The recent trend in medieval literary studies to emphasize inanimate objects and materiality as a means of contextualizing or de-emphasizing human and humanist activities has encouraged two, perhaps unintended, consequences: 1) The segregation of 'Humanist' philosophical interpretations of the world and its contents/inhabitants (metaphysics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, etc.) from 'non-human' oriented epistemologies (Eco-Criticism, Object Oriented Ontology, etc.); and 2) the lack of distinguishment between human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally homogenous setting and human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally mixed setting.
5th Annual University of Nevada, Reno
College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Student Symposium (CLAGS)
Call for Proposals
February 26, 27 & 28, 2015
This panel is urgently seeking one or two additional papers for a panel on Marriage, Money, and Seduction in literature for the upcoming Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014). The topic is open to any time period, British or American.
Please send abstracts and questions immediately to Autumn Lauzon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a nation is powerful it tells the world confident stories about the future. The stories can be enchanting or frightening. But they make sense of the world. But when that power begins to ebb, the stories fall apart. And all that is left are fragments, which haunt you like half-forgotten dreams.
This one-day conference seeks to draw together academics and practitioners from as many different fields as possible, to encourage debate and discussion around the complex, contentious and contested theme of 'cyber', information technology, and the relationship between Human and Machine.
By the end of the eighteenth-century, thanks to literary histories such as Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets and Thomas Warton's The History of English Poetry, along with the beginning of literary criticism, the framework of the eighteenth-century canon we still use today had already been created. Writers who were lauded by Johnson and Warton as the writers of the age are for the most part still anthologized and taught in undergraduate courses in today's universities. However, an entire oeuvre of white male authors of the dominant political party—such as Elkanah Settle, Colley Cibber, and Warton himself—are relatively unexplored even though they exerted influence over literary culture as City Poet and Poets Laureate, respectively.
2012 saw the bicentenary of Charles Dickens's birth, an event marked by commemorative activities and celebratory events across the globe. Where do Dickens studies go from here? This panel invites abstracts for papers that consider new directions in Dickens scholarship. Papers are welcome to interpret 'directions' broadly, considering, for instance, issues of space and travel; futurity, time, and change; global intersections in Dickens's works; or matters of event, monument, and commemoration. Please submit 300 word abstracts by 30 September 2014.
Visit https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html to submit.
The deconstruction of categories of animal, human, and cybernetic organisms has led to wholesale rethinking of corporeal futures. Likewise, the increase of information-based interactions refigures interactivity in ways which seem to subvert embodied expectation. Is this in fact the case? What are the frontiers of imagining futures, and how do feminist studies and queer theory help us get there?
This seminar is designed to bring together scholars whose work examines representations of Afghanistan in literature, non-fiction, film, and new media published in the aftermath of 9/11 and the subsequent U.S. invasion. Works on genre, methodology, as well as papers on individual authors are welcome. Participants interested in interdisciplinary approaches and new media analysis are also encouraged to apply. Potential topics include:
Through Laura's Eyes:
Imagery, Illustrations, and Impressions from the Little House
The National Laura Ingalls Wilder
Legacy and Research Association Conference
Sponsored by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association and South Dakota State University
We invite submissions of paper, panel, and workshop proposals for review and possible acceptance for presentation at the third LauraPalooza conference, to be held on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings on July 16-17, 2015. The conference will be followed by a field trip to De Smet, South Dakota, on July 18.
Session Title: Imitatio Christi in Early Modern English Literature
Session Organizers: Patricia Taylor and Nandra Perry
This roundtable will address success strategies for professional engagement, curriculum planning, and reappointment & tenure cases as the lone medievalist in a department or institution.
Mad women in many incarnations have a long tradition in literary history. Much has changed for women in the last fifty years, and as NeMLA features madness as a theme, it seems appropriate to ask what makes for a twenty-first century mad woman? Or what makes women mad in the twenty-first century? Please send creative prose that grapples with this theme for a fifteen-minute presentation. Submit proposal via NEMLA web site this year: www.nemla.org
Call for Papers
The Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University is a regional conference dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of utopianism in all its forms. We invite papers on topics related to the utopian tradition, from the ancient to the present day, from diverse fields, such as: utopian and dystopian literature, political theory, music, art, architecture, media and popular culture, intentional communities, urban/rural planning.
The Societas Ovidiana is soliciting abstracts for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at the 50th International Congress for Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI from May 14-17, 2015. This year we are sponsoring two sessions on the single theme "Visualizing Ovid in the Middle Ages."
The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites applicants to submit proposals to the 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media." The conference will be held from Friday, April 10th, 2015 to Sunday, April 12th, 2015. Proposals are due January 1st, 2015.