How and where does an American and/or U.S. (neo)imperialist logic map onto southern spaces? Given that recent critical work has considered the U.S. South as both an internal colonial space for the founding nation as well as a source of broader American imperialisms, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites abstracts for projects that consider the intersection of imperialism and the South — broadly defined.
Theme: Nigeria's Centenary 1914 - 2014: Media, Culture and the Re/Invention of a Postcolonial Nation-State
Middle English Science
Sponsored by the MLA Division on Middle English Literature (Excluding Chaucer) MLA 2015, Vancouver
ASLE-UKI Postgraduate Conference, 30-31 July 2014, University College Dublin
'Locating Ecocriticism: Systems, Methodologies, Contexts'
Confirmed Keynote Addresses:
Day 1: Dr Sharae Deckard (UCD) and Dr Pablo Mukherjee (Warwick)
Day 2: Mark Cocker and Professor Anne Milne (Toronto)
The films of Alan Clarke remain among the most controversial and important examples of British 'cinematic realism'. Those for which he remains best known, such as Scum (1979), Made in Britain (1982) and The Firm (1988), depict a complex vision of the working classes under Conservative rule in the 1980s. Portraying borstals, neo-Nazism and football hooliganism, the films would come to be at once maligned and censored by the same kind of moral authorities represented in many of Clarke's works as violent and ineffective power structures.
Many of our more experimental contemporary novelists have written occasional plays (Flann O'Brien, Doris Lessing, Dermot Healy, Susan Sontag and Toni Morrison come to mind) – although often times these plays have received scant critical attention from those academics who study their work. Conversely, many contemporary playwrights have written novels which have received scant attention as well (Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Wendy Wasserstein, and Ntozake Shange come to mind).
Tracking Notions of Progress in South Asia: From the Colonial to the Postcolonial is a one-day interdisciplinary workshop to be held in collaboration with the Wolfson South Asia Research Cluster on the 16th of June 2014, at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
After the successful 1st Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, AIIC 2013, 24-26 April, which gathered over 400 scientific articles by researchers from more than 100 countries all around the globe, the European Scientific Institute, ESI, University of the Azores and Center for Law and Economic Studies, CEJE are inviting you to attend the AIIC 2014 which will be held at the University of the Azores in Ponta Delgada.
Victorian 'Structures of Feeling' in Late 20th and 21st-Century Cultural Products
Conference, 12-14 June 2014, University of Paderborn
At the moment British (cultural) politics seem to be relapsing into a conservatism informed by 19th-century structures and ideologies. The continuities between the Victorian era and contemporary society, however, are not restricted to the political level, and this is why the conference aims at exploring manifestations of this 'Victorian Renaissance' on the level of cultural representation(s).
Pupil: A Sourcebook for Teachers of Composition and Rhetoric is now accepting submissions for its 2014 journal!
Pupil is a publication created by English grad students and TAs of California State University, Fullerton. Its purpose is to provide teachers of composition with fresh ideas and practical tools for use in the classroom. The pedagogical journal also aims to expand the collaborative aspect of teaching writing by inviting colleagues to share experiences and recommendations for new (and experienced) teachers of writing.
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130th MLA Annual Convention
Vancouver, 8–11 January 2015
Deadline: March 15, 2014
This panel aims to explore the field of emotions in the Classics and in the Early Modern Period with particular attention to violent and negative reactions, relying on both contemporary theories and more modern approaches. The panel seeks to analyze how violence may be delightful and how reactions or emotions, traditionally perceived as negative, play a role as positive social and literary catalysts.
Some of the questions this panel seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:
In the past few decades, various discourses have been generated with regard to the types of migration that taken place, and the multiplicity of responses to these types of relocation. The narratives emerging from these diasporas, due to the multitudinous perspectives, require a multidisciplinary and poly-vocal critical approach for study. Consequently, Diaspora Studies today interest government/public agencies and research institutes, and invite commentaries from not just litterateurs, historians, arts and humanities scholars, but also economists and social scientists.
How do late medieval English narratives frame cultural memory? From the great famines at the beginning of the fourteenth century to the ongoing Hundred Years War, the twilight of the Middle Ages in England contains many memorable events itself, yet poets and writers during this period also draw on a fantasized English past - Arthurian legend - and the common trope of translatio imperii. Additionally, authors cite the authority of past auctors (authorities) to validate their own work. As Larry Scanlon has noted, "Authority, then, is an enabling past reproduced in the present" (Narrative, Authority, and Power 38).
"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.