What cannot be taken up or kept alive? What is too used to reuse, too basic to break down further? What are the ideas at dead ends? Adaptations, translations, dead languages, genres fallen out of favour, tropes no longer sensical, ruins, methodologies in unremitting decline? Who are the guardians of garbage that monitor and control our cycles and recycles? What happens to an artifact too special to recycle, not special enough to reuse? Give us the histories, the institutions, the authorities who intervene to unmake the unrecyclable. Where do our capacities for metamorphosis fail us? What materials have run out of time? What materials have all the time in the world to stay unchanged? Plastic in the shape of an albatross? Manuscripts sealed into the walls?
Identity is often seen as being a controversial topic. Whether it is fictive or real, (de)politicized and/or aesthetic, gendered or engendered, identity is often seen as being a powerful political
Digital humanists often tout their work as transformative to literary scholarship. Textual encoding, text mining, corpora analysis, and geospatial analysis all promise to shift our understanding of literary texts, historical periods, and cultural phenomena. Digital Humanities (DH) is certainly, as Stephen Ramsay recently quipped, the "hot thing." DH panels multiplied at the 2009, 2011, and 2012 MLA Conventions, and they received significant coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed each year. More English Departments are hiring digital humanists; digital humanities centers multiply across a range of institutions.
Papers discussing religious topics related to U.S. ethnic literatures and authors are invited.
Send a one-page abstract, with working title, along with your school affiliation and any a/v needs you have, to J. Stephen Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, 21 October. All submissions will be acknowledged by the 23rd, and final notifications sent by Monday the 29th.
All presenters will need to join MELUS; more information on the conference can be found at http://melus.org/cfp2013.pdf .
STAGING AMERICAN SOUNDS
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID, 9-10 MAY 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
Can a nation be heard? If so, what sounds are distinctively American? Following previous editions of the international conferences 'Staging American ...' bringing together scholars from Europe and the US, we propose to reconvene to open a scholarly discussion on the sounds of America.
View the CFP on our webpage here: http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/pivot/announcement/view/103/
Sometimes silence is not golden – just yellow.
When they hold their tongues, they cry out.
Do digital platforms change the way we remember? How will the myriad tracks we leave behind through social media and our online presences shape the historical practices of the future? When and how do digital technologies in the classroom move from being novel experiments to transparent modes of teaching? How does digitization reshape archives and archival methodologies? How does metadata contribute to forgetting and the shape of memory? How do we define and put into practice the growing field of Digital Humanities?
Fat Studies is becoming an interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of "fatness" and "the fat body"; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance or celebration within mass culture. Fat Studies uses body size as the starting part for a wide-ranging theorization and explication of how societies and cultures, past and present, have conceptualized all bodies and the political/cultural meanings ascribed to every body.
The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative work on the universal place of fairy tales in the world of communication and education. We are interested in how fairy tales are and have been used to bridge cultures and time, connecting diverse peoples by means of easily translatable concepts. Of particular interest are the struggles of truth and deception, reality and illusion, honesty and trickery; violence, fear, entrapment and salvation; character altering cryptozoological sightings; happiness deferred, denied, and occasionally delivered.
York University 2012 English Graduate Students' Association Colloquium: FRENZY
But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy, and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and badge.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prophecies of a 2012 end of days; Black Friday at Wal-Mart; Howard Beale in Network inciting viewers to scream "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" From mass hysteria to individual neuroses, the elusive nature of frenzy lends itself to dramatically different conceptualizations across the disciplines.