In contrast to the ongoing childhood studies, humanistic gerontology is still largely an unexplored research area, despite more and more attention being paid to old age by historians, sociologists and literary scholars. The latter have taken up the subject of aging and the elderly, trying to create something like an all-encompassing literary "meta-narrative old age" (Johnson and Thane, eds., Old age from antiquity to post-modernity, 17). Johnson and Thane suggest that this may be a fallacy and that one should rather focus on more contained historical and socio-cultural research areas when studying the processes and meaning of aging. This way, for instance, one can avoid interpretative mistakes attributed to Georges Minois.
This panel seeks participants interested in exploring the complex and multi-faceted relationship between Shakespeare and Italy. Key areas of focus will be, among other things, the impact of the Italian Renaissance on England; early modern English translations of Italian works; Shakespeare's use of Italian texts for both direct source and indirect inspiration; Italian settings and characters in Shakespeare's plays; the influence of Italian genres, such as tragicomedy, in Shakespeare's drama; early modern English attitudes towards Italy in general and certain Italians (such as Machiavelli) in particular; and later Italian adaptations of Shakespeare, particularly for the opera and for the cinema.
Object Emotions: Polemics
(April 15-16, 2016, Cambridge University)
Organizing Committee: Padma Maitland (UC Berkeley); Christopher P. Miller (UC Berkeley); Marta Figlerowicz (Yale U); Hunter Dukes (U Cambridge); Hannah Rose Woods (U Cambridge).
The 6th annual College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium (CLAGS)
Conference Date: February 26-27, 2016
Conference Location: University of Nevada, Reno
Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2015
Submission Address: CLAGS2016@gmail.com
Keynotes: Beauvais Lyons, "Prank Theory"
Call for Papers:
The Forty-Second Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium: Medieval Natures
April 1-2, 2016
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Seminar leader: Kellie Robertson, University of Maryland
Nature, according to the critic Raymond Williams, is quite possibly "the most complex word in the language." This seminar explores how these complexities were imagined by late medieval writers and artists, those who set out, alternately, to define, describe, or (in some cases) defend nature.
**Deadline extended until October 5th**
This roundtable proposal seeks to expand the conversation on sound studies in literature. Instead of focusing on one time period or geographical area, this roundtable brings scholars of all different types of literature together to discuss sound in literature.
As many as half of traditional undergraduate students will take an online class in their academic career before graduation. Conversations in the humanities regarding online learning typically address the challenges facing educators in transforming their face to face techniques into an online environment. This panel would seek to gather scholars who are have been leading the conversation in their home institutions about how to leverage digital learning environments to implement their best cyber pedagogy strategies. In particular, this panel asks that these scholars think of the ways that the digital archive, in its many iterations, influences and impacts virtual learning environment.
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Call for paper
Premodern plant studies debuted at Kalamazoo in 2015 with the first "Secret Lives of Medieval Plants" panel. In this follow-up panel for the 42nd Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium on Medieval Natures (1-2 April 2016), we want to continue the work of pushing back against plant blindness and zoocentrism in analyses of medieval culture. Even as medieval people nominally operated within a Platonic-Aristotelian framework treating plants as "inanimate" and "non-living" (Matthew Hall's terms), they nonetheless recognized diverse forms of vegetable agency in practice.