The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures honors the life and career of Professor František Svejkovský (1923-2011), professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, with a Gedenkshrift on Medieval and Early Modern Slavic and Central European literature and culture, their impact on other literatures and cultures, and percussive influence in literary history, especially the literature of modernity, broadly conceived.
CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SW PCA/ACA (11/1/14; 2/11-14/15)
Join us for the 36th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, February 11 – 14, 2015 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference theme this year is "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture."
The Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom of the Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Associations (www.southwestpca.org) invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014. (Please see below)
We are seeking papers that explore the hermeneutic challenges and opportunities of studying poetry that is unfinished, unauthorized, or in some other way insufficient and not considered worthy of critical attention. We hope to gain insight from works that deprive us as readers of some of the basic elements upon which we often rely when working with a published scholarly edition, thus reconsidering fundamentally how we read poetry, and indeed, literature in general. Topics might include works that are incomplete, have competing versions, or lack a definitive edition; works whose authorship or date is unknown; works that do not fit neatly into a national or linguistic tradition.
CFP NeMLA, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015:
The Becoming of Archival Images in Documentary Filmmaking Seminar
Chairs: Hudson Moura (University of Toronto), Marta Marín-Dòmine (Wifrid Laurier University)
Deadline: September 15, 2014
The Digital Games and Literary Theory Conference Series addresses the scope and appeal of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of games and games' impact on other fields in the Humanities. We are particularly interested in digital game modalities and how these might be seen as reconfiguring and questioning concepts, practices and orthodoxies integral to literary theory (i.e. textuality, subjectivity, authorship, the linguistic turn, the ludic, and the nature of fiction). At the same time, theoretical discourses in the area of game studies have been slow in bringing critical concerns from literary and cultural theory, such as undecidability, the trace, the political unconscious, the allegorical, the autopoietic, to bear on games.
The Midwest Victorian Studies Association will hold its 2015 annual conference at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, May 1-3, 2015.
The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta chapter of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our eleventh annual conference in Macomb, IL on October 24– October 25, 2014.
Conference – Call for Papers:
'Minority' Cultures and Travel
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 14-16 September 2015
In collaboration with Wales Literature Exchange and Ceredigion Museum
Keynote speaker: Professor Michael Cronin (Dublin City University)
Interview: Basque writer Kirmen Uribe in conversation with Ned Thomas
The Sixth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference
Gilman and the Archive
June 12-14, 2015
Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, MA
The Sixth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference will take place in June 2015 at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Schlesinger holds a rich collection of Gilman's papers, including letters and drawings, as well as the entire run of her periodical,The Forerunner. A selection of Gilman-related materials will be on exhibition as part of the conference.
This roundtable examines the locations, terminologies and methodologies that shape the oceanic turn in contemporary American literary studies. The recent twentieth anniversary of Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic reminds us that an oceanic rather than a national framework has influenced the direction of literary and cultural studies for the last two decades. During this time studies of American, British, and African Diasporic literature have taken a decidedly oceanic turn. Current scholarship reflects renewed interest in the impact of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans on the creation of extra-national literary imaginaries. Yet, despite what we might consider a degree of academic canonization, the oceanic turn remains as slippery as it is suggestive.
Thinking Verse vol. 5: Call for Papers: Intonation
Co-editors: Natalie Gerber and David Nowell Smith
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
"The medium is the message", declared Marshall McLuhan (1967) in his now famous book of the same name. He writes: "Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication" (2008: 8). Seemingly, the elements of Trash Culture have always prioritised the content over the medium, the supposed vulgarity contained in objects such as comic books rather than the aesthetics of the object itself, and the 'crude' programs on television rather than the television as a medium of communicating trash. The medium itself has therefore been a neglected element of Trash Culture, and in this way the notion of 'trash' must be discussed through lenses of technological and/or cultural determinism.
Scholarship on online videos often focuses on digitalization, user interfaces, and/or the phenomenon of peer-to-peer sharing. While such issues (and related matters of cultural globalization, the amateur/professional divide, and alternative forms of distribution) are certainly relevant to studying online videos, these approaches tend to foreground social impacts over aesthetic analysis. This special issue of Film Criticism seeks essays that turn attention to formal and stylistic aspects that have been downplayed in the analysis of online videos. Examining online videos as cultural artifacts worthy of aesthetic analysis and interpretation, this issue invites contributions from a range of methodological and theoretical approaches.
NVSA 2015: Victorian Accidents (10/15/2014; 4/10-12/2015)
Call for Papers
University of Rhode Island
April 10-12, 2015
Deadline: October 15, 2014
The Northeast Victorian Studies Association encourages papers on any aspect of chance, disaster, contingency, and the unexpected, as well as reflections on how Victorians imagined the category of the accidental.