The MHK Society invites prospective participants to submit proposals relating to any aspect of Kingston’s life and work. The topic is open. Especially welcome are papers exploring Kingston’s work across genres. How are her thematic and political commitments inflected by artistic choices involving prose, poetry, theatricality, and the cinematic imagination? What is the importance of space and place in her work--San Francisco, Stockton, Berkeley, Honolulu, New York, the Sierra Mountains? Please email abstracts of 2-300 words to John Whalen-Bridge at email@example.com no later than January 13, 2018.
This panel seeks to examine the writings of Marilynne Robinson, one of the most important contemporary American writers. Robinson has written widely-acclaimed novels and essays that explore the relationship between religion and contemporary culture. This panel considers the ways in which Robinson’s religious vision informs her writing. How has Robinson contributed to discussions of faith in our contemporary moment, both through her fiction and essays? How is her investigation of this topic especially relevant to the growing field of post-secular studies? How is her Pulitzer novel, Gilead, a meditation on race and religion in American culture?
FERNS is an intercollegiate academic journal that focuses on the intersection between human action and environmental impact. It will emphasize the conversation necessary between scientists, politicians, ethicists, and theologians, welcoming work in fields that intersect around environmental stewardship. FERNS showcases the intellectual, academic, and creative research from emerging scholars at graduate and undergraduate levels. Students will have the ability to promote their work in a double-blind peer-reviewed journal in addition to developing research ideas in the professional arena.
The Martineau Society will be hosting its annual conference in London, England. The Martineau Society conference is an interdisciplinary conference that focuses on the lives, work, and contributions of the Martineau family, including its two most famous and influential members, Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) and James Martineau (1805-1900).
Started by Norwich Unitarians in 1994, the Martineau Society encourages scholarship on the Martineau family and their nineteenth-century context as well as their continuing influence.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Theology and Religion
Literature (all genres, including Children’s Literature and Travel Writing)
Language and Linguistics
The George Saunders Society invites prospective participants to submit proposals relating to any aspect of Saunders’ life and work. The topic is open, and especially welcome are essays on shifts in Saunders thematic emphasis and tone (e.g., the question of “New Sincerity”) across the developing arc of his career. We might also ask, after LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, how did the afterlife figure in his earlier writing, and where will it go next? Is there a developing genre in English that might be called the bardo mode? How are his thematic and political commitments inflected by artistic choices involving prose, theatricality, and the cinematic imagination?
Loyola University Chicago is seeking abstract proposals for a day-long event to be held March 1, 2018, featuring critically-acclaimed fiction author George Saunders. In light of the upcoming softcover version of Lincoln in the Bardo (winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction) and the recent release of George Saunders: Critical Essays (Palgrave, 2017), Loyola’s Hank Center, in collaboration with other university communities, seeks to explore, interrogate, and celebrate Saunders’s work.
Conference: 18th Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Forms of Dissent in the Medieval and Early Modern World March 9-10, 2018, Duke University CFP Deadline: January 22, 2018 Website: https://sites.duke.edu/nccmems2018/ Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sara S. Poor, medieval studies, Princeton University and 2017-18 NHC Fellow; Dr. Roseen Giles, musicology, Duke University The Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites graduate students to submit proposals for twenty-minute paper presentations to an interdisciplinary audience that consider the forms and functions of dissent (broadly conceived) throughout the medieval and early modern world.
Domestic spaces lay at the centre of the lives of early modern English men and women. Yet their liminality has often been under-investigated, if not underestimated, by scholars. On the one hand, households served as a hubbub of familial and filial activity (housewarmings, births, conventicles, fast/feast days and reading groups), on the other hand as sites of the foreign and fatal (burglaries, squatting, murders, possessions, and devastating fires). The house was as permeable as it was penetrable. This despite attempts to ward off or perturb would be intruders: via witches’ marks, locks, bars, fences, guard dogs, community patrols and the ‘watch’.
Call for Works/Papers
Saturday March 10th 2018,National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Deadline for submission is 24 January 2018.
Papers and pieces which respond to alchemy.
Listen to the Voice of Fire is a symposium/concert for research in sonic arts though alchemy- it welcomes eclectic and disparate approaches, practice based researchers, artists, early career researchers and independent researchers.
The journal Religions is currently running a Special Issue entitled "Religion, Ritual and Ritualistic Objects". All the authors in the relevant field are welcomed to contribute.