22–24 July 2015
Conference Theme: 'London in Love'
Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Imtiaz Dharker (poet, artist and documentary film-maker)
Dr. Gregory Dart (University College London)
Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California)
Hawthorne and Influence: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics
Topics may include English Catholic writers, anti-Catholic or pro-Catholic poetry or literary prose, or representations of English Catholics or Catholicism in literary texts. Proposals for papers that focus on these topics in later early modernity (the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) are particularly encouraged. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015.
Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume on ecofeminist literary criticism titled Literature and Ecofeminism. Contributions covering a range of literary forms from diverse cultures and national traditions are welcome. Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to email@example.com by April 1, 2015. Proposers will be notified about whether their submissions are accepted for the book by April 15, 2015. For accepted proposals first drafts of full chapters (8,000 – 9,000 words) are due by September 1, 2015, and final versions are due November 1, 2015.
This panel explores SAMLA 87's theme of "literature and the other arts" through the unique dynamic of word-image interaction situated in the poet-artist collaboration. Paper proposals addressing poet-artist collaborations found in book arts, broadside printings, and museum/site-specific installations and exhibits are welcome. By May 15, 2015, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Anne Keefe, University of North Texas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors: Jessica Seymour (Southern Cross University) and Denise Beckton (Central Queensland University)
The pluralistic, sophisticated and technocrazy nature of contemporary existence has blurred concepts like marginality and minority that are inherent in human existence. Because technology seems to have melted several existential boundaries, and because theories of global citizenry give the impression of free access to movement, the sense of being marginal is almost waning. However, the network of global philosophy and technological connectivity are themselves apparent mechanisms of marginalization especially in the postcolonial context. Postcolonial theorists, intellectuals and writers have taken the intellectual, political and moral authority to challenge representational claims made by dominant Western/imperial cultures.
Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future" (45). While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.
MLA 2016 (Austin, TX, 7-10 January 2016)
Special Session: The Romantic Public
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of "the public" – past, present, and future – as imagined or provoked by Romantic literature.
Abstracts by 15 March 2015