Samuel Beckett's work across the genres has always shown a keen interest in both the topography and the function of the mind. The experience of interiority in Beckett is complex and it is often on the brink of its own collapse. Beckett undertook a comprehensive self-education of the mind, primarily from the disciplines of philosophy and psychoanalysis, to understand this interiority which he would render poetically. If Beckett is interested in a physics and even a geometry of the psychic space, the recurrent image of the skullscape—from The Trilogy and Endgame to Worstward Ho—is also replete with the minimal and yet necessary possibilities of thinking.
CFP: Literature Adaptations: Remixing and Upcycling
Panel at 3rd Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
St. Louis University, June 2015
Abstracts to krsuthe at uga.edu and tac598 at mail.usask.ca by December 15, 2014
Call for Papers:
The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 6th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 27-28, 2015
Streams of Consciousness:
Water, Sound, Land, Text
Deadline Extended to December 8th!
Trance: March 5-6 2015
This conference seeks to bring together critical and imaginative forms of scholarship, workshops, performance and other creative work around ideas of trance. From the Great Awakening's irruptive glossalia to the glossed eyes of late capitalist workers, from various manifestations of trance dance to the moving spiral, trance is woven into the fabrics of spiritual, theological, political, and literary histories, texts and methodologies. Trance not only challenges Enlightenment models of knowledge production, but also forces us to navigate extra-linguistic experience, thus destabilizing language as epistemological ground.
The Wiley-IEEE Press series Engineering Transformation: Conflict, Crisis, Adaptation aims to explore a range of topics for professionals in or affiliated with electrical engineering. This series focus is part of the larger series titled "Professional Engineering Communication" (PEC, Traci Nathans-Kelly, editor). Proposals are sought for interdisciplinary titles that are related to the themes of communication, conflict, crisis, and adaptation and that will be provocative, theoretically grounded, and, crucially, practically relevant to electrical engineering practitioners and scholars around the world.
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture is developing a special (potentially double) issue on women's labor in film, television, gaming, and other media forms. We are interested in research that contributes to the growing body of work on women's creative labor in the various aspects of film, television, and (new) media production, distribution, and exhibition.
The special issue aims to feature research in production studies that sheds light on the gendered dimensions of labor in screen industries, and on women's ongoing and shifting contributions to film, television, and media practice above and/or below the line.
University of Lyon 3 – November 12-13 2015
Call for Papers
The discursive practice of irony and banter
In memory of Geoffrey Leech
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)