The long twentieth century offers multiple examples of dramatic progress brought to a halt or even seemingly thrown into reverse: Freud writes about the first World War as foreclosing faith in human progress; the late '60s and early '70s brought complications to the Civil Rights movement and student movements; and the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001 undermined the narrative of American capitalist triumph that had held sway since the end of the Cold War.
Abstract deadline 30 September 2015
RETHINKING THE HUMANITIES IN TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY AFRICA
This panel seeks papers that confront the multifarious nature of empathy, as both connection and appropriation, in literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Is there room for competing narratives of empathy? Considering literature of various genres and cultural contexts, this panel asks to what extent empathy itself is in a position of crisis.
Submit abstracts (300 words maximum) by September 30, 2015 to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15656
Concentrate! A Symposium on Attention and Distraction in Medicine and Culture
30th October 2015
Birkbeck, University of London
"Though it is in the first place a faculty of individual minds, it is clear that attention has also become an acute collective problem of modern life—a cultural problem." -- Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015)
Domestic representations feature prominently throughout the Whedonverse, frequently complicating not only narratological and rhetorical structures, but also contemporary ideological and sociopolitical assumptions. For example, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel blur the distinctions between public and private domains by creating home-spaces from public, often commercial, domains. Firefly positions characters to live and work in spaces that challenge dichotomized readings of domesticity while echoing Homi Bhabha's concept of the "unhomely," and Dollhouse advances notions of hybridity's object-entanglements in the posthuman home.
This session will present new work from scholars in an emerging line of inquiry: post-medieval outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of feasting and eating. This session purposefully reaches beyond the Middle Ages to demonstrate that outlawry is a global phenomenon, one that is not only present in a variety of literatures, languages, and cultures, but also one that is inherently intertwined with food and feast. While outlawry has its formal origins in the Middle Ages, the outlaw is a figure and trope present in many post-medieval texts: several Renaissance dramas, and especially American, Native American, African American, and Australian outlaw narratives.
CALL for PROPOSALS
The Land Has a Story
Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501
Keynote by Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society
The Department of English, Gauhati University, in its series International Seminars on Contemporary South Asian Fictions in English is happy to announce the second conference of the series. This time the focus is on Pakistan: an attempt at mapping its culture, literature, people, politics and conflicts—in short, ensuring comprehensibility from our varied locations and positions. One of the many themes in this seminar will be to consider the issues that concern writers of/from Pakistan and writers from North-Eastern parts of India.
Call for Proposals:
"Pop Scene: Culture and Opposition in 1990s Britain"
Proposals are invited for an edited collection that will assess British popular culture in the 1990s. Particular emphasis will be placed on the years characterised by cultural opposition to the Conservative government and then the coming to office in 1997 of the New Labour government, and the aftermath.