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ACLA Seminar: "Forms of Passivity", March 17-20 2016, Harvard U; Abstracts due Sept 23

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:06pm
American Comparative Literature Association

In a context where the active (voice, body, citizen) remains the privileged mode of life, the possibility of imagining passivity as a political alternative has been a major lure for critical and political thinkers. Some have also tried to break down the clear-cut division between activity and passivity. In one such instance Lisa Robinson asks, "what is the relation between passivity and will, within cognition?


Monday, September 14, 2015 - 4:04am
The James Joyce Italian Foundation - University of Rome 3

The IX James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2016

Confirmed speakers: Paola Pugliatti, Klaus Reichert, Laura Pelaschiar, Valerie Benejam

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Ninth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce's 134th birthday.

[UPDATE] (Re)worlding Jules Verne [Proposed seminar - ACLA Annual Meeting - March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University REMINDER ]

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 6:19pm
Etienne Charriere, University of Michigan

The global character of Jules Verne's fiction requires no demonstration. Indeed, the work of the prolific French novelist, author of the immensely successful series of the Voyages extraordinaires, appears to deserve an inclusion into the (hypothetical) canon of world literature on at least two accounts.

CFP: Languages, Cultures and Gender (11-13 May 2016) Ege University, Izmir/TURKEY

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 2:21pm
Ege University, Izmir/TURKEY

The conference theme covers issues relating to gender with special emphasis on how language and culture defines, affects, influences, shapes and visualises gender in a wide spectrum ranging from the individual to the communal across an array of disciplines. Being ideologically, politically and socially constructed, language, culture and gender all intersect at some point. And it is this intersection that we wish to explore comparatively from varying perspectives. Concerned with the HOW and WHY's the aim of the conference is to analyse the content of gender within the very bones of language and culture.

Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

"Alt + Shift: Unlocking Alternative Methodologies and Marginal Positions"; March 3 - March 5, 2016

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 5:47pm
7th Biennial NEXUS Conference (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Call for Papers for the 7th Biennial NEXUS Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

When: Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, March 5, 2016

Plenary Speakers: Dr. Malea Powell (Michigan State University), Dr. Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University), and Dr. Dorothea Lasky (Columbia School of the Arts)

Website: (Try Alt+Shift when visiting!)

[UPDATE] ACLA Panel: "All In the Family: The Literary and Cultural Politics of Incest" - SEPTEMBER 23

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:40am
ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association

On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity–keeping bloodlines clean and families insular–and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the character of an incestuous liaison, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.

"Words, Signs and Feelings", and Non-Themed Submissions Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:45am
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is excited to open its call for papers for Volume 3 (2016). Articles are welcome on any topic relating to Medieval and Early Modern studies, in any discipline.

In addition, Volume 3 will contain a themed section on the topic "Words, Signs, and Feelings", to be interpreted in any way the author sees fit. Authors wishing to be considered for the themed section of Volume 3, or the prizes listed below, must submit their articles by 20 November 2015; however, non-themed articles will continue to be accepted throughout the year.

Possible topics for the 'Words, Signs and Feelings' strand include, but are not limited to:

Imperial Publics

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 5:23pm
ACLA / Boston / March 17-20, 2016

This seminar seeks to rethink public sphere theory and the idea of counterpublics through the lens of imperial history and the global circulation of texts along imperial circuits from the eighteenth century through the twentieth.

In the early 1990s, scholars of colonial India were concerned that discussions of publics in South Asia were dominated by premises drawn from the European tradition. Since then, the transnational turn in postcolonial studies has increasingly made us aware of the intellectual and material connections among the nationalist movements at work in European colonies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.