This seminar explores why and how early modern England's dramatists repeatedly fashioned female characters of distinct nationalities and how notions of gender and foreignness intersect and/or diverge in early modern English play-texts. In a range of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, foreign women are depicted as valuable links to European nations, and as threatening apertures within the English nation. Thus, the seminar will consider how the staging of foreign women may enable English dramatists and their audiences to engage in debates about international relations, to deliberate on racial anxieties, to play out strategies of integration or exclusion, and to imagine England's future vis-à-vis the rest of Europe.
In the nineteenth-century Goethe described "zartre Empirie," a delicate or tender empiricism. His approach provided an alternative to a purely scientific practice, insisting on the value of knowledge produced through rigorous attention to experience. Such an epistemology valued 'lesser orders' of knowledge such as emotion, affect, bodily experience and intuition. Similarly 'weird science' is a way of framing aesthetic practices that use constraints, rules, procedures and models of investigation. However, in the aesthetic domain such protocols are called into the service of affect, offering alternative modes for its expression and different avenues for considering the relationship between feeling and thought as they commingle in cultural texts.
The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2015 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held February 5-7, 2015, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and speakers related to our annual theme, which is as follows.
While cognitive literary studies is beginning to establish itself in Shakespeare criticism, there have not been many ventures into the broader applications of cognitive science to early English literature, with the exception of a few examinations of the York Cycle or John Donne's poetry. How might Margaret Cavendish's Description of the Blazing World be interpreted in relation to an emerging Cartesian dualism? Can new insight be gained by exploring a playwright like Ben Jonson, whose attention to scientific discourse is perhaps greater than that of Shakespeare? Should we be skeptical of this burgeoning field? What new applications or readings can enhance current approaches to Shakespeare's works and other early English writers' texts?
Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction,
Theatre and the Arts
18th April 2015
Co-hosted by Falmouth University and the Victorian Popular Fiction Association
Venue: Falmouth University, Cornwall
Keynote Speakers: William Hughes, Bath Spa University & Andy Smith, University of Sheffield
A One-Day Conference at Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Professor Diane Negra (University College Dublin)
The Evelyn Scott Society invites abstracts of 1-2 pages on the American writer Evelyn Scott (1893-1963). Papers may focus on any of her works (novels, memoir, poetry, young adult literature), and they may take any contemporary critical approach. We are especially interested in papers that investigate the process of canonicity, the literary networks to which Scott belonged, or the role of disability in her career, but all topics will be considered. Scott participated in various and major literary currents during her writing life, including Imagism, naturalism, and modernism, and she had a wide variety of literary mentors, including Lola Ridge, Theodore Dreiser, Waldo Frank, William Carlos Williams, and Jean Rhys, among others.
Eye Candy: Consuming Moving Images at the Cinema and Beyond
Film and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference
February 13-15, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University
Closing Remarks: Ronald Gregg, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies and American Studies, Yale University
This panel will take place at the annual meeting of the ACLA, March 26-29, 2015.
Organizer: Jeffrey Clapp, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Co-Organizer: Melissa Karmen Lee, Co-Organizer Institution: Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages
welcomes submissions for its annual awards.
The Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2015 American Literature Association Annual Conference. ALA conference will be held in Boston, May 21-24, 2015. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Páraic Finnerty (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Kohler (email@example.com) by January 1, 2015.
The Barbara Pym Society's 17th annual North American conference will be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, on 13-15 March 2015. The organizing committee is seeking speakers for the conference. Preference will be given to proposals on the featured novel, Quartet in Autumn, but proposals on any topic relevant to Pym studies will be considered. The audience will be mostly non-academics who are very familiar with the novels of Barbara Pym.
Speakers receive an honorarium of $400, a waiver of the conference registration fee, and complimentary conference meals.
"To them, you're just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper!… When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve."
- The Joker, The Dark Knight
A Call for Papers for the Lippincott's Legacy Conference, May 29-30, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. Details are available at http://www.lippincottslegacy.org
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is pleased to sponsor a conference on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, particularly The Sign of the Four and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Both works were published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. Thus, the conference will celebrate the 125th anniversary of their publications. This is an interdisciplinary conference.
[UPDATE] Call for Papers - Version Française ci-dessous
**Please note that proposals on topics other than the colloquium's official theme are welcome. Submissions engaging with digital media are also encouraged.
PROPAGANDA - CENSORSHIP - DIGITAL MEDIA
FILM STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
17th ANNUAL GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM
FEBRUARY 27-28, 2015
UNIVERSITY OF REGINA
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Will Straw, Director, McGill Institute for the
Study of Canada, McGill University
Submission deadline: Monday, December 15th 2014*