The Gothic is a genre that emerged during the turmoil leading up to and caused by the French Revolution. Its symbolic use of shattered landscapes, natural and human made, challenging the view of the individual and society as ordered and rational, continues to evolve to reflect the anxieties of the eras and changing cultures of the nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first centuries. Ruined castles and mansions, blasted heaths, and ominous mountains and cliffs give way to uncharted lands for colonization, mean streets and urban jungles, sinister laboratories, gruesome battlefields, the labyrinth of political and economic conspiracies, and the dark unknowns of the human mind and body themselves.
CALL FOR PAPERS (CLOSES APRIL 30, 2014)
Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World
Adelaide, South Australia (November 11-13, 2014)
Perceptions, values and representations of our relationship with the physical environment have been read anew in the Anthropocene century through the lens of ecocriticsm and affect theory. At present we are witnessing a turn in ecocritical theory to the relevance of empathy, sympathy and concordance, and how these move across flora and fauna; yet ecocriticism has not thorougly considered whether human and non-human affect are reducible to a theory of the emotions. This conference both seeks to refine that turn and to address the interdisciplinary shortcoming, while articulating the expansion of the analysis of the humanities, ecocritically.
In a scholarly context that is increasingly turning to the posthuman, the transhuman, and the virtual, explorations of the embodied experience of age and its cultural resonances offer crucial insights into the uniquely human awareness of the experience of living through time. For a guaranteed panel sponsored by the Modern Language Association's Age Studies Discussion Group at the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver (8-11 January 2015), we invite abstracts for papers considering age, aging, or old age in the context of the posthuman or the transhuman.
"Black & White / Red & Blue: A Graduate Visual Culture Conference"
Saint Louis University
Department of American Studies
October 10-11, 2014.
FB: SLU American Studies Department
Special Session at S014 SAMLA conference (Atlanta)
In today's culture, it's almost impossible to avoid "monsters." Straight from mythology and legend, these fantastic creatures traipse across our television screens and the pages of our books. Over centuries and across cultures, the inhuman have represented numerous cultural fears and, in more recent times, desires. This panel will explore the literal monsters--whether they be mythological, extraterrestrial, or man-made--that populate fiction and film, delving into the cultural, psychological and/or theoretical implications.
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Deadline extended to April 1, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS / 13th ANNUAL BTA DEBUT PANEL
Curtains Up: Conversation Among Emerging Scholars
Black Theatre Association (BTA) Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
July 24-27, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona
*Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal
The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), seeks essay submissions for its 13th Annual Debut Panel.
Bristol Journal Of English Studies call for submissions
Issue 5, Autumn 2014
The recent history of scholarship on Africa and African literature has shown a marked preference for historicist approaches over theoretical ones. In spite of such landmark studies as Mahmood Mamdani's *Citizen and Subject*, Achille Mbembe's *On the Postcolony*, Sarah Nuttall's *Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-Apartheid*, and Jean and John L. Comaroff's work on "millennial capitalism," theoretical scholarship has long had to labor under the suspicion that it imposes a foreign, abstract, and generally false structure to African literature.
'Fiction is called experimental out of despair' (Raymond Federman)
'Literature is news that STAYS news' (Ezra Pound)
Texas Theatre Journal invites manuscripts on a variety of topics related to theatre, with emphases on history, practice, criticism, and pedagogy.
In addition to full-length articles, TTJ publishes profiles, interviews, book reviews, and performance reviews.
This peer-reviewed journal is particularly interested in research related to the broad geographical, cultural, and historical notion of Texas. However we welcome manuscripts on a variety of topics.
Submission deadline for January 2015 volume is JULY 1, 2014.
Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies will hold its 9th Annual conference at the University of Western Australia on Friday the 20th of June, 2014. The conference aims to foster a supportive environment in which postgraduates and early career researchers can present their work. The Limina Editorial Collective is calling for conference submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences which engage with the theme of 'Fear and Loathing'.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
To mark the centenary of Roland Barthes in 2015, the School of English, Communication & Philosophy at Cardiff University, UK, will host a conference entitled 'Roland Barthes at 100' on 30 and 31 March 2015.
Keynote speakers: Diana Knight (Nottingham University), Jürgen Pieters (University of Ghent), Michael Wood (Princeton University).
Proposals for papers in English on any aspect of the work or legacy of Roland Barthes are invited. Proposals for complete panels are also welcome. Proposals should be no more than 200 words long and should be sent by 30 June 2014 to BarthesConference@Cardiff.ac.uk
During WW1 the language of heroism and holy war was succeeded by images of hell and horror where the soldier was not so much a hero as a victim. Jingoism gave way to protest, and war was no longer a story leading to victory but a drawn out catastrophe. Wilfred Owen believed that new moral landscapes of the new hell were needed. In avant-garde poetry late Romantic Georgian expressions gave way to forms of Modernism. Three thousand volumes of poetry were published during the war years. In Germany 50,000 war poems a day were submitted for publication during August 1914. In France Barbusse's novel Le Feu delivered during the war a Zolaesque indictment drawing on images of the Flood and apocalypse.
Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium
25th and 26th September, 2014
London College of Fashion