The International Gothic Association (IGA) unites teachers, scholars, and students from around the world interested in Gothic fiction, drama, poetry, art, film, and other forms from the eighteenth century on (including the prior sources of Gothic). Its purpose is to exchange and expand knowledge of and research on the Gothic as widely and effectively as possible. In line with this objective, the postgraduate/graduate community of IGA, known as IGA Postgrads, encourages its members to contribute to the ever expanding online information repository about the Gothic through its Postgraduate blog. Every month, the blog features posts by a different graduate student working in the field of the Gothic, across time periods, geographies and disciplines.
A few decades ago, the mention of most Anglophone writers would have been met with ignorance for the most. In spite of the regular turn out of creative works by these Cameroon Anglophone writers, they continue to remain obscure both nationally and internationally. This unfortunate state of affairs is not the result of the fact that these writers have not been prolific nor that their creative productions have not been of a high quality. Rather it has been occasioned by a dearth of criticism of their works. This critical void although being gradually filled is still scant, disproportionate and lacking in authority.
Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.
2015 has been a year of global crisis. As violence has escalated in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other politically unstable countries in the region, record numbers of refugees have abandoned their homelands and risked their lives to gain asylum in nations across Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. These events position us to interrogate the consequences of such attempted border crossings. We are also left to ask what occurs when bodies don't fully or successfully cross from one side of the border to another. We must wonder as well, if the crossing is successful, how migrants can carve a place for themselves against pushback from the dominant linguistic, political and cultural landscape.
The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2016 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction submissions; students may submit up to three poems or one other creative work. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students.
We seek papers that explore the theme of "HABITATS AND HAZARDS" as applied to any of the texts (WRITTEN, VISUAL, MUSICAL, OR EMBODIED) of humanities studies: for example,
• THE HAZARDOUS SPACES OF ART OR LITERATURE
• DEPICTIONS OF POLLUTION OR WASTELAND
• DOMESTIC/URBAN/RURAL/WILD HABITATS
• STAGING/IMAGINING HISTORICAL SETTINGS
• LITERAL AND/OR FIGURATIVE TOXICITY
Making a Scene in the Classroom: Best Practices for Fostering Discussion when Students are Resistant to a Text (Panel Proposal for the annual British Women Writers Conference 2016.)
We are very excited to announce our 2016 keynote speaker, Dr. Roopali Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College!
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption," to be held at Indiana University—Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016. Join us for our 14th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.
Identity is a complex, multi-faceted, often fragmented negotiation of social subjects and actors, yet it remains a central motif of human existence. While conscious creation of identity is more prevalent than ever, the emergence of mass social media also encourages the individual to create not only a self-identity, but an external presentation of that self, and alternate selves. On their Facebook timeline, blogs, Twitter, Instagram and more, individuals identify themselves, but also identify with relevant groups or trends by likes, hashtags, and pin it buttons. The "selfie" is the perfect materialization of this duality, as it produces an ephemeral identity struggling for greater recognition.
Call for papers – Variations 24 (2015)
Variations is the journal for comparative literary studies at the University of Zurich. It publishes contributions in three languages (German, French and English) and represents a forum for research that helps advance academic exchange in literary studies. Each issue gathers articles on a particular topic, followed by literary and artistic contributions, as well as reviews of recently published research in comparative literary studies.
In the beginning was the Word …