Affect studies has emerged as one of the most productive fields of analysis since the turn of the 21st century. Following in the footsteps of Teresa Brennan and Eve Kosofky Sedgwick, for instance, a number of scholars have explored the function of affect and emotion in literature, culture and social life. Relying on psychoanalytical as well as social theories, the "affective turn" has contributed to cultural studies in many ways: books focusing on gender, emotional politics, transnationalism, the moving image, political engagement and leadership theories from the perspective of emotion, empathy and affect were published, among many other studies that investigate the role of emotion in social life.
37th Annual Conference February 10 – 13, 2016
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
Submission Deadline: 11/01/15
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM.
Worlding and sexual difference are generative forces that imply a process of appearance and concealment. For Martin Heidegger, worlding is the process by which something becomes unconcealed through its passing from earth to world. This aesthetic and phenomenological passing is constituted by strife. For Luce Irigaray, sexual difference is that which remains concealed through patriarchy. For psychoanalysis, sexual difference responds to the specular logic of sameness and is produced by the resolution of the castration complex. Elizabeth Grosz, on the other hand, understands sexual difference as irreducible to all humans insofar as human reproduction is only possible through the encounter of two gametes.
In Speech Genres and Other Late Essays, Mikhail Bakhtin insists on the "sharp and categorical boundary line between the actual world of representation and the world represented in the work of art." Yet in no genre is this line more regularly blurred than the many forms that can be loosely grouped together under the label of autobiography. While all literary texts contain within them some ideological engagement with reality, the particular tensions that define many of the urban centers of the Global South often move this relationship to the forefront of the narrative.
Post45 Graduate Student Conference
February 5 & 6, 2016
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keynote Speech by Danielle Christmas
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill English Department seeks graduate-level works-in-progress in post-1945 American literature and culture. Works-in-progress may range from conference papers to article or dissertation chapter drafts.
This call for papers requests personal essays that disclose experiences of dealing with prejudice (of any kind) as a professor or as a graduate student. Please write about what happened and mediate your experience by analyzing it as well.
Popular Culture Association 2016 National Conference
March 21-25, 2016
The area Westerns and the West values a variety of approaches to the exploration of America's frontier heritage and mythology.
Adaptation in the Arts: Theory and Practice
The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.