In the post-1945 Cold War, in the post-millennial 9/11 period with Daesh-influenced ideological cultural clashes, the concept of undercover espionage and the spy has returned center-stage if in a different set of cultural markers. During the post 1945 era we had Checkpoint Charlie, moles, counter-intelligence and now one is faced with a vocabulary consisting of betrayers, Western-sponsored agents who are beheaded in the Middle East, Ukrainian counter-intelligence agents who are betrayed on both sides. How do social, filmic and literary narratives deal with such broad paradigms? What is the aesthetic of espionage and counter-espionage? Historically such issues have a long resonance, stretching back to at least the reign of the first Elizabeth in England.
Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)
THE WORLDS OF JOHN THELWALL
The Fordham Romanticism Group and the John Thelwall Society invite paper proposals for a one-day symposium to be held at Fordham University in New York City on 25 June 2016. Building on the inaugural John Thelwall Society conference held at the University of Notre Dame's London Center in 2014, "The Worlds of John Thelwall" will consider how Thelwall and his contemporaries thought about the global scene.
Plenary: Judith Thompson (Dalhousie University): "John Thelwall, Global Citizen: Revolution, Anti-Imperialism, Education"
Papers might attend to how the works of Thelwall and other writers from the Romantic era relate to:
Independent libraries occupy a unique place in the world's cultural life. Rather than seeing independent libraries as niche or elitist, the Financial Times described the UK's independent libraries as 'havens of books, conversation and cultural events with histories stretching back centuries.' The role and function of the independent library is a little-explored area, but growing numbers of scholars and researchers are joining the public in working in and around these institutions. As a space, the independent library generates lively debate around literacy, the role of the state, local and national identity, and cultural value.
Keynote and plenary discussion with Andrew Davies
In celebration of the newly acquired Andrew Davies archive, the Centre of Adaptations and Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, are hosting a one-day conference on the British screenwriter. Alongside entering into a conversation about the writer's oeuvre, conference delegates will be invited to attend a discussion with Davies and visit a new exhibition at De Montfort University's Heritage Centre. Archival materials on display will include original scripts from some of Davies' most loved adaptations, such as Pride and Prejudice, alongside letters and notes between Davies and his collaborators.
Stanley E. Gontarski, Fábio de Souza Andrade
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.
Open call for papers for the seventh issue of the scientific journal History of Communism in Europe, no. 7/2016: The (R) evolutionary Maze. Communist Parties in Europe.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE NORTH
2 June 2016
Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Keynote speakers: Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Richard Wilson (Kingston)
Deadline extension until February 15, 2016.
The Deadline for the 7th annual conference of the GFF (Gesellschaft für
Fantastikforschung) has been extended. Please send your proposals of no more than 350 words (for 20 minute presentations) in German or English, together with your contact information and a short biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2016. You can also apply specifically for creative contributions, an entire panel (of three papers), or as a participant in the round table discussion on the topic: "What can/should research in the fantastic strive for and accomplish in the 21st century?"
This issue of Gender Forum addresses all aspects of captivity in relation to questions of gender and sexuality. From psychological captivity over social captivity to physical incarceration, we invite a variety of papers addressing the subject of imprisonment.
* Gender theories and captivity
* Daily performance of gender and the role of impersonation and fantasy
* Gendered visual and material cultures: From the theatrical stage to the silver screen
* Gender Identities: Political Imprisonment and History