Taxonomy and tribe; gender and globe; state, sex, and system. We're categorization machines: it would sound like a weak generalization if it weren't such a persistent impulse. We survey exteriors and interiors. We reform law and language in a quest to codify identity. The more terrain we successfully chart, the wider, deeper, more tortuous we find the human landscape. How manifold are the ways we can map our worlds?
Next year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics 2005 conference in Ghent, Belgium, which gathered international scholars from a variety of critical perspectives to map recent signature events in contemporary theory. Reason Plus Enjoyment 2015 marks this occasion by inviting critical and cultural theorists to Sydney, Australia to reflect on the theoretical challenges posed in the intervening years. The remit of this second RPE conference is to read the vanishing futures of to phronein (thinking) and to kharein (enjoyment) in the twilight of what Derrida called the great Western metaphysical adventure. Joan Copjec once diagnosed our critical condition in terms of the "euthanasia of pure reason".
VISAWUS 2015 Conference: Victorian Self-Fashioning
October 22-24, 2015, Denver, CO USA
Abstracts by March 15, 2015.
We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Given the increasing focus on advanced undergraduate research, this roundtable seeks examples of successful undergraduate research projects in ethnic literary studies. We ask for 10-minute presentations on successful projects you have assigned, problems you have encountered, resources you have found helpful, etc.
The MELUS conference (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) will be held April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA.
The aim of this conference is to revisit the literary, artistic and cultural texts, whether they are canonical or non-canonical, from both the (English/British) West and the (Ottoman/Turkish) East, from a historical period stretching from the Medieval Period to the end of the twentieth century, and representing the encounters and exchanges between the two. One major concern of the conference is to include into the debate the discursive constructions other than "Orientalism" (i.e. possible Occidentalism(s)?, essentializing self-representations) for the purpose of expanding the scope and scale of the academic conversation in this area.
The University of Cincinnati Composition Program invites proposals for the sixth annual graduate student conference to be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Our conference title this year is TRANS Writ Large: Writing Difference.
A trans perspective sees beyond the conventional, to articulate—and even inhabit—difference. From this angle of vision, difference is not a barrier, but a resource. Trans work encourages suppleness, avoiding binaries, expanding understanding of the human experience, playing with fixity and subverting it. To become something new, even if only partially and temporarily. And writing is a vehicle for acts of becoming and unbecoming.
From Brecht's gestus for a scientific age to Michael Chekhov's psychological gesture, theatre has been shaped by science's increasing cultural capital. This seminar examines how theatre and science interact as cultural institutions; how their perceived cultural and intellectual capital converges and diverges; and also how the two erroneously polarized disciplines work as a singular, dynamic system. This seminar hopes to uncover the advantages and disadvantages of using science in theatre studies and theatre-making: is it really beneficial or are we just trying to increase the capital of our discipline?
Professor Ursula K. Heise (UCLA)
Professor Louise Westling
(University of Oregon)
Robarts goes POP!
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Canadian Popular Culture
"The culture of a nation comprises many aspects… It includes the many ways that people express themselves in words, movement, music and images. It reveals itself in the ways people choose to spend their time, the music they listen to, the books they read and the films they watch, the sports they encourage and the historical sites and natural environments they protect. These factors shape how a nation sees itself, and how it establishes its identity." (Statistics Canada, 1995, 11)
We are pleased to invite proposals for the 27th annual graduate conference presented by Stony Brook University's Graduate English Society.
LIES 2015 asks the fundamental questions of contemporary culture: What is the stance of poetry today? Can poets still be venerated as leaders of nations? Is poetry "relegated" to universities? Muldoon's Oxford Lectures in Poetry (2006) are entitled The End of the Poem, yet like in John Donne's Holy Sonnets, the end of one poem is the beginning of the next one.
The guests of honour at LIES 2015 (15-16th May 2015) are Paul Muldoon as well as Nick Hayes, a political cartoonist and the author of the graphic novel, Rime of the Modern Mariner – and thus we are going through Poetry into the Beyond!
The second issue of Angles, the new online journal published by the SAES, will aim at examining "angles and limes" in Anglo-American studies.
The purpose of this particular issue is to gather articles focusing both on the specific angles of each discipline and their limits, and on the instances when borders are crossed and limits are passed—must be passed—to further research. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals developing and clarifying their own practices as regards limits and angles.
For a complete CFP, please visit: http://angles.saesfrance.org/index.php?id=90
For its inaugural issue, Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World welcomes original proposals inspired by the celebrated aphorism: 'Brevity is the soul of wit'.
This issue of Angles will be an opportunity to discuss the links with humor, irony, and short forms of expression (mots d'esprit, soundbites, slogans) in a host of contexts: literary, linguistic, social, political
For a complete CFP, please visit:
Additional, off-topic contributions are also welcome.
This is a one-day public engagement conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers. We are excited to announce that Dr. Irina Metzler has been confirmed as the keynote speaker.
There are many misconceptions about the quality of health care in the medieval and early-modern periods. Even Blackadder II, set in the sixteenth century, popularises the idea that early-modern medical practices were both limited and ineffective:
Edmund: I've never had anything you doctors didn't try to cure with leeches. A leech on my ear for ear ache, a leech on my bottom for constipation.
Doctor: They're marvellous, aren't they?
Edmund: Well, the bottom one wasn't. I just sat there and squashed it.
Call for Papers
Etudes écossaises, n°19, 2016 : "Scotland – migrations and borders"
The 2016 edition of the journal Etudes écossaises will focus on Scottish culture, history and politics through the prism of migrations and borders. Papers in English or French will be welcomed from specialists in all fields of Scottish studies including arts and literature, civilization studies, history, political science, culture and the media.