In exile in the early 1940s, Stefan Zweig looked back on his youth in pre-war Vienna as the 'golden age of security'. In Zweig's narrative, a shared sense of private and public stability was soon shattered by the onslaughts of two world wars, giving rise to a generation perceived to have 'long since struck the word "security" from [its] vocabulary as a myth'. Yet immediately following the war, the very word 'security' began to acquire a new currency and resonance which intensified through the paranoid military and diplomatic manoeuvrings of the Cold War and has increasingly come to define our own digital age.
The Undead as Sustainable (Academic) Resource
"ZOMBIES are a value stock. They are wordless and oozing and brain dead, but they're an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling," writes Chuck Closterman for The New York Times. Thanks in part to the commodification of the zombie, the undead prove rich fodder for the academic as well. Papers that explore the zombie as cultural, ecological, political, or, of course, commoditized figure are welcome. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at email@example.com by June 1, 2014.
SAMLA 86th Annual Conference: Sustainability and the Humanities
November 7-9, 2014
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel
This is an approved standing session for the 2014 annual conference of the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) in the sunny locale of Riverside in Southern California on 10/31/14 through 11/2/14.
Teaching with the Internet and Technology is a well-attended, standing session seeks to foster a discussion amongst academics about the real-world practices and implications of utilizing technology to teach. The panel will examine and explore the multifaceted way in which the tech world is changing teaching both inside and outside of the classroom.
Ishaan Literary Review is an online journal publishing poetry and short fiction pieces. We are soliciting submissions for Issue #5. The current call began March 15, 2014 and has been extended to June 18, 2014.
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Ishaan Literary Review publishes works of poetry and short fiction.
Call for Speakers
Deadline June 15, 2014
The Queerness and Games Conference
Theme: "Difference at Play"
UC Berkeley, October 25 and 26, 2014
qgcon.com // @qgcon // firstname.lastname@example.org
The second annual Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon), hosted at UC Berkeley on October 25 and October 26, 2014, is happy to invite proposals for conference sessions now through June 15. Applicants will be notified by July 15. To submit, see instructions below.
This CFP is for the Chaucer and Related Topics standing session at PAMLA 2014, which will be held in Riverside, California.
We will accept all papers dealing with Chaucer, his contemporaries, late medieval prose and poetry, and other related topics.
To submit, visit the PAMLA submissions page at: http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals
A major publisher has shown considerable interests in a collection of essays focused on the roots of African American existentialism that predates the codification of the term by Jean-Paul Sartre in the post-World War II period. Instead of borrowing from post war European thought, African American existentialism becomes an independent tradition, one that actually predates its European twin. The experiences of enslavement and ongoing oppression produced a characteristically existentialist consciousness among African Americans.
This session is conceived as a panel on contemporary approaches to the work of George Herbert. It could deal with aspects of Herbert's cultural world as reflected in manuscript, print or digital contexts. It would ideally juxtapose treatments of literary aspects of Herbert's verse with discussions of his relationship to other traditions such as the Emblem, architecture, the Bible, religion, etc. Given sufficient interest, this session may be sponsored by the Medieval & Renaissance Studies Association in Israel. Send short abstracts or inquiries to Noam Flinker .
The 2014 Summer Conference of the Biannual International Conference For Social Sciences Debate will be held (in partnership with Capacitar +) on July 17-20, 2014 in Oporto, Portugal. This conference will offers a real opportunity to bring together professors, researchers and students of different disciplines, discuss new issues, and discover the most recent development and trends in social science.
Call for Abstracts Deadline: June 15
Representing the Feminine: Gender, Identity and Nation in Postcolonial Southeast Asian literature
CALL FOR PAPERS
HEALTH, DISEASE AND CULTURE AREA
2014 NORTHEAST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
October 24-25, 2014
The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is soliciting papers for topics relating to the specialized area of Health, Disease and Culture for its annual meeting, which will be held on the campus of Providence College in Providence, RI, Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25, 2014.
The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at The City University of New York, The Graduate Center announces an international conference
Postmodernity's Musical Pasts: Rediscoveries and Revivals after 1945
To be held at The City University of New York, The Graduate Center 26‒27 March 2015
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 15, 2014
[Possibility of inclusion in a collection)
This panel welcomes papers considering the role and function of liminality, liminal personae, and liminal landscapes in works of American Literature. Paper topics are not limited to, but may include, the application of Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner, Pat Mora, and Gloria Anzaldua. Papers should explore the connection between liminality and the American understanding of land, race, gender, identity, genre, or reality (though other considerations are welcome).
Academia is changing, and perhaps nowhere are these changes more concentrated (and contested) than in the field of English. As programs adjust to meet the intellectual and professional needs of students in the 21st century, battle lines emerge between established powers and those encouraging change as well as between faculty and administrators with differing views of what constitutes "progress." Significantly, these beliefs arise not only out of pedagogical concerns but also the politics of power as institutions and departments struggle to balance their own interests against what is in the best interests of students.
In the context of high school-college transition, how is the relationship between standardized testing and writing
affecting students' lives, voices, and learning?
For our first themed issue, coming out early Spring 2015, we wanted to build on an important conversation that took place in March 2014 on the Council of Writing Program Administrators' listserv. The discussion on writing assessment prompted Rich Haswell to comment that testing has neglected the "uses and consequences of test scores (and I would add test preparation and test taking) as they affect the test takers." In other words, student ideas, experiences, and questions have been left out of conversations about writing assessment.