The recent history of scholarship on Africa and African literature has shown a marked preference for historicist approaches over theoretical ones. In spite of such landmark studies as Mahmood Mamdani's *Citizen and Subject*, Achille Mbembe's *On the Postcolony*, Sarah Nuttall's *Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-Apartheid*, and Jean and John L. Comaroff's work on "millennial capitalism," theoretical scholarship has long had to labor under the suspicion that it imposes a foreign, abstract, and generally false structure to African literature.
Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies will hold its 9th Annual conference at the University of Western Australia on Friday the 20th of June, 2014. The conference aims to foster a supportive environment in which postgraduates and early career researchers can present their work. The Limina Editorial Collective is calling for conference submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences which engage with the theme of 'Fear and Loathing'.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium
25th and 26th September, 2014
London College of Fashion
Journal of the Short Story in English announces a call for papers for an upcoming special section—"Affect and the Short Story (Cycle)". The guest editors are interested in papers addressing how the field of Affect Studies can help inform the ways we read short stories and the ways we theorize about formal and generic labels like the Short Story and, especially, the Short Story Cycle. We are also interested in papers that make use of short story or short story theory in ways that might inform our understanding of the transmission and operation of affect and emotion.
For one panel of a three-panel series at the annual meeting of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts (SLSA), Dallas, Texas October 9-12, 2014.
Lancaster University's department of English and Creative Writing invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.
Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.
--- 3-Year-Scholarship: Doctoral, Post-Doctoral Research in Comparative Literature ---
The Cusanuswerk is the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany and awards government scholarships to exceptionally gifted students and researchers in all branches of academic study. For more information, please visit www.cusanuswerk.org
With this Call for Papers, the foundation invites senior MA-students; PhD-candidates and Post-Doctoral researchers to submit yet unfunded PHD-projects or Post-Doctoral-Projects dealing with topics of contemporary literary theory and/or contemporary interpretations of literary texts from a comparative point of view.
22nd Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association
Theme: Literature and Emotions
Conference organizers: English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (EALA, Taiwan) & National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Date: November 1, 2014
Venue: National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
Call for Papers
The 4th Global Conference
'Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers'
CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS
THE DATES: 23 – 24 May 2014
DEADLINE FOR PANEL PROPOSALS: 15 March 2014
DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 11 April 2014
Description and aims
Date: 2nd September, 2014
Venue: Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester
Keynote speakers: Dr Aaron Kelly (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Monica Germanà (University of Westminster)
This one-day symposium aims to explore the exciting breadth and diversity of recent Scottish writing, attending to the importance of both tradition and innovation and examining how post-millennial texts negotiate and re-configure the boundaries of Scottish literature.
"Face, Faces, The Phenomenology of the Face"
Reflections on the term and its intersections with history, memory, geography, religion, race, gender, and sexuality in narratives by and about Arab Americans. 250-300 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014
SAR Special Issue: Nation and Its Discontents
In Religion and Violence, Hent de Vries argues that the "critical resources of the historical phenomenon called religion […] constitute an immense archive of concepts and figures, practices and dispositions, whose analytical yet highly ambiguous potential for the present age we have not yet begun to fathom" (35). This panel assumes that the concept and figure of redemption represents such an archival site that, in the midst of the "return to religion" that we are witnessing today, is worth our time re-opening.
How does an edition function as a site of memory? For MLA 2015 in Vancouver, the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) invites presentations in keeping with the conference's Presidential theme, "Negotiating Sites of Memory." Send 300-word abstract and short CV by 15 March to Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, CDBL@Brown.edu. Panelists must be MLA members by 1 April.