Recent innovations in narrative medicine, cognitive science, and theories of the body's experience of pain have opened up new paths of inquiry into literary work from the Middle Ages to our own postmodern moment. In an attempt to update and expand upon the early work of George G. Fox on John Gower's relation to and knowledge of the medieval sciences, Accessus seeks essays that focus on one or more of Gower's works in conjunction with medieval treatises, herbals, lapidaries, encyclopedias, health books, and other relevant materials.
The Early Middle English Society invites paper proposals for our session, "'Hit iseie aboc iwrite': Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Vernacular Devotional Manuscripts," at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016. Vernacular texts of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in England often fall in the gap between the two major fields of literary study, Old English and Middle English. While these texts have begun to receive the scholarly attention they deserve, religious and devotional texts are too often marginalized as not "literary."
100 Years of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance
French stardom and those who obtain it have undergone many important moments of realignment since the end of World War II. Though less dominant than the Hollywood star machine, many French stars have reached and maintained a global audience, and during the postwar period French scholars such as Edgar Morin and Roland Barthes helped lay the intellectual foundation for star studies. Most recently, Ginette Vincendeau has positioned Juliette Binoche as a key star not only for France, but for all of Europe, suggesting that French stardom more broadly is primed to encompass new frameworks across national traditions, regional affiliations, and even media platforms (2015).
The long twentieth century offers multiple examples of dramatic progress brought to a halt or even seemingly thrown into reverse: Freud writes about the first World War as foreclosing faith in human progress; the late '60s and early '70s brought complications to the Civil Rights movement and student movements; and the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001 undermined the narrative of American capitalist triumph that had held sway since the end of the Cold War.
Women and Warfare in Contemporary Literature
47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Host Institution: University of Connecticut
Abstract deadline 30 September 2015
RETHINKING THE HUMANITIES IN TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY AFRICA
Comunichiamo che il comitato direttivo di SEMPER - Seminario permanente di poesia diretto da Pietro Taravacci e Francesco Zambon ha stabilito di prorogare di dieci giorni la deadline per l'invio di proposte per il convegno Brevitas. Percorsi estetici tra forma breve e frammento nelle letterature occidentali, che si terrà nei giorni 4-6 novembre presso l'Università di Trento.
Un breve testo di presentazione e le linee di indagine proposte possono essere consultate all'indirizzo
By extending the learning environment beyond the classroom's boundaries, undergraduate programs have stimulated lively pedagogical innovation across general education disciplines. The approach encourages rigorous critical thought via assignments that require students to think critically and to reflect actively on links between course materials, historical sites, and concrete social and cultural concerns. However, the popularity for the experiential, fed by administrative and parental enthusiasm, may hinder instructors and encumber students.
Marco Roth has recently suggested that we are living in the age of the neuronovel—a narrative form that narrates cognition in terms of neurochemistry, diagnosis, and heredity. Though recent narratives of amnesia, schizophrenia, and autism are often quick to identify their symptoms and types, the history of neurotypical and non-neurotypical minds in fiction is a long one. Instead of reading such fictions through the lens of biology, psychology, or neuroscience, however, how might we discover models of cognition that emerge from within narrative experiment itself?
This panel seeks to explore how medical narrative was used in nineteenth-century fiction and medical texts as a counterargument to the medical gaze, thereby rewriting the medical history of the period from the patient's prospective. The use of medical narrative as a counter-current to the profession's paternalism indicates the subversive nature of nineteenth-century literature and reinforces the value of storytelling and narrative within the "factual" world of medicine.
This seminar will explore the uses and limits of dialectical thinking as a critical tool for contemporary humanistic inquiry. Engaging with a literary and philosophical tradition that is nothing else if not comparative, we argue for the persistent value in understanding textual oppositions, contradictions, and self-negations not as conceptual limitations, but as sites of productive restlessness.
ORGANIZATION: American Comparative Literature Association
CONTACT: Roberta Sabbath at Sabbath@unlv.nevada.edu
CALL FOR PAPERS OPEN/CLOSE DATE ON ACLA WEBSITE--ACLA.ORG: September 1-23, 2015
ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOCATION, DATE: Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016
PAPER SELECTION FOR SEMINAR PROPOSAL: End of September
SEMINAR ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: October 2015
47th Annual Conference
March 17 - 20, 2016
Japanese animation has had an important place in Latin American TV for decades. This panel will explore the reception of anime and its impact on Latin American anime fan communities. These groups have created networks of science-fiction fans that actively participate in the construction of a transnational cultural identity. Latin American anime fans create literature and art that illustrate how they envision their national, and transnational communities expanding the canon to include the Latin American context through fan fiction and original work.
The deadline for abstracts for most sessions will be Sept. 30, 2015.