This seminar investigates the views man has expressed about the impact of technology and science across recorded history. Questions that might be addressed include: What is the relationship between religion and technology? Has man always viewed technological innovations as positive? What relationship is there between man's vision of utopian society and technology? The seminar promotes awareness of the importance of literature in creating and maintaining the social, political, ethical and religious systems by which we live. The seminar also considers how humans have discussed the impact of technology and science on society. Suggested primary works may include, but are not limited to, T. More's Utopia; A.Huxley's Brave New World; H.
We are seeking participants for a proposed panel on the staging of unemployment for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2016 conference in Chicago, IL.
Bodies Out of Work: Staging the Experience of Unemployment
In considering this year's conference theme of "bodies at work," we must simultaneously reconcile the precarity of contemporary labor: "bodies at work" also occur alongside "bodies out of work." Moreover, the un- and under-employed body has increasingly garnered attention in both performance and academic circles via discourses of faculty adjunctification, the limits of non-profit funding models in supporting theatre-making, and the shifting landscape of labor in both classrooms and on stages.
The history of the novel is also, it would appear, a history of secularization. For Ian Watt, Michael McKeon, Franco Moretti, and many others, the novel is a product of what Max Weber called rationalization. More recently, in Martha Nussbaum's _Love's Knowledge_ and Lynn Hunt's _Inventing Human Rights_, the novel is seen as participating in the production of secular modernity—-through the elaboration of modernity's ethics and the encouragement of empathy across socio-economic boundaries, respectively. How then should we characterize the relationship between the novel and secularization? Is the novel an effect or a cause of secularization? Or, if the relationship between the two is more dialectical, how should that dialectic be described?
"Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free." These words inscribed on founding father and slave-owner Thomas Jefferson's Memorial speak to the essential principles of equality and freedom in the new American nation. Over 200 years later, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in Between the World and Me (2015), "In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage." This contradiction between laudable ideals and material reality forms the heart of the American ethos. This panel welcomes papers on U.S. literary or filmic narratives, historical or current, that attempt to expose, expand, or resolve this contradiction.
WRECK PARK: A Journal of Interesting Fictions, Interested Criticism
Wreck Park is a double-blind, peer reviewed publication run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.
Creative Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Poetic Word in Urban Spaces
In this seminar, we invite papers that explore the ways in which poetic words engage with the material and the immaterial in the contemporary urban world, marked by spatial inequality, racism, sexism and the related phenomena of segregation, marginalization, gentrification, or deliberate decay. Many examples of contemporary urban poetry speak about, and from within, spaces marked by the watershed of neoliberal policies, principles and beliefs, and the financial crisis of 2007-08.
Crip Futurities: The Then and There of Disability Studies
keynote speakers: Ellen Samuels (UW-Madison) and Alison Kafer (Southwestern)
February 11-12, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
When we imagine future worlds, will they be accessible? What might crip future(s) entail? Following Alison Kafer's "politics of crip futurity" outlined in Feminist, Queer, Crip, this conference centers the then-and-there of Disability Studies, wherein disability is not understood as lack or impediment, but as a "potential site for collective reimagining" (Kafer 9). We seek to nurture coalitions between scholars, artists, and activists who collectively aim to articulate the future of Disability Studies.
The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.
Medical Humanities: Reading the Body in the Medicine, Literature and the Visual Arts
Initial abstracts due: October 15, 2015
Contributors informed of decision no later than: October 22, 2015
Full submissions due: December 1, 2015
All abstracts should be submitted online at spectrajournal.org
The editors of SPECTRA: the ASPECT Journal invite scholarly work in all areas of social, political, ethical and cultural thought for the Fall 2015 issue. We are interested in work that is thoroughly transdisciplinary, valuing multiple systems of knowledges and engaging in discussions that interpolate critical thought and concrete action.
Trajectories of inquiry may include theoretical, critical, empirical, and performative explorations of issues that transcend disciplinary boundaries.