Scientists recently found that migration was a main factor that shaped human behavior (Don Jones, Nature News). According to John Hines, the most extensive human migration took place in the early Middle Ages, while other large-scale migrations include the Puritan migration, the great Serb migrations, the migrations of the Middle Passage, and the nineteenth and twentieth century migrations of impoverished Europeans to the Americas. Apart from with poverty and religion, migration is also often associated with war; climate change becomes a factor that forces people to become migrants. Migration is a matter of geographic movement (diaspora), but also of human psychology (e.g. un-homing, longing, nostalgia, depression); of human rights (e.g.
Exploring British Film and Television Stardom Conference
Saturday, 2 November 2013 at Queen Mary, University of London
Supported by Living British Cinema
Keynote speakers: Dr. Melanie Bell (Newcastle University) and Dr. Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England)
While British cinema and television history are thriving fields of scholarship, the issue of stardom has been insufficiently explored in national terms, and most British star images suggest that the dominant Hollywood model, associated with individualism, glamour, and consumption, sits uneasily in a British cultural context.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 15th
Conference Dates: JUNE 21st and 22nd, in Vancouver, B.C
Keynote speaker: Dr. Robert Tally, Texas State University
"Utopia as Literary Cartography; or, the Other Spaces of the World System"
Nostalgia itself has a utopian dimension, only it is no longer directed toward the future. Sometimes nostalgia is not directed towards the past either, but rather sideways. The nostalgic feels stifled within the conventional confines of time and space.
–Svetlana Boym, The Future of Nostalgia xiv
We are seeking exceptional papers on all aspects of autobiography, memoir, diary, and life-writing for the standing session on Autobiography at the 111th annual meeting of the PAMLA conference at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego from November 1-3, 2013. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: autobiographic self-representation in new social media; multi-ethnic life-writing; autobiography in the graphic novel; discovery of archive diary; multi-genre forms of narrative life-writing; and the relationship between autobiography and gender, sexual, ethnic, racial, and/or national identities.
Papers on any aspect of Shakespeare's works, for the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 10-12, 2013, in Vancouver, Washington. Email 200-300 word proposals, for 15-20 minute presentations, by March 10, 2013, to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15. Non-members are welcome to submit abstracts, but presenters must be members of the RMMLA by April 1.
Have you found yourself thinking beyond the boundaries of current viewpoints?
How has the framework of your field of research or interest changed?
Are you pursuing unconventional approaches regarding your field of expertise?
If you have any food for thought, if you have developed any insight to share, here is the place.
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."
Email questions or queries to: email@example.com
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
full name / name of organization:
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