How do late medieval English narratives frame cultural memory? From the great famines at the beginning of the fourteenth century to the ongoing Hundred Years War, the twilight of the Middle Ages in England contains many memorable events itself, yet poets and writers during this period also draw on a fantasized English past - Arthurian legend - and the common trope of translatio imperii. Additionally, authors cite the authority of past auctors (authorities) to validate their own work. As Larry Scanlon has noted, "Authority, then, is an enabling past reproduced in the present" (Narrative, Authority, and Power 38).
"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.
This session seeks papers for the 68th annual Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014) that utilize the critical lens of ecocriticism, the interdisciplinary study of literature and the environment, to explore any aspect of medieval or early modern literature. When ecocriticism emerged in the 1990s as a response to awareness of impending environmental crises, its primary focus was on literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More recently, however, scholars like Ken Hiltner, Sylvia Bowerbank, Diane McColley, and Gillian Rudd have called attention to how earlier works of literature register and respond to the environmental problems of their own periods.
The Humanities Review seeks to analyze the ways in which disparate dialectical poles (such as Nature and Culture) are mediated, and in which disparate fields of knowledge conjoin.
To this end, we are seeking scholarly articles that examine the way supposed distinctions are constructed and maintained between authentically linked, contiguous, or identical concepts; the consequences of such distinctions; and the implications of their removal.
In a similar and related vein, we are interested in cross-pollination between academic fields which are capable of illuminating both the strengths and oversights of one or both disciplines and shedding new light on new or stagnating issues.
The conference aims to bring together experts in folklore, medieval and early modern literature and culture as well as contemporary fantasy and science-fiction to explore the fascinating relationship between supernatural creatures and humankind.
We would like to invite contributions that address the nature and function of the beliefs of past eras, their postmodern transformations, and especially those which trace the (dis)continuities in the ways in which these creatures have been imagined and perceived over the ages. From medieval fairies through Tinker Bell to Orlando Bloom's Legolas, from Fafnir to Glaurung or Smaug, the conference aims to investigate the nature of the undying fascination with the supernatural denizens of our (?) world.
The editors of Anglica: An International Journal of English Studies, a peer-reviewed annual print journal published by the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, invite submissions for Volume 23 on all aspects of English literature, culture and linguistics. The suggested maximum length of the paper is 12 pages (27000 characters with spaces) including the reference section and notes. We recommend the MLA style guide (7th edition). The article should be preceded by an abstract of approximately 100 words. Authors are also asked to provide a short biographical note, approximately 50 words.
The deadline for contributions is 30 April 2014.
ISUF 2015 - International Conference. City as organism: new visions for urban life. 22-26 September 2015. Faculty of Architecture, 'Sapienza' University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Call for papers (deadline 15 January 2015)
Gender and Medieval Materialism
Call For Papers MLA 2015
Gender and Medieval Materialism
Call For Papers MLA 2015
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 41 No. 1 | March 2015
"Forms of Life, Forms of Death"
In collaboration with Outis! Journal of (Post)European Philosophy
Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2014
Call for Papers
Authority and Its Discourses
Department of Foreign Languages, University of Boumerdès
October 19-21, 2014
Call for Presentations:
Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to engaged reading organized by Troy University. This interdisciplinary summer conference, "Reading Matters," will take place from June 11 to June 13, 2014, at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.
This conference is an attempt to rethink what it means to read and how we read in our current culture. The topic is intentionally broad in order to encompass and encourage a wide variety of potential themes including historical, sociocultural and disciplinary contexts. We welcome any sustained attempt to explore and rethink the various aspects involved in engaged reading.
The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO) invites you to submit abstracts for academic papers, poster presentations, or creative writing pieces from all disciplines that investigate edges and the ways in which they shape, limit, and expand the world around us.
Please submit abstracts of 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Monday February 10th, 2014. We prefer abstracts and presentations in English but in some cases we will consider submissions in other languages. In your abstract, please specify if your presentation will be a poster, creative writing, or an academic paper. We welcome both individual presentations or panels proposals of 3-4 presenters.
The Department of World Languages & Literatures at Portland State University is proud to invite graduate students of foreign languages to present on their scholarly research. The theme of our conference, "Transformations," seeks to open a dialogue on the way transformations of social norms, linguistic codes, languages in contact, regimens of representation, etc. have affected cultural production. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• literature, film and culture
• linguistics, applied linguistics
• language pedagogy
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS deadline April 22, 2014
In spring 2015, NeMLA will meet in Toronto, Ontario for its annual convention. In mid-March, the association will begin accepting online session proposals (panel, seminar, roundtable, creative session) in the following areas:
Comparative Languages & Theory
Culture & Media Studies
French and Francophone
Rhetoric & Composition
Women's and Gender Studies
World Languages (non-European)
For 2015, NeMLA particularly welcomes proposals on the following topics: