Ecocriticism informs ecological activisms, and vice versa. What kind of change can the intersections and tensions between ecocriticism and activism bring about? While ecocriticism has become an increasingly popular field of inquiry, its positionality remains an issue for negotiation. From Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), which continues to influence mass eco-activisms, to the anti-GMO groups that shape discussions of bioethics, ecocriticism remains in dialogue with practical approaches in what Lawrence Buell has termed a "spirit of commitment to environmentalist praxis" (The Environmental Imagination, 1995). Moreover, current ecocritical scholarship underscores a general distrust of the romanticizing rhetoric of early ecocriticism.
The Contemporary Times: A Public Intellectual Review (http://www.thecontemporarytimes.com) is BRAND NEW a grassroots online publication with no financial aims (i.e., The Contemporary Times has zero gross income). Its sole purpose is to provide an outlet for the exchange of meaningful, insightful, well-researched, and respectful dialogue among intellectuals (broadly conceived) concerning key intellectual debates and how these debates can be applied to ensuring the American democratic ideals of "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This publication is not intended only for academics and researchers and is, therefore, written in clear, jargon-free language.
The University of Houston is known as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the United States. With that in mind, the graduate English department is currently seeking submissions about the impact of America's cultural, religious, gender, economic, and racial diversity on American literature post WWII - present. We welcome abstracts from experienced academics, undergraduate, and graduate students in all areas of study, including but not limited to: literature, languages, pedagogy, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, cultural, film, theater, comparative, gender, religion, and interdisciplinary studies.
This year's guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Donahoo of Sam Houston State University.
I'm currently seeking a replacement presenter for a panel called "Women's Voices in Poetry," which will take place at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference in Albuquerque. The panel is scheduled for 10/14/2010. Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical statement to Kristina Marie Darling, KristinaMarieDarling@yahoo.com
More information about the conference can be found here:
The Columbia University Medieval Guild is pleased to announce its 21st annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, "'What is bettre than gold?': Economies and Values in the Middle Ages," taking place on October 22nd 2010.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Religion and Theatre Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 11–14, 2011, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
Submission Deadline: Full Panels due to ATHE by November 1st
"Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures"
[The deadline for proposals for this panel has been extended to September 25th.]
Game studies is quickly emerging as a popular, interdisciplinary field within the humanities and social sciences, yet medieval scholars are still only beginning to explore the relationship between recreational games and literature from a literary or cultural context. This session seeks to broaden this field of study by focusing on depictions of games and gaming in medieval literature and their relation to recreation in the Middle Ages.
The Department of French Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Francophonies: The Living and the Dead
March 18-19th 2011
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ
The received wisdom tells us that the modernization of American culture and society was contingent upon its secularization. And yet, when we look to both canonical works of American modernism and to contributions to the "cultural front," we find an abiding concern for the religious that troubles this dominant narrative. This panel seeks to reexamine the multivalent modernist concern for the religious in order to reassess its place in early 20th century American literature and culture, to analyze the myth of the 'secular age,' and to determine the place of religion in the conflict between capital and labor.
Poe & World Literature, Poe as World Literature