In 2017, the well-known actress Miriam Margolyes proclaimed that “old age is going to be shitty” (Ferguson 2017). Such a negative outlook is nothing singular and looks back on a long history. Though old age has also been associated with positive characteristics and virtues such as wisdom and experience, more often than not the downsides of the ageing process have been paramount. From Socrates, who allegedly regarded old age as “the most burdensome part in life” (Xenophon in Parkin 2005, 55), to Shakespeare, for whom the last stage of life was “sans everything” (As You Like It, 2.7.167), to today, old age has commonly been understood in terms of bodily and mental decline and as nothing to look forward to.
November 2-4, 2018
"Buddhism and Literary Study" will consider a range of topics including but not limited to Buddhism and literary theory; the place of "the literary" in classic Buddhist texts; Buddhist influences on individual authors and literary movements; Buddhism and pedagogy; and Zen folklore, haiku, and other forms of literary expression. By May 25, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and AV requirements to Robert Azzarello, Southern University at New Orleans, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLives Matter, images of racially motivated violence have spurred nationwide protest. Despite overwhelming photographic evidence, juries – in the case of Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, and countless others – nonetheless failed to find the perpetrators guilty. A picture of a toddler lying face down on a beach brought worldwide attention to the Syrian refugee crisis. The initial outrage caused by the photograph quickly dissipated, and today, this ongoing global crisis has largely disappeared from the public view.
Editors: Dr Pansy Duncan & Dr Nicholas Holm (Massey University)
Abstracts are being accepted for a non-guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago as part of the TC Age Studies Forum. This panel solicits papers that address the intersections of age and masculinity in literature or film. Papers might consider the following questions: How do modalities such as time and space change as men grow older? How does aging help us reconsider the discourse of gender in society? How does the intersection of masculinity and femininity change (or not) in old age? We are interested in diverse approaches to this topic, and essays about texts or films from all time periods will be considered.
WRITING LIVES IN EUROPE, 1500-1700University College Dublin, 6-8 September 2018 Call for Papers This conference on life writing/self writing will address questions related to life writing across Europe between1500-1700, in particular the influence of different religious, social, cultural and national perspectives on theemergence of various forms of self-writing. We are particularly interested in relationships, connections, textualtraffic and circulation across Europe through networks such as intellectual circles/coteries, religious orders, andthe experience of exiled communities. Life writing has long historical roots, but such writings are arguably thefirst examples of demotic, vernacular writing in the period.
The contemporary world is undergoing a period of accelerated change which can be attributed to a number of different developments: technological advances, the ubiquity of social media and smartphones, the acceleration of global warming and the resultant environmental disasters, and major political upheavals such as Brexit and the growth of white nationalist movements across the globe. These and other changes create constantly shifting and unstable contemporary environments. In this climate of economic, political and environmental uncertainty, it is important to address the impact on and outcomes of these and other major changes in our contemporary world.
Date: 11 July 2018
Venue: Senate House, London
Keynote: Melissa Bissonette, St. John Fisher College, NY
Conference Fees: £15 salaried, £10 student/unwaged
The growing quantification of social behaviours changes those behaviours. Extensive data collection alters the way we view our bodies, habits, environments, relationships, and society at large. Big data architectures are increasingly determining classificatory systems in the social, political, and corporate realms, transforming political questions into ‘technical management’. Promises of a cyborgian existence, free of patriarchal, capitalist, social, gender, and racial oppression (Haraway) here stand in stark contrast to the steadily proliferating forms of digital surveillance and control. Data, and their multiple arborisations, have become new epistemic landscapes. They have also become new existential territories (Guattari).
Seeking paper abstracts for the special session “Nineteenth-Century Women’s Ghost Stories” at the MLA Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019.
The organizer invites submissions that explore the literary features, historical contexts, textual elements, and adaptations/neo-Victorian incarnations of ghost stories by nineteenth-century American, British, and European women. This session will participate in the emerging critical conversation on nineteenth-century women‘s ghost stories and recognize the importance of this female literary tradition. Papers could explore the following topics in relation to these works: