Globalising processes have led, in recent decades, to critical re-evaluations of the ways in which 'culture' has traditionally been understood. Global capitalism, worldwide diffusion and popularisation of communication technologies, as well as increased mobility of people, information, and consumer goods, are some of the forces that account for a widespread intensification of cultural exchanges within and beyond the borders of the nation-state. In this context, past definitions of collective and individual identities as essentially monocultural are increasingly viewed as inadequate to describe the way people perceive themselves and the world they live in.
This is a call for papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers for a new interdisciplinary discussion group (starting in the upcoming academic year at King's College London) which focuses on the interactions between the human and nonhuman, discussing relevant articles and providing a forum for graduate students and staff to present papers.
The 'Assembling Identities' conference (University of Glasgow, 23rd-24th May) is an international and cross-disciplinary conference focusing on how we understand identity and the process of identity formation.
We are pleased to announce that registration for 'Assembling Identities' is now open. The completed registration form (available on our website) should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th of May 2013.
Motherhood and childbirth have been constructed as symbols of faith, sites of suspicion, protectors of social morality, and the wages of original sin. Mother Earth, the Virgin Mother, and evil stepmothers are just some of the pillars society has fashioned around the concept of motherhood. Motherhood has been gendered female to the extent that motherhood and womanhood are often seen to be mutually completing, with pregnancy serving as a visual marker of the liminal space that turns woman into mother.
International Colloquium, « Form(s) of Diplomacy », 12-13 June 2014, Toulouse 2 Le Mirail University, France.
Call for Papers
Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference
Friday – Sunday, October 11-13, 2013, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, A Doubletree Hotel by Hilton
Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2013
Topics for this area can include, but are not limited to the following:
Metatheatrical Dimensions of Ontological Memories
Reading Across and Between: Transnational and Trans-Indigenous Aesthetics
Recent innovations in the field of transnational and trans-indigenous studies have encouraged reading across or between political and geographic boundaries, languages, economies, cultures, spaces, places, and times. This session encourages submissions concerned with the analysis of the recent "transitive turn" in American Studies and Comparative Literary Studies, with an eye toward new developments in the field that focus on comparative indigenous aesthetics, literatures, and visual art practice.
Essay Collection on the Films of Robert Downey Jr. UPDATE
I have received multiple successful proposals for a collection of essays on the films of Robert Downey Jr. to be published in 2013 or early 2014 by McFarland but am still in need of TWO additional essays, in order to ensure a breadth of representations of the films.
I am soliciting proposals/statements of interest (300-500 words) for previously unpublished essays (15-30 pages) on the following films ONLY:
We invite paper and panel proposals on topics related to silences, disjunctions, and absences in Romantic-era texts, for a one-day conference hosted by the School of English and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen's University Belfast on 2 August, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Dr Fiona Price, Reader in English Literature at the University of Chichester.