While in academia the notion of authenticity has been increasingly discredited, it thrives as a label within popular discourses and for the marketing of cultural artefacts. Considering both practice and theory of cultural production, the planned conference aims at analyzing the paradoxical status of authenticity as well as its role for the construction of collective identities in a globalizing world of ever-increasing cultural flux.
This MLA special session concerns the troubadour tradition across periods and geographies, with particular focus on pessimism as a philosophy, affect, and politics. From 12th century Occitan poetry to the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles, the proposed session assumes a creative or plastic approach to lyric poetry and the love song.
Papers might concern:
--Joni Mitchell, Arnaut Daniel, Arnaut Vidal, Beatritz de Dia, Carole King, Folquet de Romans, Waylon Jennings, 19th century French neo-troubadour architecture, George Carlin, and other members of the troubadour tradition.
--Troubadour poetics and gender politics, sexual violence, race and the nation-state, futurity, the environment, Afropessimism, etc.
Stanley E. Gontarski, Florida State University
Fábio de Souza Andrade, University of São Paulo
Almost unknown before the première of En attendant Godot in 1953, the immediate success of the play led to Samuel Beckett very quickly acquiring an international reputation. Since then, his works have been translated into numerous languages, and have exerted a considerable influence upon art and literature across the world. The award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 confirmed Beckett's status as a major figure in world literature.
MediAbility: Transforming Disability in the Media
Critical disability studies has been a continually growing field of academic study. Its intersectional approach is frequently used in political and philosophical theorizing. However, very few scholars have paid attention to how disability has been constructed by dominant media institutions in the 21st century. This is true even when scholars focus on the social model of disability since they very often ignore how the social is formed out of the discursive representations that surround society. This collection, designed for publication with McFarland Press, is meant as a correction to this absence.
Home. School. Nature. The spaces identified with childhood are both descriptive and prescriptive. They reflect/reveal adult expectations of where children 'belong'. The spaces we occupy are a key influence on character development, particularly in childhood.
Proposals of 250-300 words are sought for a collection of articles exploring the relationship between space and identity in children's literature. What is the nature of that relationship? What happens to the spaces associated with childhood over time? How do you children conceptualize their own spaces? Space may be conceptualized as physical, imaginative, emotional, psychological, etc.
This panel will explore the interaction between verbal and visual in urban spaces. Papers focusing on interart exchange between the literary and visual arts in and/or about the city are invited.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and biographical statement to Anne Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20, 2016.
Cars In/Of Culture: Mobility, Materiality, Representation
Call for Participation 2016
1st Global Conference
Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
The Counterpolitics of Abjection
Conference Date: Monday, April 18, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Jordan Stein, Assistant Professor of English, Fordham University
Submission Deadline: February 22, 2016
MODERN DRAMA (regular session)
Submit abstracts on any area of late 19th–21st century drama. While preference is given to topics that address spectacle, decadence, or celebrity--or other aspects of the 2016 Conference theme: "The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture"--addressing the theme is not a requirement.
Submit abstracts (along with paper title, contact information, and university affiliation) to the session chair: Rita D. Costello email@example.com by 31 March 2016.
Graphic Texts & Visual Rhetoric: The Visual Spectacle (a Special Topics Panel)
Papers on graphic novels/essays/non-fiction and other forms of visual rhetoric (propaganda, posters, advertising, memes, theatre, and other visual arts); preference given to papers that address elements of the conference theme (spectacle/spectacular, city, decadence, glamour, and celebrity)
Submit a brief abstract, include a title for the paper, contact information, school affiliation (if applicable) by midnight on Feb 22nd. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.