Identity is a complex, multi-faceted, often fragmented negotiation of social subjects and actors, yet it remains a central motif of human existence. While conscious creation of identity is more prevalent than ever, the emergence of mass social media also encourages the individual to create not only a self-identity, but an external presentation of that self, and alternate selves. On their Facebook timeline, blogs, Twitter, Instagram and more, individuals identify themselves, but also identify with relevant groups or trends by likes, hashtags, and pin it buttons. The "selfie" is the perfect materialization of this duality, as it produces an ephemeral identity struggling for greater recognition.
Call for papers – Variations 24 (2015)
Variations is the journal for comparative literary studies at the University of Zurich. It publishes contributions in three languages (German, French and English) and represents a forum for research that helps advance academic exchange in literary studies. Each issue gathers articles on a particular topic, followed by literary and artistic contributions, as well as reviews of recently published research in comparative literary studies.
In the beginning was the Word …
Literature Compass invites contributions for a special issue on transnationalism in medieval literature.
Medievalists already have an impressive track record in using the Digital Humanities in their teaching and research. It is now a common practice for an undergraduate to scrutinize high-resolution images of a thousand year-old manuscript while she transcribes the texts it preserves. A researcher can pinpoint when and where certain words were used, or identify the scribe who copied a particular manuscript, or map out the paths of literary borrowings thanks to online reference tools.
We are seeking submissions for a collection of essays tentatively titled Early Modern Black Studies: A Critical Anthology. Inspired by and modeled after interdisciplinary studies such as Black Queer Studies and Shakesqueer: A Companion to the Works of Shakespeare, this edited volume stages a conversation between two fields—Early Modern Studies and Black Studies—that traditionally have had little to say to each other. This disconnect is the product of current scholarly assumptions about a lack of archival evidence that limits what we can say about those of African descent in earlier historical periods. This proposed volume posits that the limitations are not in the archives but in the methods we have constructed for locating and examining those archives.
Below is the original call for papers. We have an exciting collection of proposals and are looking forward to a tremendous conference. Yet, we wish to extend the proposal deadline in order to broaden our scope. We have several undergraduate papers that are very worthy and we would like to create at least one more undergraduate panel. Furthermore, we will accept proposals beyond the defined concept of "Medievalism." The new deadline is December 5th and all contact information is also below.
2016 Illinois Medieval Association Conference
Call for Papers
February 26-27, 2016
Reading the Present through the Past
Forms and Trajectories of Neo-Historical Fiction
Call for Papers
One-day symposium, 4 March 2016
The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies
University of Amsterdam
The 23rd Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies International Graduate Conference
Keynote Speaker: Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
April 8, 2016
University of Rochester
The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
ON: April 16-17, 2016
AT: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Sponsored by: The Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)
Archi-textuality: Explorations of text and writing in creative, historical, sociopolitical, pedagogical, and metaphysical spaces.
Associated Graduate Students of English and STDIC are seeking submissions for the CSUN Department of English Annual Conference. This year's conference will focus on the intersections of text and writing within creative, historical, sociopolitical, pedagogical, and metaphysical spaces.