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Epasa Moto: Multidisciplinary Journal of Arts, Letters and the Humanities

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:05pm
Faculty of Arts, University of Buea

Epasa Moto is now accepting papers for it next issues.

Epasa Moto (New Series), an official bi-annual journal of both the Faculty of Arts and the Advanced School of Translators and Interpreters of the University of Buea, is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scholarly journal of arts, letters and the humanities. It publishes original, well-researched papers, review essays, interviews, résumés, and commentaries, which offer new insights into the various disciplines in the arts, letters and the humanities. Focus is on issues about Africa and the African Diaspora but comparative works from Western and other cultures designed to enhance the vitality of humanistic studies in Africa are acceptable.

(M)othering the Transatlantic: Representations of Motherhood in a Transatlantic Context, 2015 ACLA, March 26-29 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:53am
American Comparative Literature Association

In a 2006 Slate Magazine column, Stephen Metcalf asks, "Why is Beloved Beloved?" Why, almost twenty years after publication, does Beloved keep reappearing on the foreground of literary consciousness? Orientating ourselves on Morrison's choice to reimagine and reinvent the story of Margaret Garner, we can similarly ask how the continual haunting of infanticide in Beloved is a formal innovation that interrogates the place of Motherhood (and particularly black Motherhood) in both a slave and neo-slave era.

Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:30pm
Lehigh English Department Graduate Program

The Lehigh University English graduate program is organizing our first annual conference on "Literature and Social Justice" for March 7th, 2015, to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals for 15-20 minute presentations by MA and Doctoral students on all aspects of literature and social justice across any specialties within the discipline of English, comparative literature, or modern languages. Scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical methodologies are welcome to submit abstracts. Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:
-questions on whether literature should be socially or morally "useful"
-the current state of didactic literature

Violation: Representations in Literature and Culture. February 2015.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:03am
McGill University English Department

The McGill English Department's Twenty-First Annual Graduate Student Conference on Language and Literature invites submissions on literary and cultural engagements with violation. Violation can signify multiply: violating rules and regulations, violating genre or generic conventions, violating treaties, violating the body, violating expectations, violating intellectual property and copyright, violating social and cultural conventions, violating promises, violating standardized constructions of gender and sexuality, violating religious codes, violating privacy, violating human rights and dignities, and more. How are these political, stylistic, generic, bodily, and social infractions figured in diverse literary and cultural contexts?

[UPDATE] Carlos Ruiz Zafón Proposed Collection

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:06am
Tanya Jones, M.Ed

Abstracts are requested for a proposed collection on the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Intended to be the first academic collection about the author, abstracts regarding all topics of interest are welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

- the modern Gothic tale
- use of the Faustian pact in his novels
- the Cemetery of Forgotten Books as metaphor
- his use of classical theology
- "Marina" as a modern "Frankenstein"

Please understand that all abstracts (and later articles) will need to be written in English.

A short bio and abstracts of 300-500 words are due by December 1st, 2014.

"Come Away, O Human Child": Children in Secondary Worlds

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:03am
Tanya Jones, M.Ed

Abstracts are requested for a proposed collection tentatively titled "'Come Away, O Human Child'": Children in Secondary Worlds." The collection will focus on literature that features children moving from their primary world (the known) into a secondary world (the unknown) or into Faerie.

"Constraints" - 28th GAFIS Symposium, March 20-21, 2015

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:58pm
GAFIS - Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (UW Madison)

The Graduate Association of French and Italian Students
Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin - Madison
announces the Call for Papers for its 28th annual Graduate Student Symposium

March 20-21, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Hofstadter, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach

Rule 1. The road runner cannot harm the coyote except by going "beep-beep." (Chuck Jones)

The Horizons of Community

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:20pm
Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University

The Graduate Students of The Humanities Center are proud to announce a Graduate Student Conference on February 27 and 28, 2015. Keynote speakers will be Boris Groys (Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU), Joshua Kotin (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Princeton), and Molly Warnock (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and The Humanities Center, JHU).

"Community is given to us--or we are given and abandoned to the community: a gift to be renewed and communicated, it is not a work to be done or produced."
Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community


Monday, September 29, 2014 - 1:26pm
Michael A Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area, NEPCA

Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2015 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October 2015
Proposals by 1 June 2015

Autobiography in Context, International Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 21 and 22 November 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:34am
English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Autobiography in Context

An International Interdisciplinary Conference

21st & 22nd November 2014
Rijeka, Croatia


Dr Charles Ivan Armstrong, University of Agder, Norway
Dr Nóra Sélle,University of Debrecen, Hungary (HUSSE president)
Dr Stipe Grgas,University of Zagreb, Croatia

Another international keynote speaker TBA

Hosting institutions:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka
English Department

Figural Evasions: The Poetics of Defense (ACLA, March 26-29 Seattle)

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:56am
Lily Gurton-Wachter, University of Missouri & Andrea Gadberry, New York University

Poetics and defense have long been bedfellows, from Plato's infamous call for poets to be exiled from the polis to the cottage industry around the "defense of poetry" (Sidney, Du Bellay, Shelley, and so on). Our seminar aims to engage the problem of poetics and defense in a different way from this distinguished lineage, though. How might poetry itself be a method of evasion and defense? And what tropic entanglements do writers wishing to evade poetry and poetics find themselves in, perhaps in spite of themselves? What does poetry have to teach us about the art of avoidance both in the successful execution of evasion and in its botch? And how do poems figure avoidance itself, as both a goal and an object of critique?