A recurring symbol and theme in Western cultural production since the fifteenth-century, imagery of death and the maiden reveals a dark bond between sexuality and death. Pictures of a decaying corpse seducing a young woman, such as Hans Baldung's Death and the Maiden, became popular during the Renaissance, and have been repeated and adapted oftentimes since, the theme taken up by modern artists such as Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, or composer Franz Schubert.
The University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference
Keynote speech by Andrew Piper
Master class with Rita Felski and Andrew Piper
April 4-6, 2014
proposals due January 31
International conference organized by ERIAC (Equipe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Aires Culturelles) on the subject of AMERICANNESS, entitled "History, Fiction, Representations: The Voices That Build The Americas." KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GIANNINA BRASCHI, celebrated Hispanic-American author of the postmodern poetry trilogy Empire of Dreams, the Spanglish classic Yo-Yo Boing! and controversial take on American culture entitled United States of Banana. This conference aims at examining the present state of the interrogations on Americanness from the 1970s to the present day, the concept being understood in the local, national and transcontinental senses of the term.
Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.
University at Albany 12th Annual EGSO Conference: Transaction
March 28-29, 2014
Keynote Speakers: Anna McCarthy (NYU) and Myung Mi Kim (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,
July 4, 2014
Lancaster University's department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.
Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.
The St. John's English Graduate Conference is proud to announce its keynote speakers: Jamie "Skye" Bianco, New York University, Karl Steel, Brooklyn College, CUNY Grad Center and Steve Mentz, St. John's University
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, University of Northern British Columbia
Significations - CSULA Department of English Graduate Student Conference - May 3, 2014
Deadline for Submissions: March 3
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jayne Lewis, University of California, Irvine
This year's theme is "Convergence." We invite submissions exploring the fields of literature, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing. Areas of inquiry may also include cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies, philosophy, the social sciences, and visual and performing arts.
Papers must be between 10 and 12 pages in length, including Works Cited and endnotes, and in strict accordance with MLA format. Anticipate 20 minutes for presentation of your paper.
"Remix the Conference" University of Calgary Free-Exchange Graduate Conference March 7-9, 2014
"It's the remix to ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen..." – R. Kelly, "Ignition"
"It's taking little pieces from here, adding it to little pieces from there—as many different disparate elements as you can find—and make something totally new out of it." – DJ Shadow
The editors of YLS are pleased to announce a special volume on 'Piers Plowman and the Body.' Any essay related to this topic will be considered for publication.
Suggested topics include: bodily suffering and disease, physiology, humors, senses, and medicine; disability; gender and sexuality; celestial beings, animals, and other living organisms; law, penance, and the regulation of the body; ritual, gesture, song, and speech; personification allegory; genre, form, and the "body" of the text; materials and manuscripts; the body and literary tradition (i.e., the alliterative "corpus").
Submissions to the special volume are due by August 1, 2014.
Submissions deadline extended: February 22, 2014. The Journal of South Texas English Studies seeks submissions for its Winter 2014 issue, themed "What does the future hold for English Studies?"
With this issue, we celebrate our five-year anniversary, and we thought it would be relevant to mark this milestone with a look into the current state and future of our discipline.
Close Encounters: Remapping Discipline though Genre
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Saturday, March 29, 2014
Roundtable Participants: Andrea Hairston (Theatre and African American Studies, Smith College); Nick Bromell (English, UMass-Amherst)
Send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, January 25, 2014.
Christine Cusick, Oona Frawley and recent recipient of the prestigious T.S Eliot poetry prize, Sinéad Morrissey.
Submissions of panels and/or papers due 31 January.
Full CFP available here:
The Bibliography and Textual Criticism panel welcomes 15-minute papers related to textual studies, bibliography, the history of the book, authorship, rare books, paratextuality, publishing history, circulation and reader reception, and the study of archives, books, or texts as material objects. We view this year's theme of "Sustainability and the Humanities" as widely applicable to bibliographical studies of texts in a variety of media.
Possible avenues of exploration: