Experiment and issues connected with it have long been part of the literary landscape. "The majority of the following poems are to be considered as experiments," wrote Wordsworth in 1798. "But my writing is simply a set of experiments in life," wrote George Eliot in 1876. "I would think that while I am a traditional writer – I have no interest in experiment for experiment's sake – I actually think that the real experiment is a constant experiment, and that's the experiment of the voice, of the way of seeing," said John McGahern in 1979. In the introduction to his influential anthology The New Poetry (1962), A.
As humans, we locate ourselves in the time and space of our physical existence, but within the humanities, we get to explore and at times relocate ourselves. In doing so, we redefine not only our personal identity but the very essence of what it means to be human. This year's conference will explore the porous constructs of self and Other, questioning where the individual fits—or does not—into the fabric of existence. This concept could include the timely topics of race, class, gender, and sexuality; philosophical questions concerning what is human, non-human, and post-human; and larger global issues such as the impact of environmental and economic oppression on the body.
In 1969 Jim Kitses published the seminal work, Horizons West, in which he asserted that "the idea of the auteur does not seem to me to solve all our problems [associated with understanding the Western film] as much as to crystallize them." Kitses was referring here, and in his subsequently revised and expanded text, to the importance of the auteur as a lens through which to re-examine the generic forms and structures of the Western, its relationship to history, to issues of American identity and values, and to allegorical and mythological understandings of the past and present.
Extended Abstract Deadline: November 22, 2015.
Call for Papers: Upcoming Special Issue
Enduring Operations: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
Guest Editors: Aaron DeRosa and Stacey Peebles
Deadline for Submission: 1 February 2016
UPDATE Keynote Addresses:
María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (New York University) and Roberto Dainotto (Duke University)
Éthique du détournement. Matériaux, techniques, genres.
La Société des études supérieures du Département d'Études françaises de l'Université de Toronto (SESDEF) lance un appel à communications pour son colloque annuel auquel sont conviés les chercheurs-étudiants en provenance de toutes les disciplines. Le colloque se tiendra les 15 et 16 avril 2016 à l'Université de Toronto au campus St-George, au centre-ville. Nous aurons le plaisir d'accueillir l'auteur Tanguy Viel en tant qu'invité d'honneur, et une conférence plénière sera assurée par le professeur Sébastien Drouin.
Appel à communications
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, to be held in San Francisco, CA from May 26-29, 2015. For information about the conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org/calls/annual-conference/.
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces four awards
for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.
*Graduate Student Paper Award*
Provides up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2016) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2016). Please submit a 300-word abstract to Roger Thompson (email@example.com) by December 20, 2015.
Call for Papers
Mad Men: The Conference
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Date: May 26-28, 2016
Convened by the College of Media and Entertainment and the College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University, USA, and The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford, UK.
Keynote speakers to include Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the forthcoming Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion (2015).
The English Graduate Student Association at Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce its third interdisciplinary graduate conference which will be held at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. We welcome proposals for paper presentations, panels, or workshops produced from MA and PhD students enrolled in graduate programs all
over the country.
Call for Papers
Technology & the Human: Rethinking Posthumanism
Keynote: Professor N. Katherine Hayles -- Duke University
Call for Papers, Panels, and Presentations
Page 23 LitCon
June 17-19, 2016
500-word abstracts for papers, panels, and roundtables offering a critical approach on comics and pop culture are being accepted for a scholarly conference at
DENVER COMIC CON
DENVER, CO June 17-19, 2016
Now in its fifth year, Denver Comic Con's Page 23 LitCon seeks abstracts from all disciplinary and theoretical perspectives related to not only comics and graphic novels, but also gaming, television and film, anime, action figure studies—any pop culture topic is welcome!
Translation and adaptation are important sites of contestation for theory and philosophical inquiry, especially in the current atmosphere of globalization, intercultural interaction, and cultural exchange. Is the translator a "traitor," as the Italian proverb tells us? Or is the translator what L.R. Lind imagines to be "a man without a country [lingering] upon national boundaries, seeking what he may bring home to that strange limbo that lies between one tongue and another"? What does it mean to adapt artistic materials from one cultural context to another? What are the political implications of such an exchange? How do artists overcome linguistic or artistic incommensurability?