For Plato, as it is only too well known, imitation was an unwelcome way of bringing falsity to the world. What is connoted by the word "imitation" is first of all a kind of copying, repetition and/or substitution of that which, otherwise, may be modified by the adjective "authentic", applicable to nouns ranging from "life" and "feeling" to "signature", "document" and, of course, "text".
AFEA Conference - University of La Rochelle, FRANCE, May 27-30, 2015
Popular Music Workshop
Roots & Routes: Movement, Stasis, and Rootedness in American Popular Music
David Diallo (Université de Bordeaux) and Elsa Grassy (Université de Strasbourg)
We are now seeking for a collection of essays on the reinterpretation of the concept of Third Space in relation to the 'spatial turn' within the frame of the social science and the humanities in Feminist and/or Gender Studies. Spaces can be approached through transnational studies, critical geography, post-colonial insights, among other fields. We are especially interested in research carried out in Europe - even though focused on extraeuropean issues- or on European studies. Themes to be discussed may include:
A missed connection is an attempt to reach out to a stranger whom one has encountered in the past, often with the hope of establishing an emotional or physical contact. At its core is a search for a new beginning or, at least, the potential of a closure.
Literature offers countless examples of missed connections: desperate lovers and failed revenge, comedies of errors and Kafkaesque scenarios, cultural gaps, open endings and unfinished novels. These unfulfilled encounters are never concretized, yet they can be sources of inspiration for writers for whom absence is a productive condition.
Special issue of Archive Journal: Radical Archives
Deadline: April 15, 2015
"Radical archives" and "radical archiving" are concepts that continue to gain currency among archivists, artists and cultural theorists alike, but to date, discussions of "radical archives" and "radical archiving" often appear to rest on an assumed rather than articulated understanding of what these concepts mean. For this special issue of Archive Journal (scheduled for Fall 2015), we seek essays (3000 to 5000 words), reviews, and/or interviews (text, image, audio and video formats welcome) that address one or more of the following questions with the aim of bringing greater clarity to the "radical" in discussions of archives and archiving:
Abstracts are requested for a proposed collection on the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Intended to be the first academic collection about the author, abstracts regarding all topics of interest are welcome.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- the modern Gothic tale
- use of the Faustian pact in his novels
- the Cemetery of Forgotten Books as metaphor
- his use of classical theology
- "Marina" as a modern "Frankenstein"
Please understand that all abstracts (and later articles) will need to be written in English.
A short bio and abstracts of 300-500 words are due by January 1st, 2015.
Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (6th Annual)
Theme: "Partitions and/of Empire"
Keynote: John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California
Date: April 18, 2015
Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Deadline for Proposal Submission: March 2, 2015
Georgia and Carolinas College English Association
Call for Proposals
30-31 January 2015
"Dost thou think, because thou art / virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?" – Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
For its 2015 conference, the Georgia and Carolinas College English Association seeks proposals that address the theme of carnivalization and the carnivalesque. As articulated by Mikhail Bakhtin, "carnival celebrated temporary liberation from prevailing truth and from established order; it marked the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions. Carnival was the true feast of time, the feast of becoming, change, and renewal. It was hostile to all that was immortalized and completed."
call for papers
The Lisbon Consortium invites applications for:
V LISBON SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE STUDY OF CULTURE
June 22nd through 28th 2015
Applications until January 31st 2015
"Collective intelligence has to organise itself into a hostile intelligence — also in the sense of inoculating the host as a malignant parasite. An alien intelligence is not concerned with any orthodoxy, it proliferates and organises its own heresies".
ASAP/Journal, the new scholarly journal of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, is accepting articles and artist interviews as well as alternative format criticism for its 2016 and 2017 volumes. Journal issues are published triannually by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Teaching Matters is celebrating its thirteenth annual interdisciplinary conference in 2015 at Gordon State College on its main campus (Barnesville, Georgia). This year's theme is Celebrating Creativity in the Classroom; and presentations/discussions will focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, approaches to various texts and/or concepts, and theories. The conference is open to all of those who have a passion for pedagogy; conference presentations are designed so that educators can share ideas and strategies that promote student success, student engagement, and active learning. This year's keynote address entitled "See One, Do One, Teach One: The Medical Model and why it Works in the Classroom" will be delivered by Kristen Buoy.
Professor GILL PLAIN University of St Andrews
Dr JOHN CURRAN
SOPHIE HANNAH Author of The Monogram Murders
Author of over eighty mystery novels, Agatha Christie was the best-selling writer of the twentieth century. Her detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are iconic and her play The Mousetrap is the longest-running in history.
Since her death in 1976, Christie's popularity has only increased, and her legacy has been interpreted in various, sometimes surprising new ways. In addition, new perspectives on the Queen of Crime's life and work have opened up. As her grandson, Mathew Prichard, said in 2014, 'Agatha Christie is so much more than an author.'
In the context of high school-college transition, how is the relationship between standardized testing and writing
affecting students' lives, voices, and learning?
For our first themed issue, coming out early Spring 2015, we wanted to build on an important conversation that took place in March 2014 on the Council of Writing Program Administrators' listserv. The discussion on writing assessment prompted Rich Haswell to comment that testing has neglected the "uses and consequences of test scores (and I would add test preparation and test taking) as they affect the test takers." In other words, student ideas, experiences, and questions have been left out of conversations about writing assessment.
Standing on the bare ground [...] all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all [...].
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, 1836)