Proposals are invited for a panel on Medieval and Early Modern Witchcraft for the 2013 conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). This is an approved special session of PAMLA, following the success of a special session on this topic last year.
Depression-era writers responded to the vulnerabilities exposed by economic crisis, social unrest, and environmental catastrophe with artistry motivated by activism. Whether promoting proletariatism or advocating on behalf of women, people of color, and immigrants, revitalizing realism or advancing regionalism, writers leveraged language and literature as a tool to raise political consciousness and bring about social change. While comparisons between our current "economic slump" and the Great Depression are rife, the merits of activist literature from this era have been forgotten or perhaps omitted.
Materiality & Corporeality: The Body in Popular Fiction and Visual Culture
Postgraduate Conference, University of Portsmouth
Thursday 6th June 2013
Keynote Speaker: Professor Julian Wolfreys, Loughborough University -
Of Bodies, Being, and Loss: Memory, Amateriality,
and the Spectrality of Touch
The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History
International conference to be held at the International Slavery Museum and the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 27–28 October 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
Attention is increasingly regarded by cognitive scientists and evolutionary anthropologists as a faculty whose development in human animals is constitutive of what it means to be human. This conference invites papers on (1) the ways in which literary texts encode this faculty (tropologically, discoursively, narratologically, ideologically), and/or (2) the ways in which theories of reading have recognized or underestimated the arts and techniques of attention. We particularly invite contributions developing or dismissing the suggestion that literature offers privileged insight into the function of attention as a possibility condition for the imagination, for agency, and for community formation.
[UPDATE] The Place of Literature: Fictional Geographies and Literary Constructions of Space ($125 award for the best essay)
full name / name of organization:
Southern Methodist University's English Department (Graduate Students)
Describing Kokovoko, the mysterious island home of Queequeg in Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael states, "It is not down in any map; true places never are." The idea of "place" has haunted and inspired the literary imaginations of countless writers and readers. This conference panel seeks papers that explore the significance of space, place, and geography in literature.
Possible paper topics include:
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Robert N. Watson
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:
The Renaissance of Roland Barthes
Speakers: Jonathan Culler, Diana Knight, Rosalind Krauss, D.A. Miller, and Lucy O'Meara
ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE SOCIÉTÉ DES ÉTUDES BRITANNIQUES CONTEMPORAINES
The Spatial Imaginary in Contemporary British Literature and the Arts
18th- 19th October 2013 University of Nantes (France)