Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together under this category is that there is some "unrealistic" element. Whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic technological development, works that fall in this category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to H. P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, culture, economics, and more.
Title: Rethinking Interdisciplinarity: Bridging the Rift
Dates: 18-19 May 2016
The veil's ancient and modern history and its resurgence in our time is an important subject for discussion for those of us posing new questions about women and Islam in literature, film, and fine arts. In Europe and the U.S., the veil is often presented through errors of conceptualizations. The media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with the role of the veil. Recurrently, these discussions run along essentialist and ahistorical lines associating Islam with the ideology of shame and honor. Moreover, the Muslim immigrant "problem" in Europe and the U.S. and the fear of Islam and Muslims in connection with terrorism has heightened the controversy on the issue of the veil.
This panel welcomes reassessment of the historical novel from literary scholars working on a wide range of historical periods and geographic regions. While the classic historical novel is often thought of as a literary genre in its own right, many historical narratives are actually generic hybrids comprised of other genres. What is the significance of these generic elements? Does the historical novel contain certain essential features or is the term merely a placeholder for fictions about the past? How has its definition changed over time, and how might we wish to alter it today?
CFP: Transcending Realism in Early Modern Utopias: Reading Worlds Through the Lens of Theory and Practice
Southeast Renaissance Conference, SAMLA Affiliate
SAMLA 2016 - Jacksonville, Florida, November 4-6, 2016
Dr. Ruth McIntyre, Kennesaw State University
CFP: Alternatives to the Present
Call for papers for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (Deadline: March 26, 2016)
How and to what ends do the contemporary arts conceptualize, represent, and model new spaces and temporalities?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Mothering and Travel
Editors: Charlotte Beyer, Janet MacLennan, Dorsía Smith Silva, and Marjorie Tesser
Deadline for Abstracts: April 30, 2016
Travel Writing / Writing Travel: Permanent MMLA Panel
This year's MMLA conference theme – "Border States" – provides the perfect topical launch for papers on travel, travel writing, and writing about travel. Papers on any aspect of this topic from any time period are welcome, including but not limited to the following ideas:
• crossing geographical and/or cultural boundaries
• locating and dislocating the self through travel
• identifying or pushing the boundaries of knowledge
Of especial interest are papers that create their own border states between disciplines or genres.
The eleventh annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Middle Georgia State University Conference Center at 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia on Friday, May 20, 2016. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussion topics, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to American, British, French, Hispanic, Russian, German, or Slavic literature or language, as well as composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes (approximately eight double-spaced typed pages).
(Un)Bound Horizons: Flights, Faults, Ruptures, and Rhythms of Interdisciplinary Humanities
Third Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference
Keynote Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis
Presented by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Students, Graduate Division, and the Center for the Humanities of the University of California, Merced
University of California, Merced
Saturday, April 23, 2016