that the creatures he has previously encountered on the deserted island are not “animalized victims . . . animal-men," but what Moreau refers to as “humanized animals—triumphs of vivisection” instead. At this juncture, Prendick hears from Moreau “‘[his] colourless delight of . . . intellectual desires,’” which has led the doctor to experiment on different animals to gauge their malleability and submission to human will.

From Ms. Pac-Man to GLaDOS: Gender and Diversity in Video Games

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 3:58pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Seminar at the 2019 NeMLA Convention

Washington, DC, March 21 - 24, 2019

Organizer: Kristopher Poulin-Thibault (University of Toronto)

New Representations of Motherhood in the Literature of the New Millennium

updated: 
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:26pm
Laura Lazzari, Catholic University of America - NeMLA Annual Convention
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Please consider submitting an abstract for the roundtable on New Representations of Motherhood in the Literature of the New MillenniumNeMLA Convention, Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019.

 

Compared to a few decades ago, the birth rate in many Western countries has dramatically decreased and the roles and representations of maternal figures have changed significantly. Through IVF, gamete donation and surrogacy, motherhood is no longer defined univocally, and family structures have evolved accordingly. This panel seeks at investigating how biotechnology, social and family changes, law, and religion inform the representations of motherhood in the literature of the new millennium from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

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