This panel is part of the NeMLA 2016 Annual Convention, to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, from March 17 to March 20, 2016. The focus is the ways eighteenth- and nineteenth-century urban development altered previous modes of socialization and led to a pervasive undercurrent of urban-based anxieties within literature of the period. Panelists will examine literature that engages with the ways cities and life in cities reduce private space and force people together into public spaces, requiring some level of engagement with the social contract as they interact with their fellow urbanites. Such interactions involve questions of identity and dis/honesty, and a character's ability to read his/her fellow citizens successfully.
Showrunners in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies for Composition & Literature Courses
In the last two decades, there has been a steady rise in our pop culture's awareness of the role writers, producers, and directors play in developing television series both from a commercial and critical context. With the advent of social media, fans are able to hear directly from the source on the fandoms that they hold so dear. This panel looks to investigate lesson plans and courses that are based on using the work of television auteurs in composition and literature classrooms. How are instructors using television episodes to construct critical thinking and writing skills?
The Rise and Development of Dystopia in YA Literature
Young Adult (YA) Literature has always featured a variety of sub-genres working in conjunction with familiar tropes (beauty, sexuality, identity, etc.). In the last decade, there has been a steady rise in popularity of the dystopia sub-genre (e.g., Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Selection, Uglies), particularly in the emergence of strong female heroines. While each series has its own distinctive features and developments, a question remains when we look closely at the genre: is there any originality left when we know the pattern of events and characters? This roundtable looks to examine the rise and development of the dystopia sub-genre from its origins to the current climate.
This panel seeks to explore the impact in global art cinema of the work of the Portuguese film director, Manoel de Oliveira (1908-2015).
Manoel de Oliveira, one of most important directors in the history of film, died in April of 2015 at the age of 106. He directed more than 60 films and garnered international accolades, yet his work is seldom appreciated outside art cinema circuits. This panel addresses issues of Oliveira's work in comparative, multidisciplinary contexts.
Sponsored by AVISTA
AVISTA Prize $200.
For Best original, well-researched and rigorous and best represents aspects of AVISTA's scholarly mission. All abstracts selected for the symposium will be eligible.
Medieval Graduate Student Symposium
The University of North Texas
March 3-4, 2016
"The Technical Details of Everyday Life"
"Behind the Scenes at a Medieval Entertainment"
Call for Papers
Topics from Any Discipline, Any Time-- Late Antique to Early Renaissance
Preference given to those that address the conference theme
This panel seeks papers that confront the multifarious nature of empathy, as both connection and appropriation, in literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Is there room for competing narratives of empathy? Considering literature of various genres and cultural contexts, this panel asks to what extent empathy itself is in a position of crisis.
Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015 to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15656
Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture
30th October 2015
Birkbeck, University of London
"Though it is in the first place a faculty of individual minds, it is clear that attention has also become an acute collective problem of modern life—a cultural problem." -- Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015)
Scholarship on women's writing on the First World War has helped recover important texts that give us insight on the important roles women played as nurses and ambulance drivers. This panel seeks papers that examine the ways in which women depicted their new jobs. How did these new jobs affect their views on their gender? What about their responsibilities as citizens? And, how do these texts help change our views on the First World War?
Please submit an abstract via the NeMLA site:
Domestic representations feature prominently throughout the Whedonverse, frequently complicating not only narratological and rhetorical structures, but also contemporary ideological and sociopolitical assumptions. For example, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel blur the distinctions between public and private domains by creating home-spaces from public, often commercial, domains. Firefly positions characters to live and work in spaces that challenge dichotomized readings of domesticity while echoing Homi Bhabha's concept of the "unhomely," and Dollhouse advances notions of hybridity's object-entanglements in the posthuman home.
This session will present new work from scholars in an emerging line of inquiry: post-medieval outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of feasting and eating. This session purposefully reaches beyond the Middle Ages to demonstrate that outlawry is a global phenomenon, one that is not only present in a variety of literatures, languages, and cultures, but also one that is inherently intertwined with food and feast. While outlawry has its formal origins in the Middle Ages, the outlaw is a figure and trope present in many post-medieval texts: several Renaissance dramas, and especially American, Native American, African American, and Australian outlaw narratives.