"Boundaries of Life: Ageism and Aging in Works by Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing." This session, co-sponsored by the Margaret Atwood Society and the Doris Lessing Society, is inspired by the 2017 Presidential Theme, "Boundary Conditions." By focusing on ageism and aging in the works of Atwood and Lessing, two of the twentieth century's most prolific and influential women writers, this panel aims to explore the ways these writers depict the passing of time in relation to life experiences and self-consciousness. Some questions papers might answer include: What does it mean to come of age? How do age and the aging process affect how we see ourselves? When and how does one become old? How does age discrimination shape societies and individuals?
The Wooden O Symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown Hotel, 27-29 October 2016
Proposal deadline 1 March 2016
Keynote speakers: Lorraine Dusky, Margaret Jacobs, and Deann Borshay Liem, introducing her new film, Geographies of Kinship. Also staged readings by Mu Performing Arts tracing twenty years of adoption theater in the Twin Cities.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or 75-minute panels (Q&A included) that:
• Analyze literary, cinematic, dramatic, musical, visual, dance, popular culture, or performance art approaches to new ways (whether present, past, or future) of conceiving community in adoption, foster care, or other nonstandard means of family formation or childcare.
This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session on "Monster Studies" for the MLA in Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2017. Abstracts are due on Friday, 11 March, 2016, and proposals for special MLA sessions are due on 1 April, 2016. Thus there are two rounds of acceptance: abstracts for a hoped-for panel, and the official acceptance of the panel for the 2017 MLA.
The proposed session will explore and expand the depth and breadth of the emerging field of "Monster Studies." Papers can explore monsters and the monstrous as the primary focus of scholarly inquiry in literary, humanities and cultural studies, and as a secondary focus--that is, as a pedagogical tool or method, for instance, in teaching composition and the humanities.
Please join Charlotte Danielson and scholars, teachers, educational leaders, and education organizations from around the region for a symposium on teacher evaluation. As legislators and the general public give more and more attention to teacher accountability, it is imperative that practitioners and scholars make an informed contribution to the national conversation about teacher evaluation. This forum represents an opportunity for educators to engage in purposeful dialogue about the latest research and best practices in the field. Teachers and administrators can discuss best practices and learn about new insights into successful teacher evaluation.
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.
The International Screendance Conference of the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (Univeresity of Burgundy, France) is seeking conference presentations for a panel on the music of Les Danses Macabres (Saint-Saëns, Liszt's "Totentanz", etc.) to accompany a dance film program surrounding the history of Les Danses Macabres.
All topics that examine some aspect of Les Danses Macabres, whether via a global approach or via a specific composition are welcome. Please send a short abstract and bio or C.V. in English to: firstname.lastname@example.org before February 28.
With Ursula K. Le Guin's departure from "hard science fiction" in the 1960s, worlds began to be created that examined the social, cultural, and philosophical foundations of our own societies. These foundations, which are so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that they often defy nuanced examination, were un-Earthed so that their implication and pervasiveness could be clearly displayed. This session seeks to identify methods for how science fiction can be utilized to teach undergraduate students complex literary and cultural theories and will seek to answer questions such as the following: What works can be used to exemplify Marxism, feminism, affect theory, and others?