Judith Butler’s Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015) might best be illustrated as a treatise on the political, social, and ethical stakes—drawing from moral philosophy’s elementary question ‘how best to live?’—of the conditions of livable life. Butler writes, “it may be that the question of how to live a good life depends upon having the power to lead a life as well as the sense of having a life, or indeed, the sense of being alive” (212). In a similar vein, evoking Achille Mbembe’s deployment of the necropolitical, the chasms between rich and poor, human and non-human, citizen and non-citizen, the sovereign, “define[s] who matters and who does not, who is disposable and who is not” (27).
journals and collections of essays
The Unique Copy:
Extra-Illustration, Word and Image, and Print Culture
Special Issue of the Journal Wolfenbütteler Notizen zur Buchgeschichte
Workshop (Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany; 24-25 May 2018)
Co-organisers and Co-editors: Dr Christina Ionescu and Dr Sandro Jung
Call for Chapter Proposals (due 9/15/17): Edited Collection, The Material Culture of Writing
Cydney Alexis and Hannah Rule, editors
Deadline for Chapter Proposals: September 15, 2017
We invite proposals for chapter contributions to an edited collection on the material culture of writing. In particular, we are interested in work on the nature, histories, and roles of writing objects, read through a material culture studies (MCS) and consumer research lens. By putting MCS into conversation with writing and rhetorical studies, this collection aims to magnify the focus on the material things that sustain writerly acts and identities.
Update: I am seeking one article and one book review to complete a forthcoming special issue of Papers on Language and Literature.
The emphasis for the issue will be on examining self-reflexive (even self-theorizing) texts which may be considered "world literature", as described below:
The RES Essay Prize aims to encourage scholarship amongst postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad. The essay can be on any topic of English literature or the English language from the earliest period to the present.
The competition is open to anyone studying for a higher degree, or who completed one no earlier than January 2015
The winner will receive:
- Publication of the winning essay in the June 2017 issue of The Review of English Studies
- £500 worth of OUP books
- A free year's subscription to The Review of English Studies
*How to enter*
Call for Papers
The 7th Issue of Localities
Call for Local Stories for the 7th Issue of Localities
Call for Reviewers for the 7th Issue of Localities
The Series Editors of Brill/Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series (http://www.brill.com/products/series/neo-victorian-series) invite proposals for future edited collections in the series, to map emergent, prominent, and critically underrepresented strands of neo-Victorian literature and culture. In particular, we would welcome themed proposals on the following subjects:
• Neo-Victorian Ecologies & Environmental Ethics
• Neo-Victorian Cosmopolitanism
• Neo-Victorian Postcolonialities
• Neo-Victorian Journeys and Travels
• Neo-Victorian Geographies
Overpopulation has become the ‘third rail’ of contemporary environmentalism: no major organization wants to touch the issue anymore. While it had been one of the driving concerns of early environmentalism up until the 1970s, exemplified by such seminal texts as Fairfield Osborn’s Our Plundered Planet (1948), Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb (1968), and the Club of Rome’s The Limits of Growth (1972), concern with population control has since dropped off the list of popular environmentalist causes.