CounterText is uniquely centred on the study of literature and its 21st-century extensions. Are the broader resonances of the literary being overtaken in the drifts towards image cultures, digital spaces, globalisation and technoscientific advances? For CounterText, the post-literary is the domain in which any artefact that might have some claim on the literary appears. However, the post-literary domain also allows for vital and challenging migrations and mutations of the literary. Such artefacts might be called 'countertextual'. The countertextual is strategic, metamorphic and revelatory of the charged evolutions and radical transformations of the literary today.
The Department of Applied Modern Languages
Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj
in partnership with
The Centre for Language Industries (CLI)
invites participation in the international annual conference on translation and conference interpreting. The event marks the commencement of the academic year for the Department's European Masters in Translation (METT) and European Masters in Conference Interpreting (MEIC).
In 1964's The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx introduces the concept of technological pastoral, a space constructed to join modern industry to the ideals of rural harmony. While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been mobilized in the pursuit of pastoral ideals. Examples of such mobilizations may range from ecosystem management and experiments with closed ecological systems (like biospheres) to theoretical applications such as terraforming. Virtual utopias may provide even another axis of analysis, as might some branches of bionics and bioengineering.
We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on the literature, culture and social history of the British/Anglophone long-eighteenth century.
As a standing session, our panel entertains paper proposals on a wide variety of topics.
If you are interested in submitting your proposal, please do so before the PAMLA deadline of May 15th, 2015 using the on-line submission system at:
You must become a member of or renew your membership in the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association by July 1, 2015 in order to be eligible to present a paper at the 2015 conference.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Asia and the Historical Imagination invites papers that are concerned with representations of Asia's past. This 3-day workshop will be held at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) from 30th July to 1st August 2015. The workshop aims to generate vibrant discussions about fictional interpretations of historical narratives and events in English and other languages.
Modernism and Cinema: Genealogies of Rupture (MSA 17)
This CFP invites paper abstracts for a panel on modernism and cinema for the upcoming Modernist Studies Association conference in Boston. With this year's MSA conference focusing on the theme of modernism and revolution, this panel will consider the revolution of the motion picture (as emergent media technology, popular cultural formation, aesthetic mode, social and recreational practice) in relation to literary modernism broadly conceived.
Queerness and Animality
PAMLA 2015, November 6-8 2015
Mackenzie Gregg, University of California, Riverside
Proposals invited for group or individual presentations in the field of Composition and Rhetoric at the 113th annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference. This year's conference will be held November 6-8 at Portland State University.
Proposals covering any theoretical, pedagogical, or historical topic in the field will be considered, with the goal of creating 2-3 panels at the conference around common areas of interest.
Visit the Association's website, pamla.org, for links to information about the conference and to submit a proposal online.
PAMLA welcomes contributions by graduate students and independent scholars.
Call for papers
Lehigh Valley Vanguard (www.lehighvalleyvanguard.org) is seeking critical prose on a variety of pressing cultural concerns. This list is a loose outline of topics which fit with our milieu:
-Non-partisan political engagement
-Engaged, critical, or anarchist pedagogies
-Politics of what we eat (including pro-vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, localizing food trade)
-Marxist, neo-marxist, anti-capitalist perspectives
-Examinations of generational concerns such as (not limited to): student loan debt, climate change
-Identity politics and/or postcolonial studies
Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos seeks to counteract pervasive mythologies of the Arctic as a blank space or desolate end of the world. Instead, the conference seeks to engage with how past, present, and future power dynamics shape this circumpolar region, its indigenous populations, and relationship to the rest of the world through documentary filmmaking. The conference and proposed edited volume examines the Arctic as a profoundly transnational and heterogeneous space through the rubric of Arctic documentary (including film, video, television, digital media, and installation art).
CFP: The Child in Popular Culture
Red Feather Journal (www.redfeatherjournal.org), an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal, has expanded its scope to include the child in all aspects of popular culture.
Red Feather Journal seeks well-written, critical articles for the Spring 2015 issue (deadline April 25, 2015) on any aspect of the child in popular culture. Some suggested topics include: children in film, television, the Internet; children in popular literature or art; the child in gaming, cosplay or cons; children dan social media; childhood geography or material culture; or any other aspect of the child in popular culture.
STRANGE NEW WORLDS: NEW FRONTIERS IN CINEMA AND TELEVISION
A POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE
18th June 2015
Issues of technology and film have long been considered fundamental bedfellows. Studies of technology's impact both on the cinema – from the coming of sound and colour to the rise of digital media – and within its films have shaped much scholarly thinking. Indeed, representations of technology's effects on modern and future life shine a light on our most elemental fears.
This panel seeks papers that consider what it might mean to think about poetics in relation to queer studies—specifically scholars who are working with queer studies in conjunction with historical poetics, the history of poetic criticism, and lyric theory. Rather than papers that read poetry by queer writers or read queerness in poetry, this panel is looking for work that thinks more about what it means to write poetry as a queer person, about how that poetry circulates in the world, and how that poetry is read and received. Keeping with the conference theme, papers that think about poetics in relation to queer questions of time, temporality and history are particularly encouraged.
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In keeping with the conference theme of Modernism & Revolution, this panel seeks to explore modernism's little magazines as sites of provocation and revolt. The magazine communities were hotbeds of controversial figures and politics, and their publications challenged national programs and social mores via radical ideologies and aesthetics. Of particular interest to this panel is the interplay between their innovative experimental aesthetics and their cultural, social, and political interests that included socialism, anarchy, feminism, women's suffrage, sex, race, nationalism, militarization and labor. Panel papers might focus on The Crisis, The Dial, The Freewoman, The Little Review, The Messenger, The Others, The Liberator, The Masses—to name a few.