Found objects are a major feature of modernist art, whether the plastic arts or urban narratives. Object-centered considerations of literary modernism vary from the placement of materials within texts (as with the poetry of Marianne Moore) to the detournement of objects by the later avant-gardes (such as the Situationists) What does the modernist fascination with mundane objects tell us about the affect of the collector, or the artist, or modernist affect more generally? What does the representation of lost and found objects, souvenirs, curios, and window displays disclose about modernism? What do these narratives suggest about the perceived role of the modern metropolis in reproducing capitalism?
We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the 13th Borders and Crossings conference. Proposals for 20-minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history, and media studies. Current travel writers are also very welcome and there will be space for readings.
To sit 'upon' time, as in the English tradition of 'once upon a time' conjures the illusion of a linear singularity of forward motion. To accept such an understanding, although once conventional, now seems wholly outdated. In an age where time travel is no longer a delusion of magical thinking and the sensory human body is so closely replicated in the new automata of artificial intelligence, a reconsideration of the eternal return to a present that is past, invites a re-staging of a story ready to be told twice.
Submssions are invited for a forthcoming edited volume on the representations of the 'queer' in the various genres and sub-genres of literature, art, cinema, culture and popular culture, theory, philosophy and history and any other relevant areas.
Submissions should be made in accordance to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook, within 5,ooo words by May 15, 2014.
The papers are expected to be scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a fairly general readership.
Topics may include but are not limited to
- depiction of the queer in fiction, drama, poetry
- the queer on stage, on screen
- the queer in theory
- historicising the queer
- interrogating sexuality/gender
Please join us for the 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference, hosted by he Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Find more info and the CFP here: http://culturalrhetorics.org/crconf/
Submission Deadline Extended to May 1, 2014.
This is a chapter proposal call for an edited book GOTHIC LITERATURE IN ENGLISH ON SCREEN. Chapters will address film, television, and other screen adaptations and should demonstrate currency in contemporary adaptation theory. For initial consideration, email a statement of interest. Proposals of 600 words plus bibliography will be due by July 1 2014. Chapters will be 6000 words, due by January 5, 2015.
Lorna Fitzsimmons is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles.
In his essay "What is a City?" (1937) Lewis Mumford describes the metropolis as "a related collection of primary groups and purposive associations" (93). His account of the city parallels twentieth-century conceptions of modernity as a vast grid of interconnected individuals. As the nineteenth century transitioned to the twentieth, populations increasingly congregated in massive metropolitan hubs that organized disparate individuals into a loosely constructed unity. For many, the city began to exemplify this vision of individual collectivity, all lines joining to a hub.
Call for Papers for a Panel at MSA 16:
Fictions of the Modern American University, 1890-1945
This announcement is a call for chapter proposals for a collection on representations of the environment in English Romantic writing. Proposals are 600 w plus a bibliography, due by August 15 2014. Chapters will be 6000w, due by January 5 2015. Please email email@example.com with initial statement of interest.
Lorna Fitzsimmons is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles. She is the editor or co-editor of ten books, including Identities in Early Modern English Writing (Brepols, forthcoming).
Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.
Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this panel examines the role of art and visual culture in reflecting, confirming, or challenging ideals of citizenship across historical periods and media.
CALL FOR PAPERS
2nd INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM "DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I"
Skopje 26-27 September, 2014
EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, SKOPJE, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA and
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, RAVENNA CAMPUS -
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE, ITALY
With the financial support of the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia
Special Thematic Strand for 2014
"Samuel's State and Byzantium: History, Legend, Tradition, Heritage"
Dans l'épilogue à son ouvrage Les Franco Américains de la Nouvelle-Angleterre : rêve et réalités, Roby en 2000 offre une conclusion à la fois réaliste et pessimiste de la situation en Franco-Américanie à la fin des années 1980 : « il existe toujours des foyers de vie franco-américaine dynamiques à Manchester, à Worcester, à Orono et à Woonsocket. Cependant, la poigne de militants qui les animent s'essouffle sérieusement. Faute de relève, ils disparaissent de la scène l'un après l'autre sans être remplacés. » (490). La question que nous souhaitons soulever ici se porte précisément sur l'état de cette relève presque 25 ans plus tard. Qu'en est-il par exemple, du débat sur la « culture sans la langue » qui avait occupé les pages du FAROG Forum ?
THE 'EXOTIC' BODY IN 19TH-CENTURY BRITISH DRAMA
University of Oxford
Funded under the 2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships scheme, European Commission
25-26 September 2014
Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford
Convenor: Dr Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford)
Professor Ross Forman (Warwick), Dr Peter Yeandle (Manchester),
Dr Hazel Waters (Institute of Race Relations, London)