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.
11th Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond with Muldoon and Hayes
"I am with Raleigh, near the Atlantic" writes Paul Muldoon in "Promises, Promises" from the volume Why Brownlee Left ( ). Even though Plato wanted to banish poets from the (ideal?) Republic, poets and poetry have remained part of the social life. After all, the Romantics believed in the inborn superiority of literature as a mode of knowledge and judgment. Literature and not history or philosophy carried the meaning of life. Victorians placed a poet not above but within his/her community thereby asserting his or her social utility.
The 1st biennial conference of the Americas chapter of the International Auto/Biography Association asks us to consider life writing as a form of encounter. This panel examines auto/biographical encounters with and in space: How are auto/biographical subjects constitute themselves through spaces of all kinds—including living spaces, environments, habitats, workplaces, landscapes, buildings, or geographies? How does space facilitate archival, technological, and methodological encounters?
Call for Papers
'The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics'
We are calling for papers for a Special Edition of New Scholar that will explore the notion of cosmopolitanism, both as a utopian project and as an object of critique. This Special Edition follows on from the conference, The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics, which was held at the University of Melbourne on 22 and 23 September 2014. We invite contributors (especially postgraduate students and early career researchers) to submit papers (scholarly and/or creative) that address some aspect of cosmopolitanism. Potential topics include:
The Conference on Community Writing: Building Engaged Infrastructure
Boulder, CO | October 16-17, 2015
Update: Submission deadline is now February 2, 2015
- "This is not your average conference, and the theme, Building Engaged Infrastructure, isn't just a concept—it's a challenge, a call to action."
How do we, on a local and a national scale, create engaged infrastructure? What does that look like? What barriers do we foresee? What resources and support structures do we need?