"The imaginary" invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadow, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive. For Lacan, the imaginary is the beginning: "I began with the Imaginary, I then had to chew on the story of the Symbolic ... and I finished by putting out for you this famous Real." For sociologist John B.Thompson, the social imaginary is "the creative and symbolic dimension of the social world, the dimension through which human beings create their ways of living together and their ways of representing their collective life."
"Fantastika", coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space.
The 3rd annual Fantastika conference will focus on productions of Fantastika globally, as well as considering themes of contact across nations and borders within Fantastika. It is our hope to draw together academics with an interest in Fantastika from an international audience to share and disseminate Fantastika-related research globally.
Call for Papers:
Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract for a chapter for inclusion in a forthcoming edited volume on the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
This volume, arising from an inter-disciplinary conference held in Cambridge in August 2014, will explore the works of Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer Lois McMaster Bujold, encompassing both her science fiction and her fantasy novels.
Abstracts are particularly welcome that address issues related (but not limited) to any of the following theoretical perspectives or themes related to the works of Lois McMaster Bujold:
Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens
University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ
9.45am-5pm, Wednesday 20th April 2016
Attendance: £25 full, £15 concession, free for BSA members
CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue of Christianity & Literature
"GEORGE HERBERT AND RELIGION"
University of Victoria
Christianity and Literature seeks essays for a special issue on George Herbert and Religion. Ideal submissions offer nuanced discussions of Herbert's writing informed by his religious culture.
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 B. 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.
Çankaya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, a refereed international academic journal, published twice yearly in May and November, is currently seeking articles/book reviews for future issues.
We welcome articles/research notes from various branches of the humanities and social sciences.
Book reviews between 1500 and 2000 words must be academic in nature, giving information about the work's significance and contextualizing it to highlight its strengths and weaknesses without criticizing the author.
Authors may refer to the journal webpage for further information:
Wreck Park is a double-blind, peer reviewed publication run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. Wreck Park is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.
Date: February 20th, 2015
Theme: Objects & Commodities
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
We are excited to close out this year's symposium with a poetry reading at a local pub! Attendees are also invited to share their works there, please check out our website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. There will also be a social on Friday
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.