This panel invites papers dealing with the interactions between material culture and the coining of metaphors in early modern European literature. Many of the objects that are conjured up in the literature of the period seem to have no realistic function and are rather commonplace symbols drawn from a tightly woven net of pre-established meanings that was current in the emblematic culture of the day (e.g., the hourglass, the anchor, the dart…). Looking beyond the emblematic frame of mind, however, we wish to ask why certain objects more readily made their way into literature as metaphors. How does the history of material objects help to shed new light on the process of creating a figurative language?
Though stage properties were less numerous on the early modern stage, they were more than mere accessories. The candles, torches, plants, swords and even canons that were used in the Globe Theatre, for instance, were all real objects that had not been designed specifically for the stage. Their transfer to a space of theatrical exhibition and representation poses many questions. This panel invites papers that investigate the material history of objects used on stage, the diversity of their dramatic qualities, the ways in which the stage interrogated their status as objects, as well as the ways in which they might have reciprocally determined the stage. How might they have invigorated and transformed theatrical practices?
A panel sponsored by Epistémè (Research Group on Early Modern England, Paris)
The aim of this panel is to explore the links between physical pain and philosophical theories in the early modern period. Two main issues will be addressed in this session:
1. we will discuss the medical and philosophical theories that were elaborated to account for physical pain at the time: what could be the cause of physical pain and how could it be explained physiologically? Was there a clear distinction between physical pain and emotional suffering? Was pain gendered? We will also focus on the value of pain: was it always seen as negative or could it also be good?
Indiana College English Association 2014 Conference
October 24, 2014 at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana
Conference Theme: Minds on Fire: Academic Crossroads
Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)
28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London
'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld
In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.
Each year, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the BSA's Annual Meeting, which takes place in New York City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of texts as material objects (print or manuscript).
The History of Art Conference aims to trace the tracks of the dialectic correlation in between the art and the concepts of society and artistic crops of this correlation from the very roots of the art to the modern world and to the present. During the conference and within the context of society, well known periods and moments of the history of art will be brought to the agenda and new areas of interest that will be revealed by this perspective will be explored.
HISTART '14 will be organized from 23th to 25th of October, by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center).
Southern Humanities Council Conference
January 29-February 1, 2015
The Foundry Inn
"Virtues and Vices, Desires, Devices"
As humans, we are continually examining how to position ourselves spatially, aesthetically, emotionally, intellectually, and practically in our environments. Today, we face these tasks with new urgency as the devastating impact of global climate change stimulates renewed scholarly focus on the environment. From Ecocriticism to Posthumanism to Deep Ecology studies, the humanities are engaged in a multi-disciplinary effort to understand how humans interact with natural and built environments. This conference aims to engage with and foster discussions around the complex and historically situated ways in which we imagine and inhabit the environment.
CFP: Children in Media
Red Feather Journal (www.redfeatherjournal.org), an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal of the child image, seeks submissions for the Fall 2014 issue (deadline Sept 15th, 2014).
What aspects of sixteenth-century literature and culture continue to fascinate to this day?
Over the last roughly 500 years, Renaissance poets, playwrights, philosophers, and myriad other figures have continued to provide fertile ground for sustained conversation and debate within academia and beyond. For the study of the Renaissance to remain relevant, scholars must decide which conversations are worth sustaining. "Sustainable conversations" are those that invite debate, that challenge existing paradigms, that adapt to the shifting landscape of contemporary scholarship and culture at large.
This SAMLA 86 panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture, circa 1450-1642.
Shakespeare's work is rich in philosophical themes, addressing questions in areas including metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. Meanwhile, issues concerning how Shakespeare's works manage to represent what they do are ripe for consideration in aesthetics, with the plays raising questions about the nature of representation, fiction, interpretation, literature and history, tragedy and comedy. Shakespeare: The Philosopher aims to explore the importance of philosophy in understanding Shakespeare, and the importance of Shakespeare to issues in philosophy.
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
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: