In The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault describes a shift in forms of power away from "an anatomo-politics of the human body" towards "a biopolitics of the population," that occurred in the eighteenth century (139). This shift was contingent upon medicine's intervention in the political life of the population as well as its construction, and regulation, of a normative human body. Recent theoretical work on "biopolitics" by Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and others has extended Foucault's analysis on biopower to include more specific discussions on immunity, sovereignty, and disability (141).
In the early modern period, the household was commonly perceived as analogical to the state, the head of the household, a king, the servants, his subjects: "An houshold," John Dod and Robert Cleaver wrote in 1598, "is as it were a little Commonwealth." Towards the end of the sixteenth-century, the domestic received particular attention from political theorists, moralists and writers of household guides alike. Running alongside this extensive public interest in the household, writers for the theatre produced a series of plays that took the domestic, the private and non-elite household as its subject matter. Given the commonplace household/state analogy, the political could be read into many situations and scenarios depicted in many of these plays.
When asked about the influences of immigrant fiction on her own writing, Jhumpa Lahiri told the New York Times, 'I don't know what to make of the term 'immigrant fiction.' […] If certain books are to be termed immigrant fiction, what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction?
Chaucer and Italian Poetics
One of the first English readers of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, Chaucer did more than translate the poetry of his Italian predecessors: he interpreted and transformed what he read. Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature shaped his conception of vernacular authorship and the construction of a literary tradition. This panel seeks papers focusing on the interaction between Chaucer and his Italian sources. A wide range of critical approaches to the theory and practice of interpreting intertextual relationships are especially welcome.
Chairs: Kara Gaston, Leah Schwebel
Please submit an abstract using this link:
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference
April 1-4, 2015
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Marriott – French Quarter
Subject Area: Latin Americans & Latinos - Identity Issues & Cultural Stereotypes
"I feel everything," remarks Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) at one point in Luc Besson's 2014 techno-thriller of the same name. Later in the film, Lucy physically dematerializes, dispersing 'everywhere.' If Johansson's body is figured as radically plastic here, it is constructed quite differently in UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer, 2013). And her body is altogether absent in HER (Spike Jonze, 2013).
SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2014
Professor Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr Joe Street (University of Northumbria)
CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE: AUGUST 22, 2014
LOCATION: AARHUS UNIVERSITY, DENMARK.
Conference Dates: November 21-22, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Matt Hills
Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures Conference to take place November 21-22, 2014.
Hosted by the Cultural Transformations Research Group, Aarhus University.
Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University –
"Fans as Celebrities, Celebrities as Fans: The Rise of an Affective Economy?"
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VI. ULUDAG CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL
"RETURN OF GEOPOLITICS? TIME FOR ACTIVE
DIPLOMACY IN THE GREATER REGIONS"
The Sixth Uludag Conference on International Relations is going to be held at
Uludag University (Mete Cengiz Convention Centre), Bursa-Turkey, in 25-27
November 2014 with the main theme of "Return of Geopolitics? Time for Active
Diplomacy in the Greater Regions''. The Conference aims to convene preeminent
scholars, researchers and decision-makers, and also to analyze all sub-titles/topics
of international relations with regard to the new geopolitical challanges and security
Annual deadline : October 15
Interactions (ISSN 1300-574-X) is an international journal featuring essays on British and American Language, Literature, Culture and Translation Studies published annually by Ege University Depts. of British and American Studies (Izmir/Turkey).
It is blind refereed by international scholars and indexed in MLA International Bibliography and Thomson Gale Cengage and available at the British Library and the Harvard University Library.
Articles (4000-8000 words) and reviews (1000-2000 words) should fallow MLA parenthetical citation format.
"Charles d'Orléans and his Books"
CFP- The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015
Since the mid nineteenth century, American girls have had books written especially for them, often featuring the same characters who begin to feel like their friends, enemies, and overall substitute social cliques. From the perfect, golden-haired Christian in Martha Finley's nineteenth-century Elsie Dinsmore series to the imperfect high school beauties in Sara Shepard's recent Pretty Little Liars series, the young female heroines in American series fiction have undergone dramatic changes in the past 150 years, changes which have both reflected and modeled standards of behavior for America's tweens and teen girls.
Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media invites submissions on topics pertaining to premodern literature, new media, and the poetry of John Gower. See scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus for more information.
Presenters may focus on one or more of Gower's works in conjunction with the medical treatises, herbals, lapidaries, encyclopedias, health books, and other relevant materials in order to address the poet's deployment of metaphors of illness and healing, blindness, auditory impairment, diseases of the mouth, heart, brain, psychological-physiological disjunctions, traumatic injuries, and the effects of pain on the human body as well as the body of poetry that speaks on its behalf.
Cross Cultural Charlemagne in the Middle Ages
This proposed collection of essays focuses on the figure of Charlemagne in diverse media throughout the Middle Ages, from the time of his life to his afterlives in art, history, law, literature, and myth throughout the medieval period.