While cinema, television, and literature have regularly imagined fictional presidents, the act of fictionalizing the lives of American presidents—that is, giving fictional account of nonfictional presidents—is an imaginative endeavor with greater entailments: it configures the actual and the virtual, the real and the fictional, as a function of our contemporary incapacity to think historically about our present. Real U.S. presidents appear in a number of recent films—Dick (1999) and Frost/Nixon (2008) tell Nixon's tale, while both Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) and W. (2008) feature a sitting president.
How does travel, in literal or figurative terms, impact the racial identification of the traveler, or their sense of the racial identification of those among whom they travel? Papers sensitive to the intersections between race and other forms of identification, such as sex, gender, and class, are of considerable interest to this Travel and Literature standing session panel, as are papers that reflect travel among others in asymmetric relations of position or power to the traveler.
Directions for PAMLA Submissions
PAMLA will host its 108th Annual Conference on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 2010, at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai'i: Please visit pamla.org to find out more!
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research.
The Ethics of Racial Identity: PAMLA 2010 Special Session
3rd Global Conference
Can I Play with Madness? Metal, Dissonance, Madness and Alienation
Monday 8th November – Wednesday 10th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic
The shape of nationalist fervor is drawn against a background of coherent visuals. But what if the mother tongue speaks in pluralities at the very origin of the nation? This panel seeks to examine the roles of accents, dialects, inflections, and multilingualisms within and upon the national project, as well as the effects of gendered experience on nationalist constructs.
2010 Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference and Colloquium
School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
September 6, 2010
"If music be the food of love, play on" – William Shakespeare, The Tempest (I.i.1)
"See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare,
Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here" – Eminem, "Renegade"
Over 30 years ago, the essay, "Haunted by Lack of Ghosts: Some Patterns in the Imagery of Canadian Poetry," by Northrope Frye appeared. The purpose of this panel is to address the ghosts that do in fact terrorize the Canadian imagination, the Canadian psyche and Canadian culture. We are looking to discover and discuss that which lurks in the shadows of the author's imagination and experience to understand what they represent. These ghosts, real or imagined, can come from any and all forms of Canadian Literature: French, Native, Neo-Canadian, traditional and non-traditional. Please submit a 300-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 14th, 2010.
Following the success of the previous seven international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, is soliciting papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 12th to 14th November 2010.
Conference Announcement for Next Weekend in Atlanta!
The International Koltès Symposium and world premiere of the English translation of Koltès' The Day of Murders in the History of Hamlet, directed by Thierry de Peretti, will take place on April 3-4, 2010.
A few highlights from the weekend:
April 3 International Koltès Symposium 10am - 3pm (12-1, break for lunch)
Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta
Colony Square Plaza Level
1197 Peachtree St. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361
For directions and parking info please go to http://www.afatl.com/ContactUs.htm
3rd Annual New Narrative Conference: Narrative Arts and Visual Media
An Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Toronto May 6-7 2010