Ancient Rome had a pervasive hold over the early modern imagination and its influence can be discerned in a variety of sources, discourses, and practices during the period. Episodes from Roman history provided the inspiration for numerous plays and narrative poems, as well as offering an effective means of interrogating such political and philosophical positions as republicanism, absolutism and stoicism. Roman history also provided a host of good and bad exemplary figures, as well as highlighting the dangers of civil war and political factionalism.
In "The Metropolis and Mental Life," Georg Simmell famously wrote, in 1903, that "[t]he psychological foundation, upon which the metropolitan individuality is erected, is the intensification of emotional life due to the swift and continuous shift of external and internal stimuli." While the metropolitan scenes observed by Simmell look quite different from the ones we observe today, the city remains a site of consistent change. This session invites proposals for papers on the theme of urban life, broadly defined, in any aspect of popular culture from any region or period.
This session invites papers that address any aspect of Shakespeare and his works to be delivered at the sixty-eighth annual Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho, Oct. 9-11, 2014. Topics of interest include historicism and unhistoricism, race, religion, gender, and sexuality.
Please send 300-500 word abstracts to James Mulder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for submission HAS BEEN EXTENDED to March 31, 2014. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent in early April.
C.f.P for a special issue of Fastitocalon on Recent Trends in Magic Realism
This CFP, for the upcoming MSA conference in Pittsburgh, invites abstracts for a panel focused on film as a civic industry that traffics in images of solidarity, civic involvement, mass citizenship, or social/economic exclusion. Work on film as "vernacular modernism" (as Miriam Hansen wrote) has envisioned cinema as both a "social horizon of experience" and an effort to articulate new modes of sensory perception—a tension produced by, but also critical of, Fordist modes of cultural and economic production.
Interdisciplinary journal CASCA enables authors to publish papers in various areas of social sciences, humanities, culture and art. The aim of the journal is to cover a wide spectrum of themes and critical analyses cutting across numerous theoretical and disciplinary boundaries related to critical theory, literary theory, language and literature, history of art, postcolonial theory, politics, cultural studies, history of thought, etc.
We are interested in publishing scientific and expert papers, book reviews, exhibition reviews, web portals.
All the submitted papers are to undergo an adequate double blind peer review.
"Identities, Cultures, Societies"
11–13 September 2014, Izmir Turkey
Call for Papers
Initiative for Critical Studies of Masculinities (ICSM) cordially invites proposals for the first international conference on men and masculinities to take place in Turkey, in collaboration with Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, Ankara University Women's Studies Centre (KASAUM) and Izmir University Women's Studies Centre. The conference aims to discuss theories, narratives, experiences, discourses, and activisms related to transformations of and challenges to men and masculinities with a particular focus on the Global Southern and Eastern European contexts.
"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
DEADLINE EXTENDED: APRIL 30
Philament Issue 20 CFP: Humour
Is the rhetoric of waste and sustainability a validation or a critique of neoliberalism? Can we lead less wasteful and more sustainable lives in an era of smart technologies and problem-solving ideology? Can we live off the grid, save the world, and sip fair trade coffee all at the same time? Last but not least, what's the humanistic perspective on empty signifiers such as efficiency, downsizing, outsourcing, sustainable systems, benefits-cost analysis, etc.? This panel invites papers on topics including but not limited to any critique of late capitalism, cultural analysis of community gardens, organic produce, food systems, or dumpster-diving, and teaching pedagogies dealing with eco-criticism and environmental studies.
49th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics
California State University, Long Beach
April 24 and 25, 2014
Connections and Intersections: Interdisciplinarity Within and Among Disciplines
Our global world presents us with complex issues that can be investigated only from multiple perspectives, resulting in the adoption of interdisciplinary approaches in many traditional academic areas and the formation of many new interdisciplinary fields. Arguably, it is hard to accomplish substantial research in any discipline without addressing "interdisciplinarity" and using some interdisciplinary methods.
The aim of this event is to examine the culture that develops around football, with particular focus upon the influence of the sport on other cultural media. Football is a prominent part of contemporary culture, and the strong influence that it has on social and political identities is often reflected in wider cultural production. Despite this, it is sometimes argued that football is an example of low or "mass" culture, removed from "high" cultural forms. This event will interrogate this viewpoint and attempt to demonstrate the sport's influence upon a wide variety of cultural forms.
Invites papers that consider the boundaries – physical, imposed, and imaginary – that Victorian women travelers crossed. Please send a 300 word abstract to Kimberly Madsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to submit is March 31st. Conference is October 9-11, 2014 to be held at Boise, Idaho.
On July 17, 1952, the African American weekly Jet Magazine featured an article titled: "Why Passing is Passing Out." This article suggested that the growing Civil Rights Movement would put an end to Jim Crow legislation and therefore to acts of racial passing—the phenomenon whereby some African Americans with optically white skin chose to live as white in order to escape the pains of segregation. Although Jet was accurate in predicting the imminent end of Jim Crow that began in 1954, its projection that passing would pass out has still yet to occur.