Ecocriticism informs ecological activisms, and vice versa. What kind of change can the intersections and tensions between ecocriticism and activism bring about? While ecocriticism has become an increasingly popular field of inquiry, its positionality remains an issue for negotiation. From Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), which continues to influence mass eco-activisms, to the anti-GMO groups that shape discussions of bioethics, ecocriticism remains in dialogue with practical approaches in what Lawrence Buell has termed a "spirit of commitment to environmentalist praxis" (The Environmental Imagination, 1995). Moreover, current ecocritical scholarship underscores a general distrust of the romanticizing rhetoric of early ecocriticism.
The Contemporary Times: A Public Intellectual Review (http://www.thecontemporarytimes.com) is BRAND NEW a grassroots online publication with no financial aims (i.e., The Contemporary Times has zero gross income). Its sole purpose is to provide an outlet for the exchange of meaningful, insightful, well-researched, and respectful dialogue among intellectuals (broadly conceived) concerning key intellectual debates and how these debates can be applied to ensuring the American democratic ideals of "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This publication is not intended only for academics and researchers and is, therefore, written in clear, jargon-free language.
The University of Houston is known as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the United States. With that in mind, the graduate English department is currently seeking submissions about the impact of America's cultural, religious, gender, economic, and racial diversity on American literature post WWII - present. We welcome abstracts from experienced academics, undergraduate, and graduate students in all areas of study, including but not limited to: literature, languages, pedagogy, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, cultural, film, theater, comparative, gender, religion, and interdisciplinary studies.
This year's guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Donahoo of Sam Houston State University.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Religion and Theatre Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
August 11–14, 2011, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
Submission Deadline: Full Panels due to ATHE by November 1st
"Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures"
The Department of French Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Francophonies: The Living and the Dead
March 18-19th 2011
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ
The received wisdom tells us that the modernization of American culture and society was contingent upon its secularization. And yet, when we look to both canonical works of American modernism and to contributions to the "cultural front," we find an abiding concern for the religious that troubles this dominant narrative. This panel seeks to reexamine the multivalent modernist concern for the religious in order to reassess its place in early 20th century American literature and culture, to analyze the myth of the 'secular age,' and to determine the place of religion in the conflict between capital and labor.
Call for Graduate Student Papers
Performing the Book: Multi-Media Histories of Early Modern Britain
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
February 11, 2011
Sponsored by the Rutgers British Studies Center, the Rutgers Program in Early Modern Studies, the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis, and the Rutgers Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium.
CALL FOR PAPERS
THE ADULTEROUS TEXT
Special Volume of
(Vol. 40, no. 1, June 2013)
R.-L. Etienne Barnett
Call for Manuscripts
Journal of American Culture
Special Issue: Love and Romance in American Culture
We're seeking paper or panel discussion proposals examining comedy and the nature of humor wherever we find it in popular culture:
Possible topics include (although we're open to any others you might want to explore) comedy in/and/of:
"Teaching the Robin Hood Tradition: Robin Hood in Literary and Historical Texts"
46th International Congress on Medieval Studies - Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12-15, 2011
Translation, Dramaturgy & Performance
'Invisible Presences' is presented under the aegis of Out of the Wings, an AHRC-funded project exploring Spanish theatre in English translation, in association with the Melbourne Dramaturgies Project, the Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research, and the Dramaturgs' Network
Drama and Film Centre
Queen's University Belfast
18-20 April 2011.
CFP DEADLINE: 1 OCTOBER 2010
This is the first of the biennial conferences planned for the newly founded Romantic Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA), to take place at the University of Sydney from Thursday to Saturday, 10-12 February 2011.
James Chandler (Chicago)
Deirdre Coleman (Melbourne)
Nicholas Roe (St Andrews)
Panel discussion with the assembled editors of 'The Oxford Companion To The Romantic Age' (1999):
Iain McCalman (Sydney)
Jon Mee (Warwickshire)
Gillian Russell (ANU)
Clara Tuite (Melbourne)
We invite submissions covering the full range of possible meanings of 'distance' in Romantic studies – including (but not limited to)
At our second annual Association of English Graduate Students Symposium, we wish to explore the many ways that identity manifests itself as an object for study. The concept of identity permeates every text, from its narrator's organizing gaze to the genre in which it is catalogued. Indeed, we invite you to question the term "text" itself, as "text" has come to be identified as anything from a novel to a Facebook page to a film.
This approved panel for the American Comparative Literature Association's annual meeting (Vancouver, Canada, 31 March - 3 April 2010) seeks papers that address aspects of the long debate over literary and intellectual engagement. Which types of texts are best suited to such a mission, and how does a text's activist agenda affect its form? How might realist or naturalist texts, whose aim is to "unveil [dévoiler]" (in Jean-Paul Sartre's words) for their readers the practical injustices around them, really make these readers feel responsible for ending those injustices? How do avant-garde texts accomplish what Theodor Adorno terms an altering of our "fundamental attitudes [Haltung]" or what Caroline Levine calls a needed provocation of democracy?