It is an undeniable fact that indeed literature has moved from the realm of mere entertainment to one of commitment. Any survey of contemporary literature proves more than ever before that there can be no talk of "arts for art's sake". Hardly any writer who wishes to be taken seriously writes for the sake of writing or to entertain his readers. Entertainment has rapidly given way to commitment and today writers are interested in appraising the world in which they live and write and thereby imagine a better world for humankind. This has infused a political dimension into literature such that it is mainly concerned with a critique of the society. Thus literature today has come to occupy an important position as political discourse.
CALL FOR PAPERS
PAULINE E. HOPKINS SOCIETY
American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
San Francisco, CA
The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association.
Panel One: "Inspired borrowings" or plagiarism? The significance of Pauline Hopkins's textual appropriations.
Call for Chapter Proposals: Book titled Identities and Intersections in 21st-century Peninsular Fiction and Film. Edited by Jennifer Brady and Meredith L. Jeffers.
Old and New Humanism(s): Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
Humanism—the renowned contribution of the Renaissance to academic inquiry and creative endeavors—began as a movement to recover the classical past and to explore what it means to be human. However, as a way of living, humanism did not always align with contemporary views on politics, education, religion, and culture. Thus, humanism has been a subject of debate since its origins. These conflicts still reverberate in our own discussions with regard to the pertinence and role of the humanities today.
The Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce our forthcoming project, the website "Why Social Theory?"
This site is designed to become the premiere source for scholars on the subject of Social Theory. As part of the website, we are designing a compendium of key terms, theorists, and schools of thought.
We invite contributors to produce entries for the website. These should range from 250 to 750 words and include references. Entries may cover a particular term (intersubjectivity, spatiality) theorist (Foucault, Marx, Judith Butler) or school of thought (postcolonialism, neo-Marxism, queer theory).
Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World
University of Montpellier, France
1-2 December, 2016
Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
Christine Chivallon (Research Director, CNRS)
University at Albany 14th Annual EGSO Conference: Crisis and Recovery
April 1-2, 2016
Last year's Serial found remarkable success not merely by crafting a compelling story, but by embracing the narrative form highlighted in the very title of the podcast. After nearly 100 million downloads, the multi-part, longform nonfiction narrative not only drew widespread attention to its particular narrative but also brought unprecedented attention to the medium of podcasting.
Writing in 1936, Elizabeth Bowen said: 'The short story is a young art; as we now know it, it is the child of this century. Poetic tautness and clarity are so essential to it that it may be said to stand at the edge of prose; in its use of action it is nearer to drama than to the novel. The cinema, itself busy with a technique, is of the same generation; in the last thirty years the two arts have been accelerating together.'
The Associated Colleges of the South and Southwestern University are pleased to announce the eighth annual Gender Studies Conference at Southwestern University, February 19-21, 2016. The theme will be: "Gender Across…". This interdisciplinary conference welcomes work that explores how gender and sex are represented across the disciplines of the humanities, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the fine arts, as well as across race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, disability, space, place, time, bodies, culture, and genres.