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Second call for papers: Distance and Proximity

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 1:59pm

"Distance and Proximity"

The dynamics of relation are central to interdisciplinary study in the Arts and Humanities. The relational dyad of distance and proximity provides us with a rich set of spatial, affective, theoretical, and historical relations in which we can explore the dynamics that run throughout the fabric of our own cultural inquiry. Moreover, navigating the distances between disciplines enables the preservation and affirmation of the significance of "difference", cultural, sexual, artistic, conceptual and/or otherwise.


Friday, March 14, 2014 - 11:52am
Todd Comer

2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:

Crossing the Line: Ritual and Superstition at Sea CFP

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 1:19pm
University of Bristol

A workshop at the ss Great Britain organised by the University of Bristol and the Brunel Institute
Thursday 12 June, 2014
Admission Free / Lunch Provided

Plenary Speaker: Dr Kirsty Reid

"Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties" due 6/15/14

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:33am
Dr. Sharon R. Yang, Professor, English Department, Worcester State University

The Gothic is a genre that emerged during the turmoil leading up to and caused by the French Revolution. Its symbolic use of shattered landscapes, natural and human made, challenging the view of the individual and society as ordered and rational, continues to evolve to reflect the anxieties of the eras and changing cultures of the nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first centuries. Ruined castles and mansions, blasted heaths, and ominous mountains and cliffs give way to uncharted lands for colonization, mean streets and urban jungles, sinister laboratories, gruesome battlefields, the labyrinth of political and economic conspiracies, and the dark unknowns of the human mind and body themselves.

Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions, 19-21 June, Canberra, Australia

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:55am
Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture – Australia & New Zealand

Perceptions, values and representations of our relationship with the physical environment have been read anew in the Anthropocene century through the lens of ecocriticsm and affect theory. At present we are witnessing a turn in ecocritical theory to the relevance of empathy, sympathy and concordance, and how these move across flora and fauna; yet ecocriticism has not thorougly considered whether human and non-human affect are reducible to a theory of the emotions. This conference both seeks to refine that turn and to address the interdisciplinary shortcoming, while articulating the expansion of the analysis of the humanities, ecocritically.

Limina Annual Conference - Call for Papers - 'Fear and Loathing'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 9:20am
Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies will hold its 9th Annual conference at the University of Western Australia on Friday the 20th of June, 2014. The conference aims to foster a supportive environment in which postgraduates and early career researchers can present their work. The Limina Editorial Collective is calling for conference submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences which engage with the theme of 'Fear and Loathing'.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

The Lord of Hosts and the Pity of (the Great) War, 1 November 2014, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 8:45am
Christian Literary Studies Group (CLSG)

During WW1 the language of heroism and holy war was succeeded by images of hell and horror where the soldier was not so much a hero as a victim. Jingoism gave way to protest, and war was no longer a story leading to victory but a drawn out catastrophe. Wilfred Owen believed that new moral landscapes of the new hell were needed. In avant-garde poetry late Romantic Georgian expressions gave way to forms of Modernism. Three thousand volumes of poetry were published during the war years. In Germany 50,000 war poems a day were submitted for publication during August 1914. In France Barbusse's novel Le Feu delivered during the war a Zolaesque indictment drawing on images of the Flood and apocalypse.

TEXTO DIGITAL, v. 10, n. 1 (2014)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:56am
Texto Digital

The thematic dossier in the next issue of Texto Digital expects to receive texts that deal with this view of narrative literary text front of their possibilities for intersections:

Narrative and digital media: Digital storytelling; the narrative aspect of the games; the influence of digital media on the literary narrative; virtual narrative; temporality and methods of perceiving the world; digital media and memory; or other issues related to the subject.

MSA 2014 "Modernist Women after The Career of that Struggle: New Scholarship on H.D. and her Circle" (abstracts due Apr 20)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:20pm
The H.D. International Society

For the Modernist Studies Association conference (Pittsburgh, Nov. 6-9, 2014), we invite paper abstracts for a proposed panel, "Modernist Women after The Career of that Struggle: New Scholarship on H.D. and Her Circle."

In recognition of Rachel Blau DuPlessis's position as keynote speaker for the 2014 conference, the H.D. International Society calls for contributions to a panel considering the legacy of her early criticism, H.D.: The Career of that Struggle (1986), and proposing new directions in modernist studies of H.D. and her circle. We are working with Rachel Blau DuPlessis about the possibility of having her respond to the papers in this panel.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Cash Awards Announcements

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 1:04pm
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

The Emerson Society announces three cash awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson: Research Grant, Pedagogy or Community Project Award, and Subvention Award. Deadline April 1.

*Research Grant*
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2014.

*Pedagogy or Community Project Award*
Provides up to $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2014.

Soils and Narrative

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:12am
Falmouth University

Soils and Narrative: 5 July 2014

A one day literary event held as part of the
Soil Culture Forum (

2 - 5 July 2014, Falmouth University.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Richard Kerridge (Author of forthcoming: Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians, Chatto & Windus (8 May 2014), Nature writer and literary critic, Course Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Chair, ASLE-UK, 1999-2004)

The Soil Culture Forum is a four day event, the final day of which is devoted to connections between soil and the written word.