Material culture assumes significance of massive proportions in cultures across the globe by virtue of its ability to trace everyday life and its nuances through the signifying metaphor of objects. The historical trajectories of nations, cultures and communities function in tandem with that of the prevailing material culture(s) in as much as transformations in the latter sphere inevitably represent ruptures or shifts in the former. The stories that objects recount surpass the boundaries of time and space as they transcend both. They function as signifying metaphors, carrying multiple significations of lives lived through and with them.
In the modern era and accelerating in the age of Trump and Brexit, interstitiality, or the space between one boundary and the next, has become an urgent area of investigation. Existing within and between entities, interstices challenge conventional understandings of boundedness, inviting us to rethink the space between objects and ideas as an erupting site of transformation. From this view, rigid divisions can no longer be taken for granted, whether political (as in the case of national borders) or scholarly (such as the emphasis on discrete academic disciplines).
CFP: Digital Resistance
2017 Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts
Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus
With participation from Project MUSE
CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Our dance is turned into mourning’: Loss and Consolation in Early Modern Europe
Keynote Speaker: Lynn Enterline, Professor and Nancy Perot Chair in the Department of English, Vanderbilt University
Levinas, the Material, and Ethics
North American Levinas Society
12th Annual International Conference
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA
July 24-27, 2017
Adriaan Peperzak, Loyola University Chicago
Tom Sparrow, Slippery Rock University
Annual Talmudic Lecture: Georges Hansel, SIREL
Africa in Words, a site dedicated to cultural production in Africa, is looking for reviewers interested in African literary and cultural production. Currently, our site has an average of 6,500 readers each month from over 100 countries, with our largest readerships based in the UK, US, South Africa and Nigeria. We cover books, art, film, history, music, theatre, ideas and people and the ways they interact, through their publication and circulation, with societies, economies and space.
Extended Call for Papers
University of Maryland
Medieval and Early Modern Field Committee
10-11 November 2017
College Park, Maryland
Migration(s): Body, Word, Spirit
Call for Papers: RSA - The Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, 22-24 March 2018Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1350-c.1650
Extended Deadline: The Popular and Polarizing Works of Leonard Cohen
The Romanticism panel is seeking papers on any aspect of Romanticism, but we are particularly interested in papers that will address the conference theme "The Sense of Sight: Visuality, Visibility, and Ways of Seeing." As part of the material culture in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, writers have attempted to reify themselves through textual or visual representations (e.g., letters, fiction, verse, and fine art through portraiture, etc.). Paper proposals that delve into the value of such cultural constructions in the context of the Romantic era and consider the effect of the writer's self-fashioning and self-projecting representations are especially welcome.