Vladimir Nabokov famously expressed that the theme of "a Negro-white intermarriage which is a complete and glorious success resulting in lots of children and grandchildren" has been "utterly taboo" in Western literature. This was a taboo that British women writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries regularly explored, and even challenged. From the explosively doomed union between Rochester and Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, to the fetishistic gaze within which the female narrator holds the protagonist of Aphra Behn's Oronooko, to the forced erasure of the happy marriage between Juba and Lucy from Maria Edgeworth's Belinda, British women's fiction represents a range of interests in and encounters with interracial relationships.
The 11th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)
Theme: IN PROCESS
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College)
WORKSHOP CONDUCTED BY: Dr. Nick Montfort (MIT)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
February 19–20, 2015
Deadline: December 7, 2015
"Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere in the universe that creation came to an end with the birth of man? Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere out there that man was the climax toward which creation had been straining from the beginning? ...Very far from it." ― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael
What is meant when we consider something to be in process?
We are accepting submissions through January 30:
Rules for submission:
Virginia Woolf was deeply interested in the past – whether literary, intellectual, cultural, political or social – and her writings interrogate it repeatedly. She was also a great tourist and explorer of heritage sites in England and abroad. As the first Annual Virginia Woolf Conference to be hosted in England for 10 years, and located in Yorkshire, an area rich in cultural links for Woolf (not least the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth, the subject of her first published article), this conference will explore how Woolf engaged with heritage, how she understood and represented it, and how she has been represented by the heritage industry.
Papers are invited on topics including (but not limited to):
Mapping Fields of Study: Renegotiations of Disciplinary Spaces in the English-Speaking World
9-11 June 2016
Call for Papers – Extended Deadline: 15th January 2016
Kay Boyle and Creative Writing
In 1963, Kay Boyle accepted a creative writing position on the faculty of San Francisco State College, where she remained until 1979. Her commitment to her students, as well as her activism during the San Francisco State College Strike in 1968-69, gave rise to a number poems (Testament for My Students and Other Poems, 1970) and essays (The Long Walk at San Francisco State, 1970).
This panel session organized by the Kay Boyle Society welcomes writers, poets, and scholars to propose papers, readings, and performances having a connection (broadly conceived) to Boyle's engagement with creative writing.
Fantasy sports are one of the most popular and rapidly expanding areas of contemporary culture. Despite the immense interest in them, however, fantasy sports remain an insufficiently mined scholarly resource. While studies on the topic have been published over the past fifteen years, they have focused almost exclusively on issues of law (e.g., Are fantasy sports a form of gambling?), economics (e.g., Who should profit from sports statistics?), and sports management (e.g., Who plays fantasy sports and why?). We contend that this limited approach has contributed to fantasy sports research being considered a minor scholarly niche, rather than a diverse subject area rife with its own unique cultural insights.
Writing and Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
Organised in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Dr. Arne De Boever (California Institute of the Arts) and Dr. Katy Shaw (Leeds Beckett)
In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least.
Lauren Berlant Cruel Optimism
Cinemania: Madness and the Moving Image
Film and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference
February 19-20, 2016
Keynote Speaker: W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Serve Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
Closing Remarks: Francesco Casetti, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies, Yale University
Call for Papers: "Crime and Punishment at 150"
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
October 20-22, 2016
The topic of the conference is CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY -- the divisive areas in contemporary societies and the ways in which they are presented in small cinemas today.
CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY are at the basis of almost every political event communicated in the contemporary media, dominate media headlines and are present in popular culture and film on a large scale. Due to the vastness of the project, we seek the representation of conflict and controversy only in contemporary cinemas, including fiction film, documentary film, short film and private cinema, but disregarding other media like television and internet.
CFP: Issue 29
Social Robots: Human-machine configurations
Human-machine relationships are being transformed by robots increasingly performing social roles such as teachers, carers and companions. This arrival of social robots is challenging understandings of human-machine relationships and generating diverse aesthetic, ethical and political debates. Matters of interest include asymmetries in human-robot relationships, the co-constitution of humans and robots, the place of robot labour, the significance of machine embodiment, and accounts of human-robot communication, among other topics. Commonly, the ways in which social and cultural norms shape social robotics do not receive enough critical scrutiny.
Play's the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800
University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Date: March 4-5, 2016
Proposal Due Date: December 4, 2015
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, "Play's the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800," to be held on March 4 and 5, 2016. We are happy to announce our three keynote speakers: Laura Engel (Duquesne University), James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago), and Bruce Smith (University of Southern California).
One more month!
Queen City Writers journal of undergraduate composing seeks excellent undergraduate writing and multimedia composition related to the theme of disabilities/abilities for our Spring 2016 issue. Please see the call at qc-writers.com. Submissions to this special themed issue accepted through December 31.
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation proposals and complete panels for its 2016 annual conference, to be held 18-20 August 2016 at Martins Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and the Provinciaal Hof in Bruges, Belgium. The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2016. Within four weeks after the deadline, the Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals.