The English word “school” derives from the Greek word scholia, which may also be translated as “leisure.” It is perhaps because of this association between school and leisure that education in Greece and Rome was not confined to the schoolroom but was present in all aspects of Classical life, including its literature. The earliest examples of Greek literature, the poetry of Homer and Hesiod, were written not only to entertain but to teach, while the audiences of Classical theatre were directed to learn from the plays that they watched. Subsequent Greco-Roman literary works frequently emphasized the educational progress of their characters.
In our modern world, which some have argued to be disjointed while immersing itself ever deeper in crisis, the turning back towards “the olden days” and the ensuing nostalgia constitute a noticeable phenomenon, both individually (the memory of biography) and collectively (the memory of History). Another important – and seemingly also quite noticeable – phenomenon is the longing for something vague, indefinite or never existent.
Call for Papers
Touring Travel Writing: Between Fact and Fiction
Venue: NOVA FCSH, Colégio Almada Negreiros (Campus de Campolide)
Date: December 5-7 2019
Pirandello and Scientific Revolution
Cinematic, televisual, and cross-media cultural production has passed through the end of history (Fukuyama) only to be cornered by “the end of temporality” (Jameson). Today’s illiberal turn is occasioned by the global crises of neoliberal capitalism and the deregulation of state welfare. Consequently, our present is marked by a global epidemic of nostalgia, one that forces Walter Benjamin’s angel of history to reverse flight. In this redirection to what Zygmunt Bauman calls “retropia,” a backward-looking Utopia, our experience of history is rendered ahistorical.
This creative panel seeks to examine how artist-scholars can combine their scholarship and their creative skills to articulate various forms of marginalization. I intend to solicit creative works that lie at the intersection of the textual and the pictorial, which push the boundaries of scholarly inquiry by incorporating the artistic, in an effort to make research more accessible to people outside the academe. As a comic scholar and artist, I firmly believe in the versatility of its hybrid form and its ability to solicit deeply affective responses (which cannot be achieved by purely empirical data).
The death of a lover, child, spouse, partner, parent, friend is the loss of someone unique and irreplaceable – a presence in our lives never to be seen, held, heard or felt again. The tragic loss of familiar, iconic, well loved public figures and celebrities, the unexpected deaths of people through murder, violence or terrorism, heart rending loss through illness, disease or natural disasters all remind us of the fragility and vulnerability of our lives. In times like these music is often our companion providing comfort in the incomprehensibility of loss.
The University of Hong Kong
This interdisciplinary conference asks participants to rethink the nineteenth century and its social, aesthetic, and discursive formations. It brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to consider the categories that inform and shape our various disciplinary approaches to the nineteenth century. In doing so, it invokes the term “formations” in a broad sense, to convey the processes by which concepts, categories, structures, systems, and institutions—many of which remain in place today—came into existence during this period.
The Film & Media Festival SIG has extended its deadline to assist in coordinating preconstituted panels for next year's SCMS to August 8.
Submission details below!
Film & Media Festivals SIG – Call for Papers, SCMS 2020 in Denver (April, 1st-5th)
To participate in a preconstituted panel sponsored by the Film and Media Festivals SIG, please submit a summary no longer than 2500 characters, 3-5 bibliographic sources, and an author bio no longer than 500 characters.
Please copy and paste your proposal into the body of the email message (avoid sending attachments!) and include in the subject heading “Film Festival SCMS paper (or workshop) submission.”
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference
Saturday July 11 – Sunday July 12, 2020
Imperial College, London
Proposals are invited for presentations at the 23rd Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, to be held Saturday July 11 – Sunday July 12, 2020 at Imperial College, London, UK.
Proposals for presentation of critical work about creative writing or for creative presentations (e.g. readings) are equally welcome.