The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.
The Early Modern Women's Research Network (EMWRN) is convening panels on Gender and Textual Mobility at the upcoming ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Society) conference in Wellington, 7-10 February, 2017.
This is the 11th biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and three keynote speakers have an interest in gender in the medieval and early modern world: Professor Lorna Hutson (English, St Andrews, sponsored by EMWRN), Professor Martha Howell (History, Columbia), and Dr Erin Griffey (Art History, Auckland).
Babies perform a lot of narrative work. George Eliot's Middlemarch narrator playfully quips that "where there was a baby, things were right enough," and that "error, in general, was a mere lack of that central poising force," and this is often as true for narratives themselves as for the characters therein. Babies often serve as forces of disruption or normatization in literary texts, and this panel seeks to explore the narrative work that the (pro)creative and (pro)created bodies of mothers and babies perform. This panel seeks to situate the creative work of female reproduction in the context of its narrative creation, taking seriously the textual creation and performance of fertility in literary texts.
Guest Editors Invited
We seek essays that are interdisciplinary in nature. Papers should not be merely descriptive but involve a philosophical/theoretical exploration of the issues. Any papers that merely describe the events journalistically will be rejected outright. Please see our submission guidelines for further details.
We also seek book reviews within 1200 words and conforming to the MLA style. For works academic and non-fiction works, the books to be reviewed should have been published between 2014 and the present. For works of fiction, the reviews are to be restricted to books published from 2015 to the present.
For the 2017 RSA in Chicago, the Andrew Marvell Society welcomes submissions on topics such as
• Non-Historicist Approaches to Marvell
• Cognitive/Evolutionary Approaches to Marvell
• Marvell and Holland
• Marvell and Religion
• Marvell and the Duke of Buckingham
Please send CVs and proposals (max. 150 words) to Alex Garganigo (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 24 May 2016.
Non-Historicist Approaches to Marvell
Call for Submissions for Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies (ISSN2324-4895) www.aeternumjournal.com
Aeternum is an open-access biannual online journal of peer-reviewed academic articles on all aspects of the contemporary Gothic. The purpose of the Journal is to provide an emphasis on contemporary Gothic scholarship, bringing together innovative perspectives from different areas of study.
First Mainz Graduate Conference in English Literature and Culture
The School of English Literature and Culture at Mainz University will be hosting its first graduate conference on 22 and 23 July 2016. We invite potential participants to submit proposals for 20-minute papers that fit into one of the following sections:
1. Text, Language, Reader
2. Text, History, Form
3. Text, Culture, Identity
In his 1967 "Des Espace Autres" Michel Foucault wrote that in contrast to literary and cultural criticism's previous privileging of history, periodization, and time that "The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space." In the past generation scholars working across a wide variety of the humanities including literary theory, history, philosophy, cultural studies and religious studies have confirmed Foucault's prediction.
CALL FOR PAPERS
for the 25th Annual English Language and Literatures Conference
to be held at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL on Saturday, November 12, 2016
Featuring poet Roger Reeves as keynote speaker
Please submit abstracts (approx. 250 words) for proposed papers by May 15, 2016, and completed papers (approx. 2000-3000 words or 1500-2000 words for AP and introductory students) no later than Sept. 15, 2016 in any of the following categories:
English literatures ● literatures in translation ● comparative literature ● critical theory ● film ● creative writing ● teaching English ● special sessions for introductory and AP English students