In The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith reminds us that sympathy for another must emerge from an act of imagination. Yet this act of imagination ultimately fails to capture fully the suffering of another. "Though our brother is upon the rack," Smith warns, "our senses will never inform us of what he suffers" because "we ourselves are at our ease." It follows then that true sympathy and compassion can only come with vulnerability: when the spectator of suffering feels his own life in equal danger.
This session seeks papers on any aspect of contemporary rhetorical theory. Abstracts of 250-500 words are invited for papers to be delivered at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA in Vancouver, Washington, USA, Oct. 10-12, 2013. Topics may include (but are certainly not limited to) rhetorical listening, the rhetoric of propaganda, rhetorical practices of social change, 21st century literacies, digital literacies, disability studies, cybernetics and systems thinking, feminist, deconstructionist, Marxist, psychoanalytic and pedagogical approaches to the study, theory and practice of rhetoric today.
Due to the weather in the northeast last week, 'Coming Home' has been rescheduled and will now be held on Saturday, March 16. Due to the rescheduling, we have extended the deadline for proposals addressing the question of what it means to come home. What is a home, and what does the idea of being "at home" signify? What are the potential problems or benefits of being removed from home?
Special Issue: Staging Allegory (Spring 2015)
ESSAYS DUE: September 1, 2013
Entangled Children: Technology, Media-Enhancement, and Storytelling in Children's Culture
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Featuring Contributions from Marc Ouellette, Alan Clinton, Rebecca Adelman, Molly Brost, Emily E. Auger , Richard Brock, Vincent Caruso, Angela Eikenberry, Maria Engberg, Thomas Fink, Danuta Fjellestad, John Grzinich, Helena Gurfinkel, Corinne Thiessen Hepher, Tomas Jonsson, Brian Macaskill, Patricia Nickel, Ifeoma Udoye, and Sage Wheeler.
The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture (CALC) at New York University is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our Fall 2012 events. CALC is a forum for the presentation and discussion of new Americanist scholarship by both junior and senior researchers. CALC encourages paper proposals by graduate students and faculty that focus on any subject or period relevant to American literature and culture.
Keynote Speaker :
Prof. Diarmuid Ó Giolláin (University of Notre-Dame)
In a Higher Education context where originality in research is increasingly valorised, what place is there for explicitly re-presentational practices such as scholarly editing and curating? At first glance, the REF2014 landscape would seem favourable. The panel guidelines recognise "scholarly editions", "databases" and "electronic resources" as outputs, and promote "the creation of archival or specialist collections to support the research infrastructure". Edition and curation also produce tangible results—including printed and digital texts, catalogues and exhibitions—that can impact beyond the academy, preserving and presenting materials for a general audience. But what is the value of these activities and how can it be measured?
Modernism, Bodies, and…