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The House in the Mind: Architectural Space and the Imagination

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:26pm
Wadham College, Oxford

The House in the Mind: Architectural Space and the Imagination

A conference to be held at Wadham College, Oxford
Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 March 2016

From its use in classical and medieval arts of memory to its presence in the work of contemporary artists and writers, the house has been a recurrent, even haunting image. In recent art and literature, it has been used as a symbol with a wide variety of social and political resonances, but also has intimate links with the creative process, exploring memory, imagination and the interactions between them. It is here, in particular, that there are striking consonances with medieval and early modern writing influenced by the arts of memory.

SRS 7th Biennial Conference 18-20 July 2016

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:17am
Society for Renaissance Studies / Glasgow University, UK

School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews): 'Making Common in Sixteenth-Century England'
Professor Willy Maley (University of Glasgow): '"Patsy Presbys", or "Pulling the Wool Off Living Sheep": Milton's Observations (1649) and Ulster Presbyterianism'
Professor Evelyn Welch (King's College, London): 'Renaissance Skin'

Call for Papers

Submit your poetry to These Fragile Lilacs

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 4:34pm
These Fragile Lilacs Poetry Journal

The deadine for submissions for our inaugural volume has been extended to July 2, 2015.


These Fragile Lilacs Journal is poetry journal that is published quarterly. We look for poetry that's tightly constructed and sharp poetry with strong metaphors, similes, and imagery. We like poetry of any length and genre, but please refrain from poetry that contains excessive violence or sexual references. After publication, all rights revert back to author. We try to let you know within 4 to 6 weeks if your work has been accepted.

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CFP: Journal of Narrative Theory: Special Issue: Dis/enabling Narratives

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:19am
Journal of Narrative Theory

Journal of Narrative Theory invites submissions that further the discussion of disabling and enabling narratives from a disability studies perspective. JNT is a forum for the theoretical exploration of individual narrative texts and of the intersections between narrative, history, ideology, and culture more broadly.

[UPDATE; revised deadlines] Asia and the Historical Imagination: Edited Volume

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:12am
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Asia and the Historical Imagination is an edited volume of essays that explores papers concerned with representations of Asia's past. The essays submitted will complement a 3-day workshop held at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) from 30th July to 1st August 2015. The volume aims to generate vibrant discussions about fictional interpretations of historical narratives and events in Asia (both ancient and modern).

Last Chance to Book: 'Place-Based Arts: Brighton Writes'

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:09am
University of Brighton

Place-Based Arts: Brighton Writes
Friday 29 May 2015
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton UK.

Join us next week for this exciting one-day event on Place-Based Arts, exploring how location can provide diverse and rich triggers for writing and other arts based practices.

Highlights include keynotes from Iain Sinclair and Richard Kerridge, round table debates with artists and writers who have used Brighton as a source for their practice, a film screening of Ian McDonald's Brighton Bandits, and a range of parallel sessions with academics and artists presenting work and ideas relating to place.

25 Years of Affrilachian Resistance: Black Cultural Production in the Appalachian Region

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 5:17am
Shauna Morgan Kirlew/SAMLA

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Affrilachian Poets, a cadre of writers including Frank X Walker, Nikky Finney, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Kelly Norman Ellis, Crystal Wilkinson, Crystal Good, and Bianca Spriggs, among many others who continue to shape the literary landscape of the American South. Co-founder, Frank X Walker coined the term "Affrilachia" in an effort to "[challenge] the notion of a homogeneous all-white literary landscape" in Appalachia, and the collective has, indeed, spent two and half decades not only producing work which continues to mount a formidable movement against the myth of an all-white region but also documenting the nuanced realities of an ever expanding global South.

Consuming Culture in Victorian and Edwardian English Literature (SAMLA 87)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:51pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

From the proliferation and commodification of print culture in the 18th century to the Forster's Education Act of 1870, those who consumed - and the way people consumed – the arts and culture at large changed irrevocably in England. These factors - among numerous others- culminate Leonard Bast's feeble attempts to fit Ruskin's depictions of Venice to his basement hovel in E.M. Forster's classic Howards End. Bast's story, pushed to the margins of the novel, is primarily that of a working class individual attempting to better his position in life through the arts and culture.

Art as Ethics / Ethical Art in the Works of George Eliot (SAMLA 87)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:50pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

In her famous essay, "The Natural History of German Life," George Eliot decried the recent attempts of English painters to recreate the "truthfulness" of Teniers and Murillo. Though Eliot would attempt to correct the errors in perception and representation through her writing, she continued to engage with other forms of art (paintings and music, specifically) throughout her life. In keeping with the theme of SAMLA 87, this panel looks for papers examining the moments in Eliot's works - her novels, poetry, nonfiction - wherein she contemplates other forms of art and their moral and ethical implications for both her characters and her readers.

MLA Options for Teaching Volume on Teaching Space, Place, and Literature

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 1:22pm
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Essay proposals are invited for Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series to be edited by Robert T. Tally, Jr. This volume aims to survey a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, and historical territory in presenting both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research being conducted in this burgeoning field. Exploring key topics and pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies, this volume will include valuable information for both specialists and nonspecialists in spatiality studies, and the essays should be of interest to teachers of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.