In Material Ecocriticism, Serenella Iovino and Serpil Oppermann suggest that all matter is storied matter. This session seeks to open up new ways of reading allegorical figures with the insights and methodologies of new materialism. Dante and Aquinas' exegetical levels—literal to allegorical to tropological to anagogical—move increasingly up and away from the material ground on which the allegorical figure is built. This session asks panelists to focus their attention back on the literal: the base matter of the allegorical figure that is so often passed over for readings further up the exegetical chain.
World Cinema and Television in French
September 9-10, 2016 ∙ University of Cincinnati, USA
Sponsored by Contemporary French Civilization, The University of Cincinnati & The University of Rhode Island
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Bill Marshall (University of Stirling)
Confirmed Roundtable Participants: Joseph Mai (Clemson University), Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam), Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University), Thibaut Schilt (College of the Holy Cross)
INAUGURAL COMMUNICATION & MEDIA STUDIES CONFERENCE
University Center Chicago
15-16 September 2016
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Inaugural Communication & Media Studies Conference held at the University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA, 15-16 September 2016. Proposals are invited that address communication and media studies through one of the following categories:
Theme 1: Media Theory
Theme 2: Media Technologies and Processes
Theme 3: Media Business
Theme 4: Media Literacies
Theme 5: Media Cultures
2016 SPECIAL FOCUS: 'Communication and Media Studies: After the Internet?'
CALL FOR PAPERS
HARRY POTTER STUDIES
37th Annual Conference of the
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
Feb. 10-13, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
SWPACA invites scholars to submit papers to the vibrant and diverse Harry Potter Studies Area of the Southwest PCA/ACA conference. The Harry Potter Studies Area is an interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary field that focuses on both the novel and filmic versions of J.K. Rowling's work. Papers may address the work as a whole, specific characters, themes, relationships, social and/or cultural implications, individual texts within the series, etc.
Invitation for chapter proposals for the forthcoming volume on Eliza Haywood in the MLA "Approaches to Teaching" series .
In a lecture recently published in Public Books, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak argues that answering the question "How can there be a feminist world?" requires moving "beyond the enforcement of the law" to "the creation of a society where the law becomes equal to a general social will." Imagining the formation of collectivities not premised on self-interest, Spivak yet cautions that an ethical other-directed society is distinct from current cultural practices, in which "servants and women have to work out constantly what the masters think." Sara Ahmed's Willful Subjects (2014) identifies a related dilemma in willing alternative collectivities.
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Proposals are now being accepted for one of SWPACA's newest areas, Eclectica. We are interested in papers, panels, and roundtables that do not fit into traditional areas, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary and experimental. Proposals on topics not
covered by another area are encouraged as well, but please review the complete list of areas at http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/ to confirm that the proposal does not fit into one of them.
In her recent study, The Forms of the Affects (2014), Eugenie Brinkema announces, "We may well be at the beginning of what will eventually be called the twenty-first century 'return to form' in the humanities" (39). Brinkema marks MLQ's special issue, "Reading for Form" (2000), which was later published as a collection of essays under the same name (2006), both edited by Susan J. Wolfson and Marshall Brown, as the beginning of this return to form. Meredith Martin's The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930 (2012) and Derek Attridge's Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry (2013), to name only two of the many recent publications that address form, seem to support Brinkema's claim.
Deadline for special session proposals/abstracts has been extended to Nov. 1st.
We invite 300-word abstracts/proposals treating of any aspect of medieval and renaissance culture or thought. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, history, architecture, literature, linguistics, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.
The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, April 7-9, 2016.
Come and join this exciting gathering of scholars celebrating all things medieval and renaissance!
Dr. Darci Hill
Send all inquiries and proposals to:
Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until November 1, 2015. Listed below are possible topics; other topics in the area are also welcome:
▪ Precinema, Early, and Silent cinema aesthetics
▪ Definitions of periodicity: aesthetic, chronologic, theoretical
▪ Nontheatrical, industrial, and educational film
▪ Montage and Editing: Practice as Theory
▪ History of Cinematography: Visual Effects from Silent to CGI
▪ Spectatorship and Scopophilia
▪ Auteur Theory
▪ Genre Film & Genre Theory
▪ Third Cinema and Indigenous Filmmaking
▪ Theory & Aesthetics of Representation (Race, Gender, Culture)
Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine
The deadline for Special Sessions has been extended to November 1st for the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. Send all proposals for a special session to the conference director, Dr. Darci Hill at
We invite 250-word proposals on all aspects of medieval and renaissance culture and thought from all disciplines. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, architecture, literature, linguistics, history, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.
Dr. Darci Hill
Mapping Fields of Study: Renegotiations of Disciplinary Spaces in the English-Speaking World
9-11 June 2016
Call for Papers
Wharton and Religion
We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton's writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim, firstname.lastname@example.org.