Belonging and possession have long been treated as foundational to the missions and activities of museums and archives in how they connote, establish, explain, and demonstrate the ways collections belong to them; determine and express who possesses custody, ownership and control of artifacts; and, by extension, consider the knowledge surrounding objects, makers, places of origin and residence that they supply. Typically, museums and archives express their interests in possessing collections through practices of acquisition, loan, attribution, provenance, exhibition, scholarship, conservation, and rights and reproductions.
For its 2015 SAMLA panel, the Georgia and Carolinas College English Association seeks proposals that address the theme of carnivalization and the carnivalesque. As articulated by Mikhail Bakhtin, "carnival celebrated temporary liberation from prevailing truth and from established order; it marked the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions. Carnival was the true feast of time, the feast of becoming, change, and renewal. It was hostile to all that was immortalized and completed." Topics include but are not limited to:
• the liberating subversion of popular humor on the literary and cultural tradition
• the overturning of hierarchies in popular carnival
(dis)junctions 2015: Strange Bedfellows
"Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows."-Shakespeare's The Tempest (2.2)
University of California, Riverside's (dis)junctions conference invites papers and panels that push at the boundary of contemporary scholarship. Our critical focus, "Strange Bedfellows," is geared specifically toward innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to cultural, literary and theoretical texts. We are looking particularly for scholarship that emerges from the disjunction of incongruent forms, that thrives on the border of the unfamiliar, and that transgresses the boundary of the expected.
The quint's twenty ninth issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 15th May 2015—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.
All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.
With the deadline to submit CFPs a few weeks away (May 15th), we are still looking for new, exciting proposals to add to an already impressive array of submissions for SAMLA 87. Our CFP submission form is easily accessible on the homepage of our newly redesigned website at samla.memberclicks.net.
Our theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, invites scholars to look at the intersections of art, artistry, art forms, artists, film, creative writing, theory and criticism, culture,performers, authors, literature, and more.
August 21-23, 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(Please note that the new deadline is May 13, 2015.)
Inaugural Dressing The Early Modern Network Conference
Saturday, 19 September 2015, Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI), Viale Torricelli 5, 50125 Florence, Italy (www.niki-florence.org)
The Oxford English Dictionary lists three main senses for 'waste' in the English language:
1, Waste or desert land
2, Action or process of wasting
3, Waste matter, refuse
The conference invites abstracts for 20 minute papers which fit under these broad headings.
Papers might consider, but are not limited to, the following areas and questions:
Introducing: Reconstruction 15.1, "Unorthodox Autobiographies"
Edited by Matthew Ryan Smith
Featuring work by: James A. Wren, Ricky Varghese, Meryl McMaster, Ellyn Walker, Brendan Sullivan, Sharlene Khan, Rev. Michael Prieur, Matthew Ryan Smith, Ana Laura Pauchulo, and Sandra Lim.
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction publishes three Themed Issues and one Open Issue per year.
PAMLA special session on Western American literature.
This session will feature papers on all aspects of cinema, drama, prose and poetry of the American West. We welcome proposals that explore, problematise, and/or redefine the West as a construct that emerges throughout various forms of representation and also papers that seek to explore the contemporary condition of Western American literature in a globalised 21st Century.