Description: In recent years, haunting has been theorized as a temporal aberration, as a form of memory (involuntary memory), as spectrality, as an absence, and as a structure of feeling (affect). Haunting brings us in touch with a history that remains invisible, creating a channel of communication with an entity that remains foreclosed and inaccessible. The The structure of haunting thus is always paradoxical, and is similar to what Mckenzie Wark calls dark media—the "mediation of that which can't be mediated." Haunting can have different levels of intensity; and most texts, just like most places, can be seen as haunted in one way or another.
NB: NeMLA guidelines allow participants to present both at a roundtable AND at a regular panel/ seminar. You can therefore apply to present at the roundtable even if you are already accepted into a NeMLA panel.
"World Literature Assignment Exchange" -- a NeMLA roundtable by the NeMLA World Literature Working Group
March 17-20 Hartford, CT
When we explore and critique Latin@ novels, it is a common practice to do so from the perspective of race, class, gender, and colonial identities. While we recognize that these thematic concerns are pressing, we sometimes gloss over the space where thematic and structural forms come together. Interestingly, some of the most important Latin@ writers utilize very similar structural forms, specifically the multi-generational novel—as a way to tackle these issues.
Conference: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Calgary, AB, Canada, 28-31 May 2016
Panel title: Popular Print Culture in the British Isles of the Long Eighteenth Century
In a context where the active (voice, body, citizen) remains the privileged mode of life, the possibility of imagining passivity as a political alternative has been a major lure for critical and political thinkers. Some have also tried to break down the clear-cut division between activity and passivity. In one such instance Lisa Robinson asks, "what is the relation between passivity and will, within cognition?
In the rapidly expanding field of neo-Victorian studies, the million-dollar question remains: what qualifies as neo-Victorian? For guidance, many scholars have relied on Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn's definition, which specifies that to be called neo-Victorian, a text "must in some respect be self-consciously engaged with the act of (re)interpretation, (re)discovery and revision concerning Victorians." The implication is that this is a subgenre for respectable texts, of clear intellectual pedigree.
The Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM) invites proposals for individual conference papers and three-person panels for its 18th Annual International Conference in Puebla, Mexico.
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For its 2016 meeting, the College English Association invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the rhetorical, the pedagogical, and the professional "creations" of our fields.
To create, to study the creation of others and thus re-create in various manifestations of potential meaning, to be a creator of a text or meaning or environment, to stimulate creativity or creation in others -- creation is at the heart of what we do.
We encourage presentations in the related areas of True Crime and Law & Literature, focusing on the role or act of creation in these fields.
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: June 2-4, 2016
Abstracts Due: January 15, 2016
The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its second biennial conference.