Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this panel examines the role of art and visual culture in reflecting, confirming, or challenging ideals of citizenship across historical periods and media.
Dans l'épilogue à son ouvrage Les Franco Américains de la Nouvelle-Angleterre : rêve et réalités, Roby en 2000 offre une conclusion à la fois réaliste et pessimiste de la situation en Franco-Américanie à la fin des années 1980 : « il existe toujours des foyers de vie franco-américaine dynamiques à Manchester, à Worcester, à Orono et à Woonsocket. Cependant, la poigne de militants qui les animent s'essouffle sérieusement. Faute de relève, ils disparaissent de la scène l'un après l'autre sans être remplacés. » (490). La question que nous souhaitons soulever ici se porte précisément sur l'état de cette relève presque 25 ans plus tard. Qu'en est-il par exemple, du débat sur la « culture sans la langue » qui avait occupé les pages du FAROG Forum ?
THE 'EXOTIC' BODY IN 19TH-CENTURY BRITISH DRAMA
University of Oxford
Funded under the 2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships scheme, European Commission
25-26 September 2014
Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford
Convenor: Dr Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford)
Professor Ross Forman (Warwick), Dr Peter Yeandle (Manchester),
Dr Hazel Waters (Institute of Race Relations, London)
Teaching is one of the most challenging professions because it brings individuals of different backgrounds (teachers and learners) into a very close relationship. The process of teaching/learning arguably constitutes the most important aspect of this relationship, but it is intimately connected with other complex personal, social, cultural, and even historical and political factors. A teacher is not a neutral entity, nor does s/he teach in a social, cultural, and historical vacuum. Similarly, the learner is not a tabula rasa, subject to the teacher's inscriptions. Inevitably, the process of education will elicit critical questions or even resistance.
2014 Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference – June 20-21, 2014
"Expense & Expendability"
To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other.
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Seeking out new growth in devastated spaces and optimism in the face of environmental despair, this panel will take on the task of enchanting readers with physical spaces in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America that have already been toxified or left for dead. The liminal, a conception traditionally most relevant to anthropology and psychoanalysis, has the capacity to reinvigorate the relationship between culture and its more anomalous literary environments.
Conversations with Tradition
In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'
La significativa presencia de viajeros e inmigrantes italianos en el continente americano durante los últimos doscientos años, especialmente relevante tanto desde el punto de vista histórico, como cultural y humano, permite de forma excepcional estudiar el complejo fenómeno migratorio partiendo del caso concreto de Hispanoamérica, tomando para ello como referencia los múltiples ejemplos de contacto entre ambas culturas, al igual que sucede en América del Norte, donde el arribo de oleadas inmigratorias y los contactos políticos y culturales fueron también sumamente fructíferos.
J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.
Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.
This is the first international conference on Kazuo Ishiguro's works to be hosted in Japan.
32 years have passed since his debut as the author of A Pale View of Hills in 1982. We are in need of assessment and evaluation of his works and achievements from fresh perspectives. The conference calls for papers on any aspect of Kazuo Ishiguro and his works and invites scholars from the world to reassess their significance in the context of contemporary literature and culture.
Possible topics include, but are surely not limited to:
Intellectual Properties: Archive, Canon, Copy, Clone (2014)
The 3rd Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Minnesota
Dates: September 26th-27th 2014
Keynote: Jane Gaines, Columbia University, second speaker TBA
Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.
Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects
Panel Proposal for Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2014 Conference – "Fluid" - Dallas, TX - Oct. 9-12, 2014
Send ~250 word abstract and a brief biographical note to Matthew Dodson at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 20, 2014.