Puppets, marionettes, golems, androids, automata, moving statues, mannequins, shadow figures—sometimes comic, sometimes creepy, these figures of fun and fright engage us with their similarity, albeit grotesque, to ourselves. Recent researches into the field of medieval automata have convincingly established the the power of these living or life-like machines as both performing objects and as metaphor. They have featured as 'actors', or performing objects, in legend, epic, chanson, and wonder tale; they also have served as metaphors for personal freedom or manipulation, for the presence of a human soul or its terrifying absence.
"The Ethics of Literature"
In recent years, literary scholarship has been increasingly concerned with ethics, both as a theme in literature and as an approach to it. Where and how do ethical concerns interrelate with literature, literary scholarship, and the academy?
Papers suitable for a twenty-minute presentation [approx. 2,000-2,500 words] are invited on the following or related topics:
• the ethics of literary pedagogy
• the ethical nature and needs of the academy
• literature and socio-political ethics
• religious ethics in literature
We also welcome papers on other topics regarding the intersection of Christianity and literature.
Crossing the Line is a student-led postgraduate conference that will explore and interrogate the multifarious affinities between Victorian and Modernist cultures. It focuses on the cross-currents of attraction and repulsion at the turn of the century. This event asks whether affinities exist innately in the body as psychological and emotional connections, and investigates those affinities which are cultural constructions. It questions whether affinities are permanent or can be eroded by the passage of time.
We invite research students from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to present papers considering affinities across the threshold of the Victorian and Modernist worlds.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Dear Graduate Program Directors and Administrators:
Following is an announcement for the Seventh Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference. Please distribute this and the following CFP to any students who may be interested in submitting an abstract.
/The peace, that I deem`d no peace, is over and done.
Alfred Tennyson, 1855/
CFP: NVSA 2010
FIGHTING VICTORIANS: DISUNION, POLEMIC, CONTROVERSY_
Princeton University: April 16-18, 2010
NVSA website: http://web.stonehill.edu/nvsa/
NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference; the topic this year
is FIGHTING VICTORIANS.
The conference will feature a keynote panel including Anna Clark,
Elaine Hadley, and Alex Woloch, and visits to Special Collections at the
Firestone Library and the Princeton Art Museum.
"Global Citizenship for the 21st Century"
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
November 15-16, 2009
People who know the limitations of their knowledge, even when they believe that knowledge to be revealed, are usually the very same people who are able to build bridges with others who think differently than they do.
Father James L. Heft, S.M
As gateways to other worlds and world-systems, port cities, such as Tangier, Istanbul, London, Manila, and Kobe, one of Japan's most important ports, are sites of economic and cultural exchange. They are at the cutting edge of global trends and transnational movements that promote the export and import of goods, people, ideas, and ideologies. At least as early as the 16th century, port cities, such as Cadiz in Spain, Cambay in western India, and Sao Salvador da Bahia, in Brazil, to name only a few, have nurtured utopias and launched a thousand dreams into a yet to be conquered horizon. Port cities have been both the crate of colonial desire and the locus of revolutionary fervor.
The final deadline for 2009 Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference proposals is August 28, 2009. This year's meeting will be held October 22-24, 2009 at the Ohio University Inn in Athens, Ohio. Papers should address this year's theme, "Shakespeare on Screen: 1899-2009."
Fifth International IDEA Conference
Studies in English
14 - 16 April 2010
Atılım University, İncek Campus, Ankara
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for Submissions: 1 December 2009
The 5th International IDEA Conference, jointly hosted by Atılım University Departments of English Language and Literature and Translation and Interpretation and the English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey (IDEA), will be held on 14-16 April 2010 at Atılım University's İncek Campus in Ankara. The Conference will cover the following four main areas:
The oral, as a system of communication, while connecting the speaker and the listener in a network of communitic experiences, produces epistemological parameters ""status for the individual and the community. The three day-international conference will dwell on the questions of epistemology, identity and agency as emanating from the oral within the social—including indigenous and the cosmopolitan life worlds—without inviting/invoking an essential distinction between the two. Moreover, the conference will also address performance as an integral part of orality to understand the link and rupture between the sacred and the profane and between history and memory. It will inaugurate memory as mobilizing cognition and subjectivity.
ecloga, a peer-refereed journal run by English Studies postgraduates at the University of Strathclyde, invites papers for the next issue. Established in 2001, ecloga has a growing reputation for publishing outstanding research by postgraduates and academics from Scotland, the UK and abroad.
For the next issue of ecloga we are interested in receiving papers on any topic from the broad field of English studies. Our aim in not providing a title or theme is to encourage a range of papers that reflects current research interests. We also welcome submissions of creative writing.
"Utopian Spaces of British Literature and Culture, 1890-1945", 18 September 2009, University of Oxford
***NOTE: Registration for the conference is now open. All delegates are kindly asked to register before 6 September. The registration form can be found on the conference website: www.utopianspaces.org.***
CFP: 'Disclose', M/C Journal Vol 12. No. 6 (December 2009) (due October 23 2009)
'Disclose' – Call for Contributions
Issue Editors: Bree Hadley and Rebecca Caines
Parsomen, the quarterly periodical of the department of Comparative Literature in Istanbul Bilgi University, seek submissions of papers for its returning issue in November, 2009 after its interval of 2 years. Parsomen aims to establish itself as an international forum for both scholars and graduate students to follow and further current discussions in literary and cultural studies, as well as to create new ones, along with special topics. The special topic for our inaugural issue is METAMORPHOSIS/TRANSFORMATION, although we solicit papers for general topic interests without any limits in an interdisciplinary spectrum that comparative literature departments encourage. Some subtopics for our initial topic, though not exhaustive, might include:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) Symposium
The Future of the Forum: Internet Communities and the Public Interest
Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the University of California, Berkeley
Jim Buckmaster, CEO of craigslist
Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia