With the Jury Prize acceptance speech given at Cannes 2014 and the major buzz generated by his latest feature Mommy, 25-year-old Québécois director Xavier Dolan brought his cinema to the attention of audiences and critics from all around the world. Four times in competition at Cannes since 2009 (with J'ai tué ma mère) and once in official competition at Venice with Tom à la ferme (2013), Dolan has been a crucial player in the film festival circuit for the past five years, and a spokesperson for the inventiveness of Quebec cinema in the international context.
The Lehigh University English graduate program is organizing our first annual conference on "Literature and Social Justice" for March 7th, 2015, to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals for 15-20 minute presentations by MA and Doctoral students on all aspects of literature and social justice across any specialties within the discipline of English, comparative literature, or modern languages. Scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical methodologies are welcome to submit abstracts. Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:
-questions on whether literature should be socially or morally "useful"
-the current state of didactic literature
This edited collection examines literary expressions of ethnic identity vis-à-vis cultural institutions, national affiliations, and comparative racializations. Taking Italian Canadian literature as a pivot and a point of departure, we also invite essays spanning several related multiethnic literary traditions. Areas of emphasis may include but are not limited to matters of affect, aesthetics, citizenship, community, geography, heritage, language, and politics. We seek contributions keyed to a wide range of places and times—individual essays need not be explicitly comparative in their own right, though the collection as a whole will offer points of contact between several ostensibly separate subsets of literature.
In turn, this collection will:
"My soul would sing of metamorphoses./ But since, o gods, you were the source of these/ bodies becoming other bodies, breathe/ your breath into my book of changes"
—Ovid, The Metamorphoses (trans. Allen Mandelbaum)
Historically, studies of performance have often been tied to star images, focusing on issues of celebrity in professional, public, and private spaces. As a result, a large body of research has explored how the star is constructed through extratextual discourses and how this off-screen persona may shape perceptions of on-screen performance. However, scholarly attention to performers has been shifting from star image and celebrity to acting and performance. Several collections on film acting and performance - most recently Cynthia Baron and Sharon Marie Carnicke's Reframing Screen Performance (2008) and Aaron Taylor's Theorizing Film Acting (2012) - have extended our knowledge of the historical evolution of acting practices.
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our fourteenth annual conference, "Making, Unmaking, and Remaking the Early Modern Era: 1500-1800," to be held on February 27-28, 2015. We are excited to announce our keynote speakers, Professor of English Patricia Fumerton (UC Santa Barbara) and Seth Low Professor of History Pamela H. Smith (Columbia).
Deadline extended: April 15, 2015
These days the word "craft" gets attached to a lot—from cocktails to crochet, 3D printing to upcycled t-shirts, handmade paper to handmade pickles. And this trend only appears to be growing as craft is closely connected to the DIY movement: a wide-ranging, ever-expanding, and sometimes controversial field of work and play.
Academic Exchange Quarterly call for papers: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning ,
details at http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/sotl.htm
Early submission, before December, offers an opportunity to be considered for
Editors' Choice http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/edchoice.htm
Steve Pec, Publisher & occasional Feature Editor
With the conference theme in mind, this panel will consider the liminal spaces and hybrid lives of women in neo-captivity narratives, a term that addresses the broad implications of the captivities about which women write in the 20th and 21st centuries. From early captivity narratives to sentimental novels of seduction and the slave narratives made popular around the Civil War to contemporary neo-slave narratives, women write and narrate stories of captivity that prominently feature their bodies and the various violences and bondages visited upon them, the manner in which they are pursued, controlled, and patrolled, and the possibility for redemption, bodily or otherwise.
Organizer: Regina Lee, University of Washington
The deconstruction of categories of animal, human, and cybernetic organisms has led to wholesale rethinking of corporeal futures and agential action. Likewise, the increase of information-based interactions refigures interactivity in ways which seem to subvert embodied expectation. At these removes, who is an agential actor, and what are the borders of her presence? What are the frontiers of imagining embodied futures?
Paper or roundtable presentation proposals are sought for a session linking ecocriticism and environmental writing with the fields of comics, the graphic novel, and other graphic literature, such as webcomics, at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) Eleventh Biennial Conference to be held at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, June 23-27, 2015.
Topics might include: how nature is portrayed in specific graphic novels, how themes such as environmental apocalypse appear across various titles, how environmental concerns are purposed for specific audience age groups, or comics themselves as a kind of natural environment.
The University of South Dakota's 2015 Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference invites submissions on the theme Gender and Work: Exploring intersectionality, resistance, and identity. Organizers seek proposals for individual papers or panels on topics related to gendered work environments (whether formal or informal) and all the nuanced meanings of "work" in the context of feminism and gender equality. The 2015 conference seeks to explore several questions:
• The work of feminism: What are the main tasks still facing feminism? How do various feminist groups construct their identities through the lens of "work to be done"? How does feminism's work intersect with the goals of other social movements, such as sustainability and eco-feminism?
Poetic Role Reversal in Elisa Lucinda's Pau de Aurora
'Whether erect or still, the penis can always be a marvel, a wonder, a magic wand.'
bell hooks, Penis Passion
The Staging Beckett team is pleased to announce the project's third and final conference, Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures. Building on the conversation begun at the first two events which addressed national and international performance histories and productions at the cultural 'margins' respectively, this conference aims to address how we can locate productions of Beckett's theatre or the staging of any Beckett text within the wider landscape of contemporary theatre and performance in different cultural contexts. What are the legacies of productions of Beckett's theatre or stage adaptations of other texts for contemporary theatre and performance practitioners? How can we best document and record those legacies?