The graduate students of Cornell's Medieval Studies Program are pleased to announce their twenty-sixth annual Student Colloquium, which will take place on Saturday, February 20th at the A.D. White House. This year's colloquium will be focused around the concept of 'accessibility,' its connotations, and consequences in the medieval world. The Middle Ages are conventionally seen as static and hierarchical, marked by impermeability of social, geographic, and cultural boundaries. This conference seeks to foreground the dynamism and fluidity of the Middle Ages by focusing upon the points of access by which these borders were negotiated and blurred.
The Bane of Their Existence: Making Interdisciplinary Humanities Matter
The portrayal and interrogation of masculinity has formed an important part of period drama on the small screen since the 1960s. Given that the audience for costume drama has been traditionally largely female, however, this has tended to be overlooked in favour of a focus on the central female characters that were so key to televisual history in the decades that followed. As a result, even the male lead, by the 1990s, was important largely as a focus of the female (or homoerotic) gaze (for example, Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy). In recent years, however, new forms of historical fictions on television have begun to foreground and examine "maleness" in exciting new ways.
Sinister Wisdom: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
I am one of the guest editors for a special edition of the lesbian arts and literary journal Sinister Wisdom, and I am hoping you will be interested in sharing this call for submissions and contributing to this important Sinister Wisdom issue that honors the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Please let me know if you need further information or have any questions.
My best regards,
For Immediate Release
Call for Submissions: Honoring the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
Deadline: January 31st, 2016
This roundtable gives instructors an opportunity to share innovative and interdisciplinary strategies used in teaching British and Anglophone literature and culture from the long eighteenth century. Teaching literature from the eighteenth century can be truly challenging, steeped as it is in culturally specific references, place names, and intertextual allusions to other writers, ancient mythology and the Bible. Syntax and vocabulary also pose barriers to new readers. The political, imperial, and colonial histories of the long eighteenth century are equally complex.
Twenty years ago, Gerald Graff mused in "The Pedagogical Turn" that the future of theory would be in its reapplication from literature to pedagogy. In the intervening years, theory may not have reorganized the literature classroom, but it has transformed critical thinking pedagogy. The work of Wittgenstein, Jakobson, Derrida, Lyotard, Foucault, and others who have informed literary studies has recently been drawn upon by Mark Weinstein, Michael Peters, Tim John Moore and others to shift instruction in critical thinking away from general (informal) logic, which assumes a transparency of language, to thinking as embedded in language and thereby governed by varying modes of reading and writing.
The colonial appropriation of indigenous place names has been an abiding concern of postcolonial studies. The severing of names from their semantic, grammatical, and linguistic ties within the native language and their re-contextualization within the language of the settler creates, in a variety of ways for both colonizer and colonized, a gap between the experience and meaning of a place and the name used to describe it, complicating the colonial boundary.
For this year's conference we ask writers, writing instructors at all levels, tutors, and researchers to consider the role of affordability in our practices. We welcome perspectives, strategies, and questions for approaching and understanding the role of "affordability" pluralistically—as both what is within one's financial means and what writing can afford (as in what is allows us to be able to do or manage). In the tradition of SUNY CoW conferences, we are interested in how these ideas apply to historical, contemporary, and projected-future practices of instruction.
Correction to an earlier CFP
Papers are invited for a panel on Lacan and Literature at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention in Hartford, CT. 3/18-20 2016. Papers may be on specific literary figures like Poe and Joyce who Lacan explored, or consist of an in-depth analysis of Lacan's own writings and style. Lacanian analysis of works by authors not specifically examined by Lacan are also welcome. Please send an abstract or completed papers to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15863
by 9/30/2015. Papers should be 15-20 minutes maximum.