In almost a reactionary response to New Criticism and a development from Historicism, literary researchers are using archival research more and more to develop textual analysis. Whether this research is more historically based or is textual to the point of analysing printing ink and the construction of a text, special collections, museum, and archives are considered a valuable resource. Even in the abstract, the idea of 'the' archive, while being embraced is simultaneously being challenged both for its exclusions and its very definition. How has the/an archive or the very idea of an archive affected/enhanced your own work?
'The Practical Past: on the advantages and disadvantages of history for life' (Ouro Preto: August 23-26, 2016)
Invited are papers that address any aspect of literature and conflict, literature and war, literature and peace, or that address work by any of the following authors:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Bloomsbury C21 Writings Annual International Conference 2015
Writing And Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
24-25 September 2015, University of Brighton, UK
In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least. - Lauren Berlant, "Cruel Optimism"
We seek contributions to a collection of critical essays on the work of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The volume is tentatively titled Feminism and Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Chitra Divakaruni, and will be published by Rawat Books in Jaipur, India. Anticipated publication date is Spring 2016.
Rawat, a major publisher in humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences, has co-published dozens of books with American university presses. See more information at http://rawatbooks.com/ and
We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 6 and 7 June 2015.
Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.
Symposium: 13-14 July 2015, University of Queensland, Australia
Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture affiliated with the University of Sydney, seeks submissions from postgraduate students and early-career scholars (maximum five years since qualification) that explore the notion or thematic "Terror Australis."
Panic, apprehension, alarm, fear, dread: these and other relatives of terror have long infected Australian and other antipodean texts. Resisting demarcation, terror can be understood as a protean perception, a chimerical substance, an uncontainable ill feeling, or an institutionalised technic in the form of a disciplinary power.
Call for Papers
Symposium: "Transforming Contagion"
Location: Arizona State University's West campus (Phoenix, AZ) Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
This issue aims to elicit discussions about the literary and cultural productions that have emerged from the process of colonization and post-colonial experience in English-speaking countries, as well as the expansion of these historical experiences through cross-cultural dialogues. It is, therefore, the investigation of the transits of literary, artistic, and cultural repertoires in English, aiming to comprehend the networks and flows of critical or theoretical references about these productions in the various stages of the colonization and post-colonial period.