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“Which Side are you on?”: Literature and Activism in America After 1870 MMLA “Art and Activism” Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, Ohio. November 9-12, 2017

updated: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:28am
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

“Which Side are you on?”: Literature and Activism in America After 1870

MMLA “Art and Activism”

Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, Ohio. November 9-12, 2017

 

In recognition of this year’s theme: “Artists and Activists,” the American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that address the connections, contradictions, and tensions between literary production and political activism in America from 1865 to the present.

Possible topics for discussion include:

'Nihilism .. Utopianism'

updated: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:21am
Modern Horizons Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Nihilism… Utopianism (June 2017)

 

For the June 2017 issue of Modern Horizons we welcome submissions of essays on the theme of ‘Nihilism … Utopianism’.

On either side of life and underlying the meaningful forms we inhabit and live as individuals is – what? –something? –nothing? This basic and enduring question may be thickened for us through the temporal and metaphysical inquiries of nihilism and utopianism—intellectual and spiritual stances that critically engage with the ways we affirm or gainsay our familiar yet different worlds. Through a variety of papers and perspectives at our conference, we aim to address different positive and negative approaches to these two great themes.

MLA 2018: Cosmopolitan Forms

updated: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:03pm
Jessica Valdez; Nan Zhang
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2017

How do literary forms foster, inhibit, or problematize cosmopolitanism? What forms are more likely to travel across national or cultural boundaries? 250-word abstract by 10 March 2017; Jessica R. Valdez (jvaldez@hku.hk) and Nan Zhang (nanzhang@fudan.edu.cn).

Ecological Aesthetics: Romantic, Modern, Contemporary

updated: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:05pm
MLA 2018 (Special Session)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Ecological Aesthetics: Romantic, Modern, Contemporary

Special Session, MLA 2018

4–7 January, New York City 

Focus on aesthetic engagements with human/nonhuman relations, environmental ethics, literary form and ecology, ecological reconfigurations of time, queer and Indigenous ecologies. Send CV and 300-word abstract to Michael Nicholson (m.nicholson@utoronto.ca) and Rasheed Tazudeen (r.tazudeen@utoronto.ca) by 10 March 2017.

Atlantic World Arts: Collision, Fusion, Re-Vision

updated: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:09pm
Atlantic World Research Network, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 24, 2017

Call for Papers

Atlantic World Arts: Collision, Fusion, Re-Vision                             

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference                                                                                     

Sponsored by the Atlantic World Research Network and The National Folk Festival                                    

http://www.uncg.edu/eng/awrn/ 

WRITING THE DIVIDE: LITERARY CULTURE AND POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE 1930s

updated: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:12pm
Durham University, Department of English
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

Call for papers:

WRITING THE DIVIDE:

LITERARY CULTURE AND POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE 1930s

16 June 2017

St Chad’s College Chapel

Durham University

 

Keynote speaker:

Professor Valentine Cunningham (Oxford)

 

In his 1940 essay,‘Inside the Whale’, George Orwell characterized the literature of the 1930s as inextricably intertwined with politics:

John Berger Now 12-13th September 2017

updated: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:08pm
School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

 

John Berger Now

 

12-13th September, 2017 School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University.

 

The Conference:

‘The death of the artist is a dividing line’ wrote John Berger in 1966. ‘Every artist’s work changes when he dies. And finally no one remembers what his work was like when he was alive … [His work] will have become evidence from the past, instead of being … a possible preparation for something to come.’

MLA 2018: Leonora Carrington at 100

updated: 
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 2:09pm
Andrew Ferguson
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This panel seeks to build on the resurgence of interest in the work of Anglo-Mexican surrealist writer and painter Leonora Carrington inaugurated at her death in 2011 at age 94, and continuing through major career retrospectives in Dublin (2013) and Liverpool (2015). For many years, criticism on her writings has been held up by the relative unavailability of her works. Forthcoming centennial reissues of her complete stories (Dorothy Project) as well as her memoir, Down Below (NYRB Classics), however, offer the chance to resituate her work within recent scholarly work on modernism, surrealism, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, gender studies and sexuality, trauma studies and neurodiversity, translation studies, and more.

​‘Ford and the Other’

updated: 
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 1:29pm
Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: ​‘Ford and the Other’

Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France
September 7–9, 2017

Proposals are invited for an international conference on Ford Madox Ford and 'the other'.

​The principle underlying Max Saunders’s magisterial biography on Ford is that of duality; of a man forever oscillating between differing versions of himself; between public and inner life; tradition and modernity; reality and authenticity. As Saunders reminds us, a writer’s life, according to Ford, is ‘a dual affair’; and this tenet seems relevant both as regards Ford’s life as a writer and his theoretical and literary writing. At the core of duality lies the idea that one is also always another.

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