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.
Where Are We Going? Reflections on the Future of Native American Studies [NEMLA 2013, Boston, March 21-24]
This panel invites scholars to think through texts that have contributed to the past, present, and future of Native American Indian Literatures, particularly in how they help to understand the cultures, economics, and politics of different Native American tribes as well as how they contribute to the future of these critical areas in Native American Studies. Applications of literature could include public policy, education, representation in film, or other literary studies. Please email your abstract to Jessica Bardill at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9/30/2012. Panelists will be announced October 4, 2012.
CFP-edited book on Marxism and Urban Culture
Submissions are invited for an edited book on Marxism and Urban Culture that has received initial interest from an international publisher known for their strength in Marxian-themed series and titles.
While all abstracts using a Marxian framework to approach culture in urban contexts are welcome, it is anticipated that submissions will conform to one of two subtypes reflecting the division of the book into two parts:
Articles that explore the work of a specific Marxian thinker, stressing his/her importance for understanding urban culture/the culture of cities in a general sense. (Walter Benjamin; Henri Lefebvre; Antonio Gramsci…)
Multiples, multiplication and multicultural; digital at work 2013
REMINDER - CFP DEADLINE IS 01 OCTOBER 2012.
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This conference calls for papers which take as their focus the dialogic, collective, and interpersonal sides of Lewis's oeuvre – in words as much as in paint. All topics will be considered. Please send max. 250-word abstracts to Nathan Waddell and Louise Kane (Conference Organizers) at email@example.com by 01 October 2012.
We are also happy to receive (in addition to single papers) proposals for themed panels of 3 speakers.
Conference Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Conference Date: June 28th-30th, 2013
I have an agreement with McFarland (a company that publishes academic studies of pop culture, among other things) to edit a collection of essays on the films of Robert Downey Jr. and am soliciting proposals (300-500 words) for previously unpublished essays (15-30 pages) on any of his films and/or performances. These should be serious academic studies but with a standard formal English (not too theoretical or jargony) tone. Writers may take any angle for which they have expertise (film, theatre/performance, cultural studies, queer studies, pop culture, etc.). Downey should be a main but not necessarily the sole focus of the essay. Here is a list of possible suggested topics, but other ideas are most welcome:
This panel seeks papers about film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama, both in English-speaking countries and around the world. The NeMLA conference will be held in Boston in March, 2013. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with the notion of fidelity to text or of relocating a play in a different historical or cultural milieu, or consider the effectiveness for use in scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. What is at stake in these adaptations? What do these directors, writers, performers, and audiences bring to the table?
1st Global Conference
21st Century Science: Health, Agency and Well-Being
Wednesday 30th January – Friday 1st February 2013
Papers are invited from all postgraduate students on the subject of the human, the inhuman and the non-human in Romantic literature and culture