Madness and theatre are not unfamiliar bedfellows. Their twinned histories are in evidence since the earliest examples of literature. Eschewing the somewhat hazy link between madness and creativity, however, this interdisciplinary conference opens up a critical dialogue between mental ill health and theatre and asks how far performance might be a useful methodology for understanding and articulating alternative mental experiences. We are particularly concerned with the shifts in notions of mental ill health, its treatment, and its spaces from the late nineteenth century onwards and how this psychiatric and human history might speak to a concomitant theatre history.
CALL FOR PAPERS
SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND LEGEND AREA
2012 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York
26-27 October 2012
Proposals by 1 June 2012
"Principles of Uncertainty"
A Conference on Critical Theory
Keynote Speaker: Martin Hägglund
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present the first annual interdisciplinary conference on literary theory to be held Friday, May 4, 2012. This conference is being given in support of the CUNY Graduate Center's proposed certificate for Critical Theory, which is dedicated to the study of literary and critical theory.
We invite papers from all disciplines focusing on works from any period that explore the theme of uncertainty as it pertains to literary and critical theory.
Signaled in colonial portrayals of a New World rife with lush resources and intense mortal dangers to contemporary discourses surrounding public healthcare and its monetary costs/benefits---the country's physical and economic "well being" have long been connected in the public psyche. Recognizing the symbolic possibilities behind this connection, American authors frequently used it to explore public and social issues affecting their nation and its citizenry. This panel seeks projects which explore such connections. Essays may pertain to any American literary period or genre. In addition, all cross-disciplinary and/or hemispheric approaches will be considered. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
19th Annual German Graduate Studies Conference at the University of Virginia
Charlottesville (February 17-18)
Organizers: Charles Taggart and Rebekah Slodounik (University of Virginia)
Further Information: www.uvagermangradconference2012.wordpress.com
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English Literature and Translation Studies:
An interdisciplinary/international postgraduate conference
17th-18th May 2012 Cankaya University Ankara
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara warmly invite our colleagues/students to send proposals for a 20-minute paper on English Literature and Translation Studies. This conference welcomes papers centering upon English Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Literary Translation, English Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature and Literary and Cultural Theories.
The English Department at the University of Cincinnati invites you to submit proposals for an interdisciplinary academic conference held on June 1, 2012 focusing on the value of sharing works in progress as a means to increase experimentation, build community, and test new ideas. Rather than soliciting finished products from participants, we seek work that shows its seams, represents thinking in action, invites revision, and resists closure. In other words, don't hide your process; advertise it.
This seminar will discuss the notion of "crowd control" from various viewpoints, distinguishing "crowd controllers" and the "crowds controlled" in different loci : on the stage, in the Church, the royal entourage, urban/rural milieus, in the British Isles or elsewhere.
The seminar, which will take place during the September 2012 ESSE conference in Istanbul, seeks to build on ideological and Foucauldian-based approaches to notions and instances of rebellion and social control, favored by critics in the 80s and 90s, by taking into account recent interdisciplinary research on manuscripts, law, iconography, film and performance studies, among others.
How do literary works in Britain explore the economic, philosophical, social, and political dimensions of "statist" theory and practice? Possible topics include the utopian/dystopian potential of statism, emerging ideas about risk and insurance, new theories of consumption and production, the role of bureaucracy, forms of collectivism, regional 'place' vs. the abstract 'space' of the state, etc. Proposals on any relevant authors, themes, forms of cultural expression are welcome. -- Lauren Goodlad will be on this panel as a respondent.
For a proposed session at the 2013 MLA conference, we seek papers that offer new thinking about Shakespeare's relationship to Ovid.
For example, how does Ovid influence Shakespeare's visions of gender? How is desire manifested in Ovidian violence, whether on Shakespeare's stage or in his poems? How do modern adaptations of either author's work ask us to rethink the relationship between Shakespeare and Ovid? Can Shakespeare's classical sources help us understand the linkages between gender, love, and brutality in his plays and poems? How do Ovid's mythical or poetic paradigms for transformation, desire, and transgression resonate in scenes of Shakespearean violence?