In 2010, Belgium (via its institutions, the media and civil society) celebrated the 50th anniversary of Congolese independence with a certain glorification of Belgo-Congolese relations. Yet, Belgium is far from having fully entered a postcolonial era of self-criticism. Despite the indisputable postcolonial historiographical renewal of the 1990s, the dominant ideology appears as permanently caught up in the paternalistic myth of a glorious and civilising colonial mission. The public apologies that followed the commissions of inquiry that brought to light the violence of the colonial power (e.g.
This panel will explore issues of childhood and hybridity in the fiction and film of Indian diaspora, looking at how childhood is represented and/or constructed at the moment of cross-cultural encounter. How are childhood and identity represented in texts or films whose child characters straddle geographical and cultural worlds?
The special theme for the 2013 PAMLA conference is "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture."
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Please submit a 250-word abstract and 50-word bio via PAMLA's online submission form at: http://www.pamla.org/2013/
Deadline: April 15, 2013
The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading, Sept. 26-28, 2013
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Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum
Keynote Speakers: Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Mitchell Breitwieser, English, U.C. Berkeley Charles Mathewes, Religion, University of Virginia Steven Justice, English, U.C. Berkeley Albrecht Diem, History, Syracuse University ---with a special reading and group discussion of Finnegan's Wake led by John Bishop
SAMLA 2013 Conference
Conference Theme: "Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds"
November 8-10, 2013
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
We invite submissions of abstracts from a range of periods and regions for the following Special Session Proposal for MLA 2014 in Chicago:
Epic, Tragedy, and Community
How do the memorializing practices instituted in epic and tragedy from any period or region contribute to constituting communities and negotiating ethical relations?
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.