In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings' first volume – The Fellowship of the Ring –, the Porto Conference "Worlds made of Heroes" invites submissions of 20-minute papers in English (preferably), French or Portuguese in a variety of themes related to the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and fantasy in general. Literary and cultural questionings will be discussed alongside with intermedial dynamics within the context of Tolkien's work and its multiple versions and expansions. At a narratological level, special attention will be given to textual analyses around rhetorical/stylistic features and devices that further reveal important ideological layers.
The Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. In fitting with the location, this year's theme is "The Lives of Cities," which is meant to gesture broadly towards the experiences of urban inhabitants in all aspects and phases of urban development—from the very beginnings of urbanization throughout the globe to the resuscitation of contemporary urban landscapes decimated by industrial flight.
Deadline: June 15th,2014
Keynote speaker: Simon Critchley (The New School for Social Research, New York)
Roundtable: Eric Santner (Department of Germanic Studies, University of Chicago), Fred Botting (English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingstone University), Mark Devenney (Politics and Philosophy, University of Brighton), Laura Mulvey (Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, University of London)
Guest artist: Brandon Labelle (Bergen Academy of Art)
Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 29–31, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
From the litotes of Old English poetry to the layered ironies of Chaucer, the subtle ironies of the Provencal trobairitz, and the less subtle insultatis of the milites characters in medieval drama, the rhetorical trope of ironia is well-trod territory. However, sarcasmos, the "flesh tearing" subset of ironia, is notoriously difficult to identify in a written text, because it relies so much on the tone of a speaking voice. However, there are instances in medieval texts where the combination of circumstance and word choice makes it absolutely clear that the speaker, whether a character or a narrator, is being unambiguously sarcastic.
The Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) will hold its 56th Annual Convention in Detroit, MI at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton from November 13th-16th, 2014. The informal convention theme is "The Lives of Cites."
As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.
The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Facing the Unknown: Anonymity in the History of Art
The 40th Annual Cleveland Symposium
Friday, October 24, 2014
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Now in its 40th year, the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Museum of Art Joint Graduate Program in Art History & Museum Studies invites submissions from all areas of art history for the annual Cleveland Symposium.
Seeking papers for the Travel Writing permanent section panel for the 2014 MMLA conference in Detroit. The overall conference theme is "The Lives of Cities." This panel will focus on travel writing and the urban experience.
"For the dramatically inclined, love is everything that the Corinthians quote from the Bible says it is. For the cynically inclined, love is measured in patterns of behaviour. For the scientific mind, there might be a solution in the colourful images of the brain as captured by an MRI machine.
Kaleidoscope, the journal of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at Durham University, is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by postgraduate researchers. This publication is specifically aimed at postgraduate students and early-career academics and encourages international interdisciplinary exchange across the annual theme of the IAS.
The theme for the academic year 2013-2014 is 'Light'. Subjects might include but are not limited to:
-Nature and Geometry of Light
-Scientific Processes Utilising Light
-Narrating and Representing Light
-Light and Wellbeing
-Light, Culture, and Practices
Indiana College English Association 2014 Conference
October 24, 2014 at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana
Conference Theme: Minds on Fire: Academic Crossroads
Over thirty approved sessions are still in search of high quality paper proposals for this year's PAMLA Conference in Riverside, CA (October 31-November 2, 2014). The deadline for proposing via PAMLA's online proposal system is May 31: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas
So, if you are interested in attending the 2014 PAMLA Conference, but you missed the original deadline, take a look at one of these open sessions and propose a paper soon.
Open Sessions currently include:
Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)
28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London
'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld
In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.
Within the past 50 years, practitioners of cultural studies and the humanities more generally have addressed the question of hunger in terms of the immediate, individual body. For example, scholars such as Susan Bordo have considered the ways in which individual practices of self-imposed hunger (for example, anorexia and bulimia) have played a significant role in the maintenance of Western, patriarchal standards of beauty and heteronormative relations. Although this present study acknowledges the contributions made by earlier interventions such as Bordo's, it ultimately seeks to address the question of hunger within a wider, historical-materialist framework.