Across Europe, the public discourses of migration continue to trade on anxiety and fear. Much of this debate seems wearying familiar: populist politicians rehearse familiar anti-immigration rhetoric, while EU states co-operate to target so-called "irregular" migrants. At the same time, European migration appears to display new contours and patterns that such repetitions seem unable to record. Migration within Europe has also changed, as the EU expansion has combined with the calamitous collapse of finance capital.
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The economic and political/cultural impact and transformation due to neoliberal policies and the globalizing agendas of capital are to be seen at the level of the region as much as they are at the national. Indeed, under the thrust of global financial and technological forces the region as a linguistic, geographical and political entity is at once sutured to and independent of the nation. The power of capital and corporations, often circumventing the national structures of power and governance, allows them to directly intervene into and shape the affective and ideological landscape of specific regions. The very process of integration into capital is disintegrative, heightening the region even as it dissolves its distance from capital.
Confirmed speakers include:
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Christine Ross, McGill University
Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley
Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley
Jacob Gaboury, Stony Brook University
W. J. T. Mitchell, University of Chicago
Is it … always an advantage to replace an indistinct picture by a sharp one? Isn't the indistinct one often exactly what we need? (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, §71)
Extended Deadline: April 6.
This is an open topic session. We seek papers exploring the intersections of literature and politics. Please send abstracts of 250-300 words.
Proposals are invited on any aspect of Rhetorical Approaches to Literature. PAMLA 2015's special conference theme is "Literature and Time," so papers that consider Literature and Time will be particularly appropriate, but proposals on any topic related to Rhetorical Approaches to Literature are equally welcome.
Submission Deadline: May 15
Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website
For questions about the session please contact Diana Shaffer at
We have confirmed the participation of Patricia Clough (author, The Affective Turn, and Beyond Biopolitics) and Orit Halpern (author, Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945).
As in our previous post, we are still seeking submissions for our panel "The biopolitics of sensation" for SLSA (Society for Literature, Science and the Arts) meeting, 'After Biopolitics', at Rice University, Houston, Texas, November 12 – 15, 2015.
Deadline is soon, March 30th. Please send c250 word abstracts to both organizers:
Call for Papers: Silence and Documentation
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference
July 10-11 2015
"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence."
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978
"When we (as readers) fill in the gaps that the writer has peppered throughout the book, we form a meaningful bond with the book. We are not just pulling information from it; we're participating in a reciprocal relationship, creating and deriving meaning in an extravaganza of interpretation."
—Wolfgang Iser, Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology
Hearing Voices (panel, Modernist Studies Association annual conference, Boston, November 2015)
How do we hear poetic voice? How do poems reflect and respond to language as spoken and heard? Moving beyond habitual equations of voice with sincerity, what perspectives might we bring to bear on the phenomenon of hearing and the idea of voice in the poetry of modernism and after?
Between Nation and World: Modernist Communities in Crisis
This proposed panel for MSA 17 explores the ways in which modernist writers, and the communities they form, navigate between the demands of national authorship and an imagined world 'republic of letters'. The panel is especially interested in how modernist communities are reshaped and reformed during moments of geopolitical crisis, when the boundaries of national and global citizenship are renegotiated and reimagined. What do fellow writers, critics, and the public expect in terms of national or global political belonging and attachment, and how can these expectations or duties inform (or deform) the literary?
Extending from the conference theme — Arts & Sciences — this special session for the 2015 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Columbus, OH seeks papers that engage the vibrant debates over critical "reading."
-To what extent do new modalities of reading imagine themselves as an art, a science, or both?
-What's at stake in the calls for new reading practices, from surface reading to distant reading, from zoomable reading to dialectical reading, and so on?
-To which specific conditions do new reading practices respond?
-To which rhetorical, theoretical (interpretive), and/or scientific traditions do these practices turn or, alternately, shun?
2nd International Conference of the University of Banja Luka (BiH) in cooperation with Institute of English Studies, University of London (UK)
CELLS - CONFERENCE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERARY STUDIES
Present-day Perspectives on Language, Literature and Culture.
Banja Luka, June 12th and 13th, 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS
In Unseasonable Youth (2011), Jed Esty suggests that the "modernist pressure on bildungsroman conventions goes beyond raising the possibility that the genre can no longer serve those functions" of representing modernity and middle-class identity: "it also raises the possibility that it never did." Esty's claim (and other related recent work) challenges us to reexamine the modernist engagement with the tradition of the bildungsroman genre—and to ask just how revolutionary that engagement really was.
Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, Nov. 12-15 2015
We seek papers which deal with contemporary critical issues in children's literature from any period and in any genre. Papers that address the informal Convention theme of "Arts and Sciences" are especially welcome.
Please send 250-word abstracts, along with your institutional affiliation and role, to Megan Musgrave at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5, 2015.