This panel invites writers as well as literary scholars to address the question of political and literary engagement in our political age. In a political age, what happens to the novel or poem of interiority or introspection? Does literary material have to engage with the political? And if it doesn’t, can the political be read between its lines? What are the possibilities for creative work in an era that is increasingly in a state of emergency? Creative writers of all levels and genres are encouraged to explore these questions in the context of their own work. Paper proposals may be submitted on the NeMLA website. https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/SubmitAbstract/18240
In Pursuit of Sound: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 1 – 2 October 2019
In Pursuit of Sound is a two day symposium which aims to rally researchers engaged in sound studies, and interrogate the discipline’s promises and pitfalls. The humanities’ ‘aural turn’ might be said to have been completed, but we are interested in advancing sound studies towards new, strange, and challenging inquiries. To that end, we invite proposals for twenty minute papers on the theme of sound, from postgraduates, ECRs, and academics across the humanities. Proposals might address the following topics, although these are not exhaustive:
Things that go Bump in the Night: Premodern Narratives and Depictions of Spirit Visitation
IMC Leeds 2020
Organizers: Asa Simon Mittman and Thea Tomaini
Since the development of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa in the 1930s, creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level have proliferated. In 2008, there were 156 MFA programs in Creative Writing in the U.S; in 2016 there were 244. This roundtable will consider the status of international creative writing courses and programs within the context of the evolving picture of higher education. Some questions to consider: What effects might the spread of online education have on creative-writing pedagogy? Is creative writing as a field sustainable? As higher education moves to encompass a variety of formats and economic models, how will creative writing courses have to evolve?
Since the rise of the novel during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the literary marketplace has famously been a powerful influence on the form, format, and concerns of both short and longer fiction. This panel will consider the realities of contemporary publishing as a business and the way its corporate structure, economic practices, and publishing procedures impact the lives and work of writers. Some questions to consider: what effects does the advent of electronic publishing have on both the content and the distribution of literary work? How have expanded opportunities for self-publishing impacted the novel’s form and content? What is the contemporary publishing process like, and what are some effective strategies for navigating it?
Print forms of poetry have traditionally been integral to writing and literature classes. However, for many students, especially those in first- or even second-year classes, the written word and the visual layout of poetic form can be foreign, even intimidating. This session will consider the possibilities offered by oral forms such as storytelling and spoken-word poetry. In addition to considering the pedagogical possibilities of oral performance, this session invites poets and storytellers to share their own original work.
AbstractThis panel explores representations of Irishness in the 21st Century. From the Belfast Agreement and the “end” of the Northern Ireland Troubles to the Republic’s referenda on divorce, abortion, and marriage equality, the past 25 years present a dynamic and changing society on the island. Recalling Clare Connolly’s introduction to Ireland and Postcolonial Theory, in which she writes of instability of the “boundaries between past and present [...] memory and history, national and international,” this panel examines Irishness in relation to shifting global, political, and cultural contexts as they manifest in texts from the present and recent past in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
PAMLA 2019 – Poetry and Poetics
Presiding Officer: Tom Jesse (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Proposal Deadline: June 10, 2019
For this year’s “Poetry and Poetics” session, we are open to paper topics that span a wide range of (sub)genres, time periods, and critical approaches. Given the PAMLA 2019 conference theme of “Send In the Clowns,” we are especially interested in papers that engage with poetic “clowning” of all sorts—including but not limited to:
The Rose: Beauty, Blossoming, and Transition in Irish Studies
October 10-12, Embassy Suites Portland Downtown, Portland, Oregon
Taking its title from “Edge,” one of Sylvia Plath’s last poems—“The woman is perfected”—this panel approaches her writing as more of her words have become available to readers.