Thinking and Writing Beyond Two Cultures:
STEM, WAC/WID, and the Changing Academy
Thinking and Writing Beyond Two Cultures:
The first few years of the twentieth-first century have witnessed social unrest, revolts and revolutions across the world: the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, riots of workers and peasants in China, anti-austerity demonstrations in Europe, blood-shedding confrontations in Ukraine, and, more recently, the Sunflower Movement or Occupy Legislature in Taipei. They are triggered by either violent actions of the police and the army, governments' decisions, or electoral controversies; they demand shifts of power and systemic transformations, or simply struggle for the basic rights of existence. In these heydays of insurrection, we cannot help asking: what is going on? What is happening to us, fascinated, shocked, devastated, aphasic or garrulous?
"Money is the root form of representation in bourgeois society." So T. J. Clark put it in 1999. Almost aphoristic in its phrasing, the sentence turns on the set of questions it raises – about markets and money flows, about value and abstraction, about whom money belongs to, about the "social reality of the Sign" and the effect money has on artmaking. Money becomes a central form – maybe the central form – of life, inescapable and intractable. The conditions that shape our present and the failure of the Left to devise a practicable response have only intensified the urgency of the proposition and the questions that ground its pivot.
Call for Chapters
Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom, an edited volume
America's "founding father" Thomas Jefferson championed a vision of economic prosperity and moral virtue that was dependent upon an expansive "Empire of Liberty" with Guantánamo, Cuba as one of its key sites. The haunting paradox of his words alludes to the many layers and contradictions that cluster around the Caribbean site known today as the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station.
University of Bristol, Friday, September 5, 2014
Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.
Experimental modernist forms are widely thought to question the suitability of traditional cultural structures to represent experience. Whether it is Ezra Pound's desire to 'compose in the sequence of the musical phrase' or the mutual influence of primitivism in Picasso's paintings and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the formal innovations we call modernism often saw different art forms converge and stimulate one another. We hope this conference will explore these issues in depth.
According to Hosam Aboul-Ela, the poetics of peripheralization differ from those of modernism: while both manifest similarly at the level of the text through experimental techniques, the former engages with the political histories and economies of peripheral regions. This panel explores the ways in which the literature of the Global South combines modernist aesthetics and a commitment to exposing the traumas and violence resulting from colonialism. How does this literature use the poetics of peripheralization to challenge structures of power?
Chairs: Jason Canniff, Jenna Sciuto
Area: AnglophoneCross: World Literatures (non-European Languages)
Call for Papers: Department of English Studies One-Day Conference
Durham University, 4th September 2014
Is a Novel JUST a Novel?
Keynote speakers: Professor Andrew Bennett and Dr. Dan Vyleta
The Department of English Studies at the Durham University is convening a one-day conference which will be held on 4th September 2014 in Durham University.
"Changing Forms, Changing Genres"investigates the transmutation of literary genres of British/Anglophone fiction within the global contexts of the twentieth century. How does a specific genre or a fictional form reveal its representational limits in colonial, postcolonial, or transnational contexts? And how does the transmuted form represent or fail to represent the emergence of new social relations and/or the tension between hegemonic and resistant forces? Possible topics include, but are not limited to: realist fiction, the Bildungsroman, the autobiographical novel, the romance novel, and the estate novel. Please send 300 words abstracts to Minjeong Kim via the NeMLA website.
THE LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS STUDENT CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
NIGH UNIVERSITY CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (EDMOND)
"Students engaging, transforming, and empowering students"
Abstract submission deadline: Monday, September 1, 2014
Acceptance notification: Monday, September 15, 2014
Registration deadline: Monday, September 29, 2014
Christoph Reinfandt (Tübingen)
Jussi Parikka (Southampton/Turku)
"Face, Faces, The Phenomenology of the Face"
The Human (issn: 2147-9739) is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, Irish, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, drama & theatre studies, and comparative literature (where the pieces bridge literature of a country with Turkish literature). To learn more about The Human and its principles, please visit this page: