Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?
"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every time" – Leonardo DeCaprio as Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
For the upcoming conference of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), the Research Committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature, invites submissions for the following panel, "The Text as Being: Ontologies of Redemption, Repair, and Regret." The conference will take place at the University of Vienna, Vienna Austria.
The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.
Tuning Speculations III, November 20-22 2015
Plenary Speakers: Anna Munster (University of New South Wales) and Rebeka Sheldon (Indiana University)
Call for Papers for Albany State University Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communication
Circling The Elements Conference: The State(s) of Hip Hop & Rap
April 7-10, 2016
Theme: Natural and Unnatural Histories
Keynote Speakers: Kate Flint (University of Southern California) and Elaine Freedgood (NYU)
March 10-13, 2016, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, NC
Hosted by Appalachian State University
As part of the scientific program PRES FE2C "Cultures and Territories," we organized a workshop in 2012 on "Itineraries" and more recently a symposium entitled "Cultures in Movement." We are pursuing these research topics in the context of a collective publication, focused on the more specific issue of itineraries/routes.
Keynote speaker announced: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, University of London)
Extended deadline for abstracts: 20th July 2015
The extended deadline reflects the interest we have received in wider European male experience. We now welcome papers that focus on British and European devotion. This conference is co-hosted with the Universities of Reading and Liverpool Hope. It aims to explore the social, economic and spatial factors underpinning the changing way men demonstrated their commitment to God and the church(es) in a period of significant turmoil. Papers that address male devotional experience from historical, literary, gender studies and material culture perspectives are welcomed. Suggested themes include:
ACLA 2016 Seminar Proposal
March 17th-20th, Harvard University