Slavoj Žižek has suggested that, after the spectacular failure of party-states in the twentieth century, it is no longer time for the Left to change the world, but again to interpret it. Of course, Žižek's directive comes in the wake of popular anti-capitalist and anti-racist revolts around the world which have reinvigorated militants and scholars alike: from New York to Cairo, Kobanî to Ferguson. There is, evidently, no easy division between action and interpretation, between theory and practice, even in the absence of any major world power designating itself as Communist. And yet, Žižek's plea must be a tempting one for those scholars working in the current, increasingly globalized university system.
In the spirit of this year's conference theme of "Border States," we welcome papers that explore borders—or the blurring of such borders--within Science and Fiction. How does fiction work to educate us as readers on the use of technology? Are these examples historically, culturally, or socially relevant? Suggested topics may include:
* Women in Science Fiction
* Images of science in literature
* Energy resources in literature
* The image of the scientific utopia
* Science and progress
* The human body and/or its representation
* Representations of the apocalypse, dystopias, or other disasters in literature
BFS Journal 16 is due out in June/July.
The journal is a mix of articles and is keen to accept submissions from people who want to write about fantasy, horror and science fiction. Our focus is primarily the former, but our readers have interests across all three genres.
Academic articles for the BFS Journal should be between 2500 and 6000 words. We prefer nearer the former, as this is about the size of a conference paper. References in the text should be (Author, Date of Edition) with a full publication listing for the bibliography given for each article at the end. Please don't use footnotes in your submissions.
CFP: "Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents"
Mobile, AL, USA, 3-8 December 2016
Abstracts are invited for a conference on literature and the sea, broadly defined. Proposed papers may focus on the literature of any country and any literary period, but please keep in mind that the conference language will be English. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
Our panel entitled LUSO-AFRO-BRAZILIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE kindly requests abstracts for SCMLA 2016 in Dallas, Texas, in November 3-5.
Abstracts may be submitted until March 31st.
Chair: Célia Carmen Cordeiro, University of Texas–Ausitn. firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Naomi Pueo Wood, Colorado College. email@example.com
Looking forward to be hearing from you soon.
EXTENDED DEADLINE - 21st MARCH 2116
Call for papers for the 2017 conference of the French Shakespeare Society
Annual Conference of the Société Française Shakespeare
12-14 January 2017
Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
Call for papers
Since the term was coined by Serge Doubrovsky in 1971, autofiction has become established as a recognisable genre within the French literary pantheon. Over the same period, it has attracted increasing critical and theoretical scrutiny so that it has developed into a dynamic field of scholarly research in France. Indeed, the increase and variety of autofiction scholarship has had the effect of placing the characteristics of the genre itself in question.
Proposals are invited for an interdisciplinary conference hosted by Carleton University's School of Canadian Studies. We encourage submissions from scholars and graduate students working across disciplines.
When: October 28-29, 2016
Location: Carleton University, Ottawa
Deadline for Proposals: April 30, 2016
Michel Foucault: Discourse Theory and the Archive
(Göttingen University, 16 July 2016)
This year marks not only Michel Foucault's 90th birthday, but also the 50th anniversary of the publication of his seminal book Let Mots et les Choses, which made Foucault a prominent intellectual figure throughout Europe. We would like to commemorate this double anniversary with a one-day symposium organised by the Department of British Literature and Culture at Göttingen University in cooperation with the Göttingen Center for Genderstudies and the Center for Theory of Culture and Society.
The Dandelion editors seek submissions on the theme of NOSTALGIA for their forthcoming issue.
Nostalgia is a ubiquitous presence in contemporary culture. Images and fantasies of the past permeate cultural and political discourses: from the mediated recycling of retro culture and popular history, to nostalgia as a method of political renewal (for example, Donald Trump's campaign slogan 'Make America Great Again!' and Ken Loach's The Spirit of '45).
Call for submissions to an edited collection requested by publisher
Since his seminal writing on The Sandman (1989-present) and long since before and after on works such as Batman, Miracleman, The Books of Magic, The Endless, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, etc. from adult graphic novels (Neverwhere) to voluminous amounts of children's graphic novels and illustrated texts (Coraline, Chu's Day, Fortunately, the Milk, Hansel and Gretel etc.), Neil Gaiman has established himself as one of the most prominent, if not prolific, writers in the medium of sequential art in the late twentieth and twenty-first century.
This MLA special session concerns cognitive psychology and environmental thinking, specifically, the relationship between theories of perception, ecocriticism, and modes of experiencing or constituting the environment.
Possible paper topics include but are not limited to:
-the history of philosophy and perceptual psychology
-environmental justice and disability studies
-Marxist and postmodern geography, design theory, urban studies, and architecture
-ecofeminism and ecopoetics, animal studies, new materialisms
-toxicity, climate change, and the Anthropocene
Please send ~300 word abstracts by 15 March 2016 to Jason Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From its flawed notion of "separate but equal" to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based.
2016 marks the quartercentenary of Shakespeare's death and the upcoming issue of Postcolonial Interventions will focus on the continued relevance of multiple Shakespeares in the culture-scape of the postcolonial world. Not only were Shakespearean plays shaped in many ways by colonial discourses, especially discourses of racial difference, but Shakespearean plays also initially functioned as those "signs taken for wonders" through which the colonial administrators sought to consolidate imperial hegemony, as evident from such critical works as Post-Colonial Shakespeares (1999).