Blending theory with practice, service learning encourages students and faculty alike to consider action beyond the classroom; likewise, it ties success to measurables other than grades. But how does it fit in our pedagogies, and where does it place community action among our concerns? More specifically, how do we productively approach issues of sustainability in the humanities? This roundtable discussion invites participants to share their experiences with using service learning to encourage sustainable principles and practices. Participants will present 5-10 minute digital or poster presentations before addressing both the challenges and rewards of teaching service learning in the humanities.
The theme of this year's SAMLA conference, which will take place in Atlanta November 7-9, is Sustainability and the Humanities (https://samla.memberclicks.net/conference). This CFP is for the Children's Literature Discussion Circle's panel.
The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the eleventh biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will take place at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, March 26-29, 2015. The period of Late Antiquity (A.D. 200-700) witnessed great changes in respect to attitudes towards poverty, philanthropy, and health care. The conference aims to bring together scholars in order to explore these issues amidst global concerns over poverty and the provision of health care, as well as questions over the role of private philanthropy in effecting change within these areas.
The Literature of Loss
Irish literature is filled with loss; the loss of love, of language, of sovereignty, of wealth, of health and of religion. The atmosphere of loss almost haunts the pages and words of the Irish, and leads to questions about the influence of loss, the representation of loss and the meaning of loss. Where does this loss fit in? How has it changed? What impact do chronological, political, economic and geographical changes have on loss?
7-9 Nov Toronto 2014
Organized by The Occulture (David Cecchetto, Marc Couroux, and eldritch Priest)
Plenary Speakers: Frances Dyson, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, and Dan Mellamphy
20 – 22 May, 2015
Paper Submission: December 16, 2014
Authors Notification: March 11, 2015
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2015
Paper Submission: February 3, 2015
Authors Notification: March 12, 2015
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2015
Popular websites such as SparkNotes, GradeSaver, and Shmoop offer student-geared synopses of texts taught in the humanities. As instructors discover, even strong students often check such e-guides rather than trust their independent response to a work, while some students rely on these websites for their entire interpretation of a text, if not also as a substitute for the actual reading. The availability of online 'study aids' is clearly a temptation for students to let others do their critical thinking for them—the antithesis of the central goal of higher education. To combat these trends, we need to assess, redesign, and implement teaching methods that engage students while demanding critical reading and response.
The Southwest Popular American Culture Association is now accepting individual paper, round table, and special topic submissions for our 36th annual conference. We will be meeting in ABQ, New Mexico February 11 - 14, 2015 in the beautiful Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel. Complete conference details can be found on our web site including directions for submitting your proposal using our online presenter submission form.
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Popular Television
Themed Issue: Extreme Reality TV
Co-Editors: Julie Anne Taddeo and Ken Dvorak (co-editors of The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV & History, UPK, 2009)
The popular success of reality TV has prompted its producers to seek even more extreme and taboo subject matter, from individuals confessing addictions to eating diapers (My Strange Addiction, TLC) to those engaging in the swinging lifestyle (Secret Sex Lives: Swingers, Discovery Health). Has reality TV become the latest incarnation of the "freak show," titillating viewers, or do these programs help to educate them, normalizing the extreme?
MEMORY FRICTIONS: CONFLICT-NEGOTIATION-POLITICS
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVES IN ENGLISH
Conference venue: University of Zaragoza (Spain)
Dates: 6-8 May 2015
Othello's Island 2015
The 3rd Annual Multidisciplinary Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Organised in association with the Severis Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus and the Cyprus College of Art
About the Conference:
Call for Participation:
Generative Literature Project
The Generative Literature Project is calling for the participation of 10-12 Creative Writing faculty from campuses across the United States to participate in the creation of a transmedia generative digital novel.
This project will take place during Fall Semester 2014, and will involve students and faculty in writing a minimum of one class assignment, one faculty character sketch, and a collaborative analysis of the main character's motive and alibi. (See Sample Lesson Timeline for more information: http://goo.gl/k9QyAZ).
Studies in the Humanities, a peer reviewed journal since 1968, is calling for book reviews of any book or books focused on the urban world (the theme for the upcoming issue is the "Cityscape as Discursive Node and Character").
The deadline for reviews is August 15, 2014. Book reviews of one book or monograph or several works (at least 750 words and no more than 1,000 words) are welcome. Send queries or completed reviews to Todd Comer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DEADLINE 6 JUNE
Archaeologies of Media and Film
Confirmed Keynotes: Thomas Elsaesser (Amsterdam), Jussi Parikka (Southampton), Peter Buse (Kingston)
3-5 September 2014, Bradford
An international conference on media archaeology organised by the University of Bradford and the National Media Museum in association with the Royal Television Society and Bradford City of Film.
The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers, archivists, curators and artists working in the field that has become known as "media archaeology": an approach that examines or reconsiders historical media in order to illuminate, disrupt and challenge our understanding of the present and future.
This permanent section welcomes papers on any aspect of Canadian Literature. Proposals related to the conference theme of "The Lives of Cities" are strongly encouraged; however, this theme can be broadly interpreted.
Please email 250-word abstracts and CV by June 28, 2014, to DeLisa Hawkes, email@example.com.
Presenters must become members of the M/MLA.