Writing about Alfred Stieglitz's photography in 1923, Hart Crane said, "Speed is at the bottom of it all. The hundredth of a second caught so precisely that the motion is continued from the picture indefinitely: the moment made eternal" (qtd. in Sontag's On Photography 65). A thoroughly modern art form, photography reflects the sense of urgency and impulse to record found often in poetry. As discrete units of artistic representation, the photographic image and the poem unveil new ways of looking and interpreting. Both art forms seek to represent that moment, that impression attempting to make the moment eternal, in the image and in the text.
Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders
Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of English at the University of Chicago, November 20-21, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Claudia Rankine, Henry G. Lee Professor of English, Pomona College
With a public discussion conducted by Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, University of Chicago
Proposal submission deadline: July 25th, 2014
Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 36th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM. Papers and panels that connect European popular culture and literature to the conference theme "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture," are especially encouraged.
Mediating the Sacred and Secular in the Medieval and Early Modern Period
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, is seeking submissions for its conference on the conceptualizations of the sacred and secular during the Medieval and Early Modern periods. This conference will engage with issues of periodicity through questions of secular versus sacred authority both during and between these eras. More specifically, it will investigate particular literary representations that negotiate and mediate the divide of the sacred and the secular in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.
Critical writings are invited from teachers and research scholars from any part of the world for the Inaugural Issue of The Golden Line: A Magazine on English Literature published by the Department of English, Bhatter College, Dantan, West Bengal, India.
Theme for critical writings: "HOW TO STUDY ENGLISH LITERATURE"
Keynote Speaker: Elaine Scarry (Harvard)
If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.
From Thomas Jefferson's early condemnation of cities as detrimental to the moral and physical well-being of the American body politic, to contemporary ecocritical considerations of the environmental risks of urban space, cities have long been implicated in discourses of sickness and health. Recent works such as Julie Sze's Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (2007) and Simon Finger's The Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early Philadelphia (2011) explore the historical rhetoric of contagion and contamination for urban populations in the United States.
What does it mean to employ music to tell a story? How is listening to a musical narrative different from other modes of narrative reception? Such questions have fascinated philosophers and students of the art of storytelling throughout history. From Plato's dissection of the modes of poetry and rhapsode to Nietzsche's fascination with Attic tragedy, the musicality of speech and narrative has been a contested site of cultural and political ramifications.
The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.
Reading Love's Labour's Lost
13-14 February 2015
Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, sometimes described as euphuistic because of the importance of language games, also stages a revision of neopetrarchanism. This conference aims at providing a whole range of critical readings of the play and its "so sweet and voluble… discourse" (II.1.562).
All approaches will here be welcome, including – but by no means exclusively:
- performance studies
- textual studies
- gender studies
- neo-historicist approaches
- historical / social studies / cultural studies
- visual studies
- linguistic studies
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
25th Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2014
Baltimore, MD - Lord Baltimore Hotel
Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Baltimore, MD. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.
For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit mapaca.net/areas. General questions can be directed to mapaca at mapaca dot net.
The Compass is currently accepting undergraduate academic work to publish for the Spring 2015 issue.
The Compass is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal edited and managed by students in the Arcadia University Honors Program. The journal is accepting papers from all academic disciplines. Submissions must be completed during undergraduate study. We cannot accept papers from graduate-level work.
All papers should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment in Microsoft Word format.
With your email submission, please complete The Compass Submission Form.
Undergraduate students from any college or university may send a submission.
"Money is the root form of representation in bourgeois society." So T. J. Clark put it in 1999. Almost aphoristic in its phrasing, the sentence turns on the set of questions it raises – about markets and money flows, about value and abstraction, about whom money belongs to, about the "social reality of the Sign" and the effect money has on artmaking. Money becomes a central form – maybe the central form – of life, inescapable and intractable. The conditions that shape our present and the failure of the Left to devise a practicable response have only intensified the urgency of the proposition and the questions that ground its pivot.
Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles.