New Perspectives on Catherine of Siena and her Contemporaries
The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900
Louisville, KY | 18-20 February 2016
"we do create the world around us since we get it to reflect back our inner symbolism at us. Every man carries a little myth-making machine inside him which operates often without him knowing it. Thus you might say that we live by a very exacting kind of poetic logic--since we get exactly what we ask for, no more and no less."
--The Dark Labyrinth (1947)
This panel investigates the contemporary meaning of gender and class in film and literature in the United States. While authors such as Sheryl Sandberg and Hannah Rosin focus on women in the professional ranks to argue for women's prominence in U.S. culture and stories of professional women dominate the media, few stories of working-class women have emerged to challenge the symbolic dominance of the white male worker and breadwinner. As work, families, and genders have changed, how has this symbolism been reinforced or challenged in literature and film?
The melancholic poet, the neurasthenic female reader, the man of artistic temperament: these heavily typed figures, each coded in the medical and psychological discourse of its own time, together bespeak a longstanding cultural connection between anxiety and literature. Sianne Ngai, in Ugly Feelings, even tentatively identifies anxiety as "the distinctive 'feeling-tone' of intellectual inquiry itself" – a signifying trope of bookish existence. But what might this connection between literature and anxiety mean after the advent of psychopharmacology, of neurodiversity awareness, of classroom trigger warnings?
If one measure of the term catastrophe lies in its power to subvert existing systems, we ask how this concept impacts certain memory-narratives produced by contemporary women writers and artists in the wake of human-made catastrophes in the 20th and 21st centuries.
If literature is, as Pound said, "news that stays news," then perhaps poetry is always a matter of current events, but recently, books like Claudia Rankine's Citizen or Brian Turner's Here, Bullet, to name just two, have taken on contemporary public moments, current events in common parlance, and in the process sparked a different kind of conversation.
CALL FOR PAPERS: UPDATE
Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference
November 19-20, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Susan Phillips, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of English and Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor
-Prof. Natasha Barnes, University of Illinois at Chicago
Associate Professor of African American Studies and English
-Prof. Peter Coviello, University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor of English
-Prof. Patrick Jagoda, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor of English
-Prof. Lynn Spigel, Northwestern University
Frances Willard Professor of Screen Cultures
NeMLA 2016 Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016)
This panel looks at paintings, film, graphic novels, photography, and other visual art from German-speaking countries that feature erotic themes. It describes and compares the strategies which the artists use to answer (and question) our desire for an erotic visual experience.
The pleasure of looking at visual art is doubled, but also troubled when it comes to the erotica genre. There, the viewer gazes at the canvas, screen, or page in search of aesthetic as well as erotic stimulation. Far from naively delivering gullible pictures, many visual artists are aware of this double desire and self-reflexively play with this knowledge.
CfP: Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust
We are looking for abstracts for a follow-up publication to the colloquium "Translated Memories" that took place at the Steinheim Institute in Essen, Germany, on July 14, 2015, which addressed the subject of writing about the Holocaust today: How can memories of the Holocaust be constituted and transformed in a transgenerational and transnational perspective?
The concept of translation is of pivotal interest in this context. When talking about "translation," we literally mean code switching. However, the term "translation" is also appropriate if one wants to describe psychological mechanisms and cultural processes.
One of the SMFS sponsored series, this session on 'The Gender-Free Being' invites papers to consider portrayals of characters in medieval history, literature and art of any period or language that explore the extent to which an individual's identity is distinct from their socially gendered, or sexual being.
We would like to solicit abstracts, with a maximum of 300 words, for papers addressing any aspect of our theme of innovation and exchange. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015. Please send your abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be published in our peer reviewed journal Panini. We will notify candidates of the status of their submission by November 30, 2015.
This panel proposal for the 2016 annual CAMWS meeting (to be held in Williamsburg, Virginia March 16-19) is seeking papers on a variety of topics involving original research or creative treatment of texts from the following disciplines: religious studies, rhetoric, literature, history, art history, lexicography, translation, and theater. Topics should be composed within or inspired by the classical tradition. Papers treating works composed in Latin or Greek are especially welcome. Individual presentations will last no more than 20 minutes, with time for discussion between papers.
A new art history and fine art undergraduate journal seeks submissions of art history research papers/essays/opinion pieces/reviews as well as fine art (in any medium). You must be currently enrolled in a US undergraduate institution, or have graduated within the past 2 years to submit.
Founded in the Fall of 2015 at Smith College, The Undergraduate Journal of Art (TUJOA) is a student-run biannual publication dedicated to developing and fostering relationships amongst young artists and art historians.
What kind of Grammar Should We Teach?
CFP: Panel on Lexicography and the Classics
This is a call for papers for the annual CAMWS conference to be held in Williamsburg, VA, March 16th-19th 2016. The panel aims to explore both innovative developments in the field of lexicography and the history of lexicography within the larger field of Classics. Papers on the following topics are particularly welcome:
• Innovation in electronic lexica
• Lexica and word lists of languages and dialects of the Classical period beyond Latin and Greek (e.g., Oscan, Etruscan, etc.)
• Ancient lexicography and lexicographical notes in scholia
• Medieval lexica and their reception
• Lexica of the early modern period