This panel invites papers dealing with the interactions between material culture and the coining of metaphors in early modern European literature. Many of the objects that are conjured up in the literature of the period seem to have no realistic function and are rather commonplace symbols drawn from a tightly woven net of pre-established meanings that was current in the emblematic culture of the day (e.g., the hourglass, the anchor, the dart…). Looking beyond the emblematic frame of mind, however, we wish to ask why certain objects more readily made their way into literature as metaphors. How does the history of material objects help to shed new light on the process of creating a figurative language?
Though stage properties were less numerous on the early modern stage, they were more than mere accessories. The candles, torches, plants, swords and even canons that were used in the Globe Theatre, for instance, were all real objects that had not been designed specifically for the stage. Their transfer to a space of theatrical exhibition and representation poses many questions. This panel invites papers that investigate the material history of objects used on stage, the diversity of their dramatic qualities, the ways in which the stage interrogated their status as objects, as well as the ways in which they might have reciprocally determined the stage. How might they have invigorated and transformed theatrical practices?
A panel sponsored by Epistémè (Research Group on Early Modern England, Paris)
The aim of this panel is to explore the links between physical pain and philosophical theories in the early modern period. Two main issues will be addressed in this session:
1. we will discuss the medical and philosophical theories that were elaborated to account for physical pain at the time: what could be the cause of physical pain and how could it be explained physiologically? Was there a clear distinction between physical pain and emotional suffering? Was pain gendered? We will also focus on the value of pain: was it always seen as negative or could it also be good?
October 31-November 2, 2014, Riverside, CA
E[RACE]ED: METHODOLOGY OF THE REPRESSED
This panel deploys comparative analytical frameworks to re-imagine topics within American studies often limited by the scope of specialized ethnic subfields. Papers will take a pan-ethnic, interdisciplinary approach to interrogate ongoing American national concerns, veering away from insulated politico-racial narrative trajectories.
AlterNative announces a general call for papers
Deadline: July 1st 2014
AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a multidisciplinary, internationally peer-reviewed journal published quarterly. It aims to present indigenous worldviews from native indigenous perspectives. It is dedicated to the analysis and dissemination of native indigenous knowledge that uniquely belongs to cultural, traditional, tribal and aboriginal peoples as well as first nations, from around the world.
Mitch and Cam's gay wedding in the fifth season finale of Modern Family represents an important milestone in media representations of same-sex marriage. Accordingly, this collection of essays seeks to explore a range of representations (whether positive or negative in nature) pertaining to the topic of same-sex marriage in film and television.
Contributions may explore a single film or television offering or several. Any form (comedy, drama, documentary, news, etc.), year of release, and/or country of release is fair game for analysis. Contributors are encouraged to interpret and explore this topic broadly and innovatively.
The city in film noir is a site of aspiration and anxiety. Juxtaposed against the agrarian ideal, the noir city is a lure, a maze, a trap. Noir cities suggest forms of escape; they enable and restrict the challenges gender, class and race pose to the normative. Noir plots are set in motion by the anonymity and disruption of the metropolis; noir archetypes – the grifters, the tycoons, the femme fatales, the ambiguous foreigners – are cosmopolitan figures. This panel seeks papers that may examine the depiction of cities in classic, neo-, B- , documentary or parody noirs, the influence of émigré auteurs in envisioning American cities, architecture as mis-en-scene, cosmopolitanisms, gendered space.
CFP: Media Fields Journal Issue 9 – Spaces of Protest
Submission Deadline: July 18, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
NEW ACADEMIA: An International Journal of English Language, Literature and Literary Theory (ISSN 2277-3967) (PRINT) (Online ISSN 2347-2073)
Vol. III Issue III (July 2014)
New Academia is a refereed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum. The Journal strives to publish research work of high quality related to Literature written in English Language across the World, English language and literary theory. The aim of the journal is to give space to scholars and researchers to publish their works.
We are always keen to receive submissions from scholars, academicians and researchers in the form of Research Papers, Articles, Poems, Short Stories, Interviews and Book Reviews.
The editors of ASEBL Journal invite queries for the January 2015 issue. Deadline for articles is 1 September 2014, though early submissions are encouraged as space in the journal is limited. Issues are housed on the St. Francis College (NY) website http://www.sfc.edu/page.cfm?p=3993. Before query or submission, please review the About tab on the blog www.asebl.blogspot.com for complete information. Potential contributors are encouraged to peruse the January 2014 issue (particularly the lead essay in the January 2013 issue) to get a good idea of the mission and scope of the journal.
Indiana College English Association 2014 Conference
October 24, 2014 at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana
Conference Theme: Minds on Fire: Academic Crossroads
Paper has played a critical role in Latina/o literary production. Though recent interest in Latina/o print culture foregrounds the importance of print materials in a way that emphasizes community histories, identities, and political ideologies, paper itself is under examined. This panel looks toward a more concise consideration of the physical and material power of paper as a principle agent of analysis. How does paper coalesce Latina/o identities, social bodies, and cultural formations? How did the proliferation of Latina/o liberation movements result in the reciprocal generation of paper production?
Over thirty approved sessions are still in search of high quality paper proposals for this year's PAMLA Conference in Riverside, CA (October 31-November 2, 2014). The deadline for proposing via PAMLA's online proposal system is May 31: http://www.pamla.org/2014/topic-areas
So, if you are interested in attending the 2014 PAMLA Conference, but you missed the original deadline, take a look at one of these open sessions and propose a paper soon.
Open Sessions currently include:
The Emily Dickinson International Society invites creative and scholarly presentations investigating how the work of Emily Dickinson explores, accepts, and rejects the ideas of ecocriticism and radical homemaking. How does her work portray the value of the natural world? How can we (or can we) place her work within contemporary discussions of domesticity and radical homemaking? While we are, of course, interested in projects that focus on Emily Dickinson, we are open to discussions of poetry in general, particularly the ways in which poetry continues to be sustained amid technological advances that both threaten and enhance traditional ways of teaching, writing, and reading poems.
Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)
28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London
'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld
In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.