Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration. While papers on all areas of literary London are welcomed, the conference theme in 2012 is 'Sports, Games, and Pastimes'. Topics that might be addressed are:
The School of English of Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, in co-operation with the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS), invites scholars to submit proposals for the international theatre conference to be held in Thessaloniki in 18-21 April, 2013.
Introducing Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Issue 12.1 "Locations of Stardom"
Edited by Lisa Patti and Stanka Radovic, afterword by Barry King
'From S.A. to L.A.': Branding Transport and Circulating Celebrity in South Africa's Nonhle Goes to Hollywood, by Brandeise Monk-Payton
On the (Im)possibility of Canadian Celebrity, by Michele Byers
'If it be Love Indeed, Tell Me How Much': Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and White Pleasure After Empire , by Gloria Shin
The Subversion of Abstract Space in U2's Rhizomatic 1990s, by Anthony Cristofani
White Weddings: New Media Archives and the Transformations of Michael Jackson's Thriller, by Lisa Patti
English Literature (1700 to Present), a standing session, invites papers from a range of theoretical and analytic approaches on any relevant topic.
Please submit paper proposals to the PAMLA website by April 22, 2012: http://www.pamla.org/2012/
The PAMLA 2012 conference will be held at Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington, on October 19-21, 2012.
August 1, 2012, Washington, D.C. Location, TBA.
What is nightlife? What possibilities do queer night worlds afford? How to speak about the relationship between nightlife and (queer) theater and performance? How are LGBTQ identities created, maintained and performed at night? How are alternative sexualities negotiated through the praxis of the queer night? And in what ways do race, desire, and nightlife intersect?
CFP: The Adventures of Tintin (essay collection)
Abstracts are now being accepted for possible inclusion in an anthology on "The Adventures of Tintin." Proposed essay topics should creatively engage with the critical, philosophical, and social issues explored in the Tintin universe and intended to appeal to the intelligent lay reader.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
A reminder that the deadline for abstracts for 'Science and Literature 1800-Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution?', a one day postgraduate conference at Keele University on 12 May 2012, is March 31st.
The conference organizers invite proposals for 15 minute papers on any aspect of interactions between literature and science from 1800 to the present day. Applicants might consider, but are not limited to, the following areas:
[DEADLINE EXTENDED]In her 2008 Massey Lectures, Margaret Atwood calls debt "that peculiar nexus where money, narrative or story, and religious belief intersect, often with explosive force." Today, we are facing an explosion of discourses foregrounding financial debt. Whether in the Euro Zone Debt Crisis, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, or rising student loan debt, narrative and debt cannot be decoupled, nor can they be detached from a given political or affective investment. In addition to the obvious economic concerns, we are also interested in widening the discussion of debt: How do literature and cultural products help us make sense of these issues?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Transatlantic Studies Association
University College Cork, Ireland,
July 9-12, 2012
The Chairman of the TSA, Prof Alan Dobson (University of Dundee and St. Andrews University) and Professor David Ryan (UCC) would like to extend an invitation to the 2012 Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference.
Panel proposals and individual papers are welcome for any of the general or sub-panels. A 300 word abstract of proposal and brief CV to panel leaders or to Alan Dobson email@example.com and David Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2012.
We are seeking proposals for the Comparative Literature regular session at this year's South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Durham, NC from November 9 to 11.
Beyond the Pleasure Principle?
As Lionel Trilling once noted, justifying art by the pleasures it gives has fallen into disrepute since the 18th century. Wordsworth already registers this defensive posture in his Lyrical Ballads preface when he asks that the "necessity of producing immediate pleasure [not] be considered as a degradation of the Poet's art," but rather that artists pay "homage … to the grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which [man] knows, and feels, and lives, and moves."