Within the current political discourse and political turmoil, representation of women’s races, identities, cultures, precisely of minority women, continue to be under discussion. Women critics and writers have discussed and examined how current political discourse have changed the understanding of identity in connection with ethnicity, race, color, and language. Identity is formed and shaped by culture, beliefs, race, ethnicity, and space among several other factors.Stuart Hall argues “Identity is never complete, always in process, and always constituted within, not outside, representation.” With this in mind, howcomplex then this process of construction becomes when color, race, or religion emerges as defining factor of whether or not one belongs?
Those scholars committed to an inter-disciplinary perspective on human experiences confront centuries-old divisions between and among the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, competing investigative methods, descriptive foci, and explanatory emphases. Bolstered by specialization, administrative demarcations, professionalization, and expertise, the discontinuities generate trajectories of intellectual enrichment and progress. On the other hand, have scholars within these intellectual spheres, disciplines, and area studies become passing ships in the night? What would constitute evidence of this condition, if this is, indeed, the case? Have scholars not been displaced from public discourse and social media?
Ecocriticism plays a significant role in shaping environmental consciousness. Representations of nature’s agency become central to many studies conducted in literature, culture studies, philosophy, history, sociology or political science. This conference aims to explore the relationship between the physical environment and text in its broader meaning as well as analyse the social concerns raised by environmental crisis.
Conference panels will be related, but not limited, to:
SCMS 2019 – Call for Papers: “Horror and Nostalgia” Panel
The twenty-first century has seen a renewed attentiveness to nostalgia within a variety of scholarly contexts and disciplines. Such work has been especially prevalent in the fields of film, television, and media studies. The purpose of this panel is to bring critical engagement with nostalgia into closer contact with horror studies.
“Remapping Gender in Shakespeare’s Europe”
This is a seminar at the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) conference in Rome from July 9-12, 2019.
Taking Shakespeare and his theatrical world as a temporal and locative point of departure, this seminar brings together papers engaging with depictions of gender in different nations of people and across political borders from the 16th century to the present. With numerous studies over the last four decades that address gender in Shakespeare’s works and on stage, we aim to explore how gender is theorised, staged, and depicted across national and cultural boundaries.
Workshops of Horrible Creation: 200 Years of Imagined Humans
International Conference and Workshop on Science Fiction
Organized by the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University,
and Kalpabishwa Webzine
22-24 November 2018
This year marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of English, Jadavpur University and the Kalpabishwa Webzine collective are co-hosting an international conference and workshop on SF. The conference will feature:
Scholars agree that English and French, whether language, literature, or culture, had a strong relationship in the Middle Ages. Despite their mutual interactions and back-and-forth distribution of power, the portrayal of the relationship has remained fairly static, frequently described as French influence on English writing but not the other way around. Rather than a unidirectional influence, however, we should perhaps consider the relationship to be one of exchange. How might English ideas have influenced French ones? How might both peoples have viewed each other on a day-to-day level?
Call for Papers
The sixteenth HCA Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion will be held from March 18-22, 2019. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.
The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during this week.