Taxonomy and tribe; gender and globe; state, sex, and system. We're categorization machines: it would sound like a weak generalization if it weren't such a persistent impulse. We survey exteriors and interiors. We reform law and language in a quest to codify identity. The more terrain we successfully chart, the wider, deeper, more tortuous we find the human landscape. How manifold are the ways we can map our worlds?
Given the increasing focus on advanced undergraduate research, this roundtable seeks examples of successful undergraduate research projects in ethnic literary studies. We ask for 10-minute presentations on successful projects you have assigned, problems you have encountered, resources you have found helpful, etc.
The MELUS conference (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.) will be held April 9-12, 2015 in Athens, GA.
The aim of this conference is to revisit the literary, artistic and cultural texts, whether they are canonical or non-canonical, from both the (English/British) West and the (Ottoman/Turkish) East, from a historical period stretching from the Medieval Period to the end of the twentieth century, and representing the encounters and exchanges between the two. One major concern of the conference is to include into the debate the discursive constructions other than "Orientalism" (i.e. possible Occidentalism(s)?, essentializing self-representations) for the purpose of expanding the scope and scale of the academic conversation in this area.
The University of Cincinnati Composition Program invites proposals for the sixth annual graduate student conference to be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Our conference title this year is TRANS Writ Large: Writing Difference.
A trans perspective sees beyond the conventional, to articulate—and even inhabit—difference. From this angle of vision, difference is not a barrier, but a resource. Trans work encourages suppleness, avoiding binaries, expanding understanding of the human experience, playing with fixity and subverting it. To become something new, even if only partially and temporarily. And writing is a vehicle for acts of becoming and unbecoming.
Viva voce—"with living voice," but also (and more commonly) the phenomenon of "word of mouth." When incidents of speech, song, or shouting take place, it is the mouth that transforms private impulse into audible sound. Articulatory phonetics tells us that this physiological transubstantiation is little more than the aerodynamic energy of breath rendered into sound waves, or acoustic energy. Yet when do words become more than translations, and mouths more than translating machines?
Professor Ursula K. Heise (UCLA)
Professor Louise Westling
(University of Oregon)
LIES 2015 asks the fundamental questions of contemporary culture: What is the stance of poetry today? Can poets still be venerated as leaders of nations? Is poetry "relegated" to universities? Muldoon's Oxford Lectures in Poetry (2006) are entitled The End of the Poem, yet like in John Donne's Holy Sonnets, the end of one poem is the beginning of the next one.
The guests of honour at LIES 2015 (15-16th May 2015) are Paul Muldoon as well as Nick Hayes, a political cartoonist and the author of the graphic novel, Rime of the Modern Mariner – and thus we are going through Poetry into the Beyond!
The second issue of Angles, the new online journal published by the SAES, will aim at examining "angles and limes" in Anglo-American studies.
The purpose of this particular issue is to gather articles focusing both on the specific angles of each discipline and their limits, and on the instances when borders are crossed and limits are passed—must be passed—to further research. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals developing and clarifying their own practices as regards limits and angles.
For a complete CFP, please visit: http://angles.saesfrance.org/index.php?id=90
For its inaugural issue, Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World welcomes original proposals inspired by the celebrated aphorism: 'Brevity is the soul of wit'.
This issue of Angles will be an opportunity to discuss the links with humor, irony, and short forms of expression (mots d'esprit, soundbites, slogans) in a host of contexts: literary, linguistic, social, political
For a complete CFP, please visit:
Additional, off-topic contributions are also welcome.
11th Literature in English Symposium: Poetry and Beyond with Muldoon and Hayes
"I am with Raleigh, near the Atlantic" writes Paul Muldoon in "Promises, Promises" from the volume Why Brownlee Left ( ). Even though Plato wanted to banish poets from the (ideal?) Republic, poets and poetry have remained part of the social life. After all, the Romantics believed in the inborn superiority of literature as a mode of knowledge and judgment. Literature and not history or philosophy carried the meaning of life. Victorians placed a poet not above but within his/her community thereby asserting his or her social utility.
The 1st biennial conference of the Americas chapter of the International Auto/Biography Association asks us to consider life writing as a form of encounter. This panel examines auto/biographical encounters with and in space: How are auto/biographical subjects constitute themselves through spaces of all kinds—including living spaces, environments, habitats, workplaces, landscapes, buildings, or geographies? How does space facilitate archival, technological, and methodological encounters?
Call for Papers
'The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics'
We are calling for papers for a Special Edition of New Scholar that will explore the notion of cosmopolitanism, both as a utopian project and as an object of critique. This Special Edition follows on from the conference, The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics, which was held at the University of Melbourne on 22 and 23 September 2014. We invite contributors (especially postgraduate students and early career researchers) to submit papers (scholarly and/or creative) that address some aspect of cosmopolitanism. Potential topics include:
MLA members—especially graduate students and junior faculty—are invited to chat with a journal editor at the MLA Convention. This opportunity is provided at each MLA Convention by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
(Abstract deadline 11/24/14; ASLE Conference 6/23-27/15, Moscow, Idaho)
This panel seeks abstracts for papers that bring race into conversation with cultural and material histories of environment in the Americas.
Stimulated by the counter-discursive possibilities suggested by the topic of the 2015 ASLE conference on "Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice," we seek work investigating race and environments, especially work grounded in the study of site histories and critical geographies.
20th International James Fenimore Cooper/Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference & Seminar
June 1-4, 2015
SUNY, College at Oneonta
Keynote Speaker: Rochelle Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of English, College of Idaho; Author of Passions for Nature and biographer of Susan Fenimore Cooper
"Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities"