"In any period," M.H. Abrams writes, "the theory of mind and the theory of art tend to turn on similar analogues, explicit or submerged." How has the literature of the long twentieth century responded to philosophical and cultural transformations brought about by the rise of mind science? What thematic and formal means have literary artists used to explore the ontological, epistemological, and ethical implications of cognitive materialism? How has the explanatory power of cognitive science eclipsed the explanatory power of psychoanalysis in recent fiction and poetry? Possible topics include the neuronovel, drug use, the resistance to science, mental illness, correspondences between biological and textual form.
PURITY: A Call For Papers
Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Excursions has had to amend the dates to 11th and 12th July. We have therefore decided to extend our submission deadline until 15th March and still welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, works in progress, and creative performances or displays.
"Purity is the power to contemplate defilement." – Simone Weil
"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature." – William Faulkner
"Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings." – Salman Rushdie
"Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O'Brien Conference" (Università Roma Tre, 19-21 June, 2013).
Second Call for Papers Updated Deadline: 1 March 2013
Jed Esty (University of Pennsylvania)
Carol Taaffe (Author of "Ireland Through the Looking-Glass: Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen & Irish Cultural Debate")
Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp)
Mikel Murfi (Director of "John Duffy's Brother")
Mark O'Halloran (Award-winning screenwriter of "Adam and Paul" and "Garage")
Should violence be considered as one of the experiences the body undergoes in literature or as an ordeal which elicits the very question of what this body is – a body which is mapped in language and speech. As a result of the violence that it undergoes, inflicts or self-inflicts, the body grapples with something which is not simply outside itself: it discovers its own foreignness, its own discordance. It rebelliously slips through the categories in which one attempts to contain it, but it also defies the biological body to which it cannot be reduced. What does a body do when, for no apparent reason, it breaks, splits, is pulled asunder, petrified? What happens when the part usurps the whole or the whole body is reduced to nothing, mere refuse?
The 2012 South Central MLA Conference is accepting paper proposals for its Biography/Autobiography/Memoir panel. Literary paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, and memoir are welcome. Please submit a 200-word abstract by 4/1/13 to email@example.com.
The SCMLA conference will be held in New Orleans, LA from October 3-5, 2013.
The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) seeks submissions for an upcoming special issue, "Rethinking 'The Good Life.'"
In a conversation that draws upon her work on "the cultures of affect" to posit the urgency of re-imagining state and civil society, Lauren Berlant asks,
"What if people were to take the opportunity to reimagine state/society relations such that the flourishing of reciprocity were differently constructed and assessed, and in which consumer forms of collectivity were not the main way people secure or fantasize securing everyday happiness?"
This session seeks papers on any aspect of seventeenth-century English literature. Abstracts of 250-300 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. Email abstracts – including your title, institutional affiliation, and email addresses – to Kirsten Inglis (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 1, 2013. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2013. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.
We invite proposals on the topic of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities for presentation at the 70th annual South Central Modern Language Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 3-5, 2013.
Please send abstracts of 500 words, your name and affiliation and a statement identifying any A/V needs to the session chair and secretary by March 31, 2013:
Carol Bunch Davis (email@example.com)
Dustin Morrow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Abstracts on all topics are welcome and will receive full consideration, but we are particularly interested in receiving abstracts on interdisciplinary projects.
The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (France) seeks 20 minute presentations for its screendance conference to be held April 5, 2013 at the National Theatre of Burgundy (one hour by train from Paris). The 2013 conference's key note speaker will be Patrick Bensard, director of la Cinémathèque de la Danse in Paris. Presentation proposals linked to any aspect of screendance are welcome and may include:
The history of dance films
Contemporary aesthetics and practices
Exhibition and screening platforms and models
Analysis of individual artists or films/videos
Dance and new media in installations
Philosophy and politics of screen dance
Eurasian Multidisciplinary Forum
Tbilisi, Georgia 24-26, October 2013
This International summit event is a result of the academic cooperation over the past several years between the European Scientific Institute and the University Grigol Robakidze, expressed through several successfully accomplished projects, primarily in the area of joint publication of scientific works.