Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 41 No. 1 | March 2015
"Forms of Life, Forms of Death"
In collaboration with Outis! Journal of (Post)European Philosophy
Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2014
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Eudora Welty Society: Eudora Welty and Multimedia
As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.
The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:
Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st-Century Literatures (PAMLA 2014 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2)
2014 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 31 - November 2, 2014
EXTENDED DEADLINE: May 31, 2014
Through a geocritical focus, the goal of this panel is to explore the significance of spatial identity. Building on the "Familiar Spirits" theme of the conference, this panel will focus on the spirit and identity of an area and its people. Topics can vary from an ecocritical approach to a tribal community's relationship with the spirit of land, to the spatial identity of post 9/11 urban landscapes, or anywhere in between.
We are currently seeking proposals for the Literature and Religion panel at the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in Riverside, California. The conference will take place October 31-November 2, 2014.
How do contemporary writers negotiate faith or unbelief? What are the varieties of secularism articulated in their work? How do they explore faith within a post-secular context? What are the tensions associated with inhabiting a post-secular age? The panel especially welcomes papers on the following authors: Cormac McCarthy, Marilynn Robinson, Ian McEwen, and Jeffrey Eugenides.
The American and New England Studies Program at Boston University is pleased to announce its 2014 graduate student conference: "New England and the World." We invite submissions that consider New England's place in national and international contexts. Proposals should reflect New England's role as 'the Hub' and the ways that the region has been and remains a vital center for activity. We seek papers that follow an interdisciplinary framework through literature, film, architecture, history, visual culture, archeology, ethnic studies, and other disciplines.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City
King's College London
Organised by the AHRC-Funded Research Network 'Imagining Jerusalem, 1099 to the Present Day'
Keynote speakers: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck), Professor Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths).
Further keynotes TBA
Survey and Essay Proposal for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler
Edited by Tarshia L. Stanley
This survey is designed to gather information about instructors' methods and materials for teaching the works of Octavia E. Butler, for the purpose of developing a new volume on the topic in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Respondents are invited to answer the questions related to their teaching below. They are also encouraged to submit a proposal for a contribution to the volume. Proposals and survey responses are due by 1 July 2014, after which the survey will no longer be available online. All respondents will be acknowledged in the published volume.
'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)
Papers are welcome on Baltic (Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian) language and literature, possibly related to the conference theme, "Familiar Spirits," suggesting folkloric or religious dimensions of literature as well as folklore per se (customs, magic, spirits, and so forth).
Please submit a brief abstract and an approx. 100-word proposal via the online paper submission system at http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals
by midnight of Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Call For Papers: Critical Survey
Guest Edited edition of the academic journal published by Berghahn.
TOPIC: [THE?] ARCHIVE
In response to numerous requests from colleagues and institutions, the Semiotic Society of America is pleased to extend our deadline for abstract submissions to ***June 20, 2014***.
Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting
October 2-5, 2014
This year's non-restrictive conference theme is:
Paradoxes of Life
Challenge – Determination – Resilience
(Contributions on any other topic related to semiotics are welcome)
10-13 December 2014
The University of Sydney
Keynotes are now confirmed and a reminder of the June 15 abstract deadline.
• John Dixon Hunt (University of Pennsylvania)
• Sophia Rosenfeld (University of Virginia)
• Michael McKeon (Rutgers University)
• Erika Naginski (Harvard University)
Sir Thomas Browne, in his Dedicatory Epistle to Hydriotaphia, Urne-Burial, wonders, "But who knows the fate of his bones, or how often he is to be buried? Who hath the oracle of his ashes, or whither they are to be scattered?" These questions highlight the tensions ever-present within Browne's work between ephemeral meaning and enduring materiality. By asking the ashes to speak, and thus to pronounce meaning, Browne's text insists upon the afterlife of the material, its slippage across the boundaries between life and death, past and present. In this, Hydriotaphia, embodies an Early Modern concern with history and the body by taking the present moment as one constantly inflected by an unknowable past while also anticipating an indeterminate future.