The interconnection of speculative fiction, transgressions against social norms, gender studies, and global perspectives is compelling because speculative fiction allows for a unique approach to social critiques. The worlds that are created in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dystopian futures allow the genre to explore new or imaginative societies, detached from existing or historical social structures. Such an environment of speculation has led many authors to utilize the genre to comment on women's concerns. Many of these works have, understandably been extensively critically examined.
Conference Location: Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy)
Conference Director: Giovanni Spani (College of the Holy Cross)
Conference Coordinator: Marco Marino (Sant'Anna Institute)
Keynote Speaker: Eduardo Urios-Aparisi (University of Connecticut)
For the fourth Mutual Images workshop, we seek to explore the dynamic relations between Japan and Europe through the notion of fictionality. These past decades, the growth of cultural exchanges has created new opportunities of fictionalization between European and Japanese. Far from being restrained to its definition as a genre, Fictionality has become a key element in our contemporary society. Whether it is in entertainment media (novel, manga, video games, movies and other forms of current entertainment), Art (photography, painting), or even our perception of the other, the self, and reality, fictionality is present in our everyday life.
Date: 22-24 September 2016
Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa | School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Organisation: CEAUL/ULICES – Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa | University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies
The College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University invites proposals from scholars on all topics related to"[Re]Defining Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century."
The purpose of this first conference, scheduled for October 6-8, 2016, is to explore the reasons Liberal Arts disciplines are undervalued by students, parents, and others and to examine how we might [re]define or reframe our roles in an increasingly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary academic world in which job preparedness appears to be the goal of higher education rather than critical and analytical thinking and writing. At the conference, we will also discuss the role of and need for a conference on the liberal arts and how we might move forward.
August 25 - 26, 2016
The University of Bamenda, NWR, Cameroon.
"There is no great literature without nationality, no great nationality without literature." (Yeats, 1989: 30)
This year's conference theme, "Border States," provides the perfect starting point for discussions of both the "borderlands" of teaching graphic narratives and the teaching of graphic narratives that explore border states and boundaries. Please send 250-word abstracts (including name and institutional affiliation as well as any audio-visual needs) to Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5th, 2016.
The aim of the conference is to bring together aboriginal and non-aboriginal North American and European scholars, artists and activists and provide a venue for exchanging views, ideas and scholarship findings related to the present, the past and the future of aboriginal peoples of North America. We invite scholars representing multiple disciplines (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, law, politology, linguistics and others) to share their research results and pedagogies; and aboriginal activists and artists to share their experiences, knowledge and art.
The language of the conference is English.
This conference hosts a multidisciplinary conversation on how we contend with the emergence of violence toward difference, before it receives remedial treatment by the law, that is, before it crosses the threshold of the rule of law. Many – perhaps most – forms of discrimination persist for long periods of time beneath the threshold of the law, and may continue indefinitely (one thinks of recent debates about the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State Capitol, following the Charleston Church shooting).