Central & Eastern Europe's cultural visibility has increased since the 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall and with Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller's 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. In light of this new visibility, how are Central/Eastern European cultures and history being taught, both within and outside the region? What has changed in the way these countries (past and present) contribute to the understanding of the cultural configuration of the region or the continent? How and what should educators include in various curricula? How do we teach the communist period to new generations and/or to the West and the rest of the world?
Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Deadline: April 30, 216
The Urban Studies Area of The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Conference in October 2016.
The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate conference, to be held on April 8-10, 2016. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, rhetoric and composition, English pedagogy, technical communication, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/presentations should last no more than 20 minutes.
One-day inter-disciplinary conference at the University of Bristol, 1st July 2016
Keynote Speakers: Dr Angela McShane, Royal College of Art/ V&A
Dr Eleanor Standley, University of Oxford/ Ashmolean Museum
Call for Papers:
This conference will explore the concept of performance and its role in the construction of individual and communal identities.
From a person's choice of dress in the morning to what they eat at night: When and how should we conceive of such everyday actions as having a role in the performance and construction of identities? How have public acts and rituals been used to construct and contest group identities? And how have the meanings of these performative acts endured or changed over time?
This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we reconceive solidarity or community through the literary?
Conference Location: Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy)
Conference Director: Giovanni Spani (College of the Holy Cross)
Conference Coordinator: Marco Marino (Sant'Anna Institute)
Keynote Speaker: Eduardo Urios-Aparisi (University of Connecticut)
We invite submissions focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.
Essays might examine consider, for example:
· the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence
· the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured
· death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience
· the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence
August 25 - 26, 2016
The University of Bamenda, NWR, Cameroon.
"There is no great literature without nationality, no great nationality without literature." (Yeats, 1989: 30)
Special Session, 2017 MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Jan. 5-8
In recognition of the five hundredth anniversary (give or take) of the Protestant Reformation, this session seeks new perspectives on how Catholic-Protestant relations have been explored in British literary texts. Texts may be drawn from any period of literature since the Reformation. Preference will be given to papers which carefully historicize their readings of their chosen texts, and/or papers that study well-known works of literature which have not often been read in terms of their engagement with Catholic-Protestant relations. Please send 350-word abstracts by 15 March 2016.
An international conference organised by the Faculty of English, University of Oxford. This event builds on the success of the 2009 Oxford conference, After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England, which resulted in a book of essays (ed. by Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh) that vigorously interrogated the nature of religious and intellectual culture in England in the long fifteenth century. After Chichele adopts a similar investigative and interdisciplinary approach. The period has been chosen precisely because the inner workings of English intellectual and religious life during these years have proved challengingly resistant to the formation of grand critical narratives.
Theorizing Borders in Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture
We are accepting submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Failure' - the deadline for submissions is 1st March 2016.
Details can be found below. This information is also available at https://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/index.php?journal=excursions&page=...
Excursions Vol 7 No. 1 "Failure"
'A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.' - Gertrude Stein, Four in America
Shaping Ends: Aspects of Apocalypse
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Saturday 5 November 2016
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2016
The conference will address topics relating to endings in literary narrative, history, apocalypse etc. Details can be found on the website of the Christian Literary Studies Group, http://www.clsg.org/html/conference.html
Papers should have a reading time of 25 minutes and be of a standard suitable for publication subsequently in The Glass. Preference is given to contributions exploring Christian and Biblical themes in literature.
Issue 4.1: Black Lives Matter
albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Black Lives Matter."
Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to: