Writing about Alfred Stieglitz's photography in 1923, Hart Crane said, "Speed is at the bottom of it all. The hundredth of a second caught so precisely that the motion is continued from the picture indefinitely: the moment made eternal" (qtd. in Sontag's On Photography 65). A thoroughly modern art form, photography reflects the sense of urgency and impulse to record found often in poetry. As discrete units of artistic representation, the photographic image and the poem unveil new ways of looking and interpreting. Both art forms seek to represent that moment, that impression attempting to make the moment eternal, in the image and in the text.
CFP Deadline Extended to June 30th, 2014.
November 6-8, 2014
Lord Baltimore Hotel
2014 marks the 25th annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. For this occasion, MAPACA returns to the city that hosted its first conference in 1990. The conference will be held at the newly renovated Lord Baltimore Hotel in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The Lord Baltimore Hotel was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was purchased by the Rubell Family who launched a complete remodel and restoration of the French Renaissance hotel.
American Studies Association of Texas
58th Annual Conference
Call for Papers
REIMAGINING, REFRAMING, AND REFLECTING AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Join us November 13-15, 2014, at Sam Houston State University in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas, as we celebrate multi-disciplinary interpretations and iterations of American Studies.
Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders
Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of English at the University of Chicago, November 20-21, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Claudia Rankine, Henry G. Lee Professor of English, Pomona College
With a public discussion conducted by Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, University of Chicago
Proposal submission deadline: July 25th, 2014
Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 36th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM. Papers and panels that connect European popular culture and literature to the conference theme "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture," are especially encouraged.
Mediating the Sacred and Secular in the Medieval and Early Modern Period
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, is seeking submissions for its conference on the conceptualizations of the sacred and secular during the Medieval and Early Modern periods. This conference will engage with issues of periodicity through questions of secular versus sacred authority both during and between these eras. More specifically, it will investigate particular literary representations that negotiate and mediate the divide of the sacred and the secular in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.
Call for Papers, Poetry, and Prose
WSQ Special Issue Fall 2015: The 1970s
Guest Editors: Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán
The 1970s was a revolutionary moment for women. It transformed the very notion of female power regarding their bodies, their pleasure, and their work. In addition, women's activisms in the decade shaped new paradigms for thinking about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, labor, colonialism, technology and the environment. Inaugural moments in film, music, television, sports, visual arts, and computing remain crucial landmarks in debates and interventions concerning pornography, sex work, sound studies, digital feminism, legal theory, and religion.
Critical writings are invited from teachers and research scholars from any part of the world for the Inaugural Issue of The Golden Line: A Magazine on English Literature published by the Department of English, Bhatter College, Dantan, West Bengal, India.
Theme for critical writings: "HOW TO STUDY ENGLISH LITERATURE"
NeMLA 2015 46th Annual Convention
Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015
Sibéal Irish Postgraduate and ECR Feminist & Gender Studies Network will hold its 2014 annual conference in Trinity College Dublin on the 21st and 22nd of November. The conference invites papers that engage with the theme of
Gender and Metamorphosis.
This panel seeks papers on the representation of the urban metropolis (Toronto, Brooklyn,etc.) or on comparative studies of such representations in Caribbean literature. Papers on the writings of Austin C. Clarke and Paule Marshall are particularly welcome; so are explorations of literary depictions of Toronto/Brooklyn as sanctuary, refuge, menace, or promised land for Caribbean immigrants who flocked to Toronto/Brookilyn in droves in the 1960's in pursuit of the great Canadian or American dream.
Submit 250 word abstract and brief vitae by September 1, 2014 to the following link at NEMLA:
Keynote Speaker: Elaine Scarry (Harvard)
If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.
Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB) invites papers that place the discipline of Medieval Studies in conversation with the theoretical concept of transnationalism. The past decade has seen an increased attention to writers and works outside of siloed national canons. In contemporary literary studies, this attention has produced the "transnational turn" in English departments and a burgeoning body of scholarship on the francophonie in French departments.
From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.
The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.