The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate conference, to be held on April 8-10, 2016. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, rhetoric and composition, English pedagogy, technical communication, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/presentations should last no more than 20 minutes.
Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events
The Sport Project: Probing the Boundaries: 5th Global Meeting
Call for Presentations 2016
Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Sport is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community, a place for meaning-making. Every year sports events are hosted and won by communities and nation-states. Every year people do sports or watch sports in diverse spaces: sports grounds, fields, back streets and parks. But what are the political economies of sports and mega-events: are they sources of corruption? Places for reform? Forces for good?
How are new(er) cultural studies issues received, negotiated, challenged, embraced, or rejected within the spaces of the Second World?
One-day inter-disciplinary conference at the University of Bristol, 1st July 2016
Keynote Speakers: Dr Angela McShane, Royal College of Art/ V&A
Dr Eleanor Standley, University of Oxford/ Ashmolean Museum
Call for Papers:
This conference will explore the concept of performance and its role in the construction of individual and communal identities.
From a person's choice of dress in the morning to what they eat at night: When and how should we conceive of such everyday actions as having a role in the performance and construction of identities? How have public acts and rituals been used to construct and contest group identities? And how have the meanings of these performative acts endured or changed over time?
This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we reconceive solidarity or community through the literary?
Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.com) is now inviting contributions for its sixth issue, a special issue entitled 'What are we reading?' We will be publishing essay-reviews on works in poetics published since 2005: either of individual monographs/collections or of several different works around the same topic. We will be happy to field informal queries at email@example.com. Deadline for submissions, 30 September 2016.
Screening New England: 100 Years of Regional Moving Image History
17th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium
Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 2016
Proposals Due: April 19, 2016
The rich amateur and non-theatrical moving image history of New England will be the focus of the 2016 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium. In commemoration of the Alamo Theatre's 100 years of cinematic exhibition and Northeast Historic Film's 30th year as a regional moving image archive, we invite archivists, scholars and technical specialists to explore all aspects of the moving image history of New England. Proposals that utilize the NHF collections are particularly welcome.
Call for Papers/Expressions of Interest
Who Do *They* Think They Are? Cultures of Climate Scepticism,
Anti-Environmentalism, and Conservative Environmentalism
Symposium, June 6-8 2016, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, Canada
"The Poetry of Photography"
MLA 2017 Philadelphia
A growing body of scholarship has demonstrated how the history of photography frequently intersects with the development of poetic form. Poets ranging from Lewis Carroll to Natasha Trethewey have focused on the medium. Given the substantial number of poems that engage photography, our panel will explore new directions for thinking about the impact of this technology on literary history and vice versa. Topics may include nineteenth-century poetry, historical poetics, visual culture, cinema, verse forms, theories of photography, translation, ekphrasis, the photobook, or digital humanities.
The interconnection of speculative fiction, transgressions against social norms, gender studies, and global perspectives is compelling because speculative fiction allows for a unique approach to social critiques. The worlds that are created in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dystopian futures allow the genre to explore new or imaginative societies, detached from existing or historical social structures. Such an environment of speculation has led many authors to utilize the genre to comment on women's concerns. Many of these works have, understandably been extensively critically examined.