In the past two decades, universities, professional organizations, and businesses around the western world have placed a great emphasis on celebrating diversity on their grounds, welcoming members, students, faculty, and employees from different ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, and class identities. This trend toward embracing otherness has often been instituted and protected by laws and policies in different countries, and employees have been trained to effectively maintain agreeable and harmonious work atmosphere with each other.
India is one of the few countries in the world to have a film censor board. And one of its recent casualties is a lesbian film significantly titled "Unfreedom." The current government has upped the ante by extending the ban culture of censorship from the aesthetic realm to the realm of everyday consumption with the ban on beef. The ban on Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker, continues and he continues to express himself in his art form in house arrest. The recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has put the limelight back on censorship.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: August 18
The Public Intellectuals Lecture Series has just wrapped up a successful spring lineup featuring four fantastic, well attended lectures. We are now planning a second series for the fall.
The Public Intellectuals Lecture Series aims to create a bridge between scholars in the Arts and the general public. While the complex ideas these scholars help develop have important, real world applications to the way we understand and interact with each other, they are often couched in jargon and confined to the journals and lecture halls of the academic sphere. This lecture series will offer a venue and format in which scholars can present these ideas to the public in an accessible manner.
The following CFP is for a seminar I have co-organized with Margarida Vale de Gato for the upcoming convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) held from March 17-20, 2016 at Harvard University. ACLA's annual meeting uses a seminar format in which 8-15 participants meet together for 2-3 days to share their papers. To submit a paper, go to the ACLA website at www.acla.org, click on "annual meeting," and then click on "submit a paper." The website will not be accepting submissions until September 1. The CFP below is currently available under "Global Poe" on the ACLA website. After September 1, a link will be available for you to submit a paper directly to the seminar.
CFP: Recessionary Imaginings: Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland and Contemporary Women's Writing
This panel seeks participants interested in exploring the complex and multi-faceted relationship between Shakespeare and Italy. Key areas of focus will be, among other things, the impact of the Italian Renaissance on England; early modern English translations of Italian works; Shakespeare's use of Italian texts for both direct source and indirect inspiration; Italian settings and characters in Shakespeare's plays; the influence of Italian genres, such as tragicomedy, in Shakespeare's drama; early modern English attitudes towards Italy in general and certain Italians (such as Machiavelli) in particular; and later Italian adaptations of Shakespeare, particularly for the opera and for the cinema.
Over the past few years, there has been an increasing concern about the prevalence of uptalk, vocal fry, and other markers of so-called Valley Girl-speak among young women across America. Some pundits question the individuality, confidence, believability, professionalism, and hirability of women who adopt these vocal patterns. Others object to them on aesthetic grounds, complaining that girly voices are just plain irritating. For many, if women are to have a metaphorical voice, they must carefully manage the prosody of their literal one.
Heidelberg, Germany, 14-18 March, 2016
Call for Papers
The thirteenth HCA Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics will be held from March 14-18, 2016. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.
The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during this week.
'We all have these thoughts sometimes.'
-- Stevie Smith, Some Are More Human Than Others (1958)
The work of Stevie Smith (1902-1971) has received uneven critical attention. Widely loved outside the academy, her novels and poetry resist traditional modernist narratives.
However, Smith is enjoying a revival both within and beyond academia. Not only has Virago Press recently re-released her novels, but a critical edition of her poems is forthcoming.
Given this resurgence in popular and academic interest in her writing, we invite you to share 'thoughts' on Stevie Smith's work, for a one-day conference in Oxford. Contributors may consider, but need not be limited to:
The rise of the modern museum was (and remains) a global event that resonates across literary cultures. Germain Bazin termed the nineteenth century the "Museum Age" for the myriad ways the new phenomenon of the public museum redefined the social status of art. This session investigates how this development was received by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone authors writing during and immediately following the rise of the modern museum.