The link(s) between academia and activism are nothing if not complex. In many ways, the academy rewards activist scholarship that challenges systemic inequality. Yet, as recent articles and testimonies in the Chronicle demonstrate, some scholars – especially those who make their activism public – are punished by their institutions and shamed by public audiences. In light of these potential consequences, how and where do 21st century scholar-activists pursue their activism? Why do they participate in public activism, and should they?
Special issue of English Language Notes, Fall/Winter 2016 (Vol. 54, No. 2)
Whether seen in signs and portents, or read in grimoires or magic books, the occult in the premodern world is both marveled at and feared. A significant amount of the description of occult and sorcerous activity, however, also functions as political commentary, whether as direct criticism of secular current events or as a voice or conceptual space for the spiritual "other" in medieval society.
Call for Articles
Diffractions - Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture
Issue 6 | Feminist Ghosts: The New Cultural Life of Feminism
Deadline for articles: November 30
Shakespeare and his Contemporaries - The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Prophecy and Conspiracy in Early Modern England
Florence 22nd April 2016
The 2016 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year's conference will focus on the themes of prophecy and conspiracy in early modern texts.
Taking place for the first time in a non-Southern venue, SSSL's conference next year in Boston will focus on challenges to and reconfigurations of North/South binaries in regional, national, hemispheric, and transatlantic literary and cultural studies. The foundation of traditional US Southern literary studies on domestic regional difference and distinctiveness has been expanded over recent decades to encompass broader study of Southernness within national and global rubrics.
The multi-textual nature of religious-manuscript culture in the early realm of print in colonial India.
This is a call for papers for a collection of essays/primary texts that looks at early colonial-imperial print and the nature of Orientalist scholarship, based on religious texts, that emerged with Sir William Jones, post-1780s. Manuscripts of the Hindu religious texts were often transferred onto print; but what exactly were the processes involved? How did native-brahmins look upon it as they assisted the Britishers in making the shift take place from a manuscript culture to a realm of print technology?
The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for its 2016 conference, "Victorian Intimacies." The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of intimacy. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies' enduring interest in the intimate relationships among bodies, things, environments, and practices.
Kalamazoo 2016 Call for Papers:
International Society for the Study of Medievalism
51st International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12-15, 2016.
Special Session: Ritus, Artes, Musica: A Session in Honor of Nils Holger Peterson
(s'il vous plaît faites défiler vers le bas pour la version française / vă rugăm derulaţi mai jos pentru versiunea în limba română)
Bucharest University's Center for Image Studies welcomes paper proposals for the upcoming special issue of its publication "Images. Imagini. Images. Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies".
The special issue of the "Journal" (no. 6), to be published in March 2016, will be dedicated to:
Northern Lights. Feminine typologies from Ibsen's works to contemporary contexts
Editor: Assistant Professor Cristina Modreanu
Scholars of Victorian imperialism and post-colonialism have long focused on the British Empire's construction of Africa and South Asia, particularly India. Less attention has been paid, however, to the British Empire's construction of Far East Asia, particularly China and Japan. This panel aims to contribute to a fuller understanding of Victorian imperialism by examining Victorian depictions of Southeast and Far East Asia.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
In recent years, scholars have increasingly begun to study Victorian music, dance, and architecture for what they can illuminate about literary texts or Victorian culture, and as worthy subjects in their own right. This panel aims to deepen scholarly understanding of how gender, social class, and other considerations complicated the relation of "the Victorians" to art.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
* The depiction of music, art, theatre, etc., in literary works (e.g., music in George Eliot's novels, the visual arts in Wilkie Collins's novels, dance in Oscar Wilde)
* Victorian periodicals that focused specifically on visual arts, architecture, or music
Call for papers and Panels on
International and Interdisciplinary conferences
Sponsored by the Institute of Cross Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange,Society for Indian
Philosophy & Religion,Maynaguri College(USA and India)
Deadline: August 30,2015
Topic1. Democracy, Environment, Security and Privacy
Dates:5-6, January 2016.Kolkata
Topic: 2..Knowledge, Morality and Spirituality
Dates: January 5-7,2016,Kolkata
Topic: 3 Ecology, Globalization and Human Rights
Dates: 8-10, January 2016
Venue: Maynaguri College*,North Bengal,India
As the historian Thomas Schlereth noted in an essay from which this panel takes its name, the memory and image of Christopher Columbus were appropriated by citizens of the United States for a wide variety of purposes during the long nineteenth century. A feminine personification of the new republic signifying liberty and progress was named Columbia in his honor; the exploits of a newly recovered historical Columbus were invoked in support of western expansionism and Manifest Destiny; and the naturalization of various ethnic groups was a process of Columbianism, whereby the Admiral's status as an immigrant to the New World rhetorically sanctioned the integration of Italians, Jews, and other groups into the American body politic.
Negotiating identity has become more complex in this era of globalization than ever before. As cultural norms dictate what is considered acceptable, worthy, and ideal in all areas of life, academics considered "other" have historically had to fight their way in to the university, first as students and then as faculty to gain tenure and promotion. Specifically, being of color warrants a difficult environment as racial profiling extends across campus. The university's security guards constantly require us to show our identification badges.