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Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2016: Writing and Insecurity

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 6:40am
C21 Writings, University of Brighton

Writing and Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century

Organised in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Confirmed Keynotes:
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

CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY in Small Cinemas

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 6:44pm
The Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, September 22-24, 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.

"Narrative, Description, and Spatiality"-Call for Panelists-Narrative 2016 conference

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:01pm
David Rodriguez-Stony Brook University / Marlene Marcussen-University of Southern Denmark

We seek to organize a panel at the Narrative 2016 conference in Amsterdam 16-18 June around innovative papers that engage with the different ways space, environment, and nature are both represented and perceived in literature through the experience of reading.Focus on description has recently received a wide range of methodological approaches by narratologists. For example, Monika Fludernik is developing an interesting disentanglement of the "description / narration" binary through an updated linguistic model, and Melba Cuddy-Keane integrates second-generation cognitive science to put dynamic, navigational action into the way we think about mental images in description.

Contemporary Women's Writing Essay Prize, 25 January 2016

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:20am
Contemporary Women's Writing, Oxford University Press

Contemporary Women's Writing (Oxford University Press) is pleased to announce the launch of a new annual Essay Prize. This prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers, and support the professional development of next generation scholars.

Entries are now open for the first prize. The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2016.

The winner will receive:
Publication in Contemporary Women's Writing
One year's free membership of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association (including one year's free subscription to the journal)
£100 worth of Oxford University Press books

Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

'With their skins on them, and ... their souls in them': Towards a Vegan Theory. 31st May 2016

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:29am
The University of Oxford

Building on the increasing prominence of the 'animal turn' in the humanities in the last decade, and the recent publication of Laura Wright's 'The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in an Age of Terror' (University of Georgia Press, 2015), this conference we will seek to ask what kind of place veganism and/or 'the vegan' should occupy in our theorizations of human-animal relations, animal studies, and the humanities in general. An increasing number of individuals, particularly in the West, are now identifying as vegan, but the heterogeneity of reasons for doing so – animal suffering, the environment, health, anti-capitalism – suggests a broad, complex, and fertile place from which to rethink ways of being in the world.

[Reminder] Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline (MadLit) – Proposals by 12/18/15; Conference 2/25/16-2/27/16

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:20am
UW-Madison MadLit Graduate Student Conference

Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.

Special issue: Spatialities and Colonial Legacies/Locations in Postcolonial Literature

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:23am
Bristol

Special issue: Spatialities and Colonial Legacies/Locations in Postcolonial Literature

Space has been a central concern of postcolonial studies since the 1978 publication of Said's Orientalism and its exposition of the 'imaginative geographies' of colonial conquest. As Said, citing Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, writes, 'space acquires emotional and even rational sense by a kind of poetic process, whereby the vacant or anonymous reaches of distance are converted into meaning for us here' (54), indicating the potency of the imperial imaginary in the constitution of a broader conception of space in all of its workings.

Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:08am
Blossom N.Fondo and Adamu Pangmeshi

It is an undeniable fact that indeed literature has moved from the realm of mere entertainment to one of commitment. Any survey of contemporary literature proves more than ever before that there can be no talk of "arts for art's sake". Hardly any writer who wishes to be taken seriously writes for the sake of writing or to entertain his readers. Entertainment has rapidly given way to commitment and today writers are interested in appraising the world in which they live and write and thereby imagine a better world for humankind. This has infused a political dimension into literature such that it is mainly concerned with a critique of the society. Thus literature today has come to occupy an important position as political discourse.

The Postcolonial Turn: Critical Essays on the postcolonial intervention in Literary Genres, approaches and criticism

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:04am
The University of Maroua, Editors Prof. Edward O. Ako Dr Blossom N. Fondo, foreverblossom@gmail.com

Postcolonial theory has been engaged in uncovering and castigating the legacies of the colonial contact on the colonized. This has seen a lot of discussions on postcolonial theory which focus on the material effects of colonialism such as the identity crisis occasioned by the loss of culture, the new boundaries created by colonialism and which continue to have far-reaching effects decades after the formal demise of colonialism, and the gross exploitation and humiliation of the colonized which has resulted in the inferiority complex and a loss of self- esteem. Postcolonial theory in a general sense therefore often involves the response of the colonized to the cultural and human consequences of colonial control.

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