While it seems as though the Euro-American culture is everywhere globally—from television shows to fast food restaurants, international trade treaties to sanctions and strikes—this conference explores how it actually gets translated, interrogated, adapted, and even re-defined, as it appears in localized contexts across the globe. This conference is interested in scholarship that explores general concerns of global translations of national and regional cultures and subcultures.
"The centuries go by, and we are still hearing the voice of Scheherazade"
Jorge Luis Borges
The School of English - The University of Sheffield holds an interdisciplinary research conference on Thursday 19 May 2016, entitled Scheherazade in Classical, Modern and Postmodern Worlds.
To mark the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Centre for Studies in Literature and the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth are holding a conference on 'Shakespearean Communities' celebrating Shakespeare's life, work and influence. A wealth of scholarship has explored Shakespeare and his contemporary world, where communities were being created, contested and redefined. The persecution of religious minorities, the discovery of the new world, the growing importance of the mercantile class and the spread of the printed text, tested and redrew ideas of community and fellowship.
The Aphra Behn Europe Society invites submissions of papers for its biennial conference, "Gender Cartographies: Histories, Texts & Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830", to be held at the University of Huelva, Spain, from 5-7 October 2016. This conference encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the fields of historical writing and historiography, textual studies, and the analysis of culture(s) with especial emphasis on women's writing of the long eighteenth century.
Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
The American Camp Association reports some 12,000 summer camps in the United States alone, and there are nearly a thousand more in Canada. While especially popular in North America, summer camp is a global affair. Certain iterations of summer camp loom large in the popular imagination – Scout Camp, band camp, bible camp – but camps engage a staggeringly diverse range of interests and activities, from sports to language learning, computing, forensic science, weight loss, and so forth. Some camps are specialized; some have a general education and/or elective curricular structure.
Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, July 2016
The Emerson Society sponsors a panel at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering each summer in Concord, MA. The Emerson Society enjoys some flexibility in determining the focus of the panel, but it aims to support the conference theme whenever possible. The theme for the coming year is "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary," with the idea of examining the transcendentalist as "Proto-ecologist, Reformer, and Visionary." For information on the conference theme, please visit www.thoreausociety.org, though we welcome papers that consider the relationship between Thoreau, Emerson, and transcendentalism more broadly.
University at Albany 14th Annual EGSO Conference: Crisis and Recovery
April 1-2, 2016
Critical Keynote Address: Patrick Deer (NYU)
Creative Keynote Address: Elisa Albert (Columbia)
"Home" might sound like a place, but time is also one of home's critical axes. Temporality conditions the mythic past, the material present, and the protected (or vulnerable) future of home, intersecting with histories and projections of nation, labor, gender, sexuality, race, kinship, and collectivity. This panel uses speculative narratives to ask: what happens to our sense of home and its geopolitical implications when normative conceptions of time are disrupted?
The French PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center invites papers from all disciplines that examine early modern, modern, and postmodern places of memory in French-language texts from a wide variety of perspectives: literature, theory, philosophy, gender, art history, film and media studies, sociology, economics, neurosciences, medicine, psychology, and psychoanalysis.
From St. Augustine's "memory palace" to Derrida's "archive fever," a rich tradition of literary, critical, and philosophical thought has sought to localize memory while also questioning its limits and perfectibility.
OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS
'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)
Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.