On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity – keeping bloodlines clean and families insular – and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the particular character of an incestuous liaison, however, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.
Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts
2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.
The graduate students of The University of Alabama's Department of Modern Languages & Classics, in collaboration with the graduate students of the Department of English and the TESOL program, invite papers for our sixth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference entitled "The Many Tongues of Talk and Tale" to be held February 12-13, 2016 at The Ferguson Center of The University of Alabama.
Proposals about all languages are welcome in, but are not strictly limited to, the following topic strands:
CFP: Facebook Before Facebook
Seminar at American Comparative Literature Association
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts March 17-20, 2016.
Volume 2 of Jacques Derrida's The Beast and the Sovereign begins with "I am alone," which can be taken to mean "I am alone in my world, I end with my world, and my world ends with me." Beyond the ends and limits of my world, I remember, anticipate, and imagine other worlds and the worlds of the other; beyond the end and death of my world, I am remembered, anticipated, and imagined in the world of the other. But what of the distance between these worlds? What hospitality does one world show another? How will what was me and mine alone carry on in the care of the other?
Seeking proposals for the seminar "Epic as World Genre" for the upcoming ACLA conference (Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016).
View this seminar description on the ACLA site: http://www.acla.org/seminar/epic-world-genre
Please submit a 250-word abstract and CV here (between 9/1 and 9/23) here: www.acla.org/annual-meeting
You may contact Erin Singer (the seminar organizer) at email@example.com with any questions.
On the surface, notoriety, visuality and celebrity culture oversaturate the information age. But what insidious formations lurk beneath the glossy surface? Faceless monsters dwell behind black screens—paradoxically both numbing factories of the masses and liberating tools of the dispossessed. Does this anonymity transform us into voiceless dolls that preserve the misogynistic power structures or grant us power through simulated online versions of ourselves. While menacing conglomerates practice institutionalized discrimination and witless pariahs face the backlash, moralized hackers expose hidden weaknesses that often bring those responsible to light.
Global climate change, soil depletion, the enclosure of the commons, the acidification of the oceans, ground water contamination, mass extinctions: in a context in which the environmental crises of the day seem to us so intractable, at such large scales and dominated by such powerful interests, the