Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance is an international peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge articles in the areas and intersections of Literary, Cultural, and Performance Studies. We especially welcome articles that will inaugurate new and dynamic directions for scholarly inquiry on the literary and cultural production of the Asian region. Further, in our commitment to diversity and to multicultural dialogue, we welcome contributions that may potentially be relevant to the concerns of the region from various national and cultural backgrounds. The journal is supported by a distinguished editorial board that represents the journal's scholarly depth and geographic scope.
August 19-21, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia
'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)
Reimagining Beauty and the Beast
One-day Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Bristol
7th September 2016
Dr. Amy Davis, University of Hull
Prof. James Williams, Royal Holloway University of London
"Since myths can be made to mean an indefinite number of things, it is more fruitful to study what in fact myths have been made to mean." Northrop Frye (1957)
"You are not a loan." The organization Strike Debt uses this double entendre to unite debtors nationally.
Americans face a unique problem as usurious lending practices have become a norm, especially for the poorest of citizens, minorities, and students.
Many Americans work to simply pay down a debt that will never go away. Some are going into debt to cover basic needs every month.
Unfortunately, solutions to debt are not as simple as saving money, just not buying with credit, or refusing to take out loans. It is not useful to tell many of those with debt to "just budget their money."
"Financial planning" becomes a distant luxury for those strapped with massive debt.
Filths savor nothing but themselves.
—William Shakespeare, King Lear (1603)
With this call for content the multimedia journal KEEP IT DIRTY is announcing its new volume, "Filth." The volume, a critical project related to "filth," will be published online at http://keepitdirty.org/a starting December 2015. Submissions of text, audio, still images, video and other formats are welcome, provided they are complete at the time of submission and are somehow related to the concept—or more accurately, the nonconcept—of "filth."
I Realigned the Cosmos: Lyric Poetry and Science
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), 3-6 November 2016, Atlanta, GA
Keynote: Madeleine Thien, author of Simple Recipes (2001), Certainty (2006), and Dogs at the Perimeter (2011)
"I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some no-more-tears . . . It's not really believable" - Andrea Tantaros, Fox News host, commenting on President Obama tearing up while announcing an executive order to curb gun violence and expand background checks in January 2016
"I actually think he was sincere. I'll probably go down about five points in the polls by saying that, but I think he was sincere" - Donald Trump, on those same tears
"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation." (Guy Debord: The Society of the Spectacle, §1)
'Byron and the Romantic World' Postgraduate Conference at the Old Library, Keele Hall, Keele University. 30th September 2016
full name / name of organization:
Keele University and Edge Hill University
One of the most celebrated and recognisable figures of
the early nineteenth century, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
stands at the centre of our current debates about
Romanticism and the Romantic world. His life and
poetry has attracted critics, scholars and biographers
interested in issues such as celebrity culture, sexual
politics, the Regency period, the Byronic hero and
The Community College Humanities Association invites you to submit a proposal and attend our 2016 CCHA Eastern Division Conference scheduled to be held Oct. 20–22 in Providence, RI.