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.
There is hardly any subject in contemporary literary, cultural, and media studies that is discussed and researched with as much controversy as "the fantastic". Since theoretical debate on the subject was initiated in the second half of the 20th century, largely by Tzvetan Todorov and Roger Callois, research on the fantastic has become a globally relevant, interdisciplinary, and rapidly developing field of scholarship. The field's significance is reflected in numerous scholarly journals, associations, organizations, research projects and institutions which have focused on the fantastic.
The Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Organization (HSGSO) of the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston cordially invites abstract submissions to the Second Annual conference in Hispanic Studies, New Academic (Re)visions, to be held on April 22, 2016.
The conference will focus primarily on the exploration of innovative approaches to the study of Hispanic literature and linguistics, with the objective of recovering contributions and other aspects of these disciplines that have traditionally been underrepresented or overlooked and establish new interdisciplinary dialogues.
The conference will emphasize, but is not limited to, the following topics:
Abstract Deadline: November 6, 2015
Conference Date: February 5, 2016
The graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese at UPenn are pleased to announce their graduate conference focused on the transnational and trans-historical topic of commons, community and sovereignty. It is a pleasure to also mention that Dr. Silvia Federici (Caliban and the Witch, Revolution at Point Zero) will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, the department of Spanish and Portuguese is able to provide three travel grants up to $300 each for graduate student participants.
Call for Papers: Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC) 2016
The quint's twenty ninth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 15th November 2015—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.
All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to members of the editorial board for double-blind peer review. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.
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.
"HABIT, my good reader, hath so vast a prevalence over the human mind, that there is scarce anything too strange or too strong to be asserted of it."
-- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews.
The Rutgers Long Eighteenth Century Trans-Atlantic Graduate Studies Group is seeking papers for a graduate conference March 3-4, 2016 on the topic of habit.
Call for Papers
Crisis and Transformation:
Rethinking Knowledges, Histories, Identities, Technologies.
2016 ASPECT Graduate Conference
Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 2
The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Editor: Mr. Sayan Dey
Introdution to be given by: Dr. Lakhsmi Bandlamudi, City University, New York
Foreword to be given by: Dr. Martine Chemana, University of Sorbonne, France