The idea of 'authenticity' assumes that a work can be 'genuine', 'authoritative', 'legitimate': rooted in fact or truth. Yet the possibility of 'authentic' representation has always been haunted by the prospect of its antithesis, the 'fake' or fraud, and both have become increasingly difficult to define in our globalising world. We (re)adapt the notion of authenticity to our own lives and cultures, while the very act of declaring something 'authentic' may be construed as a form of dominance and/or rebellion. Although many theoretical perspectives have questioned the validity of 'authenticity' as a framework within aesthetic and cultural fields, it continues to inflect our understanding of past and present.
For the April 2011 edition of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the various intellectual, artistic, emotional, and political manifestations of kitsch in our time.
In our current culture, the word 'kitsch' has come to be associated often with tacky souvenirs and cheap trinkets. However, there is a thicker sense given to the word by various thinkers and authors in the twentieth century, even if it is regularly connected with an idea of culture.
The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, will host a conference, "Evidence and the Early Modern Period," on February 18-19, 2011. The deadline for submitting 300-word abstracts has been extended to December 31, 2010. Please find the call for papers below, and circulate it widely. Additionally, please send questions and submissions to Leila Watkins, Angela Heetderks, and Sarah Linwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evidence and the Early Modern Period (Feb. 18-19, 2011)
The Great War: From Memory to History
An Inter-disciplinary Conference at The University of Western Ontario
10-12 November, 2011
There are now only a handful of surviving veterans of the Great War. Within a few years, we will lose even those who lived through the war as children on the home front. At that point, the war will pass from memory to history. This critical transition is at the heart of an international conference that seeks to examine the experience of the Great War from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, including the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts.
A series of questions guide our discussions:
CALL FOR PAPERS: American Theatre and Drama Society / Modern Language Association
Deadline: March 1, 2011
The American Theatre and Drama Society invites proposals for papers for two panels at the 2012 Modern Language Association conference, which will be held January 5-8 in Seattle, Washington. The deadline for submitting your proposal is March 1, 2011.
Mind, Body, and Performance: Cognitive Approaches to Theatre and Drama
specs is a journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College that aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical practices.
for ISEA2011 Istanbul all selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings with ISBN, ISSN and DOI.
ALL DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED to JANUARY 15, 2011.
Please note there is just a month left.
Also for those of you who are submitting or thinking of submitting panels and/or workshops, you may wish to consider to transform your papers, after the conference, in a thematic issue of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA).
For more information on ISEA2011 Istanbul
What is at stake when we read a text? What do we mean when we call ourselves literary critics or practitioners of critical theory, literary theory, or men and women of letters? This conference calls out to those who practice close reading and invites them to reflect on what happens in the critical moment of reading. We are preoccupied with the question of the status of the material produced by the reader of texts. What is the task of the writer of "secondary literature"? Beyond questions of a particular critic's adherence to a given methodological approach, what does it mean to suggest that the critic has a calling?
Apollon eJournal invites college and university undergraduate students to help edit or get published in a new peer-reviewed digital humanities publication. Interested faculty should contact us by January 15, 2011; students submissions deadline is February 15, 2011.
SHAW 32 will be devoted to the theme "Shaw and the City," with Desmond Harding as guest editor. "Shaw and the City" will provide a composite picture of Shaw coming into his several roles as dramatist, critic, and cultural commentator in active exchange with the metropolis as a site of convergent literary traditions and histories, as well as a crossing-point of emerging national, cultural, political, social, and artistic boundaries. Inquiries and manuscript submissions should be sent to him at email@example.com or mailed to Dr. Desmond Harding, Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859. Deadline: 1 August 2011.
*Please see revised email contact information in call*
Call for Papers and Call for Performances
Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium
The work of Anna Deavere Smith,
Critical Cultural Performance, Performance Ethnography and Autoethnography
Monday, March 14, 2011
The conference will conclude with attendance at a presentation by
Anna Deavere Smith *
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2011.
21st Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University
March 3 – 4, 2011
Keynote Address by Dr. Shoshana Felman, Emory University
"Echoes of Trauma: Exploring the Intersections of Trauma and Culture"
The Sincerest Form: Literary Imitation, Adaptation, and Parody
Notre Dame English Graduate Student Conference
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
March 3-4, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Professor Julie Sanders, University of Nottingham
(In)Visible Subjects: Bodies, Spaces, Disciplines.
An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Graduate Program in Visual and Studies at the University of California, Irvine
March 31-April 1, 2011, Irvine, California
The Visual Studies Graduate Conference at UC Irvine is seeking submissions on (In)Visible Subjects. We welcome work that addresses invisibility, visibility and hyper-visibility, in terms of current social and political discourses surrounding immigration, borderlands and cultures, marginalized communities, subject production, gender issues, queer identities and urban art.
CALL FOR PAPERS & Workshop Submissions
15th annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
March 24-26 2011
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
Fun & Games
Professor of English & African and African American Studies
author of Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery