NB! New date
The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Western cultural productions, from Greek myths through folktales, Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary literature such as Miriam Toew's A Complicated Kindness (2004), television, and films such as Finding Nemo (2003) and The Road (2009). The mother might be dead at the outset, or die during the narrative. Her death might be a disaster, propelling the child into danger; a blessing, saving the child from an abusive or inappropriate parent and making way for a more suitable guardian; or of no consequence.
"The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey
"Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne
"Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry
Call for Papers and Book Reviews: 2015 Issue
Submission Deadline: 25 January 2015
Aelurus is an annual journal that publishes literary and theoretical scholarship from graduate students, which is run and staffed by graduate students in Weber State University's Master of Arts in English program. As such, Aelurus is devoted to a publication process in which we foster and lend experience to the scholarly endeavor of fellow graduate students.
Open to critical perspectives and mediums of examination from any time period, Aelurus solicits scholarly submissions, the most rigorous of which will be published digitally and in print in the spring of each year.
Faculty Keynote: Julia Walker, Art History Department (Binghamton University)
A conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), UW-Milwaukee
April 30-May 2, 2015
What comes after extinction? Our predominant understanding of extinction today relates to natural species extinctions caused largely by human actions. But in the twenty-first century categorical distinctions between humans and nonhumans or culture and nature are no longer tenable—if they ever really were. Indeed as Darwin was not even the first to note, mass extinction events preceded the appearance of humans on the planet.
Book proposals are sought for a new series, Sanctity in Global Perspective
Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University, USA;
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh, USA; and
John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College, USA
Words, whether in poetry or prose, have a power beyond their meaning. They are capable not simply of expression but also of action; they can hurt or they can heal. Throughout the Middle Ages the potency of words, their effect and force upon the mind, body, and soul is explored and engaged with, poured over and focused upon not simply by the arts of grammar and rhetoric, but by poetry and theology, by medicine and psychology. Medieval texts are pieces of linguistic craft and intention, their words chosen and arranged with a purpose in mind. Poems in this period can be as crafted as theological treatises, their meters and rhymes as intentional and purpose driven as any medical instrument.
Call for Papers: Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World
Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Aberystwyth-Bangor
Biennial conference, 3rd-5th September 2015, Bangor University
Michal Biran (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham)
Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives:
March 30-31, 2015 [Please note the change in dates from the previous cfp; we have also confirmed our 3 keynote speakers - see below]
Sideways in Time is an Alternate History Conference to be held at the University of Liverpool - in association with Lancaster University. This interdisciplinary conferences will bring together scholarship in science fiction, fantasy, historical and literary fictions, as well as historians and counterfactual thought-experiments, to discuss those fictional narratives that deals with alternate histories and parallel worlds.
UPDATED with EXTENDED DEADLINE CFP: Literature (General) Southwest PCA/ACA (11/15/14; 2/11-2/14/15)
Organizers of the 36th annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please peruse the specific area list: http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/#literature.)
The quint's twenty fifth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 20th November 2014—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.
All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.
For those of you who would (have) like(d) to send us an article on these theme, I just wanted to let you know it's still time. I will (re)attach the cfp and........well......looking forward to hearing from you!
Phd Lecturer Sorina Georgescu
THE DEPARTMENT OF LETTERS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES
-THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL, HUMANISTIC AND NATURAL SCIENCES-
TO SEND THE FINAL VERSION OF YOUR ARTICLES FOR OUR VOLUME ENTITLED
CULTURAL AND INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY AS (A) MEANS OF PROGRESS
The University of Texas at Arlington is proud to announce the 3rd Annual UTA English Graduate Conference on April 3, 2015
Title: "Navigations and Narrations: Exploring Space and Place"
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nathanael O'Reilly, Texas Christian University
Inspired by our era of globalization and instantaneous communication, the Duquesne University English Department Graduate Student Conference is asking about access. As the rise of Disability Studies and Mobility Studies has provided theoretical and linguistic frameworks for defining, explaining, and challenging traditional conceptions of access, we invite considerations that historicize the concept of access and probe its contemporary resonance. Historically, who has had access? How does asking this question raise awareness of contentious spaces? How do we navigate such spaces without privileging able-bodiedness?