Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.
In anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies will hold two sessions on enduring medieval scholarship that emerged in the postwar era:
Post-War Scholarship and the Study of the Middle Ages I: Hannah Arendt
Post-War Scholarship and the Study of the Middle Ages II: Ernst Robert Curtius
These sessions are an extension of the series we began at the last conference, with panels on Auerbach and Kantorowicz. Each session will examine one of the major intellectual figures of the period, considered in light of their own contemporary moments and their lasting influence in our own.
They were the bestsellers of their time; in the late medieval period, a number of shorter romances and tales, such as 'Floire et Blancheflor', 'Partonopeus de Blois', the tale of the eaten heart, 'Valentine and Orson', 'Amadis' and many others, enjoyed striking popularity across different regions of Europe.
ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 5-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and especially those that focus on: "Trades, Talents, Guilds, and Specialists: Getting Things Done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance".
Selected papers focused on "Trades, Talents, Guilds, and Specialists: Getting Things Done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance" will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).
From London to Chicago, to Manhattan and Toronto, the depiction of the death and revival of the city is not uncommon in young adult literature. Revisions of the city, whether real or imagined, are found throughout Young Adult speculative fiction such as in Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely (2007-2011) series, the Steampunk Chronicles (2012-2014) by Kady Cross, Michael Scott's The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel hexalogy (2007-2012) or works like James Dashner's Maze Runner series, The Partials Sequence by Dan Wells (2013-2014), the Unwind Dystology (2007-2014) by Neal Shusterman, Nalo Hopkinson's The Chaos (2013), Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (2008-2010) trilogy, and the Divergent Series (2011-2013) by Veronica Roth.
In Nomadic Subjects (1994), Rosi Braidotti wrote: "Woman, as sign of difference, is monstrous." In the medieval world, a similar notion was explored in multiple medieval cultures by works—visual, verbal, and performative—that assert the exceptionality of female bodies, communities, and practices against a male norm. In line with this year's Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) theme "Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Relevance," MEARCSTAPA invites papers that focus upon the instances in which women are presented as either literal or figurative monsters, as found in images or texts from medieval Europe and contiguous cultures in Africa and Asia.
Seeking papers for NEMLA convention, to be held in Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015. Medieval romance often features individuals exiled to the woods, such as the displaced wives and children of duped sovereigns, fugitive lovers, or knightly families fleeing violence. As most such exiles are of noble lineage, class clearly plays a role in the medieval forest. This panel seeks papers exploring the significance of sylvan settings for exiles in medieval romance. Papers may come from British or Continental literatures. To submit 300-500 word abstracts, please go to the NEMLA submission site: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html.
"Face, Faces, The Phenomenology of the Face"
The Human (issn: 2147-9739) is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, Irish, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, drama & theatre studies, and comparative literature (where the pieces bridge literature of a country with Turkish literature). To learn more about The Human and its principles, please visit this page:
Contemporary Medievalisms: The proliferation of medievalism in popular culture - as Chaucer's Twitter account, Game of Thrones, and historical young adult novels set in Medieval Europe all attest - expresses varying ideas about what the Middle Ages could mean to our current historical moment. This panel seeks papers that explore contemporary ideas about the Middle Ages as they appear in a variety of popular culture venues. We especially welcome those that engage with global perspectives on the idea of the 'Middle Ages.'
Chairs: Emily Lauer and Filiz Turhan-Swenson
NeMLA 2015 46th Annual Convention
Toronto; April 30-May 3, 2015
The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures honors the life and career of Professor František Svejkovský (1923-2011), professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, with a Gedenkshrift on Medieval Slavic and Central European literature and culture, their impact on other literatures and cultures, and percussive influence in literary history, especially the literature of modernity, broadly conceived.
We still need one more paper!!
SEMA AT SAMLA (Atlanta, Nov. 7-9)
Sustaining the Medieval in the Modern World
How do we preserve medieval objects, culture, and ideas?
This panel welcomes papers approaching this question from a variety of perspectives: conservation, manuscript editing, digital editions, documentary, k16 pedagogy, or modern reconstructions of the medieval in film, architecture, video games. Please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Lynn Ramey, Vanderbilt University, at email@example.com.
Plenary speakers include poet Wendell Berry and critic Ursula Heise.
Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2014 Conference
Ramada State College Hotel and Conference Center
1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA, 16801
October 3-4, 2014
PCEA invites either panels or individual papers for the 2014 PCEA Conference.
Proposals in any and all areas of English (or English-related) studies are welcome: literature, film, composition studies, professional writing, creative writing, linguistics, popular culture, et al. Both pedagogical and theoretical proposals are encouraged. We also welcome the reading of original creative writing.
PCEA invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit proposals.
In the Introduction to the collection Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, editor Jeffrey Jerome
Cohen remarks, "Things matter in a double sense: the study of animals, plants, stones, tracks, stools, and
other objects can lead us to important new insights about the past and present; and that they possess
integrity, power, independence and vibrancy" (7). Building on the concept that Things do, in fact, matter
(or that matter matters), this panel invites papers exploring the duality of material/natural objects, such as
CFP: THE BANALIZATION OF WAR
Issue editors: Graham MacPhee and Angela Naimou