The increasing attention to ontology and digital materiality in media studies bespeaks the considerable influence of new materialist theories on the field. With some exceptions, this new materialist-inflected scholarship has explicitly distanced itself from Marxist historical materialism, choosing to focus its attention on the material existence and agency of media technologies rather than on the articulation of these technologies within the historical development of capitalism. In response to these developments, this panel aims to consider what insights might be gained by rethinking the apparent opposition between historical and new materialism. What are the political stakes involved in the disjuncture between the two approaches?
Call for Papers: Picking Through the Trash
PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought
***Extended CFP Deadline: August 31, 2014***
"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures."
"[T]rash talks to us, or certainly speaks of us. However much we want to put trash and garbage and waste and rubbish out of sight, out of mind, out of smell, there is considerable evidence that we take them to be revelatory of all manner of not insignificant facts about individuals, communities, civilizations, or that tired old workhorse the 'human condition.'"
—Elizabeth V Spelman
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.
Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014
"Laughter in the Digital Age"
Special Issue of Comedy Studies
Guest Editor: Peter C. Kunze, University of Texas at Austin
Websites, social media platform, and YouTube and other video-sharing services make the dissemination of comedy easier than ever, and studies of the implications of new media on comedy and humor is only beginning. This issue examines how the Internet as well as new technologies radically change how humor and comedy are produced, exhibited, and distributed in the digital age. I invite papers, broadly conceived, that consider these issues through either theoretical discussions or case studies of specific artists, texts, platforms, or sub-genres. Potential articles may cover:
The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually, both electronically and in print. It includes submissions from postgraduate students with a diversity of interests and backgrounds, including specialists in Literature and Language from all periods and cultures.
Each issue features articles and notes from current postgraduate students, along with book reviews. Original literary compositions and artwork are also welcomed.
Articles for the next edition are to be submitted via email to the General Editors at email@example.com by the following deadline: Monday 29 September 2014.
We are inviting papers for a seminar to be hosted at the American Comparative Literature Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, in Seattle, Washington on March 26-29. This seminar explores how settler colonial studies contribute to our study of comparative literature, both within and beyond Anglophone settler spaces.
The past is all around us, not least in our entertainments. It is also a highly malleable thing that can be moulded and shaped to tell us who we are, who we should be, and where we came from. The myriad ways in which conceptions about the past can be informed by contemporary concerns and the ways the past can be used to legitimize present practices and ideas have been ably charted by scholars in the rapidly growing field of memory studies. Although highly interdisciplinary, comics studies has yet to truly enter this field, despite the fact that its subject matter provides ample opportunity for studies of representations of history and memory.
This proposed panel seeks to continue the conversation begun at the "Shirley Jackson: Beyond the Gothic" panel at the American Literature Association Conference in May 2014 in Washington, DC. With so much renewed attention in Jackson's work (a collection of previously unpublished works is set to be released by Random House in 2015), this panel is interested in readings of Jackson's work that go beyond the gothic or horror. The range of possible topics is broad, but of particular interest are essays that address her lesser known essays, short stories, or novels, speak to her influence on contemporary or current authors, or use emergent theoretical reading practices (i.e.
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 14-17, 2015
Despite the substantial reconceptualization of the field of American literature in recent decades, century-based constructs typically remain in place throughout the field, particularly in relation to "nineteenth-century American literature" versus "twentieth-century American literature." Courses are taught, textbooks sold, and academic jobs are constructed around such distinctions. Such logic particularly limits scholarship on the turn into the twentieth century, often characterized as a midpoint on a teleological trajectory culminating in literary modernism.
Issue 3 of The New Union is now available to read online (www.new-union.co.uk) We are now looking for contributions for our fourth issue, which will be published at the end of October 2014. If you have something you would like to contribute, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17 October 2014.
Do you want to promote and defend the value of the arts and humanities? If so, why not contribute to The New Union by writing for us. We are currently on the look out for interesting and powerful articles that reflect the importance of the arts and humanities in the twenty-first century.
Open Windows, a feminist resource centre, (www.aresourcecenter.wordpress.com) is looking for essays which will look at the notion of ethical pedagogy. The collection will be published by Lies and Big Feet (www.liesandbigfeet.wordpress.com). For more, please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are interested in proposals on all aspects of Wilder's work––and on its relation to the work of other writers and to the several eras of his productive life, from the 1920s through the 1970s––as a dramatist, novelist, screenwriter, librettist, essayist, lecturer, adapter, translator, teacher, and scholar; and from any critical perspective (e.g., gender studies, queer theory, and post-structuralist theory). Given Wilder's connection to Newport, we also encourage papers that deal with Wilder and Newport. Furthermore, because Wilder's relationship to his family was important to his life and art, we welcome papers dealing with the work of his siblings and his parents.
The aim of this event is to examine the culture that develops around football, with particular focus upon the influence of the sport on other cultural media. Football is a prominent part of contemporary culture, and the strong influence that it has on social and political identities is often reflected in wider cultural production. Despite this, it is sometimes argued that football is an example of low or "mass" culture, removed from "high" cultural forms. This event will interrogate this viewpoint and attempt to demonstrate the sport's influence upon a wide variety of cultural forms.
When Seamus Heaney died last August, he seemed to be a kind of figure the literary world had not known for some time: a poet who had academic cachet and a common touch, and perhaps more to the point, a general readership; a poet absorbed by his own art yet seemingly equally at home as a critic; a fiercely exacting writer who was also something of a smiling, public man on two continents; a thoroughly international presence who never let go of the local. For this session, I'd hope to assemble a range of presentations that would explore from various perspectives the nature of Heaney's particular (to stop short of saying 'unique') career and achievement, and the inferences we might draw from it about poetry and its audience(s).