This panel probes the representation of the grotesque and science in early modern European discourse, whether in the travel narrative or other literary discourse, such as memoirs, letters, notes on experiments, or even the publications from various royal societies. The narrative may, in fact, be factual or fictional, published or in manuscript form. While the definition of the term "grotesque" and its context is relatively open, the grotesque must be clear and it must connect with early modern science and literary discourse in some immediate way. For this panel, I will consider early modern as dating from 1500 to 1700. Please forward by April 28, 2016 an abstract of 250 words and a vita to J. A.
thresholds is a new digital journal co-edited by Whitney Trettien (UNC) and Fran McDonald (U. Louisville). The journal's platform bears witness to the dynamic processes that constitute reading and writing by way of a split-screen architecture. On the left side of the screen, we publish short essays (essayer – trial, attempt, test). The right side of the screen is populated by the various text fragments, images, audio, and video clips that inspired the author and propelled the corresponding work. Unlike a footnote or endnote, these fragments are not explicitly harnessed to the essay's main body; they do not rustle the reader toward a specific interpretative conclusion.
Call for Papers
Urban Studies Area
2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 October 2016
Chicago, IL - 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 Mythgard Institute at Signum University is pleased to announce the third annual Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (known affectionately as MidMoot III) on September 24-25, 2016 at the University of Maryland at College Park. Additional details about the symposium will be announced in the summer, including special guests. We are accepting proposals now for short presentations intended to foster discussion. Presentation topics are welcome in the following areas:
Call for Papers — Studies in Crime Writing
Newberry College is pleased to invite submissions for the inaugural issue of Studies in Crime Writing, which will appear in Spring 2017. Studies in Crime Writing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online scholarly journal dedicated to crime writing, including true crime, thrillers, prison writing, detective fiction, and noir. The journal's focus is on written work, rather than film, computer games, or other electronic media. Beyond this, there is no fixed topic for the first issue. We are open to a variety of theoretical and scholarly approaches, and to bibliographic and textual scholarship as well.
Keynote lectures: Peter Greenaway and Prof. Richard Wilson
For Deleuze and Guattari there are modes of literature that offer themselves to the state, to official and institutional discourse, and thus to the hierarchically transcendent. These reactionary forms are to be contrasted with the resistant, revolutionary, and immanent 'lines-of-flight' of 'minor literature'.
RISKING THE FUTURE: VULNERABILITY, RESISTANCE, HOPE
An International Conference on the Risk Humanities
Durham University, UK
12-13 July 2016
(Professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University)
(Australian Research Professor, University of Queensland)
(William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University)
Call for Papers:
The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
University of Pennsylvania
October 20-22, 2016
The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is pleased to announce Timescales, an interdisciplinary environmental humanities conference to be held on October 20-22, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania. Timescales explores the question of temporality in ecological crisis.
Keynote speakers: Professor Julie Sanders, Newcastle University, and Dr Adam Smyth,University of Oxford.
Abstract Deadline: 15th April 2016
All texts and artworks will have at one stage been a work in progress, despite the tendency to value them as cultural artefacts once they are deemed finished and made available for consumption. Redrafting and editing are processes which strive towards a "final" product, meaning their publication often results in the loss or occlusion of multiple ancillary versions. Such materials are important to our understanding of how texts and works are shaped and reshaped, and by whom.
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 (re)conceive solidarity or community through the literary? This panel can engage with but is not limited to the following topics: literary criticism, critical theory (including theories of affect), aesthetics, propaganda, literary texts, and print culture more broadly.