In Ancient rhetorical theory, ekphrasis refers to the use of language to make an audience imagine a scene. However, the deeper function of ekphrasis, implicit in its descriptive use, is its rhetorical ability to call attention to features of a subject that may be invisible to the physical sense of sight—thus using the visible as a means of subtly exposing or revealing the invisible. The NeMLA session, “To Render Visible: Ekphrastic Mirrors in American Literature,” invites papers that explore how the chiasmic reflections of an ekphrasis reveal the interior subjectivity, ideology and the desire of its author.Please submit proposals to the official NeMLA website no later than 09/30/2018.
This call is for abstracts for an international edited collection entitled Portrayals of the Bride in Screen, Stage and Literary Productions, and Pop Culture Narratives.
Association for Art History Annual Conference, University of Brighton, April 4 - 06, 2019
Deadline: Nov 5, 2018
The Diary as Literature Through the Lens of Multiculturalism in America
Seeking abstracts for a roundtable discussion at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) to be held March 21 -24, 2019 in Washington DC
The deadline for abstract proposals is September 30, 2018.
UPDATE: Accepted proposals will also have the opportunity to submit a book chapter for the book "The Diary as Literature through the Lens of Multiculturalism in America. I am the editor and have an interested publisher.
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In an attempt to think about borders at a time when they appear so intractable, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Culturesinvites abstracts on all matters pertaining to borders in relation to young people’s texts and cultures for a special issue that will be published in Winter 2019.
Northeast MLA 50th Annual Convention: “Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples”
March 21-24, 2019
Deadline for abstracts: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Area: Cultural Studies and Media Studies / Interdisciplinary Humanities
Session Format: Panel
What is the relationship of infrastructure to the social, the historical, and the literary, and how might different methodological approaches help us understand this relationship? In the introduction to their book Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure, Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski have described "critical infrastructure studies" as a way to consider and historicize "infrastructures as large technical systems, urbanization campaigns, and sites of material culture...from bridges to power grids, from railways to sewer systems." When dreams of development, of globalization, of prosperity, or of imperial power take physical shape, they often take the form of large-scale construction projects.
The Theory and Practice of Contemporary Theatre
In a recent interview, philosopher Christopher Preston (Montana) notes that we are presently at a crux wherein we are in danger of losing contact with what he refers to as “the world outside of us, the world outside our control” (“Reengineering Our World: A Cautionary Tale,” Vision.org). At first blush, Preston is a thinker out of time with this sentiment--the kind of loss he refers to has more in common with the “back to the land” ethos of what is often called second wave environmentalism than it does with current analyses in the environmental humanities, many of which argue that the present intuition of the fading of the “world outside of us” is little more than an ideological distortion.
The 2019 Backreading Hong Kong Symposium, co-organised by the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University and the literary journal Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, will take place on Saturday 19 January 2019.
The theme of the symposium is “Hong Kong Dystopia”. We are interested in papers that explore this theme from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, geopolitics, history, language, law, literature, philosophy, politics, religion and sociology. Papers that challenge existing notions of dystopia and its application to Hong Kong are very welcome.