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ACLA 2016: The Poetics of Reflexivity: Image, Text, and the Reflexive Gesture

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 7:01pm
Phillip Griffith and Avra Spector, Graduate Center, CUNY

This seminar uses the concept of reflexivity to explore interdisciplinary questions about the relationship of a self to the world by investigating various points along the reflexive route. The reflexive act, following a path similar to a boomerang's, moves away from a subject only to return as it traces a recoiling -- a turning, deflecting, or bending back. We ask: what is revealed when different points along this trajectory are represented in language or image? We are interested in reflexivity not only as a completed loop but in its disruptions, fragmentations, blockages, and failed journeys. How does marking the reflexive act at a particular point in its path dictate a set of terms for the relationship of a self to the world?

Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:50pm
International Graduate Conference: Innovative Representations of ‘Utopias’ in Studies in English

The Centre for British Literary and Cultural Studies at Hacettepe University is pleased to announce its second graduate conference which this time will be held on an international ground, "Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English". We welcome academic proposals produced in English on British Literature/Culture, Commonwealth Literature/Culture, Irish Literature/Culture and American Literature/Culture from MA and PhD students enrolled in graduate programmes all over the world.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants Due 9/30

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 1:46pm
Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.

The (Native) American University (9/30/15)

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 12:18pm
NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)

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.

The Pedagogical (Re)Turn (9/30/15)

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 12:14pm
NeMLA 2016 (March 17 - 20, 2016)

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.

Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion (Volume of Collected Essays) [UPDATE]

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:12am
The University of Alabama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion
From the Birth of Democracy through the Early 20th Century

Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, The University of Alabama (Editor)
Katerina Kitsi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Co-Editor)

Update: Lacan and Literature 18-20 March 2016 NeMLA Hartford CT by 9/30/2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:32pm
J. A. McQuail -- NeMLA

Papers are invited for a panel on Lacan and Literature at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention in Hartford, CT. 3/18-20 2015. 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 by 9/30/2015; put NeMLA Lacan in subject heading. Papers should be 15-20 minutes maximum.

[UPDATE] Roundtable: "Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology." NeMLA Hartford, CT DEADLINE: 9/30

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:00pm

Call for Papers 46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT

Roundtable: "Crushed Silos: The Video Essay, Film, Writing, and Technology." The video essay represents an active place where the barriers between disciplines is merged and converging, and where pedagogical practices, as well as analytical examination, can take place across academic borders.