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Negotiating Aesthetic Hierarchies: the Creative Tension between High and Popular Culture April 11-12 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:57pm
Graduate Association of French and Italian Students (GAFIS)

Throughout modern history, the labels "high" and "popular" culture have come to denote two categories which are most often hierarchical and polarized. Yet these categories are never truly stable or impermeable. Many authors and artists have found inspiration in transgressing, resisting, or rejecting the supposed boundaries between high and popular culture which in turn calls these very labels into question. They create hybridized genres, revolutionize traditional forms, and experiment with multimedia forms of expression in order to push their audiences to reconsider their own preconceptions about aesthetic categories and hierarchies.

Chicago Shaw Symposium 2014, May 16-17, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Travel Grants Available

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:00pm
International Shaw Society, ShawChicago Theater Co., Literature and Languages Department at Roosevelt University, Illinois Humanities Council

"Bernard Shaw's Use of Language -- Artistic Innovation, Social Critique, and Political Argument. His Cultural Legacy.

Come to hear papers and talks from scholars/authors/actors/directors, participate in discussions, and see ShawChicago's concert reading of Shaw's Man and Superman.

Call for Contributors: Volume on Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Modernism

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:32am
Ariane Mildenberg, School of English, University of Kent

The goal of this collection of essays is to address critical questions regarding the relationship between modernism and the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who remains today one of the most influential phenomenologists interested in literary and aesthetic studies.

Proposals for essays (7000 words) in English are invited for the following two sections of the volume:

1) New close-readings and critiques of Merleau-Ponty's pivotal texts except 'Eye and Mind', 'The Philosopher and His Shadow' and 'The Intertwining – The Chiasm'.

Bloosmbury C21 Conference 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:21am
Bloosmbury and Centre 21, University of Brighton UK

Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2014: Towards A Twenty-First Century Literature

10-11 April 2014, Brighton, UK

Supported by: Bloomsbury Higher Education Academy UK Gylphi Myriad 3AM Magazine


Dr David James,Queen Mary London

Prof Philip Tew,Brunel University

Prof Lucy Armitt,University of Lincoln

Prof Robert Eaglestone,Royal Holloway

Call for Papers

Queer Québec Colloquium

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 8:10am
American Council for Québec Studies (ACQS)

In early 2013, forty years after Montreal's Théâtre de Quat'Sous first staged the queer themes of Michel Tremblay's ground-breaking Hosanna, Sans Tabou productions announced the creation of Coming Out, "la première websérie gay au Québec." For their upcoming biennial conference, the American Council for Quebec Studies joins

Not a Dry Eye in the House: Tears in Performance – March 21, 2014 - Paris-Sorbonne

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 7:30pm
Denis Lagae-Devoldère and Marie Pecorari (Paris-Sorbonne)

Representing tears in the theatre hinges on the paradoxical performance of an absence: while the lacrimal flow can usually be explained, its physical manifestation mostly eludes visibility. Yet the presence of tears cannot easily be dismissed, as it is far from anecdotal. Portrayals of and discourses on tears indeed abound in theatre history: whether meant to affect the performers or the spectators, this emotional outburst can express a wide range of affects, from sorrow to joy, to laughter and awe.

We welcome contributions from scholars working in the fields of theatre, performance, literary, and cultural studies across cultures and time periods.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 12:19am
Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)

Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives

Editors: Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)

Unmasking Masquerade: Exploring Disguise and Display Across the Humanities (14-16 Feb 2014)

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 1:53pm
McGill University English Graduate Student Association

"'Masquerades, I have generally heard said, were more silly than wicked,'" declares one respectable character in Samuel Richardson's novel Sir Charles Grandison (1754), "'But they are now, I am convinced, the most profligate of all diversions.'" Richardson's disapproval of the bal masqué's vulgar dissipation represents just one incarnation of a rich and multivalent concept. In various guises masquerade capers and creeps through the humanities, eluding any single form or function: noun or verb? literal or figurative? sinister or celebratory? deceitful or mischievous? We are seeking papers, panels, and creative projects that are inspired by this panoply of meaning to address the idea of masquerade in any way – material and/or theoretical.

Ecloga Journal of Literature and the Arts : Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Special Edition - 25th Nov 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 11:54am
Ecloga : University of Strathclyde : Scottish Network of Modernist Studies


Call for Submissions

Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts

Modernist Studies Special Edition. 2014.
Produced in collaboration with the
Scottish Network of Modernist Studies.

Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts is pleased to announce a Modernist Studies Special Edition for 2014, produced in collaboration with the scholars of the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and funded by the AHRC.